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Chris Aulds

AuldsDistinguished Engineer



B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1984


At time of Nomination in 2021

Chris Aulds is a Co-Founder and Operating Partner of Pearl Energy Investments.  Founded in 2015, Pearl is an energy private equity firm based in Dallas, TX with over $1.2B of capital under management.  Prior to Pearl, Chris was one of the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of TEAK Midstream from its formation in 2009 until its successful $1 billion sale in May 2013.  Prior to TEAK, Chris was also one of the Co-Founders of Crosstex Energy Services (known today as Enlink Midstream), where he served in numerous executive positions from the time of its inception in 1996 until he stepped down from the company in 2007 to pursue personal interests.

Chris has more than 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including time as Vice President of gas supply and marketing at Comstock Natural Gas from 1994 until 1996, Vice President in charge of gas supply, marketing, and business development for Victoria Gas Corporation from 1990 until 1994, as well as Sr. Gas Purchasing Representative at Mobil Natural Gas Inc.  Chris began his career as a Field Operations Engineer with Mobil Oil Corporation in 1985.

Chris recently served as a board member and Secretary of the Dallas Petroleum Club and is a current member of the Dallas Wildcat Committee.  He also recently served four years as a member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board and was on the Executive Committee of the Texas Tech Foundation Board his last year.  He is a current member of the Petroleum Advisory Board for the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering as well on the Executive Committee of the Petroleum Advisory Board.  He was inducted into the Texas Tech University Petroleum Engineering Academy in 2008.  Chris also has a Petroleum Engineering Scholarship in his name to provide financial assistance to incoming Petroleum Engineering students at Texas Tech.  Chris graduated in 1984 from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.  

Chris grew up in Archer City, TX and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Terry, for 38 years.  Chris and Terry are the proud parents of 2 wonderful children, Trevor and Erica.  Trevor earned his Petroleum Engineering degree from Texas Tech University in 2012 as well as an MBA in Energy Finance from SMU in 2018.  Erica earned her Media Production degree from Pepperdine University in 2015 and a Fashions and Lifestyle degree from the London College of Fashion in 2018.