Directors & Officers
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Joseph W. Craft III
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Brian L. Cantrell
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
R. Eberley Davis
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Thomas M. Davidson, Sr.
Director and Member of the Audit and Chairman of the Conflicts Committees
Robert J. Druten
Director and Member of the Audit and Conflicts Committee
Michael J. Hall
Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Joseph W. Craft III has been Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2005. Mr. Craft has majority ownership of MGP, ARLP's managing general partner, and owns indirectly ARLP's special general partner and our general partner. Mr. Craft has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of MGP since 1999. Previously Mr. Craft served as President of MAPCO Coal Inc. since 1986. During that period, he also was Senior Vice President of MAPCO Inc. and had previously been that company's General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. He is a former Chairman of the National Coal Council, a Board and Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Safety, Health and Human Resources Committee of the National Mining Association, a Director of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a Director of BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: BOKF) since April of 2007, a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Tulsa and a Director of the Tulsa Community Foundation. Mr. Craft holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Craft also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brian L. Cantrell has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since November 2005. Mr. Cantrell also has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MGP, the general partner of ARLP, since October 2003. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cantrell was President of AFN Communications, LLC from November 2001 to October 2003 where he had previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer after joining AFN in September 2000. Mr. Cantrell's previous positions include Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director with Brighton Energy, LLC from August 1997 to September 2000; Vice President—Finance of KCS Medallion Resources, Inc.; and Vice President—Finance, Secretary and Treasurer of Intercoast Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Cantrell is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.
R. Eberley Davis has been Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since February 2007. Mr. Davis also has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MGP, the managing general partner of ARLP, since February 2007. Mr. Davis has over 25 years experience in the coal and energy industries. From 2003 to February 2007, Mr. Davis practiced law in the Lexington, Kentucky office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Mr. Davis was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Massey Energy Company for one year. Mr. Davis also served in various positions, including Vice President and General Counsel, for Lodestar Energy, Inc. from 1993 to 2002. Mr. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and his Juris Doctorate degree. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Davis is a Trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and a member of the American, Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations.
Thomas M. Davidson, Sr. became a Director in March 2006. In 1999, Mr. Davidson founded Davidson Capital Group, a niche investment bank headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and engaged primarily in assisting enterprises in merger and acquisition, financing, and other growth initiatives. Mr. Davidson is the President and Senior Managing Director of Davidson Capital Group and has served in such capacity since 1999. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Davidson was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Peter Kiewit Companies, a coal mining and construction company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1982 to 1985, Mr. Davidson was a senior law partner in the corporate group in Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C. From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Davidson was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MAPCO Inc., a diversified oil and gas and coal company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Davidson was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Mesa Petroleum Corporation, an oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Davidson holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Williams College and a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke University. Mr. Davidson is Chairman of the Conflicts Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Robert J. Druten became a Director in January 2007. From September 1994 until his retirement in August 2006, Mr. Druten served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Mr. Druten holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Kansas University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. Mr. Druten currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. (NYSE: KSU), a transportation and financial services company, and is Chairman of its audit and finance committees. Mr. Druten is also a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE: EPR), a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition of movie theatre complexes and other entertainment related properties, and is a member of its compensation, finance and governance committees. Additionally, Mr. Druten is a member of the Board of Directors of American Italian Pasta Company (NASDAQ:AIPC), the largest producer of dry pasta in North America, and is Chairman of its audit committee and a member of its compensation committee. Mr. Druten is a member of the Audit and Conflicts Committees.
Michael J. Hall became a Director in March 2006. Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Matrix Service Company ("Matrix") (NASDAQ: MTRX). Previously, Mr. Hall served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrix from March 2005 until he retired in November 2006. Mr. Hall also served as Vice President—Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Matrix from September 1998 to May 2004. Mr. Hall became a Director of Matrix in October 1998, and was elected Chairman of its Board in November 2006. Matrix is a company which provides general industrial construction and repair and maintenance services principally to the petroleum, petrochemical, power, bulk storage terminal, pipeline and industrial gas industries. Prior to working for Matrix, Mr. Hall was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pexco Holdings, Inc., Vice President—Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Worldwide Sports & Recreation, Inc., an affiliated company of Pexco, and worked for T.D. Williamson, Inc., as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, and Director of Operations—Europe, Africa and Middle East Region. Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: IESC) and has served in that capacity since May, 2006, and is a member of its audit, compensation and nominating/governance committees. Mr. Hall served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Performance Funds, was a member of its audit and nominating committees and served as independent trustee from July 1990 to May 2008. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Boston College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Since March 2003, Mr. Hall has also been a Director of MGP, the managing general partner of ARLP. He is currently Chairman of MGP's Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.