Leadership

Jerry Blackmon portrait

Jerry Blackmon is the founder and President of Elite Compression Services, LLC. Mr. Blackmon has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas energy industry with extensive knowledge in the fields of drilling, production and compression. Most recently, Mr. Blackmon served as the Executive Vice President of CDM Resource Management, having worked with CDM, since its inception in 1997. Mr. Blackmon helped guide CDM’s growth from an entrepreneurial startup company into an industry leader, and acted in both Operations and Sales Management. While at CDM, Mr. Blackmon owned and operated KB Productions, a production company where he owned and maintained many wells throughout south and west Texas. Prior to CDM, Mr. Blackmon worked for IP Petroleum for thirteen years as a Drilling and Production Manager in the Permian Basin. While working at IP, Mr. Blackmon pursued a degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas Permian Basin.

Deborah A. Schmied is Senior Vice President, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary of Elite Compression Services, LLC. For the past year and a half, Mrs. Schmied has been serving as VP of Operational Support. Mrs. Schmied started with Elite Compression Services, LLC in May 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer and transitioned into the role of VP Controller and Treasurer on January 1, 2013. From 2006 until 2011, Mrs. Schmied served as VP Organizational Support and VP and Controller at CDM Resource Management LLC. Mrs. Schmied is a Certified Public Accountant, Charted Global Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Monica Rinehart has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas energy industry. Mrs. Rinehart started with Elite Compression Services, LLC in June 2011 and currently serves as VP of HR/Safety. Prior to Elite, Mrs. Rinehart worked in the Sales and Marketing Department at CDM Resource Management, LLC for approximately two and half years. Mrs. Rinehart held roles in Safety and Human Resources at Young Heavy Haul for almost three years. She also owned and operated a small business from 2003 until 2006. Mrs. Rinehart correspondingly held various roles at a small oil and gas production company. Mrs. Rinehart holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science with a concentration in Business Administration and she graduated with honors.

Arlan Kraatz has 14 years of experience in the oil and gas energy industry. Mr. Kraatz started with Elite Compression Services, LLC in April 2011 and currently serves as VP of Operations. From 2006 until 2011, Mr. Kraatz worked in operations at CDM Resource Management LLC.