Stellus Energy principals have worked together for over 13 years, investing approximately $1.4 billion in more than 50 transactions across multiple energy cycles.

Robert T. Ladd, Managing Partner

Mr. Ladd is a founding partner of Stellus Capital Management and serves as its Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Ladd has more than 35 years of investing, finance, and restructuring experience. Prior to joining Stellus Capital Management, he led the D. E. Shaw group’s Direct Capital group from February 2004 to January 2012. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Mr. Ladd served as the president of Duke Energy North America, LLC, and president and CEO of Duke Capital Partners, LLC from September 2000 to February 2004. From February 1993 to September 2000, Mr. Ladd was a partner of Arthur Andersen LLP, where he led the firm's restructuring practice world-wide. Before joining Arthur Andersen, from June 1980 to February 1993, Mr. Ladd served in various capacities for First City Bancorporation of Texas, Inc., a bank holding company, and its subsidiaries. Mr. Ladd received a B.A. in managerial studies and economics from Rice University, and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Sord Scholar and recipient of the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement.

Phone: (713) 292-5401    |   Email: rladd@stelluscapital.com

Todd A. Overbergen, Partner

Mr. Overbergen is a founding partner of Stellus and head of the Energy Private Equity platform. Todd has more than 25 years of investing, finance, restructuring, and accounting experience. He joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2004. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Todd worked at Duke Capital Partners, LLC, and Arthur Andersen LLP where he invested debt and equity in private companies in the energy industry and provided investment banking and restructuring advisory services to companies across a broad range of industries including energy. Todd received a B.B.A. in accounting and a B.B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University.

Phone: (713) 292-5402    |   Email: toverbergen@stelluscapital.com

Kenneth A. Debow, Managing Director

Mr. Debow has more than 17 years of investing and finance experience, primarily focused on the energy industry. He joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2004. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Ken worked in private investing, investment banking, and corporate restructuring at Duke Capital Partners, LLC, Arthur Andersen LLP, and Huron Consulting Group. Ken received a B.B.A. in finance with Honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Phone: (713) 292-5405    |   Email: kdebow@stelluscapital.com

Michael W. Pipkin, Managing Director

Mr. Pipkin has more than 11 years of investing and finance experience, primarily focused on the energy industry. He joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2008. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Michael worked at Jefferies & Co. in the Jefferies Randall & Dewey energy investment banking group and at RBC Capital Markets, where he provided investment banking advisory services to energy industry clients. Michael received a B.A. degree with High Honors from Dartmouth College in 2005.

Phone: (713) 292-5433    |   Email: mpipkin@stelluscapital.com

Finance & Operations
W. Todd Huskinson, Partner

Mr. Huskinson is a founding partner of Stellus Capital Management and serves as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Secretary for Stellus Capital Investment Corporation. Mr. Huskinson also serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Stellus Capital Management. He has over 27 years of experience in finance, accounting and operations. From August 2005 to January 2012, Mr. Huskinson was a director in the D. E. Shaw group’s Direct Capital Group, a global investment and technology development firm. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Mr. Huskinson was a Managing Director at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), a management consulting firm, where he led the Houston office’s middle-market management consulting practice from July 2002 to July 2005. Prior to BearingPoint, Mr. Huskinson was a partner of Arthur Andersen, LLP, an accounting firm, where he served clients in the audit, corporate finance and consulting practices from December 1987 to June 2002. Mr. Huskinson received a B.B.A in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a certified public accountant.

Phone: (713) 292-5414    |   Email: thuskinson@stelluscapital.com

Debra L. Blank, Senior Vice President

Ms. Blank has more than 35 years of experience in portfolio and loan administration. Debbie joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2004. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Debbie worked in the energy divisions of Wachovia Securities, Texas Commerce Bank and First City National Bank of Houston.

Phone: (713) 292-5404    |   Email: dblank@stelluscapital.com

Yamile Gallegos, Accountant

Prior to joining Stellus Ms. Gallegos worked as an Accounts Payable for Benchmark Energy Transport Services Inc. and in the Insurance Industry as a manager for a personal lines agent. Yamile received a BBA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas.

Phone: (713) 292-5409    |   Email: ygallegos@stelluscapital.com

Victoria H. Garcia, Senior Vice President

Ms. Garcia joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2006. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Victoria worked as a business consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP, BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), and Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas. Victoria received an M.S. in finance and B.B.A. in accounting with Honors from Texas A&M University. Victoria is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of Texas.

Phone: (713) 292-5419    |   Email: vgarcia@stelluscapital.com

Sara Lee, Controller

Ms. Lee joined Stellus in 2014. Prior to joining Stellus, Sara worked at Indigo Minerals, LLC and in the assurance practice of Ernst & Young, LLP. Sara graduated from the PPA program at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, in 2006. Sara is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of Texas.

Phone: (713) 292-5416    |   Email: slee@stelluscapital.com

Monica Shah, Senior Accountant

Ms. Shah joined Stellus in 2015. Prior to joining Stellus, Monica worked as a family manager in two family offices and in the tax practice of Blackman Kallick and Deloitte. Monica graduated from the PPA program at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, in 2005. Monica is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of Texas.

Phone: (713)292-5432    |   Email: mshah@stelluscapital.com

Jason Tucker, Sr. Financial Analyst

Mr. Tucker joined Stellus in 2016. Prior to joining Stellus, Jason worked at Deloitte and Touché, LLP as a Financial Transactions Consultant in the Advisory practice. Jason received a B.B.A in accounting and a M.S. in accounting from the Smith Hutson School of Business, Sam Houston State University. Jason is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of Texas

Phone: (713) 292-5410    |   Email: jtucker@stelluscapital.com

Administrative
Sonia DeLuna, Office Manager

Ms. DeLuna joined Stellus at its formation in 2012 and had been with the team previously at the D. E. Shaw group since 2008. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group, Sonia worked as a sales and client relationship manager for a bulk commodities broker at the Port of Houston, and has also served as the office administrator and bookkeeper for an architecture firm and a real estate developer.

Phone: (713) 292-5426    |   Email: sdeluna@stelluscapital.com

Marisa Garcia, Executive Assistant

Ms. Garcia serves as Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Stellus, Marisa worked as an Administrative Assistant in Human Resources and Accounts Payable for Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., and as a Senior Coordinator for Capital One Bank

Phone: (713) 292-5415    |   Email: MGarcia@stelluscapital.com

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