Team

OWL’s team includes seasoned professionals in five states with years of proven corporate and water management expertise, managed by its Board of Directors. With offices in Midland, Denver and Dallas, and over 20 field locations, OWL has the right people in place to architect, engineer and operate water logistics for the energy industry on a large scale.

Board of Directors and Management Team

T. Chris Cooper, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cooper is CEO of Oilfield Water Logistics and Managing Partner of OWL Investments.  Mr. Cooper was previously CEO and founder of Oilfield Water Lines, LP, which sold substantially all of its assets to NGL Energy Partners (NYSE: NGL) in 2013.  Prior to OWL, Mr. Cooper co-founded investment firm Eastern Partners and was CFO of Charis Partners, the initial oilfield water platform for Heckmann Water Resources and later Nuverra (NYSE: NES).  Mr. Cooper began his investment career at private equity firm Olympus Real Estate Partners, HM Capital’s real estate fund, following work at Ernst & Young.  Mr. Cooper received a BBA in Finance and BA in Political Science from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Nick Hines, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hines is Chief Operating Officer at Oilfield Water Logistics. Prior to joining Oilfield Water Logistics, Mr. Hines was the Construction and Produced Water Manager at Pioneer Natural Resources water team. Mr. Hines has over 13 years of prior experience in a variety of roles in the upstream oil and gas sector focusing on facilities and operations. Mr. Hines has a Petroleum Engineering degree from Texas Tech University.
Roger F. Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Johnson is Chief Commercial Officer at Oilfield Water Logistics and a founding Partner of OWL Investments.  Previously, Mr. Johnson was a co-founder and the first investor in Oilfield Water Lines and was active in the company’s formation and financial structuring.  Mr. Johnson has an extensive network of relationships in the industry and actively sourced deals for OWL.  He has several decades of experience in investing in minerals, overrides and working interests in various oil and gas assets.  Mr. Johnson earned his BS in Finance from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Tulane University.
Matthew R. Thiel, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Thiel is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Oilfield Water Logistics and a Partner at OWL Investments. Mr. Thiel worked in the Stephens Energy Investment Banking Group from December 2011 to May 2014 where he participated in over $16 billion of transactions.  Prior to joining Stephens, Mr. Thiel served as a Consultant at Ernst and Young where he participated in several operations improvement projects in the firm’s Consumer Banking Office.  Prior to Ernst and Young, Mr. Thiel was a Captain in the United States Army where he led teams at multiple levels through four combat deployments.  Mr. Thiel earned his BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy and his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Jennifer Owen Reid, In-House Counsel and Director of Land
Ms. Reid is In-House Counsel and Director of Land at Oilfield Water Logistics. Previously, Ms. Reid was Director and Legal Counsel of Land for EnLink Midstream Operating, LP, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s land acquisition process, leading and advising a geographically dispersed team of over a dozen professionals on matters of due diligence, permitting, landowner negotiations, and stakeholder and political engagement. In 2016, Ms. Reid was presented with the company’s President’s Leadership Award, an annual program highlighting exceptional leadership through peer recognition. Ms. Reid holds a J.D. honors degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She was called to the State Bar of Texas in 2008.
R. Preston Carr, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Carr is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Oilfield Water Logistics. Prior to joining Oilfield Water Logistics, Mr. Carr was the Vice President of Lobo Trucking, a portfolio company of Sunland Capital. While at Lobo, he was responsible for growing its trucking, water transfer and saltwater disposal well business lines. In addition to helping the company becoming the largest fluid services provider in Southeast New Mexico, Mr. Carr assisted in expanding the company’s footprint into West Texas. Mr. Carr began his career in the insurance business at McGriff, Seibels and Williams where he served as Assistant Vice President in the Energy and Private Equity Risk Consulting groups. Mr. Carr earned his MBA from Rice University and his BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Michael A. Rutter, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Rutter is Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Oilfield Water Logistics. Previously, Mr. Rutter worked at Baker Hughes Incorporated serving in various management roles within operations, sales and business development. While at Baker Hughes, he was responsible for growing its artificial lift and upstream chemicals product lines for their five geo-markets within US Land. Mr. Rutter has more than ten years of oil and gas business development and production experience throughout an assortment of regions including the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Rockies, Bakken, and Anadarko Basin. Mr. Rutter received a BS in Business Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Texas.