We were founded in March 2012 by the Charles C. Stephenson, Jr. family and Peter C. Boylan III to build a leading energy industry services company. All of the equity interests in our general partner are owned by Cypress Energy Holdings, LLC (“Cypress Holdings”), which is controlled by Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., various family trusts and a company controlled by our Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peter C. Boylan III. Cypress Holdings’ owners bring substantial industry relationships and specialized, value-creation capabilities that we believe will continue to benefit us.
Mr. Stephenson has over 50 years of experience as a leader in the oil and natural gas industry. He was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vintage Petroleum prior to its sale to Occidental Petroleum in 2006 and is currently the Chairman of Premier Natural Resources, a private oil and natural gas exploration and production company.
Mr. Boylan has extensive executive management experience with public and private companies and currently serves as a director of two public companies, Cypress Energy Partners GP LLC, and BOK Financial Inc., with significant energy, oil and natural gas customers.
We commenced field operations in the Bakken region of the Williston Basin in North Dakota through our acquisition of various divisions of SBG Energy Services, LLC, or SBG, in December 2012. In December 2012, we also acquired four newly constructed EPA Class II SWD facilities with two located in the Bakken region of North Dakota and two located in the Permian Basin of West Texas.
Tulsa Inspection Resources, LLC (“TIR”), through which we provide pipeline inspection and integrity services, was founded in 2003 and in June 2013, Cypress Holdings and its affiliates, acquired control of TIR. With more than 1,700 professional certified inspectors currently deployed in the U.S. and Canada we believe that we are one of the largest providers of independent inspectors to the pipeline industry.