Mr. Rutherford is a founding partner, co-owner and senior managing director of NRI Energy Partners LLC in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Rutherford formally retired as Executive Vice President of Plains All American Pipeline in July of 2015 and has continued to work as an advisor to the company since. At Plains, Mr. Rutherford primarily focused on strategic planning and corporate development and he served on the company’s executive committee. Mr. Rutherford also acted as a financial and strategic advisor to the company from 2000 to 2010.
Mr. Rutherford joined Plains from Lazard Freres & Company where he was head of their North American Energy Practice from 2007 until 2010. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Rutherford was a partner at Simmons & Company International for over 10 years. During his 20-year investment banking career, Mr. Rutherford focused primarily on providing M&A, structuring and strategic advice to management and boards of directors of public and private companies and MLP’s as well as private investment firms in the midstream, E&P and oil services sectors. While at Simmons, Mr. Rutherford played an integral role in building the firms E&P and Midstream investment banking and research businesses and was actively involved in the management of the firm.
Mr. Rutherford graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management. He also took over 30 hours of accounting at UT and completed his C.P.A. requirements in 1986 after working for two years in the tax department at Arthur Andersen. In 1988, Mr. Rutherford received his MBA - with distinction – from the Wharton School of Business.
Mr. Rutherford has been married to his wife Ellen for over 29 years and they have three children, two of whom are recently married. Mr. Rutherford and his wife are both life-long Houstonian’s.