Prior to co-founding Middle Fork Energy Partners, Jeff served as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for Morgan Stanley Energy Partners and Board Member for Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., where he remains an active Board Member. Jeff served as an Executive Vice President of Encana Corporation from 2003 to 2013 and President of Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. from 2006 to 2013.
Jeff has extensive experience in unconventional resource play development and held senior management and operational positions in both Canada and the United States. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geophysics and Seismology from the University of Calgary and has attended executive education programs at Stanford University and Western University.
Christopher L. Valdez
President & Chief Executive Officer
Prior to co-founding Middle Fork Energy Partners, Chris served as Vice President of Planning and Marketing at Vantage Energy, a Quantum Energy Partners portfolio company. Prior to joining Vantage, Chris worked at Encana Corporation serving in leadership roles including Vice President of Planning, Piceance Basin Asset Manager, and Director of Fundamentals.
Early in his career, Chris worked as a consultant focused on North American natural gas market analysis with Global Energy Decisions and Platts Research and Consulting. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Prior to joining Middle Fork Energy Partners, Frank served as Senior Manager of Drilling and Completions for Western Operations at Encana Services. In this role, Frank was responsible for horizontal drilling, simultaneous operations, and completions in the Piceance, San Juan, DJ, Eagle Ford, and TMS basins. Prior to Encana, Frank held several management and operations roles with JM Huber Corporation, Belden & Blake Corporation, CDX Gas and EQT.
Earlier in his career, Frank served as Vice President of Virginia Gas Company, serving as an officer of the company when the IPO and second offering were issued. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University and an Advanced Management certificate from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Vice President of Accounting
Prior to joining Middle Fork Energy Partners, Andrew served as Manager, Finance and Accounting at Crescent Point Energy. In this role, Andrew was responsible for all aspects of the U.S. company’s finance and accounting. Prior to Crescent Point, Andrew was Controller of Ute Energy, a Quantum portfolio company.
Earlier in his career, Andrew held various management positions with Opportune, Cimarex Energy, and Deloitte. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado.