Stone Bridge Energy adds three partners

Stone Bridge Energy Partners LLC has added John Hopper, Tim Sullivan, and Ashok Gupta to the firm to help support the company's development of its expanding pipeline of downstream and nontraditional midstream energy infrastructure projects.

Hopper, Stone Bridge partner and executive vice president of commercial structuring, has 39 years of experience in the midstream and upstream energy industries as a company founder and entrepreneur, CEO, senior executive, general counsel, and private practice attorney. His most recent business ventures include being founder and managing director of EnerGnostics LLC and Phoenix Energy International LLC. Additionally, he was co-founder and managing director of Nexus Energy Logistics, and co-founder, president, and CEO of Falcon Gas Storage Co. Inc. Prior to Falcon, he was co-founder and managing director of Inventory Management & Distribution Co. Inc. Hopper holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Sullivan, Stone Bridge partner and executive vice president of projects and business development, is an energy professional with 30 years of experience in commodities, marketing, trading, hedging, project finance, fixed income, power generation, renewable energy, natural gas production, natural gas pipelines, derivatives, financial modeling, structured finance, asset management, contract negotiation, and acquisitions. Previously, Sullivan was a co-founder and chief commercial officer for Quantum Utility Generation LLC. Prior to that, he was a managing director with Deutsche Bank and co-led its North American Commodity Business. Sullivan also served as managing director at AIG-Financial Products and as senior vice president of El Paso Merchant Energy. Previously, Sullivan worked for Citizens Power, Enron and Niagara Mohawk. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Ashok Gupta, Stone Bridge partner and executive vice president of finance, brings experience in development and acquisition/divestiture of energy infrastructure projects worldwide. His experience includes commercial banking, corporate finance, management consultancy, and project management. Before joining Stone Bridge, Gupta was senior vice president of project and international finance at Mizuho Corporate Bank. Earlier, he co-founded a project finance group for Fuji Bank in Houston. Gupta also held roles as vice president of international finance at El Paso Corp. and as vice president of finance at Enron International. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India, an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Stone Bridge Energy Partners is a Houston-headquartered developer of diversified energy and chemicals projects. It is the lead developer of the Hazelwood Energy Hub project under development in Opelousas, Louisiana. Stone Bridge, in partnership with investors, is pursuing opportunities in the North American energy complex.

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