Mike is a Senior Advisor with Quantum Energy Partners, and current President & CEO of MCL Ventures LLC, an oil/gas/real estate investment firm. He is the Founder and former Chairman, CEO and President of LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE). Mike works closely with Quantum’s senior management team providing counsel on both investment and industry related matters as well as utilizing his network of industry relationships to generate investment opportunities with a focus in the upstream sector.
Mike and Quantum had previously worked together beginning in 2003 with the formation of LINN Energy to acquire, exploit and produce long-lived conventional natural gas properties in the Appalachia Basin. In January 2006 Quantum took LINN Energy public and it became the first U.S. upstream Master Limited Partnership (MLP) to go public in more than a generation. Mike served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LINN Energy through 2009 and as Executive Chairman until his retirement in 2011.
Prior to founding LINN Energy in 2003, Mike ran Meridian Exploration, a consulting and exploratory drilling company focused in the Appalachia Basin. Mike is an active industry leader and currently serves on the boards of the National Petroleum Council, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Nabors Industries, Ltd, Black Stone Minerals, L.P., and Western Refining Logistics GP, LLC. He was named 2011 IPAA Chief Roughneck of the Year, serves as Chairman of the IPAA Political Action Committee and is a former IPAA Chairman. Mike was formerly a Texas Representative for the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also served as Director of the Natural Gas Supply Association and President of the Independent Oil and Gas Associations of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, in 2012 he was designated as an All American Wildcatter. His civic affiliations include serving on the board of trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Board of Visitors and Executive Committee, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Houston Symphony, as well as serving on the board of directors for Houston Methodist Hospital, Villanova University, University of Houston and the Houston Police Foundation. Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Political Science and cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.