Halbert S. Washburn has been the Chief Executive Officer of our General Partner since April 2010. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a director of our General Partner from March 2006 until April 2010 and was the Chairman of the Board from July 2008 to April 2010. In April 2016, Mr. Washburn was reappointed as a member of the Board of our General Partner. As a co-founder of Pacific Coast Energy Company, Mr. Washburn has served as a director since 2006 and as its President from 2006 to June 2016. Since December 2005, Mr. Washburn has served as a member of the board of directors and currently serves on the compensation committee of Rentech, Inc., a publicly traded alternative fuels company. He also served on its audit committee from 2005 to 2012. In June 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Rentech, Inc. board of directors. Mr. Washburn also served on the board of directors of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., a fertilizer company formed by Rentech, Inc. as a publicly traded master limited partnership, from July 2011 until April 2016 when Rentech Nitrogen was sold to CVR Partners LP. In September 2013, Mr. Washburn was appointed to, and currently serves on, the board of directors of Jones Energy, Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Texas and Oklahoma. He also currently serves on its audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. He has been a member of the California Independent Petroleum Association since 1995 and served as Chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors from 2008 to 2010. He has also served as a board member, including Chairman of the board of directors, of the Stanford University Petroleum Investments Committee. Mr. Washburn holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Mark L. Pease has been the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Vice President of our General Partner since December 2007. Effective December 31, 2012, Mr. Pease was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of our General Partner. Mr. Pease served as the Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Coast Energy Company from 2007 to June 2016 and is currently a member of its board. Prior to joining our General Partner, Mr. Pease served as Senior Vice President, E&P Technology & Services for Anadarko Petroleum, an international and domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Mr. Pease joined Anadarko in 1979 as an engineer, and served as Senior Vice President, North America from 2004 to 2006 and as Vice President, U.S. Onshore and Offshore from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Pease obtained a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
James G. Jackson has been the Chief Financial Officer of our General Partner since July 2006 and an Executive Vice President since October 2007. Mr. Jackson served as the Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Coast Energy Company from 2006 to June 2016 and is currently a member of its board. Mr. Jackson served as a member of the board of directors of Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owned and operated natural gas storage assets in North America, from June 2011 to July 2016, when Niska was acquired by Brookfield Infrastructure Group; Mr. Jackson also served on Niska’s audit, compensation and conflicts committees. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Jackson served as Managing Director of the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group for Merrill Lynch & Co., a global financial management and investment banking firm. Mr. Jackson joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and was elected Managing Director in 2001. Previously, Mr. Jackson was a Financial Analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1986 to 1989 and was an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Jackson obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Gregory C. Brown has been the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of our General Partner since December 2006. In January 2013, Mr. Brown was appointed General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of our General Partner. Mr. Brown served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Energy Company from 2006 to June 2016 and is currently a member of its board. He also serves on the executive committee and the board of directors of the California Independent Petroleum Association. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Brown was a partner at Bright and Brown, a law firm specializing in energy and environmental law that he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Brown earned a B.A. degree from George Washington University, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Brown was Mayor and has served on the City Council of the City of La Canada Flintridge from 2003 to 2011.
Thurmon Andress has been Managing Director of Breitburn Energy Houston since joining Breitburn in 1998 as a result of the merger of Breitburn's predecessor company with Andress Oil and Gas Company, a private company he founded in 1990. Since 2006, Andress has served on the Board of Enterprise Products Partners. LP (EPD). He is an Independent Director of EDP and currently serves on its Audit and Conflicts Committee. Andress served on the Board of Edge Petroleum from 2002 to 2009 when Edge was sold to Mariner Energy. At Edge, Andress was head of the Compensation Committee and served on the Audit Committee. Prior to forming Andress Oil & Gas Company, Mr. Andress was founder, Chairman, and largest shareholder of Bayou Resources Inc. a publicly traded oil and gas company, from 1982 until 1987 when it was sold to Patrick Petroleum. Mr. Andress is currently a member of the National Petroleum Council and also served on the Natural Gas Committee in Washington. Mr. Andress was inducted into the All American Wildcatter's in 1993. Mr. Andress received his BS degree in Petroleum Geology from Texas Tech University.
W. Jackson Washburn has been a Senior Vice President of our General Partner since April 2009 and has served in his current position since November 2014. Prior to that, from August 2007, Mr. Washburn was in charge of Breitburn’s Business Development group. Since joining the predecessor of Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (“PCEC”) in 1992, Mr. Washburn has served in a variety of capacities, and has served as President of Pacific Coast Land Company LLC, a subsidiary of PCEC, since 2000. Mr. Washburn is also Vice President, Real Estate of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Mr. Washburn obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Thomas E. Thurmond has been a Senior Vice President of our General Partner since July 2015. Mr. Thurmond joined our General Partner in August 2013 as Vice President—Operations Support and served in that role until assuming his current position. Since 2012, Mr. Thurmond has served as a member of the board of directors of C12 Energy, Inc., a privately held oil and gas company primarily engaged in the rehabilitation of mature oil fields through carbon dioxide injection. Prior to joining our General Partner, from 2007 to 2013, Mr. Thurmond served as Engineering Manager/Principal of Legado Resources LLC, a Houston based oil and gas company focused on acquiring and developing secondary and tertiary oil recovery projects throughout the United States. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Thurmond was a Business Development Engineer at The Houston Exploration Company. Previously, he was a Senior Reservoir Engineer at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from 1999 to 2005 and a Production Engineer from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Thurmond obtained his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Kevin Cook has been a Vice President of our General Partner since July 2013. His responsibilities include all aspects of evaluating, structuring and financing the strategic growth of the Partnership. Prior to joining our General Partner, Mr. Cook served as an independent management consultant and as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Davis and a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Bruce D. McFarland has been the Treasurer of our General Partner since March 2006 and a Vice President since April 2009. Mr. McFarland served as the Chief Financial Officer of our General Partner from March 2006 through June 2006. Mr. McFarland also currently serves as Treasurer of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Since joining BreitBurn Energy Partner’s predecessor in 1994, Mr. McFarland served as Controller and Treasurer for more than five years. Before joining our predecessor, Mr. McFarland served as Division Controller of IT Corporation and worked at Price Waterhouse as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. McFarland obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lawrence C. Smith has been the Controller of our General Partner since June 2006 and a Vice President since April 2009. Mr. Smith also currently serves as the Controller of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Smith served as the Corporate Accounting Compliance and Implementation Manager of Unocal Corporation, which was an oil and natural gas production and exploration development company (“Unocal”), from 2000 through May 2006. Mr. Smith worked at Unocal from 1981 through May 2006 and held various managerial positions in Unocal’s accounting and finance organizations. Mr. Smith obtained a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston, an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Certified Public Accountant.