In this episode of the Strata Leadership Show, Nathan Mellor, Ed.D., visits with James Bennett about his leadership journey throughout his career. James Bennett is currently a Senior Advisor for the private equity firm GSO Capital Partners where he assists the firm with its energy investments. From 2013 to 2018, James served as President and CEO of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Inc (NYSE: SD) and as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013. Before joining SandRidge, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director for White Deer Energy; an energy private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners, where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett’s other positions include energy investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and analyst at NationsBank. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation and is a current board member of Tapstone Energy, Energy Alloys, CASA of Oklahoma County, the Foundation for Sunbeam Family Services and ReMerge.