Leadership

LS Energy Services USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lineal Star Holdings LLC. LS Energy Services believes strong leadership, laser focus and timely execution is
the key to our success.


These core values are critical at every level of the LS Energy Services USA organization, from our Executive Management team to those responsible for the delivery of safe,
consistent results in the field.

The team below represents our commitment to excellence.

Jerry Shanklin 
Chairman of the Board, Lineal Star Holdings, LLC


Jerry Shanklin founded Sundowner Offshore, Inc in 1984, during a major oil & gas economic downturn. He then successfully took Sundowner public in 1989 and subsequently sold it to Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) in 1994. Mr. Shanklin was President of Nabors Offshore until 2015, when he retired from the Nabors subsidiary. He has over 40 years of domestic and international experience in the oil & gas sector and brings a valuable leadership resource to Lineal Industries Inc.

 

 



Brian Shanklin
President and CEO, Lineal Star Holdings LLC and President, LS Energy Services USA, Inc.; Board Member, Lineal Star Holdings LLC & LS Energy Services USA, Inc.

 

Brian Shanklin serves as President, Co-Founder and a Principal of Lone Star Energy Fabrication from 2009 - 2020. Lone Star provides custom fabrication, electric, and rig-up services at competitive prices for any onshore/offshore project - along with a wide range of other professional services and benefits.  Lone Star customers have included ABB, Shell, Chevron, GE Power, and Baker Hughes.  Brian previously worked as Nabors Industries Country Manager from 1991 -2009. 

 

 

 



Tim Connolly 
Executive Vice President/Treasurer, Lineal Star Holdings LLC; Board Member, Lineal Star Holdings LLC


Since 1984, Tim Connolly, Founder and CEO of Corporate Strategies Merchant Bankers, has led or advised on Private and Public company investments in energy, technology, real estate, manufacturing, and services industries in transaction values  estimated in excess of $2.0 billion. These transactions include financing and investments in upstream, midstream and refinery/petrochemical areas. Tim led the acquisition of Lineal Industries by Lineal Star Holdings LLC from Primoris Holdings in July 2018 and led the follow on round of capital completing its acquisition. As CEO, He is responsible for the Lineal Star Holdings  strategic plan, capital raising  and  energy related ongoing asset and corporate acquisitions. 

 


 

 


Manuel Mondragon  
Chief Financial Officer
 
Over 25 years of senior finance experience; former VP-Finance of W&T Offshore (NYSE:WTI); formerly with RBC Capital Markets and numerous other public and private companies; reports to CEO and responsible for budgeting, forecasting, financial projections and assist CEO in capital raising activities; has previously closed in excess of $1 billion in completed financings
 
 
 
 

Brent Ritchie

Vice President – Business Development Officer

Extensive C level executive sales experience in strategic planning, client business development, profit
and loss management, and project sales. Brent generates and manages bidding opportunities, awards and analytics for lost bids; develops client relationships through a collaborative approach of integrity and trust-building. Knowledge of client-specific project requirements  such as Compressor Stations,
Processing needs, Specialty pipeline construction, Cryogenic Plants and metering stations.

Brian W. Petzold

Vice President - Strategy & Business Development 

Mr. Petzold joined the Lonestar Energy Fabrication team in 2020 as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing and sales strategies that support the strategic growth of the organization. He is an industry veteran, with prior experience at both Fluor and Ref-Chem, as well as several private equity start ups.  He brings a wealth of knowledge of the industry and clients in the midstream and downstream markets that will provide a key role in the companies’ diversification.

Richard “Dick”  Hansen

Vice President - Business Development SW USA


Over 40 years’ business development experience in energy-related industrial services and manufacturing with UltraFote, TAPCO, Elliott Valve Services, Crane Valve Services, Triten Corporation, Texas Gulf Fabricators, Fused Industries and Hansen Industrial Services.
 

 

 

 

 

Joe Biondo

Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental

A safety professional with over a decade of experience in our industry, Joe has earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Joe's academic and field experience, combined with numerous industry certifications, contributes to our continued culture of health, safety, and environmental stewardship.