Board Committees

Anthony Best

Lead Independent Director
Anthony Best has over forty years of experience in the energy industry. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Newpark Resources; is a director on the boards of two Quantum portfolio companies, ExL Petroleum and Middle Fork Energy Partners; and has served as a Senior Advisor for Quantum Energy Partners since August 2015. Prior to joining Quantum, Mr. Best served in various roles with SM Energy Company commencing in 2006 as its President and Chief Operating Officer and as its Chief Executive Officer from February 2007 through January 2015. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Best served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pure Resources, Inc., a Unocal development and exploration company. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Best served as an independent consultant offering leadership and oil and gas consultation to energy companies and volunteer organizations. From 1979 through 2000, Mr. Best served in various roles of increasing responsibilities at Atlantic Richfield Company culminating in the position of President, ARCO Latin America. Mr. Best holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management degree from the University of Alaska and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to beginning his business career, Mr. Best served five years as an engineering officer in the United States Air Force.