Jack M. Whiteside

Jack brings to the firm over four decades of consulting experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily in the petroleum refining and natural gas midstream sectors. He has executed and/or led engagements in virtually every facet of the midstream business, including due diligence evaluations for the development, acquisition, and financing of scores of domestic and international assets, evaluation of innovative technologies; project development and management; advisory services for mergers, acquisitions, and project financing; and international business development.

Jack began his career as a process engineer with Exxon-predecessor Humble Oil & Refining Co. at its Baytown, Texas refinery, then and still one of the nation’s largest. In 1975, he accepted a position with Howe Baker Engineers (now a unit of CB&I), where he provided engineering and project management support for design and fabrication of refining and gas processing facilities for international markets.

Jack joined Barnes & Click (B&C) in 1977, and over the course of the next 30-plus years helped build it into a multi-million-dollar consulting firm widely recognized for its technical expertise and business acumen, particularly as applied to acquisition and financing due diligence. In 2007, he negotiated the merger of B&C into R. W. Beck, Inc., a Seattle-based consultancy serving the power and water utility industries seeking diversification into oil and gas. Jack managed the successful integration of B&C into the new organization and culture and led the oil and gas practice through the subsequent acquisition of R. W. Beck by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in 2009.

In 2010, Jack initiated the creation of a business development strategy to expand SAIC’s consulting services into Middle East markets, sponsored it through corporate review and sanctioning, and then was tasked to execute it. In 2011, he moved to Dubai, built an organization, and launched a successful business development campaign encompassing all sectors of the energy, water, and infrastructure industries in the region.

Upon completion of that assignment, Jack returned to Dallas and established his private practice, advising a spectrum of clients across the developer, owner/operator, and financing communities on a wide variety of projects and opportunities in the midstream sector. Jack affiliated with Pearson Adair in January 2018, where his comprehensive midstream experience is a source of seasoned advice for our clients.

Jack is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He has served as Chairman of the North Texas chapter of the Gas Processors Association (now the GPA Midstream Association) and as President of the Texas Energy Council, a nonprofit, non-partisan consortium of professional, educational, and industry organizations dedicated to serving the energy industry in Texas.


  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1968
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


  • Current, Pearson Adair & Co., Senior Advisor
  • 2013-current, Jack Whiteside Consulting, LLC
  • 2011-2013, Science Applications International Corp., (SAIC), Sr. Vice President, Middle East Business Development
  • 2007-2010, SAIC/R.W. Beck, Inc., Vice President Oil & Gas
  • 1977-2007, Barnes & Click, Inc., Consultant, Vice President, President
  • 1975-1976, Howe Baker Engineers, Inc. Process Engineer
  • 1968-1974, Exxon USA, Process Engineer, Engineering Supervisor

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