Dave Marchese

Chief Executive Officer

Dave Marchese has nearly 20 years of operational and financial experience in the successful development and construction of energy assets, including underground hydrocarbon storage, utility-scale power plants, and petrochemical facilities.

Prior to founding Caliche, Dave was a Director at Haddington Ventures where he assisted with deal sourcing, transactional work, and portfolio company management. He participated in the 2007 debt and equity financing of Bobcat Gas Storage, as well as the management and 2010 sale of that company; the management and ultimate sale of Norton Energy Storage in 2009, and served on the Board of Managers of Fairway Development (oil storage), Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, and Endicott Biofuels.

Dave was formerly a Managing Partner at Eschelon Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity fund targeting investments across the energy value chain. Prior to co-founding Eschelon, he was with Reliant Energy’s $125 million private equity arm. At Reliant Dave lead-managed the divestiture of 2 subsidiaries, and was a manager in Reliant Energy’s Market Based Structuring Group. Before business school, he gained operational experience in the engineering and construction of petrochemical facilities as a Chief Field Engineer with Jacobs Engineering.

Mr. Marchese graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) degree from Vanderbilt University where he later received his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and operations. He has participated as a judge at Rice University’s Business Plan Competition since 2002 and is a co-founder of the off-road cycling group, Houston Gravel Grinders.

David S. Branch

Chief Operating Officer

David Branch has more than 25 years of energy industry experience with a focus on engineering, construction and operations management. In his career, David has accrued experience spanning construction, operations, and development of midstream natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids transmission, storage, and processing facilities. He has completed projects in the U.S., South America, and Europe.

Prior to co-founding Caliche Development Partners, Branch founded Gulf Shores Midstream, LLC, a midstream energy company focused on the acquisition, development, construction and operation of subsurface storage assets.

Since 2006, David has worked as a project consultant and technical advisor to several companies, including, but not limited to, Buckeye Partners, Iberdrola Renewables, Cardinal Gas Storage, Oiltanking, and Enterprise Products. In such positions, Mr. Branch effectively managed and maintained several construction projects with budgets in excess of $100 million.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Mr. Branch also served in the United States Army.

David Saindon

Chief Financial Officer

David Saindon’s “hands on” approach to the financial development of private equity-backed, growth-oriented companies has promoted maximum earnings and value for more than 24 years. With concentration on the midstream industry, his lean and intelligent strategies generate significant revenues and liquidity events for sponsors and investors. From 2012 until the company’s sale to Ineos,, he has served as Chief Financial Officer for Calabrian Corporation, a privately held specialty chemical company. Before joining Prometheus Energy Group in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer, where he raised significant funding through two transactions in that company’s first-ever debt financings, he worked with Port Barre Investments LLC (DBA Bobcat Gas Storage), also as Chief Financial Officer, between 2008 and 2010, where he negotiated and closed a $540 million sales transaction. Saindon also served as Vice President of Finance for Lodi Gas Storage, where he helped successfully build, commercialize, finance, and sell the company and its storage assets. After beginning his career at Arthur Andersen LLP in 1992, he established a reputation as a dynamic financial management executive with KW International, Ltd. (Director of Finance, 2002–2003); Enron Corp. Energy Services (Director of Transaction Accounting, 2000–2001); Eagle Geophysical (Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, 1997–2000); and Corporate Express Delivery Systems, Inc. (Assistant Controller, 1996–1997).

Mr. Saindon received his Certified Public Accountant license in the State of Texas after graduating with highest honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance.

Rick Allen

Vice President, Storage Marketing

Mr. Rick Allen is an experienced supply chain and operations professional, working within the biochemical, chemical and refining industries since 1989. His diverse experience includes global supply chain management, operations management, feedstock supply management, sales and operations planning, economic analysis, product development and business development within the biofuels, petrochemical and refining industries.

Mr. Allen has held multiple positions within Endicott Biofuels, BASF and TPC. Prior to joining Caliche Development Partners, Mr. Allen served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain, leading all aspects of global supply, sourcing, and logistics for Endicott Biofuels and its operating partner, Sabine Biofuels. Before then, Rick served as Director of Supply Chain, leading all aspects of the supply chain and associated development and LP Representative for the BASF/TOTAL in the olefin joint-venture, where he managed the feedstock, logistics, and optimization of the condensate splitter, naphtha cracking and crude C4 operations. In addition, Mr. Allen has served in various operating and commercial roles and technologies, including specialty amines, super absorbents, and THF/PolyTHF. While in these capacities, Mr. Allen was an integral part of two business turn-arounds and restructuring projects.

Mr. Allen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Tennessee in 1989 and Master of Business Administration – International Business, from Old Dominion University in 2002.

Travis Combel

Vice President, Engineering

Travis Combel has 22+ years of hands-on experience in design, fabrication, engineering management, project management, construction management, and commissioning management, with expertise in salt cavern and depleted reservoir natural gas, liquids, and crude oil storage facility, interconnect, and pipeline development.

Prior to joining Caliche Development Partners, Travis accrued extensive experience with industrial systems, petro-chem, LNG, and oil & gas production facilities, as well as experience with power generation and distribution design & fabrication for low, medium, and high voltage systems. Project locations have required design & operation experience with US, International, and Maritime codes and standards, and led to on-the-ground experience in the US, Asia, Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Europe, and South America.

After crossing over from supplier to end user to work for Bobcat Gas Storage and expanding his skill set to include multidisciplinary aspects of facility development including process, utility interconnects, permitting support, and land, Mr. Combel has held project and management positions at Bobcat Gas Storage, Zechstein Energy Storage, and Fairway Energy as well as consulted for Apex CAES and East Cheyenne Gas Storage. Project management experience includes leading engineering teams and $300 million projects.

Mr. Combel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

Bruce York

Vice President, Construction

Mr. York has more than 22 years of experience in construction, maintenance, and operations leadership in petroleum, chemical, and biofuels industries throughout the United States.

Prior to joining the Caliche Development Partners team, Bruce was Chief Operations Officer of Sabine Biofuels where he was responsible for leadership of the Sabine management team and strategic decisions for the operation of a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility. Before becoming COO, Mr. York was Vice President, Engineering and Operations for Sabine after transitioning from VP, Construction at Sabine’s parent/development company, Endicott Biofuels.

While Vice President, Construction, at Endicott Biofuels, Mr. York managed the engineering, procurement, and construction process to build a world class biorefinery plant to process ASTM D6751 biodiesel from animal fats and vegetable oils using a patented second generation biofuel process technology.

Bruce also spent 16 years with Jacobs, one of the world’s largest providers of engineering and construction services, where he held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Construction Engineer, Turnaround Manager, Maintenance Manager, and Construction Manager. Mr. York was also the Jacobs Membership Liaison for the Construction Industry Institute. When Bruce left Jacobs to join Endicott, he was Manager of Global Field Technical Services where he managed a department of subject matter experts supporting multiple large construction and maintenance projects across the organization.

Mr. York earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and continued his education with post-baccalaureate studies in Construction Management and Civil Technology at the University of Houston. He was also accredited as a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager through the Association of Facilities Engineers.

George A. Dickinson, III

Manager, Market Analysis

George Dickinson has 25 years of experience in an array of merchant commodity markets, with a particular focus on valuation, risk management, and marketing. George is responsible for developing NGL and olefin storage pricing for prospective Caliche customers.

Prior to joining Caliche, George served as an independent consultant for a variety of energy, chemical, and private equity sponsored companies. These projects and companies include the proposed Norton compressed air energy storage plant, Endicott Biofuels LLC, Shrieve Chemical, and the proposed Primus Green Energy methanol project in the Marcellus. Prior to that, George was Manager of Commodity Pricing and Structures at Calpine Energy, where he originated, structured, and negotiated the commercial aspects of retail power and natural gas transactions.

Additionally, George was Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions with Florida Power & Light; Manager, Energy Services with Enron Corporation; Senior Commercial Associate with Entergy Power Marketing and Trading; and a Main Propulsion System engineer with United Space Alliance, supporting pressurization systems and large scale cryogenic fuel and oxidizer systems on the Space Shuttle.

Mr. Dickinson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and a Master in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of Engineering Management degree from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.



Sam Wallace has over 12 years of experience in the energy and financial services industries, with a focus on business development and financial modeling, including NGL market analysis and forecasting work. In his new role, he is responsible for planning and executing strategies to meet organizational objectives, and directly supporting the firm’s CEO.

Prior to joining Caliche, Sam led or co-led the development of multiple natural gas joint venture pipelines, from concept to final investment decision. Before that, he spent time as a gas trader and in various commercial roles at DCP Midstream, supporting the company’s assets in the Permian, Midcontinent and Rocky Mountain regions; he also gained invaluable knowledge and skills at DCP as a member of the company’s rigorous Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP). Sam was with Morgan Stanley in New York City during the early days of his career.

Sam received a B.S. in Integrated Business and Engineering from Lehigh University, and an M.B.A. with an Energy Finance concentration from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.



Jaime Vernor joins Caliche with over ten years of accounting and controllership experience. Jaime oversees Caliche’s high-level accounting and reporting activities.

Previously, Jaime developed processes and policies to maximize efficiency and to provide timely and meaningful financial reports at Veretek, a high-growth, private equity-backed oilfield services company that specializes in well pumping technology. Jaime’s other notable positions have included supervisor of financial accounting at the Methodist Hospital System, where she managed gross fixed assets totaling $4 billion and significant ongoing capital expansions at approximately $180 million per year. She began her career as an auditor with a mix of manufacturing, construction, services, and health care clients; during that time, she learned how to integrate critical thinking throughout all stages of the audit cycle and how to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Jaime graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with honors with a B.S. in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.