Founding Partner & President
As President and a founding partner of Energy Spectrum, Mr. Whitener leads the firm’s midstream private equity business. His responsibilities include leading negotiations, structuring and executing investment transactions, actively monitoring existing investments and working closely as a board member with the management teams of portfolio companies. Mr. Whitener has approximately 44 years of experience financing and advising companies and managing private equity investments in the energy industry. Prior to Energy Spectrum, Mr. Whitener served as a Managing Director at R. Reid Investments Inc. and as a Senior Vice President of Dean Witter Reynolds’ Energy Corporate Finance Group. Through these positions, he gained significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, institutional equity and debt placements and energy asset divestitures. Following college, Mr. Whitener served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and began his professional career as an energy lender with InterFirst Bank Dallas. Later, as a senior manager, he was responsible for managing and overseeing commitments in excess of $1.5 billion to the upstream, midstream and oil field service sectors of the energy industry. Mr. Whitener received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with highest honors and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin.