TPH Partners has named Richard H. Lewis chairman of TPH Partners II, L.P., a partnership focused on investments in the middle market of the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors of the energy industry. Lewis is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MDU Resources Group Inc. and Colorado State Bank & Trust. He is also chairman of Entre Pure Industries, Inc., a privately held company involved in the purified water and ice business.
TPH Partners is pleased to announce that Richard (Dick) H. Lewis has accepted the role of Chairman of TPH Partners II, L.P. (TPH Partners II), a partnership that is focused on private investment opportunities in the middle market of the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors of the energy industry.
“We are extremely pleased that Dick agreed to become Chairman of TPH Partners II,” said George McCormick, Managing Partner of TPH Partners, in making the announcement. “Dick’s outstanding entrepreneurial track record in the energy business and a shared history with TPH Partners made him the ideal fit for this role. We are honored that Dick has agreed to provide his insights and guidance to our investing efforts, and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”
“I have enjoyed serving as a member of the Senior Advisory Board of TPH Partners and look forward to contributing in my expanded role,” said Lewis. “I am proud to be associated with a team of investment professionals at TPH Partners that have such extensive capabilities and a track record of success.”
Dick Lewis founded Prima Energy Corporation (Prima) in 1980 as a private start-up and served as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President until the sale of the company in 2004. Prima was involved in oil and natural gas exploration and development, natural gas gathering and marketing, and oilfield service activities in the Rocky Mountain region. Over its history, Prima delivered outstanding year-on-year returns to its shareholders.
In 2001, Mr. Lewis was selected as a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in 2004 was an inaugural inductee into the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame. He is also a past president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.
Lewis is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MDU Resources Group, Inc. and Colorado State Bank & Trust. He is Chairman of Entre Pure Industries, Inc., a privately held company involved in the purified water and ice business, and is the Managing General Partner of Brakemaka LLLP, a private family investment partnership. Dick is also Chairman of the Development Board of Colorado UpLIFT and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alliance for Choice in Education.
Prior to founding Prima, Mr. Lewis worked in private practice as a certified public accountant. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in finance and accounting.
Joe B. Foster will continue to serve as Chairman of TPH Partners, L.P., a partnership that has invested in six portfolio companies across the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sub-sectors since formation in 2008, and will serve as a Senior Advisor to TPH Partners II.
“TPH Partners is very privileged to have Joe Foster and Dick Lewis serving as Chairmen of our partnerships and as mentors to our team and our portfolio companies,” said McCormick.
TPH Partners is a Houston-based private equity group that makes investments in the middle market of the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors of the energy industry. TPH Partners is the private equity business of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC, a 140 employee integrated energy investment and merchant bank headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Denver, New York and London.