Mr. Gunst is a founding member of AEC Partners and prior to the formation of AEC Partners was a founding member of Avista Capital Partners in 2005. During his 17-year private equity career, Mr. Gunst has managed investments in 25 energy companies totaling $2.4 billion in equity capital. While at Avista, Mr. Gunst led, structured, managed and served on the board of multiple portfolio companies in the energy industry, focusing primarily on the E&P and oilfield services sectors. Prior to Avista, Mr. Gunst was at DLJMB Global Energy Partners from 2001 to 2005, focusing primarily on the E&P, oilfield services and midstream sectors. Prior to joining DLJMB, he was an Analyst in DLJ’s and Credit Suisse’s energy investment banking division. Mr. Gunst received a B.B.A. and a B.S. from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Gunst currently serves as a director of JTS Capital, Peregrine Oil & Gas and Spartan Offshore.