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.