If you execute and return the enclosed proxy card, the proxies named therein will vote to elect as Class I directors Lynn R. Coleman, Kevin P. Collins, W. Phillip Marcum and William F. Owens, unless you indicate on your proxy card that your shares should be voted against one or more of the nominees or abstain from voting in the election of one or more of the nominees.
Lynn R. Coleman, age 73, has been a member of the Board since October 2007.
As a partner in the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, Mr. Coleman founded and led the firm’s energy practice for 20 years.
retired from the Skadden partnership in 2007.
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Coleman served as the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy and later as Deputy Secretary.
From March 2008 through April 2010, Mr. Coleman served on the Supervisory Board of Lyondell Basell Industries, a large chemical company with operations in the U.S. and abroad.
In May 2008, he also was appointed to the board of directors (non-executive Chair) of Total Holdings USA, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of a large international oil company.
In June 2010, Mr. Coleman was appointed to the board of directors of Defense Group Inc., a privately-owned corporation involved in defense and national security contracts, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia.
In December 2012, Mr. Coleman was appointed to the board of directors of Standard Solar, Inc., a privately held corporation involved in development and installation of solar systems at the residential, commercial and municipal level.
In 2007 and 2008, he was a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, offering a seminar on energy and environmental law.
He has also been appointed adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law offering a similar seminar.
He holds an LLB degree from the University of Texas and a BA from Abilene Christian College.
We believe Mr. Coleman’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive experience practicing law in the energy industry, including his 20 years as a senior partner and leader of the energy practice at a prominent global law firm.
has wide ranging experience with energy transactions, litigation, government policy and regulation, in the U.S. and other countries.
He has also served as managing partner and in similar management positions over other large groups of attorneys.
responsibilities in this capacity included decisions concerning strategic planning, hiring, partnership advancement, attorney evaluations, direction of work of other attorneys and management of client relationships.
The Board of Directors believes that approval of the election of Lynn R. Coleman
, Kevin P. Collins, W. Phillip Marcum and William F. Owens to serve as Class I directors is in the best interests of the Company and of our stockholders and therefore recommends a vote FOR each of the nominees.