Pointe LNG

919 Milam, Suite 525
Houston, TX 77002-5421
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Executive Team

Pointe LNG’s Executive Management, offer years of expertise in: ​​


  • LNG business development

  • natural gas transportation

  • processing, storage and marketing

  • marine transportation

  • pipeline and processing facility construction

  • finance, management and operations

Christopher DeClaire
President and Chief Executive Officer (Board Member)

35 years in executive management, including 10 years in the international contract drilling industry. Chris was Co-founder of Vantage Drilling in 2006. Served as CFO to take the company operational and IPO and then served as Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Vantage Drilling until March 2016 overseeing the company’s compliance, IT and legal functions. Prior to Vantage Chris was CEO Skillmaster, purchased and grew to the largest provider of nuclear engineers and contract services to all the major nuclear power facilities in the U.S. Chris also served 6 years in the United States Coast Guard.

Jay Marqua
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer (Board Member)


30 years Executive Management in Energy and Financial Industries. Jay served 9 years as CIO and CSO for Vantage Drilling International. Prior to Vantage Jay was an Energy Industry Consultant providing Board Advisory Services on Technology, Cyber Governance, Information Systems and SAP ERP. Jay’s Chief Financial Officer positions include SunRay Park and Casino, Syndicom and most recently Chief Financial Officer for RegSmart, a Financial Industry consulting firm providing Board Advisory Services on Anti-money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act. Jay was Managing Director of a professional services group that served in fractional and Executive in Residence (EIR) roles for Private Equity Groups specializing in new development and transformation projects.

Joseph H. Yeh
Managing Director Asia, Head of Products and Marketing 

More than 20 years Government liaison specialist with regulatory agencies throughout Asia. Experience includes roles of Managing Director, Chairman, Head of Asia Equities/Products, Head of Asia Sales, Global Product Manager for Companies such as BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Baring Brothers. Functions included Asia oversight (China, HK, Taiwan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan’s DMA) for equity markets, global sales and building new operations in China, Taiwan, India and Korea.

Captain Tom Burgess
EVP Permitting, Terminalling and Transportation (Board Member)

A founder in Pointe LNG with more than 30 years of experience in energy transportation and business development. Tom was also a founding partner in Louisiana LNG and developed the Mississippi River Project (FERC File: PF14-17) and sold the project of the JV Parallax/Cheniere Energy. Prior to Louisiana LNG, he worked extensively on the Magnolia LNG project (FERC File: CP14-347). Captain Burgess, a former tanker captain, holds an unlimited license as a Master and First-Class Pilot, issued by the US Coast Guard. He also holds an MBA with Finance concentration and has extensive experience in LNG development projects.

James H. Lindsay 
EVP Natural Gas Origination and Supply (Board Member)

A founder of Pointe LNG with more than 30 years of experience in energy including LNG, natural gas storage & midstream asset development, and energy marketing. He was formerly VP of Duke Energy Markeing & Trading (now Spectra Energy) as well as Duke Energy Field Services (known as DCP) and of OGE Energy Resources/Enogex Inc. He was part of teams that established these natural gas/power marketing subsidiaries. A founding partner of Louisiana LNG, Jim lead the team that developed the Mississippi River Project (FERC File: PF14-17) and sold the project to the JV Parallax / Cheniere Energy.

Chief Operating Officer

Presently, anonymity to be maintained…

Senior Vice President Operations

Candidate has more than 20 years of LNG construction management experience. Worked on LNG development projects worldwide including Caltex Refinery, Capetown, South Africa; Bonny Island LNG Expansion Project, Nigeria; Qatif GOSP 2, Saudi Arabia; Bonny Island LNG Train 4, Nigeria; Isle of Grain LNG Project, UK; Peru LNG Project London & Peru; and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Norman (Norm) K. Spalding
Senior Vice President Finance

25 years in executive management, including 15 years in LNG Import/Export Facilities, natural gas pipelines, oil and gas process facilities, and offshore oil and gas assets.  Served on Boards and as CEO on some of these assets. Worked for Fortune 10 Company on energy investing, due diligence, risk management, operations and project management. Developed financial models, managed Capex/Opex costs, originated Unit Purchase Agreements, PSA’s, EPC contracts, PPA’s, and tariff agreements. Expertise in International Business Developments for up to $2 billion deals, managed organizations of 100 plus professionals, and led global market expansions.

Dave Boutelle
Senior Vice President Human Resources

35 years of executive management in the energy industry. Dave’s executive roles include Human Resources, Shared Services, International Operations and Engineering and Construction for Global Marine, Global SantaFe, Transocean group of companies and Vantage Drilling International. Dave’s Director and Executive level HCM roles include extensive international experience in South East Asia, the Middle East, the UK, West Africa and Europe.  Dave has extensive professional services experience in HCMS and HRIS systems design, development and implementation including PeopleSoft, Oracle HRMS and SAP SuccessFactors.

Bob Beardsley
Chief Accounting Officer

More than 35 years executive experience in tax, finance and accounting. Bob was in Silicon Valley with PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young during the tech boom working with companies such as Apple, Intel. Hewlett Packard and Genentech as well as many other IPOs. Bob later became a practice lead in Ernst & Young's International Tax Group serving as a client consultant and a firm-wide resource. Bob was Director of Treasury for Benetton Sportsystem and his experience also includes several CFO roles in the private sector.

Vidal G. Martinez
General Counsel

More than 35 years engaged in private practice handling primarily international commercial business transactions.  Vidal began his career in 1978 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Houston with the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He has experience in litigation and transactional matters and has managed complex client matters in numerous foreign jurisdictions. He is also a nationally recognized expert in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and has handled numerous worldwide investigations for clients and the subsequent negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. Vidal was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.