Jeffery D. Hildebrand is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Hilcorp Energy Company, Harvest Midstream Company, and JDH Capital, all headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Hilcorp Energy Company was founded in 1989 and is now the largest privately held, independent exploration and production company in America. Hilcorp has interests in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. With its recent acquisition of Prudhoe Bay, Hilcorp is now the largest operator and the largest gas supplier in the state of Alaska. Hilcorp has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for seven years.
Harvest Midstream Company is a leading, privately held midstream services provider. Since its founding in 2002, Harvest operates over 6,000 miles of pipeline across seven states and provides gathering, transportation, processing, and treatment services to their customers across the country, while also managing marine terminals. In 2021, Harvest was listed among the Top Work Places by the Houston Chronicle.
JDH Capital is a private investment firm founded in 2017 that engages in a wide range of investment activities, including private equity and structured debt across multiple industries.
Previously, Mr. Hildebrand worked at Exxon, the Dan A. Hughes Company, and American Energy Capital Corporation.
Mr. Hildebrand earned a Master of Science in petroleum engineering in 1985, and a Bachelor of Science in geology in 1981, both from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Pi Epsilon Tau, Petroleum Engineering’s Honor Society.
Mr. Hildebrand is a member of the All American Wildcatters, the National Petroleum Council, the Engineering Advisory Board at University of Texas at Austin, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Houston Geological Society, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, the Texas Independent Petroleum Royalty Owners Association, the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management and the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Active in his community, Mr. Hildebrand serves on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Police Foundation, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy where he is the Chairman of the subcommittee for the Center for Energy Studies, Chairman of The University of Texas Investment Management Company and, most recently, he was appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. In addition, he is a past chairman of Young Presidents Organization, Houston Chapter. He served a six-year term on The University of Texas Systems Board of Regents. He is a past board member of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, and Star of Hope Mission.
Mr. Hildebrand was named the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Engineering Graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, the 2013 Distinguished Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin, TXOGA Distinguished Service Award, 2021 Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center, Lifetime Achievement Award and South Texan of the Year, 2022, from Texas A&M University, Kleberg Institute.