Board of Directors


Steven J. Pully (Chairman)

Steven J. Pully has served as the Chairman of the Board since March 2019 and as a member of the Board since June 2018. He provides consulting and investment banking services for companies and investors focused on the oil and gas sector. From 2008 until 2014, Mr. Pully served as General Counsel and a Partner of the investment firm Carlson Capital, L.P. Mr. Pully was also previously a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities focused on energy investment banking. Mr. Pully also serves on the board of VAALCO Energy. He has also served on numerous other boards of public and private companies in the oil and gas and other industries, including as a director of EPL Oil & Gas, Goodrich Petroleum, Bellatrix Exploration, Energy XXI and Titan Energy within the past five years. Mr. Pully is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a member of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Pully earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Georgetown University and is also a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. 

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Michael E. Mercer (President and CEO)

Michael E. Mercer has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvest and as a member of the Board since June 2018. Mr. Mercer served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of EV Energy Partners, L.P. ("EVEP") from March 2015 to June 2018. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EVEP since 2006. He was a consultant to EnerVest from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Mercer was an investment banker for 12 years. He was a Director in the Energy Group at Credit Suisse First Boston in Houston and a Director in the Energy Group at Salomon Smith Barney in New York and London. He holds a BBA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

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Tim Caflisch

Timothy S. Caflisch has served as a member of the Board since March 2019. He is a member of the investment team of Finepoint Capital LP ("Finepoint"), a Boston-based investment firm. Mr. Caflisch joined Finepoint in November 2015, and is focused on value and event driven opportunities across industries and geographies. Prior to joining Finepoint, Mr. Caflisch was a member of KKR’s Special Situations team since 2008, based in London, where he concentrated on publicly traded distressed credit and privately originated rescue financings. He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. 

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Patrick Hickey

Patrick Hickey has served as a member of the Board since June 2018. He is a Managing Director and a senior member of the Houston-based oil and gas investment team for EIG Global Energy Partners, LLC ("EIG"), which specializes in private investments in energy and energy-related infrastructure on a global basis. Prior to joining EIG in 2003, Mr. Hickey was with Wells Fargo Energy Capital, where he was responsible for originating and executing mezzanine financings for oil and gas producers. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Hickey held a similar position with Duke Capital Partners, where he was responsible for senior debt and equity financings in addition to mezzanine financings. Prior to that, he spent ten years with Enron Corporation in various energy finance and marketing roles. Mr. Hickey also worked for ARCO as a reservoir engineer for five years. Mr. Hickey received a Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. 

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James F. Murchison

James F. Murchison has served as a member of the Board since June 2018. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hatch Resources LLC ("Hatch") which was formed in January 2019 with a partnership with Ridgemont Equity Partners to pursue the acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin.  Prior to forming Hatch, Mr. Murchison served as Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of Venado Oil & Gas, LLC ("Venado") from September 2016 to May 2018, during which time Venado acquired $1.6 billion of Eagle Ford assets. Prior to joining Venado, Mr. Murchison spent 15 years in the banking industry focusing on the oil and gas space. Over the course of his career, Mr. Murchison’s work touched most of the major basins in the lower 48 states and involved capital formation, corporate mergers and acquisitions, asset acquisitions and divestitures, restructuring, reserve based lending, and IPOs. Mr. Murchison joined Raymond James & Associates ("Raymond James") in their energy investment banking group as a Senior Associate in 2005 and departed in 2016 as a Managing Director and Head of E&P Advisory. Prior to Raymond James, Mr. Murchison spent four years as a credit analyst at BNP Paribas and Southwest Bank of Texas originating and structuring reserve and cash flow based loans. Mr. Murchison received his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts in the English Honors Program from the University of Texas in 1999 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 2005. 

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