Joe B. Foster serves as Chairman of TPH Partners. Foster has a long and distinguished career in the energy industry having founded Newfield Exploration Company in 1989 and serving as that firm's CEO and chairman. Prior to founding Newfield, Foster was chairman of Tenneco Oil Company and executive vice president and director of its parent, Tenneco Inc. During 2000, Foster served as interim chairman, president and chief executive officer of Baker Hughes Inc. while the company searched for a new chief executive. In 2001-2002, Foster served as independent trustee for a large portion of Texaco's refining and marketing assets which were required to be divested in the course of the Chevron-Texaco merger. Foster has previously served as Chairman of the boards of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, YMCA of Greater Houston, and Houston A+ Challenge, an organization directed at improving public schools in the Houston area. He has also served as Chairman of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. In 2006, Foster was inducted in the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Foster graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and a BBA in General Business.