KEVIN BARBER

Mr. Barber was hired at Integrys Energy to build their Midcontinent wholesale trading desk from a regional strategy to a national focus. He managed the risk on the desk as well as trade and manages a proprietary trading book. The national credit crisis created challenges for Integrys Energy that resulted in the closing of the wholesale trading group.

While at Southwest Energy, Kevin developed and marketed natural gas in the Midwest United States. Concentration in the Chicago, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and NY markets, as well as gulf coast and Midwest supply regions.

From July 2004 until December 2006 he was responsible for establishing a Houston office for Silvergate Bank, and developing a new lending venture in Mexico.  He co-founded the bank’s Mexico Lending group. Kevin was responsible for all aspects of the division, including budget, developing the business plan and implementing the marketing and sales strategies within the U.S. and Mexico.

Kevin’s extensive business background and experience in trading financial and physical natural gas assets prepared him for the responsibility of trading and managing the Duke Energy Trading and Marketing prompt year merchant power portfolio from December 2002 until February 2003. He developed and implemented strategy on the desk.

From March 2002 until December 2002 Kevin was the Senior Director of Trading. He was responsible for trading, managing and optimizing the financial and physical natural gas asset portfolios in the eastern United States. He directed a team of over 20 traders and was also responsible for prompt month and long term trading strategies. Prior to this assignment, Kevin was Director of Trading focused on speculative basis, transport assets, basis options and fixed-price activity in the Mid-continent region of the U.S.

Kevin has held positions of increased responsibility and leadership from 1991 until 2003 at Panhandle Eastern Trading Company, Associated Natural Gas, PanEnergy Trading and Marketing and Duke Energy. This extensive experience includes physical gas trading, basis, fixed price, options and power trading. Responsibilities also included managing diverse groups of people and business strategies.

While serving for three years in the United States Army Military Police Corps, Kevin served in Grenada during Operation Island Breeze and also served on an anti-terrorist team in Puerto Rico. He completed advanced training and graduated from Military Police Dog Handler School at Lackland Air Force base. He has received numerous commendations. He was honorably discharged in July 1986 to attend college.

Kevin Barber is currently serving as a Commissioner on the board for the Texas Veterans Commission.