Caiman Energy's founder and chairman has had a remarkable 40-year career in the energy industry. Jack Lafield's record of creating value and growth began at Atlantic Richfield and continues at Caiman Energy, where he led the development of a sizable rich gas system in the Marcellus Shale, oversaw its sale to Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) in April 2012 for $2.5 billion and will lead Caiman’s initiatives in the Utica Shale and beyond.
His leadership skills and midstream expertise are unparalleled, but what sets Mr. Lafield apart are his forward-thinking vision, his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for creating a principled company that always puts its customers and stakeholders first.
Prior to leading the formation of Caiman, Mr. Lafield served for more than eight years as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for all of the Crosstex Energy companies including Crosstex Energy Inc., (NASDAQ: XTXI) and Crosstex Energy L.P., (NASDAQ: XTEX). He directed all Crosstex acquisitions and major projects leading Crosstex to substantial growth during his tenure at the company. Mr. Lafield joined Crosstex after introducing the management team to Yorktown Energy, the private equity firm that fueled Crosstex's initial growth. In 2008, he also led the commercial teams responsible for the day-to-day gas supply and marketing efforts.
Prior to joining Crosstex in 2000, Mr. Lafield spent five years consulting with various equity groups and international exploration companies to assist them in all phases of acquiring, building, owning and operating midstream assets. He worked with HM Capital and Triton Energy, an international exploration and production company.
He founded and was President and CEO of Triumph Natural Gas from 1989 to 1995. Triumph was a midstream company engaged in gas gathering, processing and treating with a leading Midwestern marketing group.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Lafield served as President and COO of Nagasco, Inc., a full-service midstream company he founded with Apache Corporation.
From 1980 to 1986 Mr. Lafield served as Senior Vice President of Lear Petroleum and President of its midstream subsidiary, Producers Gas Company.
From 1977 to 1980 Mr. Lafield worked for Texas Oil and Gas and its midstream subsidiary, Delhi Gas Pipeline, where he served as Director of Gas Supply and later as Mid-Continent manager. He began his career in 1972 as an operations engineer for Atlantic Richfield Company.
Mr. Lafield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University. He has served on the board and is a current member of the Gas Processors Association and is a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club and the North Texas Natural Gas and Power Association. Mr. Lafield is a member and past Chairman of the Texas Intrastate Pipeline Association. He presently serves on the Advisory Board of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and is on the Dallas Goodwill Industries' Board of Directors.
A sports enthusiast, Mr. Lafield is married with three children.