Leadership

Lucid's leadership team of experienced industry veterans is dedicated to developing creative midstream solutions.

Michael J. Latchem

President & CEO

Mike brings 20 years of energy industry experience to Lucid with strengths in team leadership, project origination, commercial development, engineering and operations in growth-oriented environments. His accomplishments in natural gas gathering, transmission and processing assets have been focused in the core development areas of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Prior to the formation of Lucid Energy Group, he held positions of President and Vice President for TPF Gas Services and Vice President at Crosstex Energy.

  • From 2009 to 2011, Mike led the development of a startup company backed by Tenaska Capital and served as its President. TPG Gas Services was a first mover in developing much needed infrastructure and gas treating facilities in the East Texas Haynesville and Middle Bossier Shale production targets. His team constructed over 1 billion cubic feet per day capacity of new pipeline and gas treating facilities anchored by many public and privately held producing companies.
  • From 2001 to 2009, Mike held various positions at Crosstex Energy with the most recent position as Vice President of Business Development. He began his time at Crosstex as an engineer focusing on engineering design and capital project management in growth areas of Oklahoma and South Texas. He was heavily involved in optimization of existing facilities, focusing on repurposing systems for growth capacities, and integrating newly acquired assets. He transitioned to commercial deal development in 2005, and following the company’s acquisition of the midstream assets of Chief Oil & Gas in the Barnett Shale, he led the corporate development efforts for mergers and acquisitions and negotiations for large capital growth projects. Mike moved from focusing in North Texas to Louisiana in 2008 when Haynesville Shale development began. Utilizing the existing expansive footprint of the company’s assets in Louisiana, he negotiated various transformative gathering and treating growth projects.
  • Mike was an entrepreneurial consulting engineer from 1999 to 2001 focusing in the gas patch of East Texas and Oklahoma. His client list included XTO Energy, Marathon and Crosstex Energy.

Mike began his career in Houston as a process engineer with Parsons Process Group, where he held various positions from design engineer to area process lead engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.

Ryan Moss

Executive Vice President & CFO

Before joining Lucid as CFO in 2016, Ryan Moss was a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he worked in the advisory business focusing on the energy industry. A leading financial services firm, Perella Weinberg provides advisory and asset management services to a global client base that includes corporations, institutions and governments. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg in 2013, Ryan worked for Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Houston. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 to co-found the midstream effort. Over his tenure, Morgan Stanley Midstream became Wall Street’s leading midstream group, enjoying the leading market share in each of M&A advisory and equity and high-yield underwriting. While at Morgan Stanley, Ryan’s responsibilities expanded to include coverage of U.S. supermajors and large-cap independent energy companies. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ryan was a member of the Energy Group at UBS Investment Bank. Beginning in September 2016, Ryan served as chief financial officer of Lucid Energy Group I and II.

Ryan earned a BBA in finance from the University of Texas in 1997 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2001. He serves as chairman of the board of governors of Uplift Education, a nonprofit charter school system serving nearly 19,000 students on 20 campuses in North Texas. He also serves on the University Development Board and the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee at the University of Texas and is an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

Jim Howe

Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer

Jim Howe joined Lucid Energy in 2016 as SVP and Chief Accounting Officer.  He is an accounting and finance executive with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  He has held leadership roles in the midstream, upstream and  oil field services segments of the industry.  Prior to joining Lucid, Jim served as CAO for upstream producers Samson Resources and Energy and Exploration Partners.  Prior to this, he was in similar leadership roles with public midstream companies Copano Energy (acquired by Kinder Morgan) and Crosstex Energy (now EnLink).  He also served in financial manager roles with Arthur Andersen, Baker Hughes and Pioneer Natural Resources.  Jim began his career in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Arkansas.  He currently serves on the board and is an officer of the Dallas Chapter of Financial Executives International.

Joe Davis

General Counsel

Joe Davis brings more than 30 years of experience to Lucid, including more than 20 years in private legal practice with the international law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth and its predecessors representing midstream energy companies and utilities and almost 10 years as general counsel to EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC). Joe also has served as an independent director for Matador Resources Company (NYSE:MTDR) and as a director of Howard Energy Partners, a private midstream energy company.  He is a former member of the Board of the Natural Gas Pipeline Association of Texas, where he also served as Chairman for one term.  

Joe earned received his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and public administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Stew Fuller

Vice President, Finance

Stew Fuller is responsible for financial analysis, forecasting, treasury, capital structuring, investor relations and diligence related to acquisitions and divestitures. Since joining Lucid in 2013, Stew has worked on more than $4.5 billion of debt and equity financings as well as $2.5 billion in M&A transactions.

Stew joined Lucid from EnCap Investments, a $37 billion private equity fund focused exclusively on investments in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his time at EnCap, Stew worked in investment banking with Stephens Inc. Stew received a BBA in finance from Southern Methodist University with honors and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Stew serves on the Young Alumni board for SMU as well as the Young Benefactors Board for the First Tee of Greater Dallas.

J.B. Smith

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

J.B. Smith joined Lucid in 2016 as a result of its acquisition of Agave Energy Company. He is an energy industry executive with more than 25 years of energy industry experience. Prior to Lucid, J.B. was the President and a Board Member of Agave Energy Company and its subsidiaries. He served in various capacities with the company over its existence, beginning with its formation in 1995.  Before joining Agave, J.B. also served in various roles at Yates Petroleum Corporation, its subsidiaries and associated entities.  He has also served as city councilman for Artesia, New Mexico, where he chaired the infrastructure committee and served on the budget committee.  J.B. holds a BBA and MBA from the University of Mississippi School of Business.