Eric D. Long has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2002 and has served as a director of our general partner since June 2011. Mr. Long co-founded USA Compression in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. From 1980 to 1987, Mr. Long served in a variety of technical and managerial roles for several major pipeline and oil and natural gas producing companies, including Bass Enterprises Production Co. and Texas Oil & Gas. Mr. Long then served in a variety of senior officer level operating positions with affiliates of Hanover Energy, Inc., a company primarily engaged in the business of gathering, compressing and transporting natural gas. In 1993, Mr. Long co-founded Global Compression Services, Inc., a compression services company. Mr. Long was formerly on the board of directors of the Wiser Oil Company, an NYSE listed company from May 2001 until it was sold to Forest Oil Corporation in May 2004. Mr. Long received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
Michael C. Pearl has served as our Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since August 2022. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pearl served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Western Midstream Holdings, LLC, the general partner of Western Midstream Partners, LP, from October 2019 until September 2020. Prior to October 2019, Mr. Pearl joined Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in 2004 and served in various leadership positions within Anadarko’s accounting and finance organization, including Director Corporate Tax, Corporate Controller, Vice President Finance and Treasurer, and most recently as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations. Mr. Pearl also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of Western Midstream Operating, LP (formerly Western Gas Partners, LP) at the time of its 2008 IPO. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Pearl began his career at EY, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate tax and finance.
Eric A. Scheller has served as our Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since June 2020. Prior to his current role, Mr. Scheller served as Vice President – Fleet Operations since April 2018, and prior to that was Vice President, Operations & Performance Management of the Company beginning in August 2015. Prior to joining USA Compression, Mr. Scheller was a Director at Sapient Global Markets since August 2013. Before Sapient, Mr. Scheller was a consultant in private practice advising midstream and chemicals firms from January 2012 to July 2013. Prior to that, he held several positions with Enterprise Products Partners LP from November 2004 to December 2011, most recently as Regional Director, Pipeline & Storage Services. Mr. Scheller holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Math minor), a Masters of Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A., all from the University of Houston. Mr. Scheller is also a CFA ® charterholder.
Christopher W. Porter has served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2017, and, prior to that, had served as our Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary since October 2015. From January 2010 through October 2015, Mr. Porter practiced corporate and securities law at Andrews Kurth LLP, representing public and private companies, including master limited partnerships, in capital markets offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Porter holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University.
Sean T. Kimble has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since June 2014. Mr. Kimble comes to us with over twenty years of human resources leadership experience. Prior to joining the company, he was most recently the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Millard Refrigerated Services in Omaha, NE where he led all aspects of human resources. Before joining Millard, he was the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Resources at MV Transportation in CA where he led human resources, safety, labor relations and various other operating support functions. He holds a B.S. from Sacramento State University and a M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California.