Gary Reaves, Chairman, Blue Racer Midstream
Managing Director, First Reserve Corporation
Portrait

Mr. Reaves was appointed to the Blue Racer Midstream Board of Managers by First Reserve in December 2018. Mr. Reaves is a Managing Director at First Reserve.

Since joining First Reserve in 2006, Mr. Reaves’ responsibilities have included deal origination and structuring as well as due diligence, execution and monitoring of investments, with particular focus on midstream assets and the equipment, manufacturing, and services sectors.

Prior to joining First Reserve, he was with UBS Investment Bank in their Global Energy Group. He also spent time as an Analyst in Financial Advisory Services for Howard Frazier Barker Elliott, Inc.

Mr. Reaves holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from The University of Texas at Austin.

Gary Buchler, Senior Advisor, First Reserve Corporation
Portrait

Mr. Buchler was appointed to the Blue Racer Midstream Board of Managers by First Reserve in December 2018.

Mr. Buchler joined the First Reserve Senior Advisor Program in 2018. In this role, Mr. Buchler leverages his broad experience in the midstream and midstream-related equipment and services industries to enhance First Reserve’s portfolio and expertise in these sectors.

Most recently, Mr. Buchler served as Chief Operating Officer of the Gas Pipeline Business Unit for Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). Prior to holding that position, he spent approximately 40 years with Kinder Morgan in various roles overseeing the engineering, operations, environment/health/safety, and land management business functions of the company. Additionally, Mr. Buchler played a key role in multiple M&A transactions for Kinder Morgan.

Mr. Buchler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Walter Bennett, Senior Vice President of Gathering & Processing, Williams
Portrait

Mr. Bennett was appointed to the Blue Racer Midstream Board of Managers in November 2020.

Mr. Bennett currently serves as Senior Vice President of Williams’ Gathering and Processing operations which include gathering, processing and treating, as well as natural gas liquids transportation, fractionation and storage services across the Western region of the United States, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Mr. Bennett previously served as Senior Vice President of Williams’ West Operating Area. Prior to Williams, he was Access Midstream Partners’ Senior Vice President of Western Operations, the Chief Operating Officer of Chesapeake Midstream Development, the Senior Vice President of Operations at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and held a variety of senior positions at Gulf South Pipeline Company.

Mr. Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University.

Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development, Williams
Portrait

Mr. Zamarin was appointed to the Blue Racer Midstream Board of Managers in November 2020.

Mr. Zamarin is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development at Williams, where he oversees enterprise-level strategy, business development and customer-relationship management.

Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Zamarin served as Senior Vice President and President of Pipeline and Midstream at Cheniere Energy, Inc. and held various executive roles at NiSource/Columbia Pipeline Group, including Chief Operating Officer at NiSource Midstream, LLC and NiSource Energy Ventures, LLC and President of Pennant Midstream, LLC.

Mr. Zamarin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Purdue University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.

C. Curt Carmichael, Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development, Williams
Portrait

Mr. Carmichael was appointed to the Blue Racer Midstream Board of Managers in November 2020.

Mr. Carmichael is currently Vice President, Corporate Strategic Development at Williams.

Prior to joining Williams in 1999, he held various roles at Union Pacific Resources, Texas Oil and Gas and Exxon.

Mr. Carmichael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.