President and Chief Operating Officer
Chris Akers is President and Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Midstream.
Chris brings more than 29 years of professional pipeline experience to Eureka Midstream. His expertise in the midstream arena includes operations, construction, engineering, commercial
activities, finance, and business development, primarily within the Appalachian Basin.
Prior to joining Eureka Midstream, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of Gas Control and commercial groups at EQT Corporation. During his tenure there, Chris was a key member in the expansion of several hundred miles of pipeline, over 30 new compressor stations and two processing facilities. In addition, he was also a key contributor to the mergers and acquisitions team, as he helped develop the strategic plans which led to reduced costs, increasing throughput volumes and advancements in risk/safety management. Prior to joining EQT Corporation, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations and gas control at Dominion Transmission.
Chris serves on the board of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and has served as chairman of the Midstream group of the Southern Gas Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan.
Chief Financial Officer
Gabe Scott serves as Chief Financial Officer of Eureka Midstream, where he is responsible for directing the overall financial direction and strategy of the business.
Gabe has over 10 years of corporate finance experience with increasing management responsibilities within the energy sector. He previously served as Vice President of Finance
and Corporate Development for Eureka and has been with the company since inception. Prior to joining Eureka Midstream, his previous experience includes over five years as a key member of an energy-focused private equity firm and an international investment bank.
Gabe earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Alabama in 2005, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball, served as team captain, named an ESPN Academic All-American, recognized as the Outstanding Finance Undergraduate Student, a Paul Bear Bryant Student-Athlete of the Year Finalist, a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American, and a First Team All-SEC choice.
Executive Vice President
Melissa Richey serves as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction at Eureka Midstream, where she manages all aspects of the company’s engineering, project management, construction, land, and GIS. She has more than 25 years of oil and gas experience, including operations, engineering, environmental, land, project management and construction, primarily within the production and midstream sectors.
Prior to joining Eureka, Melissa worked in various positions at EQT Corporation, including as Director of Gas Systems Control, Director of Construction, and Vice President of Land where she laid the foundation of the organization’s drilling and leasing program in the prolific Marcellus Shale. Melissa began her career at Shell Oil Company and Texaco, holding various positions of increasing responsibility in exploration and production, as well as refining and marketing.
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President and Controller
Charlie King serves as Vice President and Controller of Eureka Midstream, where he directs the accounting, tax, and compliance functions for both Eureka Midstream and Transtex.
Charlie has over 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He previously served as the controller for Western Gas Resources, Inc., a publicly traded company, and Marlin
Midstream Partners, LLP, an MLP created during his tenure. In addition to his time as the controller, Charlie worked in various roles at Anadarko Petroleum, Inc., including financial reporting and internal controls, and also spent five years as a consultant working with various companies in the energy sector. While consulting, he assisted six companies to successfully complete initial public offerings, and advised on technical accounting issues, regulatory filings, audits, accounting policy, and internal controls.
Charlie graduated summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Professional Accountancy. King is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Commercial Officer
Marc Weaver serves as Chief Commercial Officer for Eureka Midstream. In this role, he is responsible for strategy development and execution of growth projects along with management of existing customer for the company.
Prior to joining Eureka, Marc was an independent consultant working with both pipeline companies and producers focusing on value creation in the midstream space.
Previously he held a variety of senior roles at EQT Midstream, Sempra Energy, DTE Gas Resources, NiSource and Dominion Resources focusing on business development, natural gas & liquids marketing and midstream business.
Marc has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President Operations
Robert Underwood currently serves as Vice President Operations where he is fulfilling a critical role overseeing all facets of operations, including the optimization of manpower utilization, internal systems, and infrastructure. He is entrusted with the responsibility of assets related to the delivery of over 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day on a $21 MM budget.
Robert brings 20 years of progressive experience to the company and has been instrumental in
providing strategic guidance and analysis focusing on infrastructure development and capital expenditures. He has over eight years of natural gas experience in the midstream sector, focused on the Appalachian Basin’s Utica and Marcellus Shale plays.
Previously, Robert worked at EQT Corporation, where he was in a leadership position supporting midstream operations for maintenance and equipment, including 300,000 horsepower of natural gas compression. He was also a key member of the business analyst team. Prior to that, he held various positions in the Information Technology field. He began his career serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems.
Sarah Hurt serves Eureka Midstream as General Counsel, where she is responsible for all legal matters, providing strategic, business-focused legal advice, transaction planning, regulatory jurisdictional analysis, and comprehensive coordination and management of all required legal services. Sarah also serves as the corporate secretary for Eureka Midstream.
Sarah is a corporate and commercial attorney with more than 15 years of experience advising on large, high-value, complex transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial agreements, infrastructure projects, and corporate governance. Sarah’s energy industry experience spans the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors; onshore and offshore projects; and minerals and mining.
Before joining Eureka Midstream, Sarah served as Senior Counsel at TransCanada Corporation, with responsibility for all commercial legal matters for Columbia Midstream Group. Sarah was also responsible for several key legal aspects of the $13bn acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. by TransCanada in 2016, including relating to merger negotiations, HSR and CFIUS filings, and post-closing integration for the legal organization.
Sarah earned a double first class degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma in law from BPP Law School in London, and a legal practice course commendation from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. Sarah spent the first 11 years of her career at top-tier law firms including Slaughter and May in London, England, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. She is admitted to practice in England and Wales (2005) and Texas (2011).