John Weinzierl, PE co-founded Memorial Resource Development LLC, an oil and gas production company, in 2011 and currently serves as the CEO of its successor company, MRD Holdco LLC. Since the company’s formation, John led the public listing and of two subsidiary companies, Memorial Resource Development Corp. and Memorial Production Partners LP, and was CEO of an organization that had over 500 employees, produced over 1 billion cubic feet equivalent of gas per day, and operated in six states.
A native of Houston, Weinzierl graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990 with a BS in petroleum engineering and joined Conoco Inc. as a petroleum engineer working in drilling and completions. Over time, his responsibilities increased to include both the design and supervision of drilling and completion projects in the US, the Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Norway.
In 1996, Weinzierl enrolled in the university’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and received an MBA in 1998. During his time at the GSB, he received various academic awards including the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, was named a Sord Scholar and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma scholastic honor societies.
In 1999, Weinzierl moved to Dallas and joined Natural Gas Partners (NGP), a private equity firm focused in the energy industry, and rose to the position of managing director and operating partner. He was involved in sourcing, reviewing and executing investments in oil and gas production, natural gas midstream and oil field service companies, as well as overseeing portfolio company investments and providing them strategic support. He moved back to Houston in 2007 to open and lead the firm’s Houston office.
He is active in various industry groups, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Producers Forum and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Weinzierl is a member of the Cockrell School’s Engineering Advisory Board and a long-standing supporter of the university. He and his wife, Kelli, both of whom are life members of the Texas Exes, are proud to have supported dozens of future engineers since their creation of the John A. Weinzierl Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Engineering and the John and Kelli Weinzierl Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.
The Weinzierls live in Houston with their son, Luke, and actively support local charities including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, St. Francis Episcopal School and the Children’s Assessment Center.