We are managed by the directors and executive officers of our general partner, USD Partners GP LLC.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Borgen has been Chief Executive Officer and President of our general partner since June 2014 and became Chairman of the Board of our general partner prior to the close of our IPO. Mr. Borgen is a co-founder of USDG and its predecessor companies and has served as Chairman, CEO and President of USDG since its inception. Additionally, Mr. Borgen served as President of U.S. Right-of-Way Corporation, a private company, since 1993. Prior to USDG, Mr. Borgen worked for 11 years in investment banking in mergers and acquisitions, portfolio management and strategic planning. He began his career with a private investment firm focused on the oil and gas industry. Mr. Borgen has served on the board of directors of several corporations and currently serves on the board of Vertex Energy Inc., an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. Active in several community organizations, he is chair of the USD Foundation and a trustee of Boys and Girls Club of America. Mr. Borgen received a degree in petroleum management and finance from the University of Oklahoma. He was recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in 2013 and was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s 2014 Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Altsuler joined USDG in April 2014 and has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our sponsor and general partner since January 2018. Mr. Altsuler oversees the corporate finance, capital markets, accounting and investor relations activities in support of the partnership and our sponsor. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Altsuler served in various leadership roles at Eagle Rock Energy Partners, a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas, most recently serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining Eagle Rock, Mr. Altsuler was an Investment Analyst at Kenmont Investments, an energy-focused hedge fund located in Houston, where he managed the fund’s master limited partnership investment portfolio from 2007 to 2009. Prior to Kenmont, Mr. Altsuler worked the majority of his career in investment banking with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette/Credit Suisse First Boston and a boutique investment bank in Dallas and San Francisco. Mr. Altsuler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance and received an MBA from Rice University, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma.
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ruple joined USDG in June 2014 and became Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2017. Mr. Ruple is responsible for all operations and project development activities in support of USDG’s commercial development vision, mission and tactical growth strategies. Previously, he served as Vice President, Project Development. Prior to joining USDG, Mr. Ruple held various executive management positions in the commercial and industrial construction industry, with engineering and environmental consultancies, as well as with the BNSF Railway. Throughout his professional career, he has acquired vast practical leadership experience and holds many management and technical certifications. Mr. Ruple received a BS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah and is an active member of both professional and public community organizations.
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Stanford joined USDG in November 2014 and became Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of our general partner in January 2018. Mr. Stanford is responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial reporting functions in support of the Sponsor and the Partnership. Prior to joining USDG, Mr. Stanford held various management level positions with Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., the general partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas, with responsibility for accounting and finance functions including: financial reporting, technical accounting, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, among other duties. Mr. Stanford has also held similar positions with responsibility for financial accounting and reporting activities with other public and private companies and began his career with KPMG LLP, where he served clients for five years in the banking and healthcare industries. Mr. Stanford is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant, a two time graduate of Texas Tech University where he received BBAs in Finance and Accounting and an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Benson became General Counsel of our general partner and Co-General Counsel of USDG in March 2015. From January 2008 through February 2015, Mr. Benson was a partner with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP in their Houston and San Francisco offices. Mr. Benson’s practice focused on public company representation, corporate governance, capital markets and mergers & acquisitions, with a focus on midstream and upstream energy companies, master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts. From July 2000 through December 2007, Mr. Benson was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP and from October 1998 through June 2000 Mr. Benson was an associate with the law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP. Mr. Benson received a JD with high honors from Rutgers School of Law and a BA in political science from The College of New Jersey.