The team for tomorrow

Board of Directors

  • Ernie Danner

    Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Danner will serve as the Chairman of the Board for Nine.  From 1998 until his retirement in October 2011, Mr. Danner was employed by Universal Compression Holdings, Inc., which became Exterran Holdings, Inc. following a merger with Hanover Compressor Company in August 2007. Mr. Danner joined Universal Compression Holdings in 1998 as its Chief Financial Officer and served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as Chief Operating Officer from July 2006 through August 2007. From August 2007 to October 2011, Mr. Danner served as a director of Exterran Holdings and of Exterran GP, LLC, and beginning in July 2009, he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of both companies. Mr. Danner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Accounting from Rice University. In 2011, Mr. Danner joined Beckman where he currently serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.

  • Ann G. Fox

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Her focus, knowledge, impeccable credentials and proven experience makes Ann Fox the ideal leader to serve as Nine Energy Service’s President and CEO. Ann graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelors of Science in Diplomacy and Security in World Affairs. Upon graduation, she joined the private sector as an investment banking analyst in New York.

    Answering a different call of duty, Ann then joined the Marines, where she served several tours of duty in Iraq on a team that reported directly to General David Petraeus. After Iraq, she completed her MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Next was a move to Houston, Texas, where Ann was evaluating and executing investment opportunities within the oilfield sector at SCF Partners. Now, Ann is well positioned to take advantage of global opportunities for Nine.

  • David Baldwin


    David Baldwin is the Co‐President of SCF Partners, where he has worked since 1991. David is principally responsible for SCF’s investments and activities focused in North America, and has led the firm’s efforts in helping to build multiple platform companies focused on unconventional resource development themes. Prior to joining SCF, David was a drilling and production engineer at Union Pacific Resources. He hold a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, and an MBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Boards of Forum Energy Technologies, Rockwater Energy Solutions, Oil Patch Group, and Beckman Production Services. He is also a Trustee for the Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and The Center, a leading provider of services to adults with developmental disabilities.

  • Mark E. Baldwin


    Mr. Baldwin served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dresser-Rand Group, Inc., from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, he served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Veritas DGC Inc., from 2004 through 2007, and Operating Partner at First Reserve Corporation from 2003 through 2004. Mr. Baldwin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NextiraOne from 2001 through 2002, and as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Pentacon Inc., from 1997 through 2001. From 1980 through 1997, Mr. Baldwin served in a variety of finance and operations positions with Keystone International Inc., including Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer, and President of the Industrial Valves and Controls Group. Mr. Baldwin currently serves as a Director of Tetra Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TTI) and KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR). Mr. Baldwin has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Tulane University.

  • Curtis F. Harrell


    Curtis Harrell currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Citation Oil & Gas Corp. Curtis joined Citation in 2002 where he took on the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2004, Curtis was promoted to President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer. Then in 2008, Curtis was named President and Chief Executive Officer. Citation Oil & Gas Corp. is one of the largest privately-held independent oil & gas acquisition, development and production companies in the United States. Founded in 1981, Citation has built a significant portfolio of mature, long-life producing properties through a combination of disciplined acquisitions, focused operations and subsequent development.

    Prior to joining the company, Curtis served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Brigham Exploration Company, currently known as Statoil. From 1997 to August 1999, he was Executive Vice President and Partner at R. Chaney & Company, Inc., an equity investment firm focused on the energy industry, where he managed the firm's investment origination efforts in the U.S. From 1995 to 1997, Curtis was a Director of Domestic Corporate Finance for Enron Capital & Trade Resources, Inc., where he was responsible for initiating and executing a variety of debt and equity financing transactions for independent exploration and production companies. Before joining Enron Capital & Trade Resources, Curtis spent eight years working in corporate finance and reservoir engineering positions for two public independent exploration and production companies, Kelley Oil & Gas Corporation and Pacific Enterprises Oil Company, Inc.

    He has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

    Currently, he serves on the boards of Carlile Bancshares, Beckman Production Services, Vanderbilt Parents Leadership Committee and Yellowstone Academy. He is an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization – Houston Chapter.

    He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three grown children, Connor, Clayton and Hannah. They presently reside in Houston, Texas. 

  • Scott Schwinger


    Scott Schwinger serves as President and CEO of the McNair Group and as Chief Financial Officer for the Texans.

    For the past 23 years, Schwinger has held positions with various companies owned, directly or indirectly, by Robert C. McNair including President of Palmetto Partners Ltd., RCM Financial Services, L.P., and Vice President of Cogen Technologies. In April 2010, he was named the CEO of the McNair Group. In his role, he oversees the investment and management activities for The McNair Group of companies which include portfolios of public and private equities and certain operating companies.

    Schwinger is responsible for the management of all McNair Group companies. His duties include investment management, deal structuring, financial reporting, budgeting, treasury, risk management, management information systems and all debt and equity financings. Specific areas of investment focus include real estate, energy, life science, financial services and technology.

    He provided the financial analysis support beginning in 1998 to bring professional football to Houston. Schwinger also served on the Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee Inc. Since the award of the team in 1999, Schwinger has successfully coordinated and structured debt financings totaling $675 million, one of the largest and most successful series of financings to date for a professional sports team.

    Schwinger earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. In the community, he serves on the boards of The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Endowment Fund. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He and his wife, Becca, both native Houstonians, are the parents of sons, Corbin and Charley and daughter, Cara.

  • Gary L. Thomas


    Gary L. Thomas is Chief Operating Officer of EOG Resources, Inc. where he has responsibility for the profitability and growth of exploration and production activities across all of the company’s operating areas with particular focus on EOG’s two biggest oil resource plays, the South Texas Eagle Ford and the North Dakota Bakken. He was promoted to this position in September 2011.

    He previously held a number of senior management roles including Senior Executive Vice President, Operations from 2007 to 2011, Executive Vice President, Operations from 2002 to 2007 and Executive Vice President, North American Operations from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, he was in charge of company’s West Texas and New Mexico operations based in Midland. He has been with EOG and its predecessor companies since 1978.

    Before joining EOG, Mr. Thomas held various engineering and production management responsibilities with Apache and Unocal.

    Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Engineering Management degree from the University of Tulsa.

    He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) and is a former Director of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association.

    EOG Resources, Inc. is one of the largest independent (non-integrated) crude oil and natural gas companies in the United States with proved reserves in the United States, Canada, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and China. A leader in the development of unconventional crude oil and liquids-rich resource plays, EOG is currently the biggest oil producer in Texas and the largest onshore oil producer in the Continental United States.

    EOG Resources, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol “EOG.”  

  • Andrew L. Waite


    Andrew L. (“Andy”) Waite serves as Co-President of SCF Partners, a private equity firm which invests in and builds companies in the global energy services and equipment industry. He joined SCF Partners in 1995 and has recently been leading SCF’s efforts to develop investments with international exposure.

    Andy began a 30+ year career in energy after earning a BSc degree with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from England’s Loughborough University of Technology and a MS degree in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He worked initially with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in a variety of technical and operating roles for companies in the Netherlands, Egypt, U.S. and Norway. Andy then attended Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with High Distinction and was elected a Baker Scholar. He served as Vice President of Simmons & Company International before joining SCF.

    He currently serves on the Boards of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FET), Nautronix Group Limited, Nine Energy Service, Inc., Vautron Holdings Pty. Ltd. and Centurion Acquisition Limited.

    Andy is committed to playing a role in the community. He serves as a Director and is past Co-Chair of the Board for Making It Better, a non-profit focused on serving at-risk children in low income neighborhoods. He is also on the Board of the Family Services Foundation and the Greater Houston Partnership. He is Past Chairman of Family Services of Greater Houston. Andy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Houston Museum of Natural Science and is a past Vice President of the Board of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.