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.

Jackson Wise


Mr. Wise currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Signal Peak Silica, LLC. He served as Signal Peak Silica’s Chief Operating Officer from February 2019 to May 2020.  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 at Austin.

Chris Samanns


Mr. Samanns currently serves as the President 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.

Garrett Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Thompson currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Signal Peak Silica.  In this role, Mr. Thompson sits on the firm’s senior leadership team and is responsible for the firm’s financial and accounting operations.

Mr. Thompson has more than 20 years of accounting experience.  Prior to joining SPS, Mr. Thompson was the Chief Financial Officer with Balda AG, a German company.  He previously served as Controller of Galenica Group and Senior Finance Manager and Interim CFO, North America of Nobel Biocare.  Mr. Thompson also formerly served as Senior Manager with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, LLP in the firm’s Advisory Services, Dispute Analysis & Investigation and Audit and Assurance, Financial Services practices.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  Additionally, he is a certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Patty Kelley

SVP of Administration & 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 potential 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.