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James M. Howard


Mr. Howard was appointed to the Board in 2021 and is co-chair of the Board’s Marketing and Midstream Committee. He retired in March 2020 from his long-time role as a trustee of a private family trust in Houston, Texas where, since 1999, he exercised sole responsibility for all trust assets and actions. The trust was comprised of over 40 privately held limited partnerships, limited liability companies and public market positions in various asset classes and sectors. From 2000 to 2020, Mr. Howard also served as trustee of a private secondary trust with a different mix of assets than the primary family trust.

Prior to his work as a trustee, he served as Vice President of Texon, L.P. from 1996 to 2000, marketing all crude oil, condensate and liquefied petroleum gas for the company and its public utility joint venture partner. From 1986 to 1996, he served as Vice President of Tripetrol Oil Trading, Inc., through which he also served on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Crude Oil Advisory Committee. Mr. Howard previously served in other trading positions at various Houston-based trading and petroleum companies from 1975 to 1986.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Presbyterian College and a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird School of International Management.

Mr. Howard’s petroleum marketing and trading experience provide the Company with valuable insight, particularly with respect to its marketing activities and the Company's midstream operations.