Vista Proppants and Logistics (“VISTA”) is a leading pure-play, in-basin provider of frac sand solutions in prolific producing regions in Texas and Oklahoma including the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale and SCOOP/STACK. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, VISTA offers leading E&P and oilfield service companies high-quality, fine grade sand with the cost advantages of a regional provider. Through our vertically integrated logistics network of transload terminals and fleet of “last mile” transport vehicles, VISTA’s customers further benefit from our mine-to-wellhead frac sand supply chain solutions and assured security of supply.
We produce high-quality, fine-grade sand. Our sand compares favorably to that mined in Wisconsin and Illinois and meets applicable industry specifications and customer requirements for a large addressable market of wells. We believe the low overburden, homogenous geology, and strategic location of our mines near major rail lines and large water and power sources provide us with a cost advantage over other Texas-based sand mines.
At the same time, the proximity of our mines to active oil and gas plays enables significantly lower logistics costs as compared to northern white sand providers. Our rail infrastructure offers access to all major rail carriers in North America, which provides the logistical flexibility our customers require. We believe these advantages, along with our proprietary transload network, not only assure lower cost, but also increase security of supply from mine-to-wellhead.
Gary Humphreys is the Co-founder and has been the Executive Chairman and CEO of Vista Proppants and Logistics, LLC, since 2004.
A native of Pond Creek, Oklahoma, Humphreys followed his long-standing family tradition and attended Oklahoma State University. He went on to a career as a self-made serial entrepreneur. He is the owner, developer, and operator of multiple businesses in diverse industries.
Gary married Claudia, an OSU Alumni from Ardmore, Oklahoma. The couple went on to raise their two boys in Grandview, Texas. The Humphrey’s family remains active in the local community through business ventures and volunteer activities. They are avid supporters of OSU and happy to serve on the Board of Governors for the Oklahoma State University Foundation.
Marty Robertson is the Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, President, and Chief Operating Officer at Vista Proppants and Logistics, LLC.
Marty grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and spent his free time working with his family on the local track racing exotic vehicles. Growing up adjacent to the Barnett Shale with a love of racing made Marty’s decision to start a logistics company supporting the oil and gas industry a natural choice. Mr. Robertson continues to build and operate businesses in a variety of industries.
Marty and his wife, Janet, have stayed loyal to their Texan roots and raised their two children in the DFW area. The Robertson family focuses on supporting the City of Fort Worth as Ambassadors of the Boys and Girls Club and through their extensive support of the veteran community.
Mrs. Whitley-Smith began her career in public accounting with Whitley Penn where she worked for 10 years. Working closely with Vista Proppants and Logistics as one of her clients, she became knowledgeable of the different aspects involved in the oil and gas industry. Mrs. Whitley-Smith joined Vista in August 2016 in the role of Chief Accounting Officer and less than a year later was named Chief Financial Officer.
Mrs. Whitley-Smith graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her B.A. in Business Administration. Most recently, she received her Master’s from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scotty, two daughters, Taylor and Sophia, and their two doodles, Sammy and Dexter. Their family enjoys traveling, spending time on the lake and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
Brian McConn has served as Vice President of Business Development since May 2018. Prior to his role as VP, McConn served as Vista’s Director of Corporate Strategy. Before joining Vista in January 2017, Mr. McConn ran Halliburton’s Global Sand and Proppants Category.
As a fellow native of Houston, McConn graduated from the University of Texas with his B.A. McConn and his wife reside in Fort Worth where they enjoy hunting, golfing and cheering on the Longhorns and all Houston teams.
Steve McCarley, Vice President of Logistics Operations, has been with Vista Proppants and Logistics since 2012.
McCarley graduated from Texas Tech with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Currently residing in Garland, TX, McCarley and his wife enjoy golfing, fishing and spending time with their family.
Chris Favors joined Vista in 2014 from Union Pacific Railroad. Favors is the Vice President of Business Relations for Vista. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Business Development.
Born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, Favors graduated from the University of Nebraska with his Bachelor's degree in International Business and his Master of Business Administration.
Outside of work, Favors spends time with his wife and four daughters where they enjoy traveling, fishing and cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Vista is a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth from providing and serving monthly meals to the families to participating in cook-off competitions.
As a sponsor of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, Vista is proud to support the growth of the future leaders in Oklahoma. We believe leadership skills make all the difference in developing a successful career for students to support their local communities. Vista is happy to be supporting the region and the future leaders of Oklahoma.