Mr. Cola is the Managing Director of Cola Group, a diversified family office with over $2 billion of assets under management with interests in hospitality, real estate, natural resources and technology with the group´s flagship assets (in London) including the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and the Hilton Kensington. Mr. Cola also is the acting Chairman and the Co-founder of Petronia, founding Partner of Kensington Residential Partners (luxury residential accommodation in Accra, Ghana), and founded Cola Natural Resources, an Oil and Gas exploration company with a focus on West Africa, and Kolak Mining, a mining services company and operator of the Kibi Goldfields gold concession in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Mr. Cola graduated from University of London with a degree in Economics.
Todd Edwards brings 28 years of experience leading businesses in energy, commercial real estate, logistics, and project financing. In 2019, he put together the Max Midstream team and negotiated the partnership with the Calhoun Port Authority. Throughout his career, he has developed, acquired, and constructed millions of square feet of real estate including aluminum plants, office buildings, retail and restaurants, airport terminals, international bus stations, and residential development throughout North America. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and a former minor league baseball player.
Mr. Park is an energy lawyer with extensive international experience in upstream and midstream projects. In addition to his role as Director of Max Midstream, he is Managing Partner of Park Energy Law and Chairman of Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd. Mr. Park has assisted governments and state oil companies in the design or amendment of petroleum regimes in twelve countries, whose total resources comprise 49% of world oil reserves and 33% of world gas reserves. A Queen’s Counsel since 2010, Mr. Park is a graduate of York University – Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Calgary.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Taylor has worked in the energy sector ranging from petrochemical, independent power producers to the oil and gas logistics markets, and he is responsible for all commercial activities at Max Midstream. Prior to Max Midstream, Mr. Taylor was VP Commercial Crude at EnLink with responsibility of growing the crude oil logistics in the Permian, Eagle Ford, Cushing and St. James markets. Prior to EnLink, Mr. Taylor was co-founder of RiverRock Energy, a private equity firm that merged with Tall Oak and ultimately sold to EnLink for $1.55 billion that involved gas gathering, processing and crude oil systems. Prior to RiverRock Energy, Mr. Taylor was Director of Commercial Development of Tesoro’s High Plains Pipeline network in the Bakken. Prior to Tesoro, Mr. Taylor worked at NuStar in various roles that included operations and marketing and logistics for both refined products and crude oil in the Permian, Rockies, Eagle Ford, Mid Con basins. Mr. Taylor’s focus has been customer alignment of value for the petroleum product from wellhead to downstream markets. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.
Mr. Lantrip is responsible for all accounting, finance, human resources, IT and other administrative services of the company. Prior to joining Max Midstream, Mr. Lantrip held previous Finance roles with oil & gas companies – Northstar Midstream (Controller) and Nabors Industries. He also worked in the audit and assurance practice at Pattillo, Brown & Hill. Throughout his nearly 10-year career in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Mr. Lantrip has established a reputation for aligning financial and business metrics to support aggressive company strategy and growth. He has been a part of multiple equity restructurings, debt financing’s, and company / asset sales in excess of $250 million. Mr. Lantrip earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University.
Is responsible for commercial development for Max Midstream around the Seahawk Terminal area to include, but not limited, to crude oil and refined product exports. Prior to Max Midstream, Mr. Ferro identified and developed the Seahawk assets as part of Northstar Midstream that now comprise Max Midstream in the Seahawk Terminal area. Prior to Northstar, Mr. Ferro was a founding partner of Atlas PetroFuels Group, LLC specializing in domestic and foreign crude logistics and marketing. Prior to Atlas PetroFuels, Mr. Ferro was a senior trader in several commodities at Velocity Futures/Lightspeed Trading over 15 years in trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ exchanges and futures trading on NYMX, CBOT, and ICE. Mr. Ferro is a graduate of University of Houston with a degree in Finance.
Mr. Nguyen has over 25 years in the oil and gas industry and has held various executive roles for the Americas and APAC. From developing new methodologies to building new laboratories, to collaborating with industry associations (e.g. ASTM, API, GPA, COQA) to supporting research and development initiatives, Mr. Nguyen endeavors to find value and efficiency for the oil and gas supply chain. Mr. Nguyen will be responsible for the global “Solutions” team to collaborate and support customer needs.
Mr. Cvetanovic has held various management and development roles in the Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) industry over his 17-year career. His experience in Marine Inspections and Quantity Surveys and his in-depth knowledge of the region’s supply chain will be used to support our customers’ Logistics. Based in Geneve, Mr. Cvetanovic will be responsible for the EMEA region and its expansion plans.
Mr. Newell leads the Marketing team in developing producer relationships and logistic opportunities for volume along the US Gulf Coast. He is responsible for the purchasing and selling of crude to maximize the utilization of the Max Midstream assets, i.e. pipelines, tanks and dock space. Mr. Newell comes to Max Midstream with a diverse background having spent time working for Oasis Petroleum, St Paul Park Refining, ConocoPhillips and Trafigura over the past 20 years. Prior to moving into oil and gas trading/logistics ; he worked as a Marine Charter and spent time aboard vessels. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Mr. Svetlik has over 16 years’ experience in bulk material handling in the marine industry operations as well as regulatory compliance under Texas Railroad Commission, TCEQ, US Customs, US Coast Guard and US Army Corps requirements at the Alcoa plant in Seahawk Terminal. In addition, Mr. Svetlik supervised day to day operations of Alcoa’s raw materials, marine, chemicals and raw caustic facilities with maintaining gantry discharge rate of bauxite receipts annually (Panamax, Supramax and Handimax Class Vessels), coordinating the annual loading of 55 Ice Class Laker Type Vessels and 456 regulation inland dry bulk barges for shipment to domestic and international customers, along with the receiving of pipeline transfers of 22,000 bbls/week and unloading of 15-20 caustic barges annually. Mr. Svetlik is a graduate of University of Phoenix and Victoria college.
Ms. Hanks is responsible for conducting market analysis across product and services to aid in evaluating overall profitability of the business units. In addition, she is developing and monitoring data quality metrics to ensure business reporting needs are met while providing support in other administrative functions of the company (accounting & human resources). Prior to Max Midstream, Ms. Hanks held previous accounting and administrative roles with oil and gas companies – Wishbone Energy Partners ( AP Analyst) and Argent Energy Trust (Office Manager). Ms. Hanks has worked in the oil & gas industry for 8 years and has exceptional client satisfaction record and work ethic. Ms. Hanks earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Professional Land Management Certification from the University of Houston - Downtown.
Ms. Buchanan is responsible for scheduling and managing all Max Energy Marketing volume and will assist with maximizing the utilization of Max Midstream assets. She will strive to ensure economic and safe transportation of crude oil and work to support customer relationships. Ms. Buchanan joins Max Midstream after spending four plus years at Oasis Petroleum. Where she had multiple roles including contracts administration, pipeline scheduling, and marketing crude oil, both in the Bakken and Delaware Basins. She attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Concentration in Global Supply Chain.