President and Chief Operating Officer
Chris Akers is President and Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Midstream. He serves on the company’s board and is responsible for directing the overall business strategy and operations.
Akers brings more than twenty-five years of professional pipeline experience to Eureka Midstream. His expertise in the midstream arena includes, operations, engineering, commercial
activities, business development, and construction, 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, Akers was a key member in the expansion of several hundred miles of pipeline, over thirty new compressor stations and two processing facilities. In addition, Akers was also a key contributor on the mergers and acquisitions, 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.
Akers has served on the board of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and as chairman of the Midstream group of SGA. 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.
Scott has over ten 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.
Scott 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 twenty-five 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, Richey 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. Richey 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.
Richey 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.
King has over twenty 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, King 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.
King 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.
Senior Vice President Business Development
Marc Weaver serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Eureka Midstream. In this role Marc is responsible for strategy development and execution of growth projects along with management of existing customer for the company.
Prior to joining Eureka, Weaver was and 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.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management and a 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.
Underwood 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, Underwood 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.
Underwood is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems.