Our Team


Team members at Corporate Strategies, LLC. are known for their experience, leadership and field expertise. Combined, our team has over 150 years of business, energy,  litigation, finance, capital markets, engineering, oilfield acquisition, midstream and downstream services, oil & gas production, field operations, marketing and industry relationships.

Tim Connolly – Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Corporate Strategies LLC, a private merchant banking firm based in Houston, Texas since 1984.  Corporate Strategies portfolio companies have included interests in energy, technology, software development, defense electronics manufacturing, manufacturing and international distribution of nutritional products, mobile device application development and other market segments, domestically and internationally. Mr. Connolly has personally completed over $1 billion in transactions as principal, broker or adviser to banks, hedge funds, and investment partnerships both domestically and overseas

Craig Crawford -  Craig is experienced in quickly assessing businesses and projects, and providing fast, action-oriented steps to improve performance Craig has over 35 years of experience in a diverse range of industries, worldwide experience in the management of complex oil and gas production, refinery, petro-chemical, and mining projects and business units for Halliburton, Kellogg Brown and Root and other major energy corporations. He previously  served as Vice President – Construction – CH2M Hill, Inc., one of the largest and most respected Engineering and Construction Companies in the world.  His expertise includes Fabrication Shops, Turnarounds, Capital Construction and Well Services.

Tim Connolly
CEO, Founder
Corporate Strategies
Craig Crawford, Mid Stream & Petrochemical Energy Services Advisor, Pres. Lineal Industries, Inc.
Fred Zeidman
Board Member,

Fred Zeidman - Fred has been a valuable member of the Corporate Strategies team for over twenty years, as a board member, advisor and principal in numerous transactions in the USA and Canada. He is Chairman of Gordian Group in New York and over the course of his distinguished 45-year career, Mr. Zeidman has been involved in numerous high-profile workouts, restructurings and reorganizations.  He was former CEO, President and Chairman of Seitel, Inc., a Houston-based provider where he was instrumental in the successful turnaround and sale of the Company assets. He most recently served as Chief Restructuring Officer of Transmeridian Exploration, Inc. and Bankruptcy Trustee of AremisSoft Corp. He held the post of Chairman of the Board and CEO of Unibar Corporation, the largest domestic independent drilling fluids company, until its sale to Anchor Drilling Fluids.

Jan Carson
VP, Marketing 

Jan Carson – Jan led the design and implementation of Corporate Strategies' successful VIP Card Member loyalty program for a well-known Houston based family-owned Mexican restaurant group.

Jan possesses a deep knowledge of marketing and broadcast media, with more than 25 years of experience as a TV News anchor and reporter, radio talk show host, magazine columnist and successful community fundraiser. 

Her innovative fundraising campaigns on behalf of Baylor College of Medicine, The American Heart Association and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, among many others, generated millions of dollars and earned Jan numerous civic awards.

Jan is responsible for Corporate Strategies' marketing and communications efforts.

Brian Shanklin
President, LoneStar
Energy Fabrication,
Major Energy
Project Solutions
Damon Wagley
Upstream  Energy Operations Consultant 

Brian Shanklin - has over 25 years of major energy project fabrication solutions, both offshore and onshore, as well as Oil and Gas service experience.  Brian serves as a principal shareholder and President of LoneStar Fabricators, a premier offshore/onshore fabricator.  Additionally, Mr. Shanklin is Executive Vice President of Lineal Star Holdings, the parent company of Lineal Industries, inc.  Prior to co-founding LoneStar, Brian was formerly an executive with Nabors Industries and served as an officer in a number of progressively more responsible positions of Sundowner Offshore, a family-owned Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Contractor acquired by Nabors Industries, which is now known as Nabors Offshore.

Damon Wagley – over 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. He has managed the exploration, production, and sales of oil, negotiated purchase and lease terms, managed bids and implementation of awarded contracts, and overseen various fabrication and construction projects. Mr. Wagley has managed numerous projects including the drilling of a variety of oil wells, designing and building work-over rigs, and fabrication and conversion of specialty vehicles and equipment. Mr. Wagley has worked in numerous overseas operations, such as the North Sea, for Wagley Offshore International, his family-owned business founded in 1952.

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