OUR TEAM

FOUNDERS



 

Hugh “Skip” McGee III

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Skip McGee is co-Founder and President & Chief Executive Officer of Intrepid Financial Partners. 

Prior to co-founding Intrepid in May 2015, Skip served as a member of the Barclays Group Executive Committee and CEO of Barclays, Americas responsible for its Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Card and Wealth & Investment Management businesses in the region. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership positions at Barclays including CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking, Americas and Chairman and Head of the Global Investment Banking Division. At the time of his promotion to CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking Americas, Skip was the longest serving Head of an Investment Banking Division across Wall Street. He joined Barclays in September 2008 when he negotiated the move of 10,000 former Lehman employees over to Barclays after the bankruptcy of Lehman.

Prior to Barclays, Skip was a senior executive at Lehman, where he spent the majority of his career. At Lehman, he was a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and most recently Head of the Global Investment Banking Division from 2002-2008 after running the highly successful Global Natural Resources and Power franchises. Skip joined Lehman in 1993 after six years at First Boston and Wasserstein Perella.

Skip has over 30 years of experience and has been involved in many landmark transactions, including Energy Transfer’s proposed $38 billion acquisition of Williams, Kinder Morgan’s $21 billion acquisition of El Paso Energy, BHP Billiton’s $15 billion acquisition of Petrohawk, Verizon’s $135 billion acquisition of its remaining stake in Verizon Wireless from Vodafone, Exxon Mobil’s $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy, Kerr-McGee’s $18 billion sale to Anadarko, Pfizer’s $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, and the Williams Companies’ $3 billion financial restructuring.

Skip graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in civil engineering and received a J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a Lifetime Member of the Advisory Council of McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and sits on the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University.


 

Christopher Winchenbaugh

Co-Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Winchenbaugh is co-Founder and President & Chief Operating Officer of Intrepid Financial Partners. Chris is based in New York.

Chris is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience in Investment Banking. He combines significant markets expertise with deep operational and management expertise and experience.

Prior to co-founding Intrepid in 2015, Chris served as COO of Barclays, Americas from 2013 to his departure, and COO of Barclays’ Global Investment Banking Division from 2011 until 2013. While at Barclays, he was a member of the Investment Banking Executive Committee, the Americas Management Committee, and the Senior Leadership Group, which consisted of the top 150 employees globally.

Prior to assuming executive COO roles, Chris held a number of senior capital markets positions at Barclays. He was most recently head of all product origination groups in the Americas from 2010 to 2011, which included Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Hybrid Capital, Fixed Income and Equity Derivatives, Securitization, Loans, Restructuring, Private Placements and Project Finance. Before that role he was Head of Debt Capital Markets, Americas from 2008 to 2010, which also included Securitization and Project Finance.

Before joining Barclays, Chris had spent his entire career at Lehman Brothers, where he was most recently Head of Global Debt Capital Markets from 2006 to 2008, and Head of US Debt Capital Markets from 2005 to 2006. During his tenure at Lehman, Chris also ran the Convertible Origination business from 2003 to 2005, and was a senior member of the Debt Capital Markets business from 1996 until 2003 where he covered Power, Natural Resources and Telecom/Media/Technology.

Over his career, Chris has worked directly on over $75 billion of capital raising transactions, and has run businesses that combined have raised over $1 trillion of capital across Debt, Equity and Loans, in addition to billions of dollars of derivatives.

At both Lehman and Barclays, Chris either ran or participated in the Investment Banking Commitment Committee and Loan Participation Committee which were responsible for evaluating all capital markets and loan transactions within the investment banking division. While at both firms he spearheaded the recruiting effort at Kellogg and was instrumental in establishing mentorship programs within investment banking.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Holy Cross and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Professionals

 

Matthew Barton

Vice President

Matthew Barton is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Matt is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Matt was an Associate in Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Group in Houston. During his tenure at Deutsche Bank, Matt worked on a variety of financing and merger & acquisition transactions with a focus in the oil and gas industry. From 2007 – 2010, Matt was a manager in Accenture’s management consulting practice. At Accenture, he was responsible for providing strategic guidance to both domestic and international clients across the energy, transportation and construction industries in order to help optimize their ability to organize and analyze financial and operational data.

He holds an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a B.B.A. in Finance, cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

 

Nicholas Bilodeau

Vice President 

Nicholas Bilodeau is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Nick is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Nick was a Director at UBS Investment Bank in New York. During his tenure at UBS, Nick advised on a wide range of M&A and capital markets transactions in the energy sector. From 2009 to 2014, Nick worked at Barclays where he focused on debt capital raises for natural resources clients, including corporate bonds, project financing and acquisition loan facilities. While at UBS and Barclays, Nick executed over 120 equity, debt and M&A transactions in the energy sector.  

Nick received a B.S. in Financial Management, magna cum laude, from Clemson University. 


 

Robert Cabes

Managing Director

Robert Cabes is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners and head of its investing business. Robert is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Robert was a Managing Director at White Deer Energy, responsible for making private equity energy investments. Before that, Robert had similar responsibilities as a Partner at Avista Capital Partners and as a Principal at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Earlier in his career, Robert was an investment banker at both Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Prudential Securities where he led numerous strategic and financing transactions for energy clients.  

Robert is a former Director of several private and public energy companies including Copano Energy, Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Hi-Crush Partners, Laramie Energy, Laredo Energy, Manti Exploration, Ultra Tech Frac Services and two unconventional oil and gas development joint ventures with Carrizo Oil and Gas.

Robert is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University.

 

Neil Chen

Vice President

Neil Chen is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Neil is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Neil held a variety of roles at Barclays. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Staff to the CEO (Americas), where he helped manage the Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Card and Wealth & Investment Management businesses in the region. He was involved with all aspects of the business including corporate development, strategy, investments, client development and strategic partnerships.

Prior to that, he was an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at both Barclays and Lehman Brothers, responsible for the execution of a number of strategic and financing transactions.

Neil holds a B.A. with honors from Princeton University.


 

David Gehring

Vice President

David Gehring is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. David is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, David was Senior Vice President, Energy Investment Banking at Jefferies LLC in Houston, and before that an Associate, Energy Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC in Houston.  While at Jefferies and Wells Fargo, David advised on nearly $30 billion in asset acquisitions & divestitures, corporate mergers & acquisitions, and public and private debt and equity and bank financings.  His transaction experience covered domestic and international clients across the upstream, LNG, oilfield services and midstream sectors, with focus on unconventional onshore assets across North America.  Prior to his career in investment banking, David worked in both the real estate development and manufacturing industries.

David received an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a B.S. with High Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Carter Glatt

Analyst

Carter Glatt is an Analyst at Intrepid Financial Partners. Carter is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Carter was an investment banking Analyst at Barclays Capital. During his tenure at Barclays, Carter participated in a variety of M&A, Advisory and capital markets transactions.

He holds a B.A. with honors from Dartmouth College.

 

Matthew Hart

Managing Director

Matthew Hart is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners. Matt is based in New York.

Matt has over 17 years of experience in the capital markets, primarily in the areas of leveraged finance and restructuring. He has advised issuers and investors in connection with numerous capital raises, recapitalizations and strategic transactions, and also invested in dozens of such situations as a principal.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Matt was a senior member of the restructuring group at Lazard, a partner in the credit investment funds of Eos Partners, and a proprietary investment analyst in Merrill Lynch’s principal investments area, where he focused primarily on opportunistic corporate credit investments. He began his career as an analyst and trader in the mortgage- and asset-backed securitization markets.

Matt holds an M.B.A. in Finance & Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an A.B. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).


 

Samuel Heller

Associate

Samuel Heller is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners. Sam is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Sam was an investment banking Associate Director in the Global Energy Group at UBS Securities in Houston. At UBS, he worked on a variety of capital markets and merger & acquisition transactions, with a focus on the midstream and upstream sectors. Prior to UBS, he was an Associate in the Valuation & Financial Opinions Group at Stout Risius Ross, where he focused on upstream business valuation, fairness opinions, and financial reporting. Before his time at Stout Risius Ross, he managed the property tax department for Stallion Oilfield Services and was a tax consultant at Ryan & Company.

He holds an M.B.A. with honors and a B.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Brian Hensley

Associate

Brian Hensley is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners and is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Brian was a Vice President in the Upstream Energy Capital Group at Macquarie, where he participated in the analysis, structuring, documentation and monitoring of stretch senior, 2nd lien and mezzanine investments in the upstream oil and gas sector. Prior to Macquarie, Brian worked as an energy focused merchant banking analyst at Parkman Whaling LLC and a credit analyst at Bank of America in the gaming and leisure corporate debt products group.

Brian received a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

 

Adam Hurley

Vice President

Adam Hurley is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Adam is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Adam was an investment banking Associate in the Global Natural Resources Group at Goldman Sachs in Houston. At Goldman Sachs, he worked on a variety of capital markets and merger & acquisition transactions in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his career in banking, Adam served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Team Leader in 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and an infantry officer in 3rd Infantry Division.

He holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

August Kehn

Associate

August Kehn is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners and is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, August was an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Natural Resources Group in Houston. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, August worked on a variety of financing and merger & acquisition transactions with a focus in the oil & gas industry. Prior to Morgan Stanley, August was an investment banking analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, focused on financing and merger & acquisition transactions primarily for upstream oil & gas clients.

August holds a B.A. in Economics and German Literature, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.





 

David Litvack

Vice President

David Litvack is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. David is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, David was a Senior Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and before that, an Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  During his tenure at Milbank and Weil, he represented and advised companies, creditors, investors, and other interested parties in numerous restructuring situations.  David has extensive industry experience in oil and gas, banking, and industrials.

David holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, cum laude, and a B.B.A. in Finance, magna cum laude, from Hofstra University.  He is admitted as a member of the bars of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

John Ed McGee

Associate

John Ed McGee is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners. John Ed is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, John Ed was an Associate at Deutsche Bank in the Merger & Acquisitions group. During his tenure at Deutsche Bank, John Ed worked on a variety of buy-side, sell-side, Fairness Opinion, and strategic advisory assignments across a range of industries. 

He holds a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Finance from Princeton University.

 

Benjamin Messier

Associate

Benjamin Messier is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners. Ben is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Ben was an Associate in the Oil & Gas Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse, where he participated in the advisory of buy side acquisitions, asset sales, reversionary drilling funds, and various debt and equity offerings. Prior to his tenure at Credit Suisse, Ben worked in Treasury at Atwood Oceanics, a global offshore drilling company, and Ubiquity Retirement + Savings, where he advised small business owners on the administration and fund selection of their companies’ 401(k) plans.

He holds an M.B.A. in Finance & Energy from the Rice Jones School of Business and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. He is also a Level III CFA Candidate.



 

R. Adam Miller

Managing Director

Adam Miller is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners. Adam is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Adam was Senior Vice President of Finance for Juneau Energy, an upstream portfolio company of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) and a Vice President of Jefferies Capital Partners, an affiliate of Jefferies LLC, where he focused on upstream investments. He began his career as an investment banking analyst with Petrie Parkman and later served as an associate with Jefferies LLC.

During his time with Juneau (Leucadia) and Jefferies, Adam actively participated in investment activities including evaluating investment opportunities, due diligence, transaction structuring and execution, portfolio monitoring and investment exits. Additionally, he worked closely with portfolio companies, serving on the board of multiple investments, and provided guidance on such activities as key financing events, hedging strategies, evaluating and executing merger, acquisition and divestiture opportunities and helping to refine strategies to drive long-term growth and value.

He holds an M.B.A. and B.S.B.A. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Samra Nawaz

Associate

Samra Nawaz is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners and is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Samra was an Investment Banking Associate at KLR Group, LLC, where she worked on a variety of capital markets and A&D/M&A transactions, with a focus on private upstream companies. Samra began her career with the Energy Group at Raymond James Financial as an Equity Research Associate, covering select North American E&P companies, assisting with commodity research, and participating in structuring proprietary models.

She holds an M.B.A in Finance and Energy from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and a B.B.A. in Finance from NUST Business School, Pakistan.


 

John Nesland

Managing Director

John Nesland is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners. John is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, John was a Managing Director in the energy group at UBS where he was Head of the Midstream and Downstream businesses. Prior to UBS, he was a senior energy banker at Barclays and Lehman Brothers. John has over 18 years of experience executing M&A and capital markets transactions in the energy sector and has advised / bookrun over 125 transactions for an aggregate deal value of over $75 billion.

John received a B.B.A., specializing in finance, from The University of Colorado at Boulder. 

 

Henry Newton

Vice President

Henry Newton is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Henry is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Henry was a Vice President at Lazard in both Houston and Australia and before that, an Associate at BofAML in Houston. Henry was responsible for the origination and execution of a variety of complex merger & acquisition & divestiture transactions as well as strategic advisory assignments within the oil and gas industry. Prior to his career in banking, Henry served as a Captain in the Army where he commanded solders in the 101st Airborne and 2nd Infantry Divisions.

Henry holds an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.P.A from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

 

Tyler Pratt

Analyst

Tyler Pratt is an Analyst at Intrepid Financial Partners. Tyler is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Tyler was an investment banking Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. During his tenure at Wells, Tyler participated in a variety of capital markets and M&A transaction in the Energy space. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Tyler worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their audit practice and CAZ Investments, focusing on Private Equity and Hedge Fund investing.

He holds a B.B.A in Finance and Accounting from Baylor University.  He is also a CPA.

 

Matthew Preskenis

Analyst

Matthew Preskenis is an Analyst at Intrepid Financial Partners. Matt is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Matt was an Analyst at Barclays. During his tenure at Barclays, Matt participated in a variety of strategic, debt and trade finance transactions.  

He holds a B.S. with honors from Boston College. 

 

Thomas Rapisarda

Associate

Thomas Rapisarda is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners. Tom is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Tom was an Analyst at Energy & Infrastructure Capital, a debt capital investment manager specializing in the global energy and infrastructure sectors. Tom has spent his career focused on various aspects of the energy sector, both from advisory and principal investing perspectives. At EIC, Tom was responsible for structuring, negotiating and investing across the debt capital structure in the domestic Oil & Gas, Power and Infrastructure sectors. Prior to EIC, Tom was an Analyst at Nomura Securities in the Mergers & Acquisitions group and was an analyst at GE Capital Energy Financial Services focusing on direct equity investments across the Power and Midstream sectors.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College.


 

Karim Rashid

Managing Director

Karim Rashid is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners. Karim is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Karim was a Managing Director in the Global Natural Resources Group at Morgan Stanley in both the New York and London offices. At Morgan Stanley he was responsible for coverage of large cap Exploration & Production and Oilfield Services companies globally. Prior to his time at Morgan Stanley, Karim worked for other notable banks including Credit Suisse First Boston, Banque Paribas and Marine Midland Bank. Karim has over 25 years of experience in the Energy Sector. 

Karim holds an M.B.A. from the New York University, Stern School of Business and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.


 

Shane Sealy

Managing Director

Shane Sealy is a Managing Director at Intrepid Financial Partners. Shane is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Shane was a Managing Director in the energy group at Evercore in Houston. In addition to his role as a senior banker covering the Upstream space, Shane also established and led Evercore’s Asia Oil & Gas Advisory business. Prior to Evercore, Shane held numerous roles at Scotia Waterous. During his tenure at Evercore and Scotia Waterous, Shane advised on over $75 billion of asset acquisitions & divestures, corporate mergers & acquisitions, and private capital raise transactions in the Upstream sector.  Shane has also advised numerous clients on restructuring transactions.  Prior to his investment banking career, Shane was a consultant at Navigant.

Shane received a B.B.A. with honors in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Brice Simpson

Vice President

Brice Simpson is a Vice President at Intrepid Financial Partners. Brice is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Brice was a Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Energy & Power group in Houston and a Vice President in the Global Industrials Group in New York.  During his tenure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Brice was responsible for the origination and execution of a variety of financing and merger & acquisition transaction advisory assignments.  Brice started his career as a corporate governance consultant in Houston focused on the Energy Sector.

Brice holds an M.B.A. from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University and a B.B.A. in Economics from Baylor University.

 

Scott Woolley

Associate

Scott Woolley is an Associate at Intrepid Financial Partners. Scott is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Scott was an Associate in the Global Energy Investment Banking group at Citigroup in Houston. At Citigroup, he participated in a variety of capital markets and merger & acquisition transactions across the energy industry.  His transaction experience covered domestic and international clients across the upstream, oilfield services and midstream sectors.  Prior to his career in investment banking, Scott worked in both commercial construction and real estate development.

Scott received an M.B.A. in Finance & Energy from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Building Construction from the University of Florida.

Firm Administration

 

Vivian Alvarado

Office Coordinator

Vivian Alvarado is the Office Coordinator of Intrepid Financial Partners. Vivian is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Vivian was a Registered Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. She focused her efforts on client services within the wealth management advisory and private banking platforms of both Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. She began her career as an intern with the Global Wealth Management division at Merrill Lynch.

Vivian holds a B.Sc. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Houston.


 

Jane Roche

Chief Administrative Officer

Jane Roche serves as Chief Administrative Officer of Intrepid Financial Partners. Jane is based in New York.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Jane supported the Office of the CEO, Americas at Barclays. Before her tenure at Barclays, Jane spent ten years at McKinsey & Company in a variety of roles in both Boston and New York. Additionally, she was an early employee of Amazon.com, serving as Manager of Internal Communications.