Corbin J. Robertson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC since 2002. Mr. Robertson has vast business experience having founded and served as a director and as an officer of multiple companies, both private and public, and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the general partner of Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership since 1992 and Quintana Minerals Corporation since 1978, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Gauley Coal Corporation since 1986, and the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership since 1986. In addition, Mr. Robertson served as Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership from 1986 until 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Managers of Premium Resources, LLC. He also serves as a Principal with Quintana Capital Group, Chairman of the Board of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education and on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council, the Baylor College of Medicine and the Spirit Golf Association. In 2006, Mr. Robertson was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Robertson is the father of Corbin J. Robertson, III.
Craig W. Nunez
President and Chief Operating Officer
Craig Nunez was named president and chief operating officer in August 2017 after serving as chief financial officer since joining NRP in January 2015. He has over 30 years of operations and finance experience, spanning five continents and every sector of the oil and gas industry.
Most notable of Mr. Nunez’s previous roles were senior vice president and treasurer of Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil service companies; treasurer of Colonial Pipeline, owner of the world’s largest petroleum products pipeline; and director of International New Ventures at Phillips Petroleum (now Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips). Additionally, Mr. Nunez served as president of Greenwich Energy, a company that he founded, built and sold. He started his career in 1987 as an institutional bond salesman with Greenwich Capital Markets.
Mr. Nunez received his bachelor and juris doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University and a master of business administration degree with honors from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He is a licensed attorney-at-law and a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Nunez serves as chairman of the board of Bocage Group, as vice chairman of the board of Goodwill Industries of Houston, and as a director of Medical Bridges, Inc. He previously served as chairman of the board of Avondale House, formerly known as the Texas Treatment Center for Autism. He has also served on the executive committee and board of directors of the Sam Houston Area and Atlanta Area Councils of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout and recipient of the God & Country Award as a youth, Mr. Nunez was also honored with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed on an adult volunteer by a Scouting council.
A former lieutenant colonel in the Texas State Guard, Mr. Nunez is a veteran of four active duty deployments in response to natural disasters and concluded his service as Commander of the 447th Air Support Group at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal.
Kevin J. Craig
Executive Vice President, Coal
Kevin J. Craig has served as Executive Vice President, Coal of GP Natural Resource Partners since September 2014. Mr. Craig was the Vice President of Business Development for GP Natural Resource Partners LLC since 2005. Mr. Craig also represents NRP as one of its appointees to the Board of Managers of Ciner Wyoming LLC. Mr. Craig joined NRP in 2005 from CSX Transportation, where he served as Terminal Manager for the West Virginia Coalfields. He has extensive marketing, finance and operations experience within the energy industry. Mr. Craig served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates having been elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. In addition to other leadership positions, Delegate Craig served as Chairman of the Committee on Energy. Mr. Craig did not seek re-election in 2014 and his term ended January 2015. Prior to joining CSX, he served as a Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Craig has served as the Chairman of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and continues as a member of both the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce’s respective board of directors. He is involved in numerous state coal associations and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company.
Gregory F. Wooten
Vice President, Chief Engineer
Gregory F. Wooten has served as Vice President, Chief Engineer of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC since December 2013. Mr. Wooten joined NRP in 2007, serving as Regional Manager. Prior to joining NRP, Mr. Wooten served as Vice President, COO and Chief Engineer of Dingess Rum Properties, Inc., where he managed coal, oil, gas and timber properties from 1982 until 2007. Prior to 1982, Mr. Wooten worked as a planning and production engineer in the coal industry and is a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Wooten has served as Chairman of the National Council of Coal Lessors since 2015.
Christopher J. Zolas
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Chris Zolas was named chief financial officer and treasurer in August 2017 after serving as chief accounting officer since joining NRP in March 2015. He has 15 years of accounting and finance experience.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Zolas served as Director of Financial Reporting at Cheniere Energy, Inc., a publicly traded energy company with five SEC registrants including a master limited partnership, where he performed financial statement preparation and analysis, technical accounting and SEC reporting. Mr. Zolas joined Cheniere Energy, Inc. in 2007 as Manager of SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting and was promoted to Director in 2009. Prior to joining Cheniere Energy, Inc., Mr. Zolas worked in public accounting with KPMG LLP from 2002 to 2007.
Mr. Zolas received his bachelor of science degree with honors in biochemistry from Trinity University in May 1996 and his masters in accountancy degree from the University of Houston in 2002. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.
Kathryn S. Wilson
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Kathryn S. Wilson has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC since December 2013. Ms. Wilson served as Associate General Counsel from March 2013 to December 2013. Since October 2013, Ms. Wilson has also served as General Counsel and Secretary of each of Quintana Minerals Corporation, New Gauley Coal Corporation, the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership, and the general partner of Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership. Ms. Wilson also represents NRP as one of its appointees to the Board of Managers of Ciner Wyoming LLC. Ms. Wilson practiced corporate and securities law with Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. from September 2001 to February 2010 and from November 2011 to February 2013. Ms. Wilson served as General Counsel of Antero Resources Corporation from March 2010 to June 2011.