Thomas R. Bates, Jr.
Mr. Bates is presently chairman of Hercules Offshore, Inc., a public company that provides shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and gas industry and is also chairman of Independence Contract Drilling, a land based drilling contractor operating primarily in the Permian Basin. He also serves on the board of Tetra Technologies, Inc. and Alacer Gold Corporation. From 2003-2009, Mr. Bates served on the board of NATCO Group, Inc., at the time the largest production and process equipment manufacturer in the world.
Mr. Bates has also been an adjunct professor in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University since January 2011 where he teaches energy macroeconomics. Mr. Bates has 40 years of experience in senior positions in the oil service industry and in energy related private equity investments. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
John C. Goff
Mr. Goff is an investor through his family office, Goff Capital, which focuses on investments in public securities, distressed debt as well as private investments in oil and gas, real estate, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Mr. Goff, along with Richard Rainwater, also founded Crescent Real Estate in 1994 where he now serves as Chairman and CEO. Additionally, Mr. Goff is founder and Managing Partner of Goff Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on real estate with offices in Fort Worth, Denver and Stamford, Connecticut.
Mr. Goff serves as a member of several of Boards of Directors including Gainsco, Inc.; OpenConnect Systems, Inc.; University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council; and The Performing Arts Fort Worth.
Mr. Goff directs much of his charitable efforts through The Goff Family Foundation, focusing on education through scholarship programs and creative solutions for specific schools in need. Most notably, the foundation founded B Sharp Youth Music, a non-traditional, after-school, music education program and Fort Worth’s only elementary youth orchestra