Travis W. Hancock joined EnerVest in 2013. As the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, he leads all financial, accounting, capital formation, and tax activities. Since joining EnerVest, Mr. Hancock has been in increasing levels of responsibility, including managing the restructuring of several legacy EnerVest funds, during the 2015-2017 global downturn in the oil and gas sector, with a key focus on incremental recovery for limited partners. Mr. Hancock, along with John Walker, led the firm’s largest monetization in its history in a sale to TPG’s Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) in 2018, which now trades on the NYSE as Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp (MGY). Mr. Hancock’s other responsibilities have included special projects and new opportunities. Prior to joining EnerVest, he was a member of the investment team at Wells Fargo Energy Capital, Inc. where he helped originate and manage mezzanine debt and private equity investments in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Hancock has also spent time in national politics.
Mr. Hancock received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. Mr. Hancock is a member of the Houston Producers’ Forum and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, where serves on the Supply & Demand Committee. Mr. Hancock and his wife, Dr. Anna Lehmann, live in Houston and have two sons.
Jud was named President and Chief Executive Office of EnerVest, Ltd. in December 2020. Prior to that he served as President from July 2018 through November 2020. Jud previously was President and Chief Executive Officer of EnerVest Operating, L.L.C (EVOC), where he was responsible for the company’s asset teams, HSE, drilling and completions and geoscience technologies. He also has served as EVOC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, leader of the company’s Permian Basin asset team and was head of New Ventures. Prior to joining EnerVest in 2009, Jud was the lead geoscientist for multiple plays within both the Delaware and Val Verde Basins during his seven-year tenure at Chesapeake.
He is a founding member of the Next Generation Giving Circle, associated with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Jud holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, cum laude, from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Geological Sciences, summa cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin.
John B. Walker serves as Executive Chairman of EnerVest, Ltd, a role into which he transitioned in December 2020. Previously, he held the role of Chief Executive Officer since EnerVest’s founding in 1992. In 2018, Mr. Walker led the firm’s largest monetization in its history in a sale to TPG’s Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), which now trades on the NYSE as Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp (MGY). During his time on Wall Street, Mr. Walker was selected by Institutional Investor as an “All-American” energy analyst for six years in a row.
Mr. Walker currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Magnolia Oil & Gas. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and All-American Wildcatters. Mr. Walker served as Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) from 2003-2005. In November 2007, he received the oil and gas industry’s highest honor, the Chief Roughneck Award. Mr. Walker previously served as Chairman of the Board of Stewards of Chapelwood United Methodist Church and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. During his time with the Boy Scouts of America, he received the Silver Beaver Award in 2001 and the Distinguished Eagle Award in May 2007. In November 2015, Mr. Walker was named as a National Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He was named Distinguished Alumni at Texas Tech University in 2004. He served on the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System from January 2012 to January 2015 and was re-appointed to a six-year term in January 2017.
Mr. Walker holds a BBA (with honors) from Texas Tech University and an MBA (with distinction) from New York University.