Mr. Whaling is a founding member of AEC Partners and prior to the formation of AEC Partners was an energy industry advisor for Avista Capital Partners. Mr. Whaling has had a long and distinguished career in the energy business and brings over 35 years of energy investing and management experience to Avista Energy Capital. Before joining Avista Capital Partners in 2014, Mr. Whaling was the CEO of Parkman Whaling, a Houston based energy-focused investment banking advisory firm which he founded alongside Jim Parkman in 2007. Before forming Parkman Whaling, Mr. Whaling was chairman and CEO of Laredo Energy, which he co-founded in 2001 (and in which Avista Capital Partners invested in 2008). Prior to Laredo, he was a Managing Director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners where he partnered with Mr. Webster to build Global Energy Partners, the energy investment arm of DLJMB which sourced and managed energy private equity investments. Prior to DLJMB, Mr. Whaling was chairman and CEO of Monterey Resources, which was acquired by Texaco in 1997. Previously, he had been CFO of Santa Fe Energy, from which Monterey was spun off. Prior to serving as CFO of Santa Fe Energy, Mr. Whaling spent seven years as an energy-focused investment banker at Lazard Freres & Co. and CS First Boston. He began his career as a petroleum engineer with Ryder Scott Company. Mr. Whaling holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Whaling currently serves as a director of Ganador Operating and Enterprise Offshore Drilling. Mr. Whaling formerly served as a director of several public energy companies including Brigham Exploration (NASDAQ: BEXP) and Complete Production Services (NYSE: CPX).