Final Distinguished Leaders Series Event of the Semester Features Energy, Finance Panelists
Energy and financial experts will discuss publicly traded limited partnerships primarily engaged in the midstream portion of the energy chain during the final Distinguished Leaders Series of the spring semester on Apr. 3 at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business.
This installment of the Distinguished Leaders Series — titled “Master Limited Partnerships in Energy” — begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the panel discussion at 6 p.m. in Cemo Hall, Stubblefield Auditorium.
On the panel are James P. Baker, managing director for Simmons & Co. — Houston, and C. Gregory Harper (MBA ’97), senior vice president and group president for CenterPoint Energy Pipelines and Field Services.
Presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based energy companies, the Distinguished Leaders Series was launched in 2002 with Charles T. “Ted” Bauer, founder and retired chairman of AIM Management Group. The series serves as a forum to connect students with professionals, most recently with those who are in leadership positions in the energy industry.
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James P. Baker
Simmons & Co. — Houston
James P. Baker leads Simmons & Co. Midstream/Downstream Corporate Finance practice with 20 years of experience in energy. Baker’s buy-side and sell-side clients include public companies, private companies and private equity firms. Baker has been with the firm since March of 2001 and has completed over 60 successful transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, corporate advisory, capital raises and fairness opinions.
Prior to joining the firm, Baker held several positions within Koch Industries including Director of Koch Energy, leading corporate finance and corporate development initiatives for Koch’s energy businesses and Chief Financial Officer of Koch Gateway Pipeline Company (now GulfSouth). Subsequently, he was a Director for Alton Geoscience, consulting to refining and marketing companies on the West Coast.
Baker holds a chemistry degree from the Colorado College and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Vice-President and Group President
CenterPoint Energy Pipelines and Field Services
Gregory Harper is the senior vice president and group president of CenterPoint Energy Pipelines and Field Services.
Before joining CenterPoint Energy in December 2008, Harper was president and CEO of Spectra Energy Partners, LP, a $1.6 billion master limited partnership formed by Spectra Energy. Harper also served as a director on the board of the general partner of the master limited partnership. Harper’s prior positions include manager of business development and marketing for Texas Eastern and Algonquin Gas Transmission, vice president of East Tennessee Natural Gas and group vice president of Duke Energy’s North American energy trading and merchant business. Harper started his career as an engineer for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation.
Harper is actively involved in community service, including educational, industry, professional, and arts organizations. Harper serves as a member of the Dean’s Executive Board at UH Bauer College of Business, the Advisory Board of the UH Global Energy Management Institute, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Energy Services Association.
Harper received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and is an honors graduate of the University of Houston’s MBA program. Harper has also completed executive development programs at Rice University and Harvard Business School.