Chief Executive Officer
Oryx CEO Brett Wiggs leads the team with overall responsibility for the development and execution of the company’s business plan. Brett has a long history as a successful leader in the energy industry, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has a strong record of creating value and growth.
Most recently prior to founding Oryx in late 2013, Brett served as a managing director for EnCap Flatrock Midstream. Previously, Brett served as CEO of DFW Midstream Services, a natural gas gathering company focused in the Barnett Shale. Within three years of starting the company in 2008, Brett built a gathering system with more than 80 miles of large and small diameter pipeline and approximately 50,000 horsepower of compression in a dense urban environment. Brett has also served as president and general manager of Bolivia’s principal oil and gas pipeline company, Transredes SA, and as president and CEO of the Cuiaba Integrated Power Project, a power plant and natural gas pipeline project located in western Brazil. Additionally, Brett has held various business development and management positions at Enron and Texas Utilities.
Prior to beginning his business career, Brett served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas.
Karl Pfluger has deep roots in West Texas and a strong energy industry finance background. Prior to joining Oryx in early 2014, Karl served as a managing director at EnCap Flatrock Midstream, where he was responsible for the origination of new investments, transaction structuring and execution, and the ongoing activities of funds and portfolio companies. During his time at EnCap Flatrock, Karl originated and worked closely with several portfolio companies that were active in the Permian Basin.
Previous to EnCap Flatrock, Karl worked with Quintana Energy Partners in Midland, an energy-focused private equity firm, where he was instrumental in the origination, evaluation and management of a broad range of investments across all energy sectors. During his time at Quintana, Karl worked directly for former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans. Karl has also worked with American Capital, assisting in the build-out of the company’s energy-focused investment effort, and as an analyst with Raymond James & Associates’ energy investment banking division.
Karl received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in business administration from Texas A&M University.
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations
Prior to joining Oryx, Martin McHale was director of pipeline commercial operations for Plains All American Pipeline. During his time at Plains, Martin was responsible for business development, commercial activities and the financial performance for the partnership’s 3,000 miles of crude oil midstream assets in the Permian Basin. He joined Plains in the company's central engineering group, where he focused on project development, asset optimization, and energy management.
Before Plains, Martin worked at ExxonMobil Production Company as a senior engineer supporting their Gulf of Mexico and onshore oil and gas production operations.
A native of New Orleans, Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Josh Ham is a native of West Texas and has worked in and around the oil and gas industry as an attorney and investor since 2003. Josh’s experience ranges from providing outside legal counsel to oil and gas production and services companies to in-house legal and investment counsel for a family office and private partnership engaged in a myriad of oil and gas and other investments.
From 2007 until he joined Oryx, Josh served a dual role of in-house counsel for a family office located in Midland, Texas, and was a partner in TexCap Land & Minerals, Ltd. As in-house counsel, Josh oversaw the deployment of the family office’s capital into various oil and gas and other types of investments. Josh was a co-founder of TexCap Land & Minerals and led TexCap’s efforts to participate as a non-operating working interest owner in oil and gas drilling projects in the Permian Basin and elsewhere. He also assisted with the direction and management of TexCap’s other activities, which included mineral acquisitions, fund investments, commercial real estate deals and mezzanine lending transactions.
Previous to TexCap, Josh spent just under five years as a corporate and commercial real estate attorney at Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C. in Midland. Josh also practiced law for two years at Patton Boggs LLP in Dallas.
Josh holds a B.B.A. and J.D. from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Texas Bar Association.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Robert Kimmel is an accomplished financial professional with over 15 years of experience advising energy companies in connection with strategic, M&A and capital-raising activities. Prior to joining Oryx, Robert was most recently a Managing Director and Head of Midstream Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, where he was responsible for the coverage of public and private midstream companies and related financial sponsors. Robert was previously a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs serving in a similar role. A native Texan, based in Houston, Robert began his career as a corporate and securities transactional attorney at Vinson & Elkins.
Robert graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with both a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors and a Juris Doctorate, with Honors.
Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction
As Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Oryx Midstream Services, Michael Rose is responsible for the management of project engineering, material procurement, construction support and field operations.
Michael has six years of oil and gas midstream engineering, construction and operations experience in multiple basins in central and western United States. Prior to joining the Oryx team, he served as a regional Vice President for Summit Midstream responsible for synchronizing project development, land acquisition, surveying, permitting, engineering, material procurement and construction for several hundred million dollars of projects in Colorado, Utah and North Dakota.
Before starting a new career in the energy industry, Michael served 22 years as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army including command of a 700-Soldier battalion in combat in Iraq and deputy command of a 4,300-soldier engineering unit with six major subordinate organizations. Michael is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and has a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Will Abney has served in a variety of roles within the oil and gas industry since 2000. His experience includes serving as outside legal counsel to oil and gas companies and holding various in-house legal and commercial leadership roles for private equity sponsored portfolio companies focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas assets.
Before joining Oryx in 2020, Will served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Santa Elena Minerals, where he led the legal department and the development of a freshwater production and gathering system. From 2012 to 2018, Will was a founding member and held various positions of increasing responsibility for Atlantic Resources Company and Atlantic Energy Holdings, including his most recent role as President. Before Atlantic, Will spent over 10 years as an oil and gas transactional attorney with Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland. Will also practiced law for two years at Jackson & Sjoberg in Austin.
Will received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Vice President, Crude Oil Marketing and Origination
Kent McAlister is a seasoned energy professional, responsible for growing and optimizing Oryx’s marketing assets in the Delaware and Midland Basins. Prior to joining Oryx in July 2019, Kent acted as Senior Crude Oil Trader for Shell Trading in Denver, where he was responsible for blending, storage, transportation and trading third-party barrels from the Rockies into both PADD IV and PADD II end markets.
Kent’s career began as a scheduler for crude oil in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Rocky Mountain regions before getting his first trading role in Denver with Eighty-Eight Oil. In 2010, he joined Canadian Oil major, Suncor Energy, where he was instrumental in growing their physical trading presence in the United States. Infrastructure constraints in the Rocky Mountain Region forced barrels into unconventional markets, further expanding his knowledge into rail and marine markets.
Kent received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University.
Trey Santa Maria
Vice President of Finance and Business Development
Trey Santa Maria was most recently a member of the strategy and mergers and acquisitions team at Tesoro Corporation where he was focused almost exclusively on activities related to Tesoro Logistics, Tesoro Corporation’s Master Limited Partnership. Prior to Tesoro, Trey was an Associate with the Zachry Hastings Alliance in San Antonio, a private equity fund focused on infrastructure, where his experience included working on transactions in the power, pipeline and toll road space. Trey started his career in banking in Chicago, first with JP Morgan Chase and later with ABN AMRO, as an Associate in its Power and Utilities group.
Trey holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Tech University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President of Construction
Prior to joining the Oryx team, Kyle was a senior business development representative at Plains All American, where he focused on the expansion and financial performance of Plains’ crude oil infrastructure in the Permian Basin. Kyle started at Plains as a project engineer and manager, helping establish their footprint in the Eagle Ford Shale and expanding their asset base in the Permian Basin. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the design, construction, and startup of large-capital crude oil and condensate pipeline, storage, pump and meter facility projects as well as providing continued operational support for the assets after startup.
Before starting at Plains, Kyle worked as a technical professional at Halliburton Energy Services providing casing cement solutions to oil and gas producers throughout the Permian Basin.
Kyle received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry from Purdue University.
Karen Rhea Russell
Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President
Karen Russell was most recently director of accounting at Southcross Energy, leading the operational and financial accounting department including the process of taking the company public in 2011 and building the public reporting structure.
Previous to Southcross, Karen was assistant controller for The Staubach Company, where she was involved in merging all franchise locations prior to the sale of the assets to Jones Lang LaSalle. Karen also worked with Texas Independent Energy, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group, as manager of financial reporting, where she focused on financial reporting and staff development. Karen started her career at The Crescent, first with The Crescent Club and later The Spa at the Crescent.
Karen received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and a is member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants.