At Meritum Energy Holdings, every member of our team is experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to our mission and values. We are dedicated to providing value, service and results for our clients. We put our skills and dedication to work every day for you.
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.
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.
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, and 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 (PERC) 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.
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 auditing to managing internal audits, 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.
Hunter Houston VP of Sales
Prior to joining Meritum Energy, Hunter was Director of Oil & Gas Sales for Pinnacle Propane and JP Energy Partners. He successfully developed Pinnacle Propane’s oil and gas market share in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico with a focus on propane powered natural gas power generation and remote micro-grid solutions. A seasoned veteran in both boom-and-bust cycles, Hunter developed targeted growth strategies that were unimpacted by commodity cycles, adding consistent value to the business.
Prior to joining JP Energy (Pinnacle Propane), Hunter co-founded AIH Petroleum for the purpose of acquiring and developing Saltwater Disposals (SWDs) and commercial water wells in the Eagle Ford Shale. Hunter led drilling, completions, and facilities design for new drills, facilities optimization for acquisition wells, and sales and marketing plans for each asset.
Prior to AIH Petroleum Hunter, Hunter joined Supreme Vacuum Services (SVS), an oilfield fluid trucking and rental company, to develop and lead the Sales and Business Development team throughout the Eagle Ford Shale. Hunter led business development efforts with major Exploration and Production (E&P) companies to assist in drilling, completion, production, and midstream development.
Hunter graduated with a BA in English from Sewanee: The University of the South.