Team

Thomas O. Whitener Jr.
President and Founding Partner

Thomas O. Whitener Jr.

President and Founding Partner

(214) 987-6105

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.

James P. Benson
Founding Partner

James P. Benson

Founding Partner

(214) 987-6103

Mr. Benson is a founding partner of Energy Spectrum, with extensive relationships and networks within the energy industry. Historically, Mr. Benson has been instrumental in and responsible for originating many of Energy Spectrum’s most successful investments. Mr. Benson primarily focuses on business development activities and the sourcing and financing of new transactions for Energy Spectrum’s midstream private equity business. Through his extensive industry relationships and active marketing efforts, Mr. Benson participates in the evaluation and negotiation of potential investments and assists portfolio companies in arranging and structuring debt financing. Mr. Benson has approximately 34 years of private equity, investment banking, financial advisory and commercial banking experience in the energy industry. Prior to co-founding Energy Spectrum in 1996, Mr. Benson served for 10 years as a Managing Director at R. Reid Investments Inc., where his experience included energy-related private placements of debt and equity, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Benson began his career at InterFirst Bank Dallas, where he served for four years and was responsible for various energy financings and financial recapitalizations. Mr. Benson received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and his Master of Business Administration degree with high honors from Texas Christian University.

James W. Spann
Chief Compliance Officer and Founding Partner

James W. Spann

Chief Compliance Officer and Founding Partner

(214) 987-6102

A founding partner of Energy Spectrum, Mr. Spann is responsible for screening and originating investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, assisting portfolio companies in the evaluation and completion of follow-on acquisitions and financings and evaluating the energy industry’s macroeconomic trends. Mr. Spann also serves as Chief Compliance Officer of ESC Investment Advisors, an Energy Spectrum affiliate, which files with the SEC in compliance with the Investment Advisors Act. Mr. Spann has over 40 years of experience financing oil and gas companies and managing private equity investments in the energy industry. Prior to forming Energy Spectrum, Mr. Spann served as a Managing Director of CIGNA Private Securities, where he specialized in energy and petrochemical companies. Mr. Spann received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with highest honors from Syracuse University’s School of Management and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut.

Peter W. Augustini
Partner

Peter W. Augustini

Partner

(214) 987-6128

Mr. Augustini joined Energy Spectrum in 2004. Mr. Augustini conducts financial and strategic due diligence for potential investments, negotiates and structures new investments, leads deal execution and is actively involved in the ongoing monitoring and oversight of portfolio companies. Mr. Augustini has approximately 26 years of private equity, management consulting, and corporate finance and strategy experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Augustini served five years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international strategic management consulting firm, primarily working on energy-related assignments. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Augustini served seven years in a variety of finance and strategic planning management positions at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and four years as an analyst for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s investments group. Mr. Augustini received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and his Master of Business Administration degree with high honors from the University of Chicago.

Benjamin H. Davis
Partner

Benjamin H. Davis

Partner

(214) 987-6122

Mr. Davis joined Energy Spectrum in 1997. He originates new investment opportunities for Energy Spectrum and its portfolio companies, evaluates potential investments, structures and closes investment transactions and serves on the Board of Directors of several Energy Spectrum portfolio companies. Prior to focusing on midstream private equity, Mr. Davis worked for ten years as an investment banker focused on the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Davis spent the first four years of his career as an organizational management consultant. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Petroleum Club. LinkedIn

Mark S. Honeybone
Partner

Mark S. Honeybone

Partner

(214) 987-6119

Mr. Honeybone joined Energy Spectrum in 2004. His responsibilities include business development activities, evaluating potential investments, deal execution and the ongoing monitoring and oversight of portfolio companies. Mr. Honeybone has approximately 20 years of private equity, restructuring, and investment banking experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Honeybone was in the restructuring practice of FTI Consulting, Inc. Previously, Mr. Honeybone worked at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, providing financial advisory and investment banking services to middle-market companies, and at Price Waterhouse, where he served as a consultant in the upstream energy practice. Mr. Honeybone received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with highest honors from Trinity University. LinkedIn

Michael C. Mayon
Partner

Michael C. Mayon

Partner

(214) 987-6141

Mr. Mayon joined Energy Spectrum in 2011. His primary responsibilities include sourcing new investment opportunities, conducting financial and strategic due diligence and monitoring portfolio company performance. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Mayon was an Associate at Key Principal Partners, a private equity fund that provides mezzanine and equity capital to middle market companies. Mr. Mayon began his career as an investment banker with Banc of America Securities and Growth Capital Partners. Mr. Mayon received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences degrees from Southern Methodist University, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. LinkedIn

Chandler A. Phillips
Partner

Chandler A. Phillips

Partner

(214) 987-6106

Mr. Phillips rejoined Energy Spectrum in 2011. His responsibilities include investment sourcing, due diligence and monitoring portfolio companies. Previously he had been with Energy Spectrum from 2004 until 2008, including two years with Energy Spectrum Advisors. Prior to rejoining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Phillips worked three years with a diversified private family office located in Louisiana in various risk management and project management roles. Mr. Phillips previously worked as an engineer in Tom Brown Inc.’s acquisitions and divestitures group, and as an engineer coordinating the management of Matador Petroleum’s outside-operated properties. Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with honors from Texas A&M University.

Michael P. Mitchell
Vice President

Michael P. Mitchell

Vice President

(214) 987-6112

Mr. Mitchell joined Energy Spectrum in 2014. His responsibilities include conducting financial due diligence, execution and monitoring investment performance. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Mitchell was an investment banking analyst in the Global Natural Resources Group at RBC Capital Markets in Houston, where he focused primarily on public capital raises and M&A advisory within the energy industry. Mr. Mitchell began his career in energy lending with Amegy Bank of Texas in Houston. Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. LinkedIn

Austin P. Lutz
Senior Associate

Austin P. Lutz

Senior Associate

(214) 987-6164

Mr. Lutz joined Energy Spectrum in 2018.  His responsibilities include conducting financial due diligence, transaction execution and monitoring of investment performance. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Lutz was an Associate at Edge Natural Resources LLC, an energy private equity firm focused on upstream and oilfield service investments.  At Edge, Mr. Lutz was involved with the due diligence, execution, on-going transaction support and portfolio monitoring of various investments.  Prior to his time at Edge, Mr. Lutz was a Manager in the Finance & Strategic Planning group at Energy Transfer (NYSE: ETP/ETE) where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions across the family of partnerships.  Mr. Lutz began his career at J.P. Morgan as an Analyst on the Mid-Cap Investment Banking team where he focused on financing and merger and acquisition transactions across the diversified mid-cap space. Mr. Lutz received a B.B.A. with majors in Finance and Business Honors, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.