Experienced Management Team


Patrick Hughes

Chief Executive Officer – Prairie Companies

Pat has been associated with the oil business in the Williston Basin since 2009. He spends a significant amount of time on the ground throughout North Dakota, fully immersed in the industry and working locally to understand the business requirements. He has become a recognized solutions provider in the area, known for his unique sense of urgency and ability to get the job done. Pat owns Prairie Companies and also founded Agency Trading Group, a FINRA-member firm providing structural, execution, and research services to institutional investors. Pat is registered with FINRA for the following series: 7, 24, 28, 55, 63, and 87.


John Whitaker

President – Prairie Companies

John has been associated with the oil business in the Williston Basin since 2009. He focuses on strategic planning and performance management. John co-founded Prairie Companies and co-owns Agency Trading Group, a FINRA-member firm providing structural, execution, and research services to institutional investors. John is registered with FINRA for the following series: 7, 55, and 63.


Chris Jewett

President – Flatland Water Solutions

Chris oversees the day-to-day operations at Flatland Water Solutions. He handles research, development, planning, and implementation for Flatland and has quickly gained expertise in the field of saltwater disposal. Chris dedicates considerable time to working in the Williston Basin, meeting with our advisors, manufacturers, investors, and state officials to ensure that Flatland sets the standards for world-class operations. In addition, Chris has been a successful leader in the securities business for over 12 years. Most recently, his efforts and investments have been focused on the energy sector.


Peter Kronschnabel

COO – Prairie Field Services

Peter brings a proven record in logistics, service-delivery systems, and supply chain management solutions to Prairie Companies. He is a hands-on leader in customer service and training, including developing and implementing effective safety training programs and railcar loading standard operating procedures. His impressive background in corporate sales as well as extensive experience in high-capacity facility management further integrates his comprehensive business expertise.


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Positive Energy

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Bakken Expertise

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Land and Sky

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