J. Carney Hawks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
J. Carney Hawks serves as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hawks is the Founder and CEO of JC Hawks & Co, an investment and advisory firm and an affiliate of our sponsor. Prior to that role, Mr. Hawks was a founding partner at Brigade Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar fixed income asset management firm, from its inception in 2007 until his retirement at the end of 2019. At Brigade, Mr. Hawks was the head of the Special Situations Group and sat on the firm’s Investment Committee. He also managed two funds at the firm focused on opportunities in the stressed and distressed energy sector. Through his special situation focus, Mr. Hawks has participated in the restructurings of dozens of companies, both through the bankruptcy process and after emergence. Some of Mr. Hawks’ most notable investments included positions in the Puerto Rico debt securities, where he helped the Creditor Group negotiate a restructuring of the Government Development Bank bonds. Mr. Hawks also had active roles in the General Obligation Group, as well as the PREPA Fuel Line Group. Mr. Hawks managed multiple investments in the Caesars capital structure prior to and during its bankruptcy in 2015-2016, including a lead role on the unofficial First Lien Creditor Group. In 2013, Mr. Hawks also helped lead the creditor group in the Jefferson Country sewer bonds, which was the largest municipal restructuring at the time of its default. He has also participated in the restructuring of numerous energy companies, including Parker Drilling, Jupiter Resources, Amplify Energy and Telford International. In many of these situations, Mr. Hawks remained active post-emergence either as an official or unofficial board observer. While at Brigade, Mr. Hawks sat on the boards of Aventine Resources and Jacuzzi Brands following their restructurings. Through his role at JC Hawks and Co, Mr. Hawks currently sits on the boards of directors of Cenveo Worldwide Limited and Extraction Oil & Gas. Mr. Hawks is also currently on the board of directors of Ferrellgas Partners, LP, a distributor of propane. Prior to his role at Brigade, Mr. Hawks was a Managing Director in the High Yield Group at Mackay Shields. At Mackay, Mr. Hawks covered a wide range of industries and participated in numerous restructurings of the firm’s investments. Mr. Hawks earned a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Davis is a Director. Mr. Davis has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, a privately held consulting firm specializing in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests and strategic planning advisory services for domestic and international public and private business entities since 1999. Mr. Davis was the President, Vice Chairman and a director of Emerson Radio Corporation, a consumer electronics company, from 1990 to 1997 and was the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc., a direct-mail marketer of sports equipment, from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Davis currently serves on the boards of directors of FTS International, where he is Chairman of the Board, Samson Resources II, LLC, where he is Chairman of the Board, GTT Communications, Inc. and Hycroft Mining Corporation, where he is Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. During the past five years, Mr. Davis was a director of the following public or formerly public companies: Montage Resources Corp., Seadrill Limited, VICI Properties Inc., Verso Corporation, ALST Casino Holdco, LLC, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Atlas Iron Limited, The Cash Store Financial Services, Inc., Dex One Corp., Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, Global Power Equipment Group, Inc., Goodrich Petroleum Corp., Great Elm Capital Corp., GSI Group, Inc., Hercules Offshore, Inc., HRG Group, Inc., Knology, Inc., SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc., Spansion, Inc., Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., Titan Energy LLC, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., U.S. Concrete, Inc. and WMIH Corp. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters in International Affairs and Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. Mr. Davis was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant management and leadership experience.
Daniel H. Golden
Mr. Golden is a Director. Mr. Golden has more than 40 years of experience as a practicing financial restructuring attorney representing primarily official and informal creditors’ and bondholder committees in some of the largest and most complex restructurings and bankruptcies in U.S. history. From 1999 to 2019, Mr. Golden was head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s nationally and internationally renowned financial restructuring practice. Currently, Mr. Golden serves as a member of the board of managers of the Insys Liquidation Trust, a litigation/liquidation trust formed pursuant to the confirmed chapter 11 plan of Insys Therapeutics, Inc., and as the trustee of the Quorum Health Corporation Litigation Trust formed pursuant to the confirmed chapter 11 plan of Quorum Health Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Golden serves as a restructuring consultant to several plaintiffs law firms representing tens of thousands of claimants in the Boy Scouts of America, Mallinckrodt PLC and Purdue Pharma chapter 11 cases. Mr. Golden received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a J.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Law. Mr. Golden was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant restructuring and leadership experience.
Mr. Heimowitz is a Director. Mr. Heimowitz is the founder and Managing Member of Coda Advisory Group LLC. Coda Advisory Group is an independent advisory firm that specializes in providing advice to and advocating for parties-in-interest involved in complex restructurings and special situations, and which can act as an unconflicted professional fiduciary for litigation and liquidation trusts. Mr. Heimowitz has more than 23 years’ experience in capital markets and in managing and analyzing investments related to companies in stress or reorganization, including bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, out-of-court restructurings, rescue financings and distressed acquisitions. In his personal capacity, Mr Heimowitz also acts as an independent director for companies in distress, restructuring and bankruptcy. Prior to founding Coda Advisory Group, from 2012 to 2017, Mr. Heimowitz was a portfolio manager for Claren Road Asset Management, a long-short credit hedge fund owned by The Carlyle Group. Prior to Claren Road, from 2006 to 2012, Marc was a Managing Director, Head of Credit Special Situations, and Co-Head of the Distressed Trading Desk for Citigroup Global Capital Markets. Mr. Heimowitz received his B.S.B.A. in finance with Highest Honors from the University of Florida, holds a J.D. from Columbia University, practiced law in New York and Florida and is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Heimowitz was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant financial and leadership experience.
Mr. Mills is a Director. From 2017 to 2021, Mr. Mills served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Resources II, LLC, a private E&P company, and continues to serve on its board of directors. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mills sold an asset base in a series of transactions totaling $820 million. In November 2018, Mr. Mills joined the Board of Directors of Roan Resources Company (“Roan”) and in April of 2019, Mr. Mills assumed the Executive Chairman role, leading and negotiating the sale of Roan for $1 billion to Citizen Energy, a private portfolio company of Warburg Pincus. In 2006, Mr. Mills founded Montierra Minerals & Production, L.P. (“Montierra”), a limited partnership that acquired oil and gas fee minerals, royalties and non-operated working interest drilling programs across the United States, and sold the assets to Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP (“Eagle Rock”) in 2007, becoming Eagle Rock’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and serving in that capacity from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Mills was responsible for managing and creating the strategic direction and vision of the company and managing its growth as a publicly traded E&P and midstream master limited partnership. Mr. Mills served at Montierra from 2006 to 2016. Prior to his service at Eagle Rock, Mr. Mills served in various leadership roles at El Paso Production Company, an oil exploration company. Mr. Mills currently serves on the boards of directors of Riviera Resources Company and the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board. Mr. Mills received his B.B.A. in petroleum land management from the University of Texas and holds a MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Mills was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant financial and leadership experience.