Emerge Energy Services is run by a dedicated team with deep experience in the proppant (frac) sand and fuel processing industries.
Emerge Energy Services Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Directors and Executive Officers

Ted W. Beneski

Ted W. Beneski

Chairman of the Board

Ted W. Beneski was elected Chairman of the Board and appointed as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in April 2012. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Since May 2002, Mr. Beneski has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Insight Equity Holdings LLC. Mr. Beneski also served as Chairman of the Board of Direct Fuels and SSS, positions he had held since May 2003 and June 2008, respectively. Prior to founding Insight Equity, Mr. Beneski was a founding principal of the Carlyle Management Group, a private equity group specializing in investments in turnarounds and special situation investment opportunities, and served as Senior Vice President from January 2000 to May 2002. Mr. Beneski was also co-founder of the Dallas office of Bain & Company, or Bain, a global leader in strategy-based management consulting services, and served as a Senior Partner and Managing Director. His tenure at Bain (both Boston and Dallas) was from September 1985 to December 1999. While at Bain, Mr. Beneski advised Fortune 100 clients across a wide range of industries in the areas of portfolio and business unit strategy, mergers and acquisitions, operational improvement, organizational and process redesign, new product introduction and growth strategy. Prior to Bain, Mr. Beneski worked for five years as a commercial banker with Bankers Trust in New York and Shawmut Corporation in Boston.

Mr. Beneski also serves as Chairman of the Board at the following Insight Equity portfolio companies: Vision-Ease Lens, Hirschfeld Industries, Walker Group Holdings, Aviation Investment Holdings, Atwood Mobile Products, Meadow Valley, The Berry Family of Nurseries, Versatile Processing Group, Inc. and A.P. Plasman. Mr. Beneski received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Amherst College, majoring in economics. Mr. Beneski was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his affiliation with Insight Equity, his knowledge of the industries in which we operate and his financial and business expertise.

Rick Shearer

Rick Shearer

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Shearer was elected Chief Executive Officer of our general partner in April 2012 and expects to devote substantially all of his professional time to Emerge Energy Services LP. Since May 2010, Mr. Shearer has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SSS. Mr. Shearer previously served from March 2007 to May 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Bull Resources, a company that specializes in the mining, processing and marketing of industrial minerals that is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Shearer currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Black Bull Resources. From January 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Shearer served as a member of the board of directors of Excell Minerals, a global stainless steel metals recovery company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prior to its acquisition by Harsco Corporation in February 2007. Mr. Shearer also previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Silica Company Inc., a silica sand supplier, from August 1997 to January 2004.

Mr. Shearer served as Founding Chairman of the Industrial Minerals Association of North America, as Vice Chairman of the National Industrial Sand Association and as a Board Member of the Industrial Minerals Association of Europe from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Shearer has a Bachelor of Science degree from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Harvard University.

Warren B. Bonham

Warren B. Bonham

Vice President and Director

Warren B. Bonham was elected Vice President and appointed as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in April 2012 and expects to devote approximately 40% of his professional time to Emerge Energy Services LP. Since February 2012, Mr. Bonham has been a Partner of Insight Equity Holdings LLC. Additionally, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Fuels since January 2008  and previously served as President from June 2006 to December 2007. Mr. Bonham also previously served as Vice President of Hirschfeld Steel, a company that specializes in the fabrication of structural steel components for constructions projects such as bridges, industrial and nuclear facilities, mass transit systems, and stadiums, from September 2010 to January 2012 and from June 2006 to December 2007. From August 2002 to May 2006, Mr. Bonham served as the Chief Financial Officer of GES Exposition Services, the largest subsidiary of Viad Corporation, a publicly traded exhibition and event services company. Prior to joining GES Exposition Services, Mr. Bonham served as Chief Financial Officer of Electrolux LLC, a private equity owned direct seller of floor care equipment, from August 1998 to July 2002. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Bonham worked as a Senior Manager at Bain, where he worked on operational improvement cases in many different industries on three different continents.

Mr. Bonham serves on the board of directors at a number of Insight Equity’s portfolio companies. Mr. Bonham received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University where he was the class valedictorian. He is also a licensed Chartered Accountant. Mr. Bonham was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his affiliation with Insight Equity, his knowledge of the industries in which we operate and his financial and business expertise.

Kevin Clark

Director

Kevin Clark has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2013. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Since January 2002 he has taught classes in corporate strategy and accounting at Vanderbilt University as an Adjunct Professor, a Senior Lecturer and, since August 2010, as an Associate Professor. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Mr. Clark was a partner at Executive Perspectives Inc., an executive education firm focused on strategy, finance and team building, from October 1985 to November 1998. He is the co-managing partner of RG Clark Family Holdings, LLC, serving in that role since November 2011, and also serving as Secretary and Treasurer from September 2000 to the present. He has also served as a Director for Sullivan Street Development, Inc., a small private corporation, since June 2001.

Mr. Clark holds a B.S. in physics from Amherst College and an M.S. in computer and information science from Dartmouth College. Mr. Clark was chosen to serve on the board of our general partner due to his expertise in corporate strategy and accounting.

Francis J. Kelly, III

Director

Francis J. Kelly, III was appointed as an independent director of our general partner in March 2013. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Mr. Kelly is the Vice Chairman of Arnold Worldwide, LLC, a large advertising agency. Mr. Kelly joined Arnold Worldwide in January 1994 as Chief Marketing officer, and advanced to become President in 2002, CEO in 2006, and eventually Vice Chairman in 2010. Mr. Kelly has led a number of successful branding strategies for public and private companies while helping Arnold Worldwide shape its strategic and creative philosophy. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Kelly worked at Leonard Monahan and Lubars, an advertising agency subsequently renamed Leonard Monahan Lubars and Kelly. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Kelly developed integrated campaigns for national brands while working for Humphrey Browning MacDougall. His thirty-five year career in the field of branding, advertising, and integrated marketing communications also includes time at Young & Rubicam New York.

Mr. Kelly received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. He also serves on the boards of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Boston Public Library. Mr. Kelly was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his marketing, financial and business expertise.

Eliot E. Kerlin, Jr.

Eliot E. Kerlin, Jr.

Director

Eliot E. Kerlin Jr. was appointed as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in March 2013. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Mr. Kerlin is a Partner at Insight Equity Holdings LLC and has been a member of the firm since July 2005. During his time at Insight Equity Holdings LLC, Mr. Kerlin has led a number of acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings, and operational improvement initiatives at portfolio companies. During 2004, Mr. Kerlin served as a turnaround manager for Bay State Paper Company, a containerboard and craft paper manufacturer. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Kerlin worked as a Senior Associate at Jupiter Partners, a middle market private equity fund. He began his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith.

Mr. Kerlin currently serves as an Executive Vice President and board member for a number of Insight Equity’s portfolio companies. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Texas A&M University. Mr. Kerlin also serves on several non-profit, community and professional boards of directors. Mr. Kerlin was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his affiliation with Insight Equity, his knowledge of the industries in which we operate and his financial and business expertise.

Kevin McCarthy

Director

Kevin McCarthy was appointed as an independent director of our general partner in July 2012. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Mr. McCarthy is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Kayne Anderson MLP Investment Company, Kayne Anderson Energy Total Return Fund, Inc., Kayne Anderson Midstream/Energy Fund, Inc. and Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company, which are each NYSE listed closed-end investment companies. Mr. McCarthy joined Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors as a Senior Managing Director in 2004 from UBS Securities LLC, where he was global head of energy investment banking. In this role, he had senior responsibility for all of UBS’s energy investment banking activities, including direct responsibilities for securities underwriting and mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. McCarthy led the energy investment banking activities of Dean Witter Reynolds and then PaineWebber Incorporated. He began his investment banking career in 1984. He is also on the board of directors of Range Resources Corporation (a publicly traded natural gas exploration and production company) and ProPetro Services, Inc. (a private oilfield services company). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geology from Amherst College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Mr. McCarthy was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his knowledge of the industries in which we operate and his financial and business expertise.

Victor L. Vescovo

Victor L. Vescovo

Director

Victor L. Vescovo was appointed as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in April 2012. He intends to devote as much time as is necessary to discharge his duties as a director of Emerge GP and to oversee the management and operations of Emerge Energy Services LP. Since January 2003, Mr. Vescovo has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of Insight Equity Holdings LLC, which he co-founded with Mr. Beneski. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Vescovo was Vice President of Product Development of Military Advantage, a venture-backed company sold to Monster Worldwide in 2004. From 1994 to 1999, he was a Senior Manager at Bain where he focused on merger integration and operational improvement cases. Mr. Vescovo previously worked in the mergers & acquisitions department of Lehman Brothers where he was responsible for company due diligence and transaction execution, as well as working overseas in the Middle East advising the Saudi government on business investments from 1991 to 1992.

Mr. Vescovo also serves as a Managing Director and board member of all of Insight Equity’s portfolio companies. Additionally, Mr. Vescovo is a Commander (0-5) in the US Navy Reserve with a specialization in operational targeting. Mr. Vescovo received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also received a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a double major BA in economics and political science from Stanford University. Mr. Vescovo was selected to serve on the board of directors of our general partner due to his affiliation with Insight Equity, his knowledge of the industries in which we operate and his financial and business expertise.

Robert Lane

Robert Lane

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Lane was appointed Chief Financial Officer of our general partner in November 2012 and expects to devote all of his professional time to Emerge Energy Services LP following the offering. From December 2011 until his appointment as our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lane was a Managing Director at Global Hunter Securities LLC, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of capital markets and M&A transactions in the midstream industry. Mr. Lane previously served in various roles as Vice President, Senior Vice President and eventually Managing Director of Sanders Morris Harris Inc. and its affiliates from November 2004 to December 2011, where he led equity research and then investment banking coverage of midstream energy companies, particularly master limited partnerships. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Lane served as Director of Finance and Accounting and later Chief Financial Officer of Unico Corporation, a company which provided industrial and commercial uniforms to the utility, petrochemical, general industry, and corporate identity markets. Prior to joining Unico Corporation, Mr. Lane served as an independent consultant for startup companies in the Houston area from 2002 to 2003. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Lane worked as a Senior Associate and later as a Vice President for Vulcan Capital Management, Inc., and from 1994 to 1997, Mr. Lane served as a Senior Analyst for Smith Barney Inc.

Mr. Lane is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Analyst. Mr. Lane received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He also received a Certificate in the Accountancy Program from the B.T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston.