Leadership

Our leadership team at Signal Peak Silica is made up of key industry contributors, focused on efficiency and opportunities for our customers, our company and the global energy industry.

Vic Serri

Chief Executive
Officer

Mr. Serri is a mining, construction, and logistics business leader and a partner of The Minerals Group (a management consulting firm specializing in the energy, construction, mining and logistics industries). Mr. Serri has completed a $450 million cement and aggregates company turnaround, several heavy construction firm ($65 to $250 million) turnarounds, a $100 million industrial minerals company turnaround, and a $600 million logistics company turnaround. Mr. Serri’s career includes senior leadership positions with international companies in the mining, construction, and logistics industries. He was a Board Member and Vice President of the holding company Colas USA (a $15 billion international mining, energy, and construction public company). Mr. Serri has extensive industrial minerals and construction minerals experience, from the Mine Foreman position to the Chief Executive Officer position, including frac sand, industrial sand (whole grain and flour) asphaltic aggregates, concrete aggregates, and mineral filler. Mr. Serri has a BS in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona. He has completed extensive graduate work from St. Ambrose University (accounting), University of Minnesota (mining, decision science, and mathematics), and Colorado School of Mines (mining economics). He has also completed the Strategy Senior Management course from England’s Ashridge University and the Executive Energy Program at the University of Texas. Mr. Serri has authored several private publications. Recent publications include “The United States Frac Sand Industry”, “Lean Initiatives and Business Operating Efficiency: Project Selection using Revenue and Cost Leverage”, and “Oil Price Forecasting using Matheron Statistics”.

Jackson Wise

Chief Operating
Officer

Mr. Wise currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Signal Peak Silica, LLC. Prior to joining Signal Peak Silica, Mr. Wise served as the Senior Vice President for CP Energy in various roles including Business Development, Finance and Operations. CP Energy is a private equity-backed crude oil midstream logistics company with assets in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. Mr. Wise has over 20 years of energy and investment banking experience, working for Enron, BP, and Simmons and Company International. While at Simmons, he focused his efforts on the midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. He worked on over 50 successful transactions representing approximately $50 billion in aggregate value. Mr. Wise graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in the Plan II Honors program and earned his MBA with Honors from the University of Texas of Texas at Austin.

Chris Samanns

Chief Commercial
Officer

Mr. Samanns currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of Signal Peak Silica, LLC. Prior to joining Signal Peak Silica, Mr. Samanns worked for over six years in the frac sand industry at Preferred Sands, where he held a variety of roles including his last position as Senior Vice President of Operations. In this role, Mr. Samanns was responsible for oversight of Product Strategy, Sales, Logistics, and Operations for Preferred’s portfolio of seven sand and resin processing facilities. While at Preferred, Mr. Samanns was able to analyze the shifting frac market dynamics to create and execute a commercial strategy to expand Preferred’s capacity and was successful in signing customer contracts for more than nine million tons of new annual volume valued at more than $400 million in annual revenue. Prior to Preferred, Mr. Samanns worked for five years in Inventory and Supply Chain Management in the pharmaceutical industry and three years in Construction Management. Mr. Samanns graduated with honors from Delaware Valley University with a BS in Business Administration.

Mark Nicholson

SVP Finance and
Accounting

Mr. Nicholson currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Signal Peak Silica. Mr. Nicholson is a finance professional with experience in both third party restructuring as well as internal corporate processes. Prior to joining SPS, Mr. Nicholson was a Senior Associate with Alvarez & Marsal specializing in corporate turnarounds and restructurings with a primary focus on the energy industry. He has also served as Director of Finance for Globe Energy Services, as a Vice President at Southwest Securities, and as an Associate at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Nicholson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Administration and Finance and earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Patty Kelley

SVP of Administration
and HR

Patty Kelley serves as Senior Vice President of Administration and Human Resources at Signal Peak Silica, LLC. In her role she sits on the firm’s senior leadership team and works in partnership with the business units to drive the HR strategy and advance the firm’s business initiatives. Her responsibilities include employee relations, health & welfare benefits and compensation, leadership and professional development, talent acquisition, employee engagement, policy development, and compliance with legal and regulatory matters.

Ms. Kelley has more than 20 years of experience in firm administration and human resources. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kelley worked at Tudor Pickering Holt | A Division of Perella Weinberg Partners as Director of Administration from 2017 to 2019. Her responsibilities included managing the day-to-day firm operations and procurement management leading to a 15% reduction in annual spend of $3.9mm on market data

Prior to that, Ms. Kelley was at Simmons & Company International from 1999 to 2016 where she most recently served as Director of Health & Welfare Benefits and Compensation. Her responsibilities included managing all aspects of employee group benefit plans and compensation, including its comprehensive design, procurement, implementation, and regulatory compliance. In addition, Ms. Kelley oversaw the corporate risk management program where she was responsible for assessing and quantifying corporate risk and implementing measures to safeguard the organization against protentional internal and external loss and liability.
Prior to joining Simmons, Ms. Kelley worked for Hollywood Marine, a barge transportation company, where she served as an integral part of the ISO 9000 implementation that led the company to being one of the first 100 service companies to receive their ISO certification.

Patty graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems.

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