Chris HearnEVP, Strategy

    Chris serves as Executive Vice President, Strategy for Trace Midstream, where he is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the company’s major strategic and growth objectives.  Chris also manages all ESG initiatives for Trace Midstream.  Chris is a Co-Founder of Gemini Midstream, where he led the commercialization and financing of the natural gas transportation system in the Haynesville Shale that is operated and managed by Trace Midstream.

    Prior to founding Gemini Midstream, Chris was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strata Energy Investments, an independent private equity business focused on midstream and downstream energy infrastructure projects in North America.  While at Strata, Chris led the investment in and subsequent monetization of an infrastructure development company that permitted a world-scale propane export terminal in North America, which includes greenfield marine, pipeline, storage and rail facilities.

    From 2008 to 2015, Chris was a Managing Director at First Reserve, where he co-founded First Reserve’s Energy Infrastructure business and, among other senior management roles on the investment team, originated First Reserve’s investment in Navigator Energy Services.  During his leadership with First Reserve, the infrastructure team raised almost $4 billion of capital commitments and made over a dozen platform and follow-on investments in midstream, power generation and other energy-related infrastructure assets.

    Prior to First Reserve, Chris served for 15 years in the Energy Investment Banking Group with Credit Suisse, rising to Managing Director and the leader of the midstream and power mergers and acquisitions practice in North America.  There he advised corporate, MLP, private equity and infrastructure clients on over $50 billion of mergers and acquisitions and $25 billion of financing transactions across the energy sector.

    Chris has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University.

    Ben Beyer