Tony is a Senior Advisor with Quantum Energy Partners. Tony works closely with Quantum’s investment team and select portfolio companies on strategic and operating initiatives.
Tony served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SM Energy, a public E&P company focused on the exploration and development of oil and gas resource plays across North America, from 2007 until his retirement in January 2015. During Best’s tenure, he refocused SM Energy into a top quartile performer in both the Eagle Ford and Bakken shale plays. Prior to joining SM Energy, Best served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pure Resources, Inc., a Unocal subsidiary, where his responsibilities included management of all exploration and production operations and full P&L accountability for Unocal’s Lower 48 U.S. onshore assets. Prior to Unocal, Tony held a number of engineering, operations and executive assignments at ARCO.
Tony is currently serving on numerous industry and non-profit boards, including Newpark Resources, Inc., the National Petroleum Council, the American Exploration & Production Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. He is also on the Board of the Private Enterprise Research Center as well as the Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Tony earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska in 1985, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1972. Following graduation, he served five years in the U.S. Air Force as an Engineering Officer.