Leadership Team

Frank Giacalone

Chief Executive Officer

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Frank is a founder and Principal Owner as well as CEO of Navasota Energy Services LLC and Navasota Energy Generation Holdings LLC. Navasota was the active manager/owner of 1,070 MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle facility located near San Antonio, Texas and 80 MW Solar development in Odessa, Texas. He is responsible for overall direction of the organization, lead developer, builder and asset operator.

Until May 2010, Mr. Giacalone was a Director and President of Navasota Holdings Texas Partners LP, a 1,650 MW ERCOT portfolio with locations in Odessa, Wharton, and Madisonville. His executive and management experience exceeds 35 years in the energy industry with a focus on electric energy in both retail and wholesale markets. His experience includes commercial and technical assignments with companies such as General Electric and Tenneco.

His extensive background includes infrastructure development, construction, and over $10 billion of acquisitions and divestitures in renewables, natural gas and electric power assets. His broad experience includes executive management of geographically dispersed organizations, business and asset development, acquisitions and divestitures of power assets and companies, financial structuring, investment management and enterprise restructuring.

Prior to forming Navasota, Mr. Giacalone served as Vice President of Development and Asset Management for NRG Energy Inc. In that capacity, he successfully developed and built the Brazos Valley Energy Center in Thompsons, TX, a 645 MW combined cycle facility, and led expansion efforts in south and southwest wholesale power markets.

Mr. Giacalone had similar success as SVP and Chief Development Officer of CHI Energy, Inc. where, as executive team leader, he saw the company through bankruptcy to profitability and successful sale to Italian utility ENEL.

Mr. Giacalone has similar executive experiences with companies such as JWP, Tenneco and GE.

Chad Reekie

SVP Asset Management

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Chad is the Senior Vice President of Asset Management, joining Navasota in 2017, and is responsible for optimizing asset performance, new generation development and contract compliance. Chad has over 10 years experience in the energy industry with a focus on wholesale power markets, including asset management, mergers & acquisitions, settlements, contract management, project management and regulatory reporting. Before joining Navasota, Chad worked at JP Morgan Ventures where he directed teams responsible for contract compliance, settlements, ISO disputes and due diligence. He has continually managed a number of fossil fuel assets in excess of 7,500 MWs located in CAISO, MISO and PJM. Additionally, Chad has managed renewable assets, including hydro, wind farms and biomass plants capable of producing over 500 MWs. He successfully supervised the remaining gas and power assets after the nearly $3.5B divestiture of JP Morgan Ventures ending in March 2016. He has additional work experience in asset management, operations and settlements while working at Williams Power. Mr. Reekie has an MBA from the University of Tulsa.

Fenwick How

VP Fuels Logistics & Procurement / Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Fenwick is responsible for Fuels Logistics and Procurement as well as the Corporate Chief Information Officer at Navasota Energy. Fenwick provides the direction and leadership to identify, evaluate and procure the sourcing of fuel/gas reserves, lease negotiation and transport infrastructure. Primarily identifying strategic areas that provide transportation and capacity to Navasota Energy projects. In addition, Fenwick manages a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, information technology protocols, the delivery of technical infrastructure design and build services, information security systems, technology acquisition / integration and administrative systems within the Navasota corporate environment.
With over 20 years experience in Oil and Gas development and operations, Fenwick has a unique blend of executive competencies: upstream O&G data mining, right-of-way, surface and sub-surface lease negotiations, strategic IT planning, and understanding requirements and feasibility for greater efficiency and profit growth. Prior to joining Navasota, Fenwick spent 10 years in upstream Oil and Gas E&P. Most recently as the co-founder and Owner of Trifield Exploration in Houston, Texas, he has had key participation in identifying, negotiating and leasing over 500,000 acres of land and over $2.5 billion of O&G acquisitions and divestitures.

Bill Skinner

VP of Design & Technology

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Bill is the Vice President of Design and Technology, provides engineering support to all existing operating, construction, and development projects. Skinner has over thirty years of experience in the chemical, renewables and energy industries as an engineer, plant manager, and constructor. Before joining Navasota, Skinner worked for multinational corporations such as Allied Chemical, Tenneco, Lonza AG, Enel SPA, and Jacobs Engineering. He has been involved in the operation, design, and construction of renewables and power plants, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper plants in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Howard Duckworth

VP of Purchasing

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Howard is the Vice President of Purchasing, is responsible for all procurement functions. Duckworth has over 35 years of engineering, commercial, finance, and supply chain operations experience, specializing in purchasing and contract management. Before joining Navasota, Duckworth provided PB Power purchasing management support for a variety of projects. Prior to PB Power, he served as purchasing manager for materials and services at Sasol North America. In this capacity, Duckworth was responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategies to optimize plant and ex-plant purchasing for North America.

Jeff Maida

VP of Asset Management

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Jeff is the Vice President of Asset Management, joined Navasota in 2008 and is responsible for optimizing asset performance, new generation development and acquisitions and divestitures (A&D). Maida has over 16 years of experience in the energy industry with a focus on the power markets. His experience includes asset management, power plant development, acquisition and divestitures, and project management. Maida has managed assets in NEPOOL, ERCOT and PJM and has successfully completed A&D transactions totaling $6 billion. Before joining Navasota, Maida worked at Duke Energy North America where he managed teams responsible for all phases of the A&D process including marketing, due diligence, transaction negotiations, closing and transition activities. He has additional work experience in project development and asset management while with Coastal Power Company’s Asian business development group. Maida has an MBA from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Chandler Morris

VP of Asset Management & Energy Markets

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Chandler is the Vice President of Asset Management and Energy Markets, is responsible for power generation development, power origination and commercial oversight of trading and marketing activities. Morris has 16 years of experience in the energy industry with a focus on the wholesale power and natural gas markets. His experience includes development of 3,100 MW of gas fired generation, management of power trading and gas supply for 2,200 MWs of power assets, over $1 billion of transaction experience in power generation asset acquisition and divestitures, and the marketing and brokering of energy derivative contracts. Before joining Navasota, Morris brokered natural gas basis and NYMEX options for Choice Energy. Prior to Choice, he managed asset acquisition and divestiture due diligence teams and was a project developer of natural gas combined cycle and simple cycle power plants at Duke Energy North America. Morris began his career with Sonat Marketing managing the gas supply for a retail gas marketing joint venture with ComEd in the Chicago market. Morris received a BS from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Dee Woodruff

VP of Engineering, Operations &
Construction

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Ms. Woodruff has 30 plus years of engineering, construction, and project management experience. Her expertise includes 25 years of engineering and construction experience in the electric power, petrochemical processing and natural gas transportation and processing industries. She has extensive experience with Combustion Turbine and Diesel engine drives for natural gas compression and electric power generation using multiple types of gaseous and liquid fuels.

As a skilled engineer and project manager, Ms. Woodruff has experience that ranges from plant retrofits to new construction of 2500+ MW power plants over $3 billion in combined construction projects. In the past 3 years, Ms. Woodruff successfully negotiated and managed five (5) Target Price Cost Reimbursable Construction Contracts with a total value of $200 million in addition to negotiating and managing three (3) fixed priced Engineering Service Agreements totaling $8 million and three (3) Start-up Services Contracts for a total value of $2.5 million.

Ms. Woodruff’s experience includes work for one of the world’s largest construction companies where she was the project manager for one of the prime expansions of a major chemical plant in the United States. Her responsibilities included scheduling, progress tracking, change order management, and cost control. Moreover, Ms. Woodruff negotiated purchase agreements with a major equipment supplier for the purchase of five (5) 60 MW aero derivative combustion turbine generators and she has negotiated several other purchase agreements for 150 MVA Station Service Transformers. Ms. Woodruff has been very successful in controlling Engineering, Construction, Start Up and Equipment cost and her extensive experience and accomplishments make her an invaluable asset to the conception and completion of a project. Ms. Woodruff a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering & Petro Engineering, Texas A&I University.