After earning both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Chris Hysinger began his professional career at Schlumberger, a leading service company for the oilfield industry. For over three years, Mr. Hysinger operated as a Project Engineer. In this role, he supervised design initiatives for multiple versions of a leading sampling tool and improved existing equipment for high-temperature operations. Chris Hysinger returned to school and obtained a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Finance from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Mr. Hysinger graduated in the top 5 percent of his class and received a Jones Scholar Award for his scholastic achievement. After completing his degree, Mr. Hysinger entered the energy-trading industry as a Trader with BP Energy Company. Supervising a small team, he focused his trading efforts on the Houston Ship Channel area. Five years later, Chris Hysinger accepted a position with Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy as Vice President of Natural Gas Trading. Operating in this capacity for over two years, Mr. Hysinger managed a team of traders and analysts and was responsible for the Texas trading desk’s commercial activities. Presently, Chris Hysinger has returned to his mechanical engineering background as a Vice President with Orbital Traction, Ltd. Acting in a senior management role, he directs the business development strategy and the day-to-day operations of this after-market engine accessory company. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Chris Hysinger visited Acuna, Mexico, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during two missionary trips sponsored by his church, the First United Methodist Church of Houston. He also serves on the board of directors of two parochial schools in the Houston area. When afforded the opportunity, he enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and traveling.
Jan 2010 - Present
Orbital Traction, Ltd
Jun 2007 - Sep 2009
Vice President, Natural Gas Trading
Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy
• Managed all commercial activities on Texas trading desk. • Oversaw risk management and optimization of Texas assets. • Supervised two traders and several analysts. • Developed trading strategies based on fundamental market analysis and executed those strategies in the delivery of the team’s performance target. • Traded bid week positions at six different basis locations and managed associated market risk.
Jun 2002 - Jun 2007
BP Energy Company
• Managed and traded entrepreneurial book focused on the Houston Ship Channel region. • Led the efforts of two physical traders in delivering team performance targets. • Provided markets for internal and external counterparties and managed exposure at several different basis locations.
Jan 1997 - Aug 2000
• Managed mechanical design efforts for several modules of leading sampling tool. • Redesigned existing tool for operation in high temperature environments. • Supervised other engineering and design personnel.