Board of Directors
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Steven C. Dixon has served as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tapstone Energy, LLC since December 2016. Mr. Dixon has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Prior to joining Tapstone, Mr. Dixon served in various roles for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, including acting CEO, Executive Vice President – Operations and Geosciences and COO, Executive Vice President – Operations and COO, Senior Vice President – Production and Vice President – Exploration. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Kansas. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for Rice Energy Inc. and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Advisory Board to the University of Kansas.
Robert Horn has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tapstone Energy, LLC since December 2013. Mr. Horn is currently a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Co-Head of GSO capital Partners’ energy Platform. Mr. Horn sits on the investment committees for GSO’s energy funds. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Horn worked in the Global Energy Group of Credit Suisse, where he advised on high-yield financings and merger and acquisition assignments for companies in the power and utilities sector. Mr. Horn currently serves on the Board of Directors of several other GSO portfolio companies involved in the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors, including FourPoint Energy, LLC, GEP Haynesville, LLC, Riverbend Oil & Gas, LLC, Indigo Haynesville, LLC, Gulftex Energy, LLC, Sanchez Eagle Ford, LLC, and Compass Well Services, LLC. Mr. Horn graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce with honors.
Jeremy Knop has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tapstone Energy, LLC since June 2018. Mr. Knop is a Vice President of GSO Capital Partners. Mr. Knop has been involved in analyzing private equity, mezzanine, debt and distressed investments across the energy industry. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Knop worked for Barclays Capital’s global natural resources investment banking group, where he worked on multiple M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Knop received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University where he graduated cum laude.
Robert W. Baker
Robert W. Baker is a practicing attorney specializing in legal support for energy and finance related transactions and whose primary client has been GSO Capital Partners LP since 2013. Prior to his current role, Mr. Baker served as acting General Counsel for Rosetta Resources, Inc. and served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of El Paso Corporation and its subsidiaries from 2004 to 2012. Prior to 2004, he was the President of El Paso Merchant Energy-Petroleum Company, which was responsible for El Paso’s power generation, refinery, chemical, trading, telecom, international pipeline and LNG merchant terminals and shipping business. Prior to 2003, Mr. Baker held various legal positions at El Paso, Tenneco Inc. and Texaco, Inc. Mr. Baker currently serves on the board of 3Bear Energy, LLC, a private midstream company. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1981. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in Business, Economics and Accounting at the University of Delaware.
Charles Duginski joined Tapstone Energy, LLC as Senior Vice President and COO in February 2017. Mr. Duginski was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tapstone Energy, LLC, in January 2019. Mr. Duginski has more than 24 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Prior to joining Tapstone, he served as COO of Echo Energy. From October 2013 to June 2016, Mr. Duginski served as Vice President – Southern Region Production of Continental Resources, Inc., where he had both operational and technical responsibility for completion and production of wells in the southern region, including the SCOOP and STACK plays. Before his time at Continental, Mr. Duginski held various positions at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, including District Manager – Haynesville, then Vice President – Haynesville/Barnett Business Unit. Mr. Duginski holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.