Board of Advisors

The Tierra advisory board has been selected by the company to lend insight and counsel to the owner, chief executive officer and management team. Their role is to provide counsel, advice, contacts and complementary competencies that go beyond that of the management team. Our advisory boards provides us independent and objective advice and mentorship, and allows Tierra to tap into the knowledge and experience of others that the company’s management team might not have. We believe that the true benefit of our board is that it helps the company focus on business strategies and the issues that matter most as we grow and prosper.

J. Patrick Burk
President of J.D. Fields Construction Products Division

Since 2003, Pat Burk has been EVP of J.D. fields & Company, Inc. a privately held, international steel line pipe and structural piling distributor headquartered in Houston with 12 offices nationwide. J.D. Fields is a leader in the supply of premium line pipe for the oil and gas industry, and has been consistently recognized as one of Houston’s best private companies. Mr. Burk shares the day-to-day operational management of the company and in 2006, took over as the President of J.D. Fields Construction Products Division, which services the geo-structural industries in North and South America.

Mr. Burk currently serves on The Executive Committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Board of Directors. He is also a member of the MD Anderson Advance Team & the Men of Distinction Steering Committee. Pat and his wife, Greggory, have one child and are deeply committed to numerous hospitals and charitable organizations in the Greater Houston Area.

Scott R. McArron
Founder and President of TreeMac Funding Group

Scott R. McArron has an extensive background in both the consumer and commercial finance markets. In addition to overseeing a number of family investments, Mr. McArron is the Founder and President of TreeMac Funding Group, a leading consumer lender doing business throughout the state of Texas. Previously, Mr. McArron was a Senior Vice President and Division Manager for Wells Fargo Business Credit located in Dallas, where he headed up the Business Credit’s Staffing Services Group. Mr. McArron became a member of the Wells Fargo Business Credit team in Decemebr 2006 upon Wells Fargo’s acquisition of Evergreen Funding Corp. Mr. McArron founded Evergreen Funding Corp. in 1992 and served as the President until the company was acquired.

Mr. McArron is a magna cum laude graduate from Washington and Lee University where he received both an Economics and European History degree. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Richard A. Rabinow
President of The Rabinow Consortium, LLC

Following a 34 year career with ExxonMobil, Mr. Rabinow has been a consultant to the pipeline industry, has served on industry and government panels and was the President and CEO of Longhorn Partners Pipeline, LP, a products pipeline connecting the Texas Gulf Coast with El Paso and points west. Recent activities include serving on the board of the Houston Convention Center Hotel Corporation, the Mayor’s Metro Transition Team, the board of Standard Renewable Energy LP in Houston and the Committee on Alaska’s Oil and Gas Infrastructure of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (TRB).

At the time of his retirement from ExxonMobil in 2002, Mr. Rabinow was the President of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo), a position he had held at EMPCo and its predecessor, Exxon Pipeline Company, since 1996.

Howard Robinson
Owner and operator of Stone Store

Stone Store is a custom stone countertop fabrication and installation business in Houston, Texas. Prior to founding this company, Mr. Robinson worked at his family business the U.S. Zinc Corp. He served as president of two divisions of the business, a smelter, refiner, manufacturer, and trader of zinc and zinc products around the world. Mr. Robinson built and consolidated the business for a sale in 1998 to a NYSE traded company. Previously, he served as president of Gulf Metals Industries from1974-1994, the precursor of U.S. Zinc, a metals recycling, smelting and trading company.

Jason P. Stabell
President, CFO and Director of Merlon International, LLC

Since 2006, Mr. Stabell has been with Merlon International, an oil and gas exploration and productions company with operations in Texas and the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mr. Stabell oversees finances for the company. Prior to this, Mr. Stabell was VP and CFO of Merlon Petroleum Company, where we led negotiations and structuring of equity offerings, credit facilities, industry farm-ins and international joint operating agreements. Previously, he had been an analyst with Salomon Smith Barney.