Mr. Whaling was retained by Avista Capital Partners in 2014. Mr. Whaling has been in the energy business for over 35 years. Prior to 2014, Mr. Whaling was the CEO of Parkman Whaling, an oil and gas investment banking advisory firm which he and Jim Parkman founded in July 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 worked together with Mr. Webster to build Global Energy Partners, an upstream energy practice which sourced and managed private equity investments in the energy space. Prior to DLJMB, Mr. Whaling was chairman and CEO of Monterey Resources, which was acquired by Texaco in 1997. Previously, he was CFO of Santa Fe Energy, from which Monterey was spun off. 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. He currently serves as a director of Empresa Energy IV, Hi-Crush GP and Laredo Energy VI.