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About NGSPB | About The Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin
About NGSPB | About The Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin
About NGSPB | About Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin

About NGSPB

NGSPB exists to connect and professionally develop members through educational, legislative, social, and technical events. Working in all facets of the natural gas and energy industries, our members are what make us unique. NGSPB offers you the opportunity connect with individuals working in a variety of different positions for organizations large and small.

Board Members

Zach Augustine

PRESIDENT

Zach Augustine currently serves as Senior Commercial Representative for EagleClaw Midstream. He is primarily responsible for commercial development for EagleClaw’s natural gas and crude oil midstream assets in the Delaware Basin.

Full Bio

Prior to EagleClaw, Zach worked at Gibson Energy in Midland as a Crude Oil Marketing Representative responsible for a portion of Gibson’s lease trading business in the Permian Basin. Zach began his career in Midland working for Endeavor Energy Resources and was responsible for the crude oil and gas marketing of Endeavor’s equity Permian Basin production.

Zach holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University.

Austin Wight

IMMEDIATE PRESIDENT

Austin Wight currently serves as Director Commercial for EagleClaw Midstream. He is primarily responsible for EagleClaw’s natural gas, crude oil and water midstream assets in the Delaware Basin.

Full Bio

Prior to his employment at EagleClaw Midsteam, Mr. Wight held numerous commercial  positions with EnLink Midstream. Most previously, Gas Supply Representative   where he was tasked with commercial  efforts for EnLink’s Midland Basin gathering and processing assets.  He began his career in midstream with Coronado Midstream as an analyst on their commercial team before the company sold to EnLink Midstream in 2015.

Mr. Wight holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University.

Bill Westman

Vice President

Bill Westman currently works for OGX Operating and serves as the Controller for Permian Frac Sand. He is tasked with financial reporting, oversight and management of the accounting department.

Full Bio

Prior to OGX Operating, Mr. Westman worked as a Senior Tax Accountant for Weaver focusing on federal and state tax compliance.

Mr. Westman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Westman holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Baylor University.

Anna Haywood

Secretary

Anna Haywood currently serves as the Specialist-Gas Marketing Assistant for Diamondback Energy. She supports Diamondback’s gas marketing efforts for the Delaware and Midland Basin.

Full Bio

Previous to her current role, Ms. Haywood held numerous commercial and accounting roles at EnLink Midstream. Most recently, Commercial Analyst where she was responsible for commercial analysis and performance metrics for EnLink’s Midland and Delaware Basin assets.

Ms. Haywood holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a MBA from Angelo State University.

Kevin Jackson

Board Member

Currently serves as a Product Supply Manager for San Mateo Midstream where he is tasked with commercial responsibilities for San Mateo’s natural gas, crude oil, and water gathering assets.

Full Bio

Prior to Matador, he was a Manager of Commercial and Business Development at Murphy Energy in Tulsa where he managed their NGL and Crude Oil supply throughout the Midwest.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Commercial Development Representative for The Williams Companies.  Prior to Williams, he was a Senior Marketing Representative for three different producers (Samson Resources, Unit Petroleum, and Chaparral Energy).

He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa where he received his BS in Business Management.  He later received his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Michael Lechtenberg

Board Member

Michael Lechtenberg currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Navitas Midstream. He is charged with commercial and business development opportunities for Navitas’ Midland Basin assets.

Full Bio

Prior to Navitas Midstream, Mr. Lechtenberg was a Sales Manager for Enerflex Energy Services.

Mr. Lechtenberg holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously served as President of NGSPB in 2013 and 2014.

Ross Himes

BOARD MEMBER

Ross Himes currently serves as a Gas Marketing Representative for Concho Resources and is responsible for the commercial activities across various assets in the Delaware and Midland Basins.

Full Bio

Mr. Himes joined Concho in 2019 as a Business Analyst where he performed roles in economic evaluation, fundamentals analysis and contract administration. Prior to Concho, Mr. Himes served in Marketing Analyst and Representative positions at Endeavor Energy Resources.

Mr. Himes holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University.

Jeff Newton

Board Member

Jeff Newton currently serves as a Land Representative for West Texas Gas, Inc. and is responsible for acquiring and managing infrastructure easements along with other related agreements for all of West Texas Gas’ services: gathering, processing, transmission and distribution.

Full Bio

Since joining West Texas Gas in 2012, Mr. Newton has been involved in all spectrums of West Texas Gas’ land department: purchasing and leasing compressor and plant sites, acquiring pipeline and utility easements.

Mr. Newton holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University.

Matthew Hunt

Board Member

Matthew Hunt currently serves as a Natural gas marketer and NGL representative for West Texas Gas, Inc.  Functions include scheduling, purchasing and balancing on multiple transportation pipelines for both positions.

Full Bio

Since Matthew Hunt joined West Texas Gas in 2013 those roles have grown to include T&F contracts for NGL position.  Before joining West Texas Gas he was a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Mr. Hunt holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and Applied Economics and a MBA from Eastern New Mexico University.

Elise Taunton

Board Member

Elise Taunton currently serves as the as Operations Manager for Caballo Loco Midstream. Ms. Taunton handles day to day operations including but not limited to Accounting, Regulatory, Marketing, Insurance, and Contracts.

Full Bio

Prior to Caballo Loco Midstream, Ms. Taunton served as a Landman specializing in title work. Prior to her career in oil and gas, Ms. Taunton served in numerous roles in broadcast industry, producing hundreds of newscasts and  winning several Associated Press awards.

Mr. Taunton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Texas A&M University.

Arianne Menefee

Business Manager

Arianne Menefee currently serves as a Project Analyst in the commercial department for Oryx Midstream. As a project analyst, her responsibilities consist of key peformance metrics, mapping, contract administration, customer invoicing, and pipeline scheduling.

Prior to Oryx Midstream, Ms. Menefee worked at Reliance Gathering as a Project Analyst until Reliance Gathering sold to a joint venture between Rattler Midstream and Oryx Midstream Services. Prior to Reliance Gathering, Ms. Menefee held several commercial and accounting roles for West Texas Gas.

Ms. Menefee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and an MBA from Angelo State University

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