Luke C. Brandenberg is Granite Ridge’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Brandenberg has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Granite Ridge, he served as Managing Director of Vortus Investments, a private equity firm focused on the lower/middle market upstream energy industry in North America, from April 2021 through June 2022. From 2020 to April 2021, Mr. Brandenberg partnered with Grey Rock to launch a special situations initiative and to lead the deal origination, structuring, and relationship management efforts for the new platform. From 2010 to 2020, Mr. Brandenberg served in various roles with EnCap Investments, most recently as Director — Upstream Investment Staff, where he was a key board member and the primary relationship manager on multiple portfolio companies representing a significant portion of EnCap’s equity commitments. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Brandenberg served as an investment banking analyst in the energy group of Raymond James & Associates where he focused on public market capital raises, restructuring of oil and gas investments, and mergers and acquisitions advisory work in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors of the energy. Mr. Brandenberg has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors in Business Honors and Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.