Comal Energy Services LP

Aerial Shot of facility Managed by Comal Energy Services


With over one hundred fifty years of combined experience, Comal Energy Services (CES) leverages the technical knowledge and experience of our core management group to provide industry leading services to the Oil and Gas Industry. Utilizing this knowledge, experience and an extensive industry network, CES offers the premier support services in designing, building, operating and maintaining oil and gas facilities. Our leadership team has managed hundreds of employees and contractors in multiple states and geographic regions, including the Gulf of Mexico. They have had responsibility for tens of thousands of miles of natural gas and liquid pipelines, over two million horsepower at compressor stations and dozens of processing and treating plants. They have also overseen capital projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Safety has always been paramount on our projects. We understand what it takes to operate facilities safely, efficiently and in full compliance with regulations.


Our leadership team has over one hundred fifty years of experience in the energy industry with processing and treating plants, salt dome storage, intrastate and interstate onshore and offshore pipeline operations, design, and construction. We have a record of fiscal responsibility, while continuously improving overall operations and safety records. Having worked on over thirty billion dollars in acquisitions, the team has extensive experience in managing large mergers and integration plans.

Throughout the years our leadership team has overseen the operations of:

  • Over 30,000 miles of gas and liquid pipelines
  • More than two million compression horsepower
  • Fifty gas processing and treating plants
  • Facilities located in twenty states, deep water Gulf of Mexico, Canada, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
  • Installed platforms in the deepest water of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Managed projects both on-shore and off-shore in the billions of dollars
  • Mergers and acquisitions of $30 billion in assets, including integration and optimization of facilities and personnel.

Additionally, our team has extensive experience in all areas of oil and natural gas exploration and production and has held management and executive positions in the following areas:

  • Operations & Design
  • Interstate & Intrastate Pipeline Operations
  • Natural Gas & NGL Facilities
  • Compression Facility Operation
  • On-shore & Off-shore Plant Management
  • Natural Gas Salt Dome Facilities with over 25 BCF capacity


Randy West – Chief Executive Officer

Third generation Oil and Gas executive, with more than forty years industry experience. Founder of a private Energy Services and Midstream Company. Founding Partner of SEC Energy Products & Services, a private natural gas compressor packager, that grew to $300 million in annual sales in five years. Chief Operating Officer, VP of Operations and Engineering at three separate mid-stream companies, managing hundreds of employees in multiple states, and geographical regions from high in the Rocky Mountains to both coastal and deep water offshore. Managed thousands of miles of gas, crude oil and natural gas liquid pipelines, both onshore and offshore, hundreds of thousands of horsepower, gas and liquid salt dome storage, and dozens of processing and treating facilities. He has managed multiple capital projects in the hundreds of millions dollar range. Evaluated midstream assets or entire companies for expansion opportunities, identified synergies and cost savings, and oversaw the integration of acquired assets

Jon Lee – Chief Operating Officer

Jon Lee brings over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His career has spanned across various aspects of the midstream to include planning, engineering, project management, construction, reliability and operations of gas gathering systems and intrastate pipelines. He has been involved in the planning and project management of over $1.5B of capital growth pipeline compression assets. Prior to joining Comal Energy Services LP, Jon worked for Energy Transfer Partners for 13 years in engineering and project manager roles involved with the design, construction and commissioning of mainline compressor stations, field gathering compressor stations and processing plant compression. He previously held manager positions with Stewart & Stevenson in the well servicing industry focused on fracturing and coil tubing systems for the United States and Canada. He has also been employed in consultant and reliability engineering positions with Dynalco and Mitchell Energy focused on predictive and preventative maintenance of reciprocating equipment assets. Jon received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University and has served over thirty years in various leadership positions in the United States Army and Army Reserves as a commissioned officer.

Steve Shotts – VP Engineering and Operations

More than forty years of experience in the energy sector. Founding Partner of BFX Partners, an engineering and fabrication company, that developed and patented portable mechanical refrigeration units that are currently in use in several basins. Engineering and operations management for an intrastate transmission and gathering company and Mitchell Energy’s midstream operations. Responsible for the design, construction and operations of thousands of miles of large and small diameter pipelines, mainline compressor stations, field compressor stations, treating plants and processing plants. Provided engineering, project management, operational development and training for three startup midstream companies that were subsidiaries of small E&P companies (one in partnership with Exxon Corp.). Evaluated several merger and acquisition opportunities and developed implementation plans for the integration of operations. Professional Engineer in Texas with a BS in Engineering and an MBA.

Alan Nichols – VP Operations for Service and Compression

Twenty-five years in the oil and gas industry with onshore and offshore experience. Director of Operations for SEC Energy Products & Services, one of the largest natural gas compression packagers in the United States. Managed field service staff to support the commissioning and startup of over 2 million horsepower in mainline compressor stations, gathering stations, treating and processing plants and natural gas storage facilities. Commissioning Engineer for one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the United States. Extensive travel to foreign countries providing customer support for marine, drilling, EPG, and natural gas.

Tara Simecek, CPA – CFO

Over twelve years of Controller and Leadership experience. Finance Director and Corporate Secretary for BARTEC US Corporation responsible for all corporate accounting, complex financial statement preparation and reporting, treasury management, and human resource functions. Controller for Devasco International, Inc. and an Assistant Controller for Avanti Senior Living. Served on the leadership team for several organizations. BS in Accounting and her BS in Finance from The Florida State University. Certified Public Accountant since 2008 in the state of Florida and 2011 in Texas.