Management

Pierce H. Norton II is president and chief executive officer of ONEOK and is a member of the ONEOK Board of Directors.

Previously, Norton was president and chief executive officer of ONE Gas, Inc. for more than seven years and served as a member of the ONE Gas board. Norton worked for ONEOK for almost 10 years, having joined the company in 2004. Prior to the separation of ONE Gas in January 2014, Norton served as executive vice president, commercial, of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners.

His other roles at ONEOK included, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners, responsible for the company's natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas pipelines, natural gas liquids, natural gas distribution and energy services business segments. Norton also held the position as president of ONEOK Distribution Companies – Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service.

Norton began his natural gas industry career in 1982 at Delhi Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Texas Oil and Gas Corporation. He later worked for American Oil and Gas with operational responsibilities for natural gas gathering and processing, and for intrastate and interstate pipelines. He then worked for KN Energy as vice president and general manager of the Heartland Region, before moving to Bear Paw Energy as vice president of business development. In 2002, he was named president of Bear Paw Energy, now ONEOK Rockies Midstream.

Norton is a member of the American Gas Association’s (“AGA”) board of directors and served as the chairman of the AGA board in 2017. He also is a board member of the Tulsa Community Foundation and currently serves as the chair of the audit committee. Norton is a director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. He is a past board member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Texas Pipeline Association, the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Western Alliance.

An Alabama native, Norton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1982 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  He also is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Rob Martinovich is executive vice president and chief administrative officer, responsible for environmental, safety and health, human resources, corporate services and information technology. Previously he served as executive vice president, commercial, and executive vice president, operations, of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners.

In 2012, Martinovich served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners. He was ONEOK's chief operating officer, responsible for ONEOK’s natural gas distribution and energy services operating segments, as well as the company's environment, safety and health, and technical services organizations. He also served as president of ONEOK Partners; natural gas gathering and processing business from 2007 to 2009.

Prior to joining ONEOK in 2007, he was group vice president of environment, health and safety, operations and technical services of DCP Midstream, LLC. Martinovich joined DCP Midstream in 2000 as senior vice president, responsible for the Permian Basin assets and in 2002 was named senior vice president, responsible for the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain assets.

Before joining DCP Midstream, he was senior vice president of GPM Gas Corporation, the natural gas gathering, processing and marketing subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum Company. He joined Phillips in 1980 as a resin development engineer and held various engineering sales and marketing positions in the research and development divisions and the plastics divisions of Phillips, and served on the company’s corporate planning and development staff.

Active in industry affairs, Martinovich served as president of the Gas Processors Association from 2004 to 2006. In the community, he is the 2018 campaign chair for the Tulsa Area United Way and serves on the board for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.

A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Martinovich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1980 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He also is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Walter S. Hulse III is chief financial officer, treasurer and executive vice president, strategy and corporate affairs of ONEOK, responsible for corporate planning and development, market analysis, investor relations, corporate communications, community investments and corporate affairs. Previously, Hulse served as executive vice president, strategic planning and corporate affairs, of ONEOK.

Hulse joined ONEOK from Spinnaker Strategic Advisory Services, LLC, which provided consulting services to mid-cap and large-cap publicly traded companies, including the review of merger and/or acquisition opportunities, debt and equity markets, corporate restructuring and potential divestitures. Hulse served as a consultant to ONEOK for many years, including during the separation of the company's natural gas distribution business into the stand-alone publicly traded company, ONE Gas.

Previously, Hulse was vice chairman of the Investment Banking Department, managing director and head of the business development group at UBS Investment Bank. Prior to that, he was head of the Global Utility Group at UBS Investment Bank. Before joining UBS through its merger with PaineWebber Incorporated, Hulse held various roles at Paine Webber and J.P. Morgan.

Hulse graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics.

Kevin Burdick is executive vice president and chief operating officer of ONEOK.

Burdick joined ONEOK in 2007 as manager, information technology design integration. Prior to his current position, Burdick served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, responsible for all of our business unit commercial activities. Before that, he served as senior vice president, natural gas gathering and processing, responsible for all commercial aspects of the gathering and processing business unit, and before that served as vice president and chief information officer. Before joining ONEOK, he held information technology positions of increasing responsibility at CITGO Petroleum in Tulsa.

He is a member of LIFE Senior Services Board of Directors and is on the Global Outreach Leadership Team for Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa. He is a past cabinet member of the Tulsa Area United Way and also participates in various Habitat for Humanity events.

A native of Pryor, Oklahoma, Burdick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1988 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1995 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.

Steve Allen is senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary of ONEOK.

Allen joined ONEOK in 2006 and previously served as vice president and associate general counsel. Prior to working at ONEOK, he was a shareholder at GableGotwals, a Tulsa law firm.

Allen serves as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in May 2015 for a term expiring in 2021. Allen has been a member of the board of trustees for Oklahoma Baptist University for 14 years, serving as board chairman and chairman of the presidential search committee. He is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 28. Professionally, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association. In 2009, Super Lawyers magazine named him an Oklahoma Rising Star.

A native of Massachusetts, Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1995 from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee and a Juris Doctorate in 1998 from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sheridan Swords is senior vice president, natural gas liquids, responsible for natural gas liquids gathering, fractionation, storage and pipelines. Prior to assuming this position, Swords was president of the natural gas liquids gathering and fractionation segment.

Swords began his career in the energy industry as a division engineer for Koch Gathering Systems Company in 1992. He held various positions with Koch companies, including operations management and commercial and commodity trading.

Prior to joining ONEOK in 2005, Swords was vice president of the Mid-Continent of Koch Hydrocarbon, LP.

A native of Kansas, Swords earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Chuck Kelley is senior vice president, natural gas, of ONEOK, responsible for all commercial aspects of the natural gas gathering and processing, and natural gas pipeline business units. Previously, he was senior vice president, natural gas gathering and processing.

Kelley joined ONEOK in 2000 as manager of Midwest marketing for ONEOK Energy Marketing and Trading Company and later served as director, marketing; vice president, origination; senior vice president of ONEOK Energy Services; and vice president, commercial development. Prior to joining ONEOK, he held executive positions at both Tartan Energy Resources and Panda Resources, Inc. He also held various positions with Enron Corporation.

Kelley is a former member of the Midwest Energy Association where he served as director of the energy management committee. He is a current member and past board member of the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma and is on the board of directors of A  New Leaf, Inc., an organization that provides vocational and residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Kelley volunteers with Challenger League youth sports and Special Olympics Oklahoma.

A native of Illinois, Kelley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, with honors, in 1980 from DePaul University, College of Commerce, in Chicago.

Scott Schingen is senior vice president, operations, of ONEOK, responsible for the operations activities for all segments of the company as well as the capital projects and integrated operations capabilities that support the segments.  

In his most recent position, Schingen was vice president, natural gas liquids operations responsible for the operation of natural gas liquids gathering and distribution pipelines, fractionators and storage facilities.

Prior to joining ONEOK in 2005, Schingen was a plant manager of Koch Hydrocarbon Southwest. He held various positions in Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi, Texas, with Koch Hydrocarbon and Koch Refining Company, where he began his career as a process engineer in 1996.

A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Schingen earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, Minneapolis, in 1996.

 

Greg Lusardi is senior vice president, finance, of ONEOK, responsible for accounting, treasury, tax and risk activities. 

Prior to his most recent role, he served as vice president, gas supply, natural gas gathering and processing, responsible for all gas supply activities in the Mid-Continent and Rockies. Prior to that, he served as vice president, gas supply, ONEOK Field Services.

Lusardi joined ONEOK in 2018 from J.P. Morgan, where he served as an executive director, energy investment banking, primarily focused on midstream, refining and certain utility clients. Key responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activity and strategic planning.  During his career, Lusardi advised on key ONEOK transactions including its acquisition of ONEOK Partners, LP and its separation of ONE Gas, Inc.  Prior to entering investment banking, Lusardi worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a tax consulting group with increasing levels of responsibility before leaving to attend business school.

Lusardi earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Mary Spears is vice president and chief accounting officer of ONEOK. She is responsible for ONEOK's accounting operations and financial reporting functions, from segment accounting through corporate consolidation and reporting.

Since joining ONEOK in 2008, Spears has held positions of increasing responsibility, including her most recent role as director, SEC reporting and corporate accounting.

Before joining the company, she worked at Deloitte & Touche and Latham & Watkins. Spears is a certified public accountant and an FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) credential-holder.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and the Accounting Financial Women's Alliance. Active in the community, Spears serves as treasurer-elect of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools.

A native of Helena, Montana, Spears earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 2001 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pat Cipolla is vice president, associate general counsel, compliance and ethics, and corporate secretary of ONEOK.

Cipolla joined ONEOK in 2007 as managing attorney, human resources, responsible for legal aspects of employment-related issues. Prior to joining ONEOK, he was a partner with the Tulsa law firm GableGotwals. 

Cipolla is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association where he has served as president of the young lawyers division. He also has served as president of the young lawyers division for the Tulsa County Bar Association. Cipolla is also a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics; the Society for Corporate Governance; and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.  

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Cipolla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 1988. He received his Juris Doctorate, with distinction, in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.