LeadershipCrescent Midstream’s highly experienced management team has a proven track record of safety, operational excellence and compliance.

John Grier

Founder & Chairman

John Grier is the Founder and Chairman of Crescent Midstream. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Mr. Grier was primarily in the exploration and production business before his company began purchasing pipelines. In 2005, the company made its first pipeline acquisition and has since made 11 acquisitions, mostly from major oil companies. In Louisiana, Crescent has made six acquisitions, four from majors. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Jeremiah Ashcroft III

Chief Executive Officer

Crescent Midstream is led by CEO Jeremiah Ashcroft, III. Most recently, Mr. Ashcroft served as CEO of Lone Star Ports. He had the role as President and CEO of EQT Midstream, which included three publicly traded midstream platforms with a combined market capitalization of $11 billion. Ashcroft also served as CEO of Gulf Oil L.P. and President of three business units for Buckeye Partners L.P. He began his energy career with Colonial Pipeline Co. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Emory University.

Basel Murad


Basel Murad is the Chief Development Officer for Crescent Midstream. He has over 14 years of   experience in the energy industry across Carbon Capture, Midstream and Exploration and Production (E&P). Prior to joining Crescent, Mr. Murad served as Senior Vice President of Finance and a member of the Founding Team of Ozona Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS). Prior to Ozona, Mr. Murad was Vice President of Corporate Development for EPIC Midstream, a $4.5 billion crude and NGL pipeline and export project that originated in the Permian Basin and terminated in Corpus Christi. He has also held finance and strategy positions at BlackBrush Oil & Gas and TexStar Midstream. Mr. Murad started his career in the investment banking divisions of Citigroup, RBC Capital Markets and Jefferies focused on M&A and capital markets transactions. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the Canfield Business Honors Program (CBHP).

Phil Yoo


K. Phil Yoo is the Chief Financial Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy, technology and financial services industries.  Most recently, Mr. Yoo worked with Inspirato Incorporated where he played a key role in taking the company public through their merger with a SPAC.  Mr. Yoo has over 17 years of experience in the energy industry, including serving as Chief Accounting Officer for Antero Resources Corporation, Antero Midstream Partners LP and Antero Midstream GP LP through their initial public offerings.  Mr. Yoo is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Colorado, a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.

Eric Lyons

Vice President of Engineering & Operations

Eric Lyons is the Vice President of Engineering & Regulatory Compliance for Crescent Midstream and joined the team in 2016. Eric played a vital role to establish an in-house engineering team and basis to develop and maintain the Gulf assets. Eric built his engineering career starting at BP in the crude pipeline field in 2008, continuing through Williams extending his knowledge in natural gas cryogenics and fractionation processes. Eric has worked his way through engineering and project management roles, including maintenance engineering, facility engineering, area engineering and pipeline engineering to bring him into engineering management. Mr. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Donald Smith

Vice President of Business Development

Donald Smith is the Vice President of Operations for Crescent Midstream. He has over 45 years of experience in the pipeline industry. Prior to joining Crescent in 2012, Donald worked for Shell Pipeline for 37 years. During his years with Shell, Donald worked in the control center, handled scheduling, was the operations manager in the Gulf of Mexico and maintained the public awareness program. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Southern University A&M College.

Richard Stewart

Vice President of Carbon Neutrality

Richard Stewart is the Vice President of Carbon Neutrality for Crescent Midstream.  Most recently, Richard was the President & CEO of Geostock Sandia, which has created permitting, well, and storage solutions for the carbon dioxide industry for more than fifteen years.  Prior to Geostock, Richard spent almost twenty years managing projects, engineering, and construction departments for several major oil & gas companies with annual capital budgets up to $8 billion.  Richard received a Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia and earned a Master’s in Electrical Engineering early in his career while working for United Technologies in rocket engine development.  Stewart also has a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and Operations from Northwestern University.