Our founding leadership team is one of our biggest assets. We are creative, energetic and have decades of collective midstream experience. Additionally, our executive team benefits from a strong and successful history — all of our Principals have worked together in the past, some for many years. As a group, the Vaquero team has developed a solid reputation for excellent customer service, hard work, persistence and honesty.
Both plant and pipeline operations have established teams that are dedicated to service, safety, and efficiency.
Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
VP, Commercial & Corporate Development
Director of Gas Supply
Director of Marketing and Scheduling
Senior Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Permian Operations
Senior Vice President of Operations
Gary Wauson is the Vice President of Operations for Vaquero Midstream. With more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Gary has been an essential driver in helping the company grow, putting operational strategies in place that have taken Vaquero far beyond a traditional midstream company approach. He currently oversees construction and engineering on a 200 MMSCFD gas processing complex with more than 100 miles of high-pressure gathering pipeline in the Southern Delaware Basin. Once the plant is completed in spring of 2016, Gary will manage the development and implementation of general operations policies and safety procedures.
Before Vaquero, Gary worked as an area manager for TEAK Midstream, where he was instrumental in the building of a cryogenic gas processing plant and high-pressure gas gathering systems in South Texas. Previous to his work at TEAK Midstream, he worked as a systems superintendent for more than 10 years with Western Gas Resources (later acquired by Anadarko Petroleum) where he made decisions regarding large gathering and compression systems.
Prior to Western Gas Resources, Gary worked for Tipperary Corporation where he was the operations superintendent. He also worked for LoVaca Gathering, where he was the plant operator and started one of the earliest cryogenic plants. Gary began his career as an operator for Exxon.
Besides his extensive experience in oil and gas, he worked for more than 10 years as a general manager of fabrication facilities, building compressors, plants and production equipment.
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Wayne Wauson joined Vaquero Midstream as the Regional Director of Plant and Pipeline Operations in 2015. Wayne has consistently worked in Operations for over 25 years, and started his career in Operations in 1994 with Western Gas Resources. Before starting with Vaquero, Wayne served as Operations Superintendent at Targa Resources. He was responsible for Plant Operations, Maintenance, Instrument and Electrical, Field Operations, Measurement, Construction and the Pipeline Department for the Westtex System, overseeing 100 employees. Wayne currently supervises all of Vaquero Midstream’s Plant and Field Employees, and is responsible for the Plant and Pipeline Operations of Vaquero’s first 200MMCFD Cryogenic Processing Plant.
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Desi Urias joined Vaquero Midstream in 2015 as the Field Supervisor. Prior to Vaquero, Desi worked as the Field Supervisor at Targa Resources where he managed daily operations of fifteen compressor stations, along with fifteen employees. Desi has over seven years of Field Operating experience and has excelled in this area. Desi currently oversees Field Operations, Measurement, Pipelines and Cathodic protection at Vaquero.
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Adan Acosta joined Vaquero Midstream as the Caymus Processing Facility Plant Supervisor. Prior to joining Vaquero, Adan was responsible for field maintenance and assistant plant manager supervising the day to day operations of large cryogenic and compression facilities for major publicly traded companies in the West Texas area. Adan began his career in operations and maintenance over 30 years ago with Western Gas Resources.
VP, Commercial & Corporate DevelopmentView Linkedin
Harrison Holmes joined Vaquero Midstream in 2019 as Vice President of Business Development. He brings nearly eight years of finance and business development experience to the team. He is responsible for the origination and development of strategic relationships and opportunities for Vaquero.
Most recently, Harrison was a Vice President at Brycap Investments. During his six-year tenure at Brycap, Harrison worked directly with the financial partners, management and employees of several companies where Brycap made early stage investments, including Vaquero Midstream.
Harrison began his career in Dallas with an investment management firm focused on oil & gas and real estate. Harrison graduated Cum Laude from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Director of Gas SupplyView Linkedin
Brett Taylor joined Vaquero Midstream in 2015 as Director of Gas Supply, with over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry working for both producer and midstream service providers. He most recently served as Gas Supply Manager for Regency Energy Partners where he was responsible for securing new gas supply sources in the Permian Basin. Prior to Regency, Brett held multiple positions with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. As a member of the Midstream and Marketing groups at Encana, he led business development and origination opportunities, as well as managed transportation assets in the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region. Brett has developed, negotiated and closed gathering, processing, and compression projects in his roles with producers and midstream companies alike.
Prior to joining Encana, Brett was a Management Associate at Citigroup Inc., and a Senior Project Development Engineer for TAC – Americas where he focused on energy cost reduction solutions and operational efficiencies.
Brett received an MBA from Texas A&M University, Mays Schools of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University.
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Cassondra Wynn is the Director of Marketing & Scheduling for Vaquero Midstream. Cassondra has approximately 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with scheduling, trading, contract administration, right-of-way and business development in both midstream and producer sectors.
Prior to joining Vaquero, Cassondra worked as Manager of Marketing & Scheduling for Compass Production Partners, LP. Cassondra managed several aspects of the midstream and producer functions including trading & scheduling of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude, contract administration and contract negotiations.
Cassondra began her career with Continental Natural Gas, Inc. in the operations group and transitioned into marketing. Continental sold to CMS Field Services, Cantera Natural Gas, Inc. and PVR Midstream, LLC. Cassondra transitioned with all the acquisitions and lead the marketing & scheduling group as the Director of Scheduling & Marketing for approximately 20 years.
Cassondra has 18 years of management experience and has industry knowledge and experience in the Arkoma Basin, Barnett Shale, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, and the Permian Basin.
Cassondra holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.
Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive OfficerView Linkedin
Gary Conway is one of the original founding partners of Vaquero and is the firm’s CEO/President. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and a track record of success.
Prior to co-founding Vaquero, Gary served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations at TEAK Midstream LLC, and was a key participant in the board’s analysis and decision making. His role involved all aspects of the engineering and operations of more than 300 miles of high and low pressure gathering systems, a grassroots 262-mile high pressure gathering pipeline, and a 200 MMSCFD processing facility with an additional 400 MMSCFD planned on the complex.
Prior to his tenure with TEAK, Gary served as Vice President of Treating and Construction for Petrohawk/Hawk Field Services, completing the midstream assets in the Fayetteville Shale, establishing a major footprint of midstream assets in the Haynesville Shale and the initial assets for the Eagle Ford Shale.
Prior to Petrohawk/Hawk Field Services, Gary was Director of Processing for Energy Transfer. In this role, he was instrumental in guiding Energy Transfer into the Barnett Shale, leading the construction and operations of the 500 MMSCFD Godley Cryogenic Complex.
Previously, Gary was Manager of Engineering at Crosstex Energy Services in the Treating Division, where under his execution management Crosstex grew to more than 120 operating amine plants. Prior to joining Crosstex, he was employed by consulting firms as a chemical engineer working for major and independent natural gas and petrochemical companies in the United States and abroad.
Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Co-Founder, Chief Financial OfficerView Linkedin
Bryant Patton is Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and original founding partner of Vaquero. He has over 43 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including 20 years as a principal in two oil and gas exploration and production companies, eight years as an institutional portfolio investment manager, and ten years providing value-added management extension and capital formation strategy to upstream and midstream energy companies. Bryant has participated in hundreds of transactions and has established relationships with industry players, capital providers, investment bankers, lawyers, and third-party support professionals. Bryant majored in accounting at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prior to his effort at Vaquero, through Brycap Investments, he worked with TEAK Midstream, Crosstex Energy, Oakspring Energy, LLC, Vendera Resources, Abraxas Petroleum, Camden Resources, Cinco Resources, and Primexx Energy Partners. Previously, Bryant was Senior Vice President of Associated Energy Managers, managing two funds for The Common Fund and EIF, L.P.
Bryant has been deeply involved in the industry, serving as Regional Director of the IPAA, past President of the Dallas Petroleum Club, past Chairman of the Dallas Wildcat Committee, and various energy company boards. Bryant is the 2020-2021 Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and the Cotton Bowl Foundation. Bryant and his wife of 40 years, Darlene, live in Dallas.
Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting OfficerView Linkedin
Sandra Fendley joined Vaquero Midstream in June 2015 as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, with over 20 years of experience in the midstream, oil and gas and utilities industries. She previously served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Matador Resources and also as Controller of J-W Midstream, a subsidiary of J-W Energy Company.
Prior to joining J-W Midstream, Sandra held a number of financial roles with Crosstex Energy, including serving as Corporate Controller, Director of Financial Accounting and Director of Financial Reporting from 2006 until her departure in 2013. She also held numerous and varied accounting roles with TXU (currently Energy Future Holdings) from 1991 to 2006.
In her many roles, Sandra has had responsibility for leading a financial accounting group, SEC reporting group for a publicly traded Master Limited Partnership, crude oil operational accounting group, financial planning and analysis group, fixed asset accounting, inventory, and accounts payable. She has also provided leadership on multiple process improvement projects resulting in significant cost and time savings and improved controls.
Sandra is a licensed certified public accountant. She received an MBA from Tarleton State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce.