About Us

Service, Efficiency, Safety. Those are Meritum Energy Holdings’ Priorities.

Meritum Energy was formed in 2015 by an experienced management team with a background in the propane, fuel, NGL and overall energy sector. Through our years of experience and industry relationships, the Meritum team has made numerous acquisitions, entered new markets through organic investment and efficiently invested growth capital.

Our Team

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Christopher P. Hill

President and CEO

Prior to co-founding Meritum Energy Holdings in 2015, Chris was a co-founder of JP Energy Partners (JPEP). He served as President of Pinnacle Propane where he was responsible for the growth and operations of the NGL segment of JPEP, including Pinnacle Propane, Pinnacle Propane Express (barbecue cylinder exchange) and JP Liquids (NGL transport business). Prior to co-founding JP Energy Partners, Chris was a VP at DH Investment Co. and Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation, where he was responsible for the development and sales of several new residential communities including Cordillera Ranch, an 8,700 acre community in the Texas hill country featuring a private club and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Prior to his work with Cordillera Ranch, Chris worked for Creekstone Builders on various luxury apartment developments throughout the U.S. Chris holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University.

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Thomas Van Buren

EVP and COO

Prior to joining Meritum, Tom served as EVP of Ferrell North America (FNA), a division of Ferrellgas. Responsibilities included supply, logistics (truck, rail, storage & pipeline operations), risk management, wholesale, and business development while also supporting various midstream operations. Tom led transition/integration of Sable Environmental, a salt water disposal company, including implementation and development of a total company sales and operational structure and acquiring and building new disposal wells. Following acquisition of Bridger, a national crude logistics company, led company synergy coordination with Bridger Executive team. Tom is also heavily involved in industry associations including past Chairman of the Propane Education and Research Council and of various committees and task forces with the National Propane Gas Association's (NPGA). Prior to FNA, Tom served in the U.S. Army earning the rank of Captain in the Chemical Corps after he graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund in Kansas City, is a life member of the Army War College Foundation and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Anthony Kusenberger

Director of Business Development

Anthony joined Meritum with extensive knowledge of our initial operating platform, Pico Propane and Fuels. He has been responsible for operating and growing the Pico business for the past 17 years. Following Meritum's acquisition of Pico, Anthony joined Meritum to continue managing the business operations and will work with us to begin the process of expanding the business into other markets and business segments. Anthony’s experience and relationship with the current employees and customers provides the ideal transition as we integrate the Pico Propane and Fuels business into Meritum and prepare it for significant growth.

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Robert W. Chalmers

EVP and CFO

Prior to co-founding Meritum Energy Holdings in 2015, Rob was SVP of Corporate/Business Development-NGL for JP Energy Partners. His responsibilities included sourcing, valuing and negotiating acquisitions as well as developing and leading the NGL sales team. In response to the need for direct attention and oversight, Rob developed and led the risk management function for the NGL group. Prior to joining JP Energy, Rob was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting specializing in the energy sector. In this role Rob advised both lenders and executive management teams through numerous restructurings. Representative engagements include numerous public and private clients from E&P and midstream to marketing and refining clients. Rob graduated with a BS in engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from SMU. Rob is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


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Brent Grider

Controller

Brent joined Meritum with significant experience in key areas of accounting and financial reporting for many different sized companies. Brent has been involved in everything from external audit to managing internal audit, SOX compliance and financial reporting for large public companies. In addition, Brent has been a part of companies that have grown through aggressive acquisition strategies as well as having been a part of companies that have been acquired. His experience and approach to business is very well aligned with our culture and strategy.