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 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 recently assumed the Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President roles in January 2021 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 originally served in these roles since Select’s founding in 2007 until the company’s merger with Rockwater in November 2017. Mr. Schmitz also holds the positions of Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Endurance Lift Holdings, which consists of the Endurance Lift Solutions and Bell Supply Company subsidiaries. Additionally, Mr. Schmitz currently serves on the boards of Forum Energy Technologies, Silver Creek Oil & Gas, CP Energy Holdings, Axis Energy Services, 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 evaluating and acquiring non-operated working interest and mineral acreage packages in premier basins in the domestic oil and gas landscape. He has also developed and sold seven acreage and production packages in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagleford, and Niobrara shale plays. Lastly, 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.