Meet the team: Corporate office
Frank Semple, Chairman
Mr. Semple is the retired chairman, president, and chief executive officer of MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. Mr. Semple joined MPLX in 2015, at the time of the MPLX and MarkWest combination ($15.6B transaction) and retired in 2016. He joined MarkWest in 2003, as president and chief executive officer and was elected chairman of the board in 2008.
Prior to joining MarkWest, Mr. Semple completed a 22-year career with The Williams Companies and WilTel Communications. He served as the chief operating officer of WilTel Communications, senior vice president/general manager of Williams Natural Gas Company, vice president, operations and engineering for Northwest Pipeline Company and division manager for Williams Pipeline Company. Prior to his time at The Williams Companies, Mr. Semple served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Semple earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Frank also serves on the board of directors of MPLX LP (Owner of Markwest Energy Partners LP and Marathon Pipeline LLC).
Kevin Jordan, CEO
Kevin is the majority principal in the Black Gold Group of companies. A native Oklahoman, Kevin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University where he was named the Outstanding Graduate. He also received a Law Degree from the University of Tulsa and a Masters Degree in Business from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
While certainly using the legal background in his various business endeavors, Kevin has spent most of his life in entrepreneurial roles in small and mid-size businesses. In addition to working for a commercial lender, an equity investment firm, and several large companies in various roles, Kevin has spent 25 years in executive management and ownership of numerous businesses that he has started, acquired, merged, or turned around and recapitalized amidst the turbulent times experienced by that business. He has consulted and/or facilitated financing and equity investments on dozens more in these same and other industries.
Jonathan Wedel, Executive VP & General Counsel
Farm raised and law school educated, Jonathan is a problem-fixer with a balanced respect for the theoretical and the practical (read: book training and hillbilly ingenuity). In 2016, Jonathan moved to Tulsa to practice law with Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum. With NOTK, Jonathan volunteered at every opportunity and logged significant litigation and transactional experience, including
- Multi-party employee-compensation litigation
- Complex contractual dispute litigation
- $26M transactional sale of a Tulsa business
Today, Jonathan serves the Black Gold Group and its family of companies in dual capacities as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, managing several BG holdings. Whether at the ground level of a new business concept or at the turnaround stage of a struggling situation, Jonathan thrives when analyzing operational and financial details and devising and leading a plan toward future growth and sustainability.
Out of the office, Jonathan is a lucky husband, excited father of two, and an avid outdoorsman and patio chef. Jonathan enjoys investing quality time with family and friends, chasing quail and pheasant with his man’s-best-friend Copper, and pursuing deer and elk across the mountains in the west.
Kellie Stone, Chief Financial Officer
Kellie Stone is currently Chief Financial Officer for Black Gold Group. She holds an Accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma and has worked in both public and private sectors. Starting with a Black Gold affiliate 7 years ago, Kellie is now responsible for all cash management, banking, budgeting, and financial operations for eight different Black Gold operations and affiliates.
Chief Accounting Officer
Leigh Anderson, CPA, is currently Chief Accounting Officer for Black Gold Group. Holding a degree from ORU, Leigh has spent many years in public accounting and has been working with Kevin and Black Gold in various capacities for 25 years. Leigh is in charge of all tax and accounting functions for Black Gold and its affiliates and is an invaluable resource for tax structuring of transactions and tax strategies for ongoing operations, acquisitions, transactions, and dispositions.