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Our Management Team

The management team at Black Stone Minerals brings multidisciplinary expertise to managing our assets, growing our mineral footprint, and maximizing returns for our unitholders.

Thomas L. Carter, Jr.

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board

Portrait of Thomas L. Carter, Jr.Mr. Carter has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the General Partner since November 2014. Mr. Carter founded BSMC, our predecessor, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Black Stone Natural Resources, L.L.C. (“BSNR”), the former general partner of BSMC, from 1998 to 2015. Mr. Carter served as Managing General Partner of W.T. Carter & Bro. from 1987 to 1992 and Black Stone Energy Company from 1980 to present, both of which preceded the General Partner. Mr. Carter founded Black Stone Energy Company, BSMC’s operating and exploration subsidiary, in 1980. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Carter served as a lending officer in the Energy Department of Texas Commerce Bank in Houston, Texas, after serving in various other roles from 1975. Mr. Carter received M.B.A. and B.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Carter has been a director of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. since 2005. He has served as a Trustee at Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas since 2004, and as a Trustee of St. Edward’s University since 2009. Mr. Carter has been a trustee of a nonprofit since 1998, and was elected to a four-year term as president of the board of trustees of the nonprofit in 2013. Mr. Carter also serves on the University of Texas at Austin Internal Audit Committee, the University Lands Advisory Board, and the Ripley Foundation Board. 

Mr. Carter’s extensive industry and executive management experience and his background in finance qualify him to serve on the Board.

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Jeff Wood

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff WoodMr. Wood joined Black Stone Minerals as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2016. Mr. Wood previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Siluria Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of process technologies for the energy and petrochemical industries. Prior to Siluria, Mr. Wood was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Rock Energy Partners. Before Eagle Rock, Mr. Wood spent 11 years at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in a number of investment banking and investment management positions focused primarily on the MLP sector. Mr. Wood received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a B.A. from Baylor University.

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Holbrook F. Dorn

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Portrait of Holbrook F. DornMr. Dorn has served as Senior Vice President, Business Development of our general partner or its predecessor since 2010. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President, Mr. Dorn served as Vice President, Business Development from 2008 through 2010. He was also previously employed at BSM from 2002 to 2004 as an Associate in Business Development. Mr. Dorn also served at Touradji Capital Management, LP from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Dorn received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Brock Morris

Senior Vice President, Engineering and Geology

Portrait of Brock MorrisMr. Morris has served as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Geology of our general partner or its predecessor since 2013. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Morris served as Managing Director—Exploration and Production of Quintana Capital Group and its energy-focused private equity funds, overseeing all upstream oil and gas investments. He served as Vice President, Exploration and Production of Quintana Minerals Corporation from 1995 to 2006 and in various engineering and management roles at Quintana Petroleum Corporation from 1985 to 1995. Mr. Morris received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Steve Putman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Portrait of Steve PutmanMr. Putman has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of our general partner or its predecessor since 2013. Prior to joining BSM, Mr. Putman was Managing Director and General Counsel of Quintana Capital Group from 2008 to 2013 and Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Quintana Maritime Limited from 2005 to 2008. He also worked as an associate at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. from 2001 to 2005 and Mayer Brown LLP from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Putman received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and Illinois.

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Brent Collins

Vice President, Investor Relations

Photo of Brent CollinsMr. Collins joined Black Stone Minerals as Vice President, Investor Relations in June 2015.  Prior to joining the company, he was employed at SM Energy Company from January 2006 to June 2015 and most recently served as Senior Director of Planning and Investor Relations.  He also worked at SM Energy from 2002 through 2004 in a SEC reporting and technical accounting role.  Mr. Collins was employed by Petrie Parkman & Company, an energy-focused investment bank, in its equity research department from 2004 through 2006.  He began his career in 1999 in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen & Co.  Mr. Collins received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University.

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Randi Collins

Vice President, Land Administration & Acquisitions Management

Ms. Collins joined Black Stone Minerals as Director of Land Administration & Acquisition Management in March 2012 and was promoted to Vice President in January 2017.  Prior to joining the company she was employed at Sheridan Production Company from April 2007 to January 2012 as Land Administration Manager overseeing the Land Administration functions and acquisition due diligence efforts.  For the 29 years prior to Sheridan, she was employed in various Land Administration Manager roles or as a Business Development Landman for companies in Houston and Denver including Apache, El Paso, and Petro Lewis Corporation.

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Mark E. Robinson

Vice President, Land and Legal

Portrait of Mark E. RobinsonMr. Robinson has served as Vice President, Land and Legal of our general partner since 2004. Prior to joining BSM, Mr. Robinson served as a Senior Attorney of Sonat Exploration Company from 1991 to 2000, when Sonat merged with El Paso Corporation. He remained at El Paso Corporation until December 2004. Prior to joining Sonat, Mr. Robinson worked in private law practice in Louisiana for 12 years. He received a J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1978. Mr. Robinson is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas.

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Dawn Smajstrla

Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Portrait of Dawn SmajstrlaMs. Smajstrla joined Black Stone Minerals as Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer in September 2015.  Prior to joining the company, she was employed at LRR Energy, LP from December 2013 to September 2015 as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.  She also worked at Goodrich Petroleum from 2010 through 2013 as Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer.  Ms. Smajstrla was employed by Anadarko Petroleum from 2008 to 2010 in SEC reporting and corporate audit roles.  Prior to joining Anadarko, Ms. Smajstrla worked in SEC reporting and corporate accounting roles for 13 years.  Ms. Smajstrla received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Houston.  Ms. Smajstrla is a Certified Public Accountant.

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