John D. Schmitz
Chairman and Co-Founder
Mr. Schmitz is the Chairman and Co-Founder of B-29 Investments, LP (“B-29”) alongside his brother, Steve Schmitz. B-29 provides strategic advice and financial capital primarily to energy and real estate companies. Mr. Schmitz is a lifelong entrepreneur and has founded, bought and developed numerous successful businesses in the energy and real estate industries. Mr. Schmitz is married to Sandy Schmitz and has three adult daughters.
Mr. Schmitz currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Select Energy Services, a leading provider of total water solutions to the U.S. unconventional oil and gas industry that completed an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2017. Mr. Schmitz also holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Synergy Energy Holdings – the holding company of Bell Supply Company, Endurance Lift Solutions, BSC Rod Lift Solutions, Catalyst Artificial Lift, Multi Products Company, and CDI Oilfield Services. Additionally, Mr. Schmitz currently serves on the boards of Forum Energy Technologies, Silver Creek Oil & Gas, CP Energy Holdings, TEC Well Service, Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, Southwest Diabetic Foundation, and the Harold Hamm Diabetic Center. Mr. Schmitz serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners, LP, a New York based private equity fund.
Mr. Schmitz began his oilfield career in the early 1980s with BSI Holdings, an integrated wellsite service provider and oilfield equipment supplier. In 2003, the various companies under BSI Holdings became part of Complete Production Services, and Mr. Schmitz served as the North Texas Division Manager until November 2006. The company completed a successful public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2006. Mr. Schmitz also founded Allied Production Solutions, which became part of Forum Energy Technologies. Forum currently trades on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Schmitz founded HEP Oil Company, which is now a part of Silver Creek Oil & Gas, which focuses on drilling, completion and production of oil & gas assets. He has also developed and sold seven acreage and production packages in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagleford, and Niobrara shale plays. Mr. Schmitz founded Cimarron Gathering, LP, which became part of Copano Energy in 2007. At the time, Copano was a NASDAQ traded company, and it has since become part of Kinder Morgan. Lastly, Mr. Schmitz developed, bought and owned various real estate holdings that became part of Mesa Real Partners in 2011. Mesa was sold to American Realty Capital Partners in 2014.