Mr. Roper graduated in 1982 from the University of Missouri in Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Mr. Roper has 31 years of experience in the natural gas and oil and gas production business. After 7 years in various engineering and business positions with Tenneco Oil Company and various affiliates of Tennessee Pipeline, Mr. Roper joined Aquila Energy in 1989 in Transportation and Marketing. In 1990, he became Vice President of Marketing as part of the acquisition of Clajon Gas Company – a large gatherer of Austin Chalk gas. In 1993, this operation completed a successful IPO and Mr. Roper was Managing Vice President.

Mr. Roper joined Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co. in 1998 as Sr. Vice President managing the growth, development and operation of Sid Richardson Energy Services (SRES). In March 2006, Mr. Roper joined Southern Union Energy Services as Sr. Vice President upon Southern’s acquisition of SRES. In January 2007, Mr. Roper was appointed President of Southern Union Gas Services, retiring from this position in June 2007.

Mr. Roper is President of BOPCO, L.P. and has held this position since July 2007.