About Us

Background & Business Activities

Founded in 1836, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is constitutionally charged with managing the State of Texas resources to benefit the Permanent School Fund. In 1999, the 76th Texas Legislature authorized the State Power Program (SPP) under Chapter 35 of Senate Bill 7, Texas Utilities Code, making it the only legislatively enabled provider for electricity and related services solely to Public Retail Consumers. Cavallo Energy Texas LLC (Cavallo) serves as the authorized vendor for the GLO in administering the State Power Program.

As a client of the GLO, your retail supply is supported by industry leading investment grade credentials. As a State agency, the GLO carries a AAA rating from the three-major rating agencies, providing unsurpassed financial security, access to competitive supplies, and stability found nowhere else in Texas' retail market. As an added strength for GLO customers, State Power Program wholesale service provider, Cavallo, is backed by one of the largest competitive energy retailers in the United States, Champion Energy.  The services team supporting the GLO have consistently been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for quality and exemplary customer service.  Cavallo has access to significant independent credit support and utilizes a Level IV Qualified Scheduling Entity, the highest level in Texas. This double layer of financial security offers stability to GLO customers with investment grade credit support at both the retail and wholesale level.
Cavallo purchases wholesale power on behalf of the GLO through credit and supply arrangement with EDF Trading North America (EDF) and others.  The GLO energy supply is procured in the regions where usage occurs versus utilizing more risky supply approaches (that depend solely on real time market and sourcing only from an affiliates generation, or sourcing from generation units or congestion areas not related to meter locations) that place consumers at risk of price volatility or pass-through charges.  Through daily involvement in the market, we optimize loads in real time and day-ahead from market volatility.  Our 24-hour Real Time Desk (located in Texas) performs load and generation scheduling to ERCOT.

Management Team

Both the GLO and Cavallo management teams consists of senior professionals from all aspects of the energy business, including power and gas origination, gas and energy trading, asset management, regulatory, customer service and billing system development. Individually, management, principals, and staff have a minimum of 20 years experience in the energy industry, and collectively have over 175 years of utility, competitive market and retail electric experience. Our extensive market experience and know-how translates to superior products and excellent service

Cavallo Energy Texas LLC

Michael Sullivan, is President and CEO of Cavallo Energy Texas. In addition, Michael Sullivan serves as President and CEO of Champion Energy Services, with responsibility for all aspects of the company's day-to-day operations, including commercial and residential sales, wholesale supply, customer operations and customer care. Prior to joining Champion Energy, Michael was a founding partner of Ambridge Energy, LLC, which merged with Champion Energy in June 2008. Prior to founding Ambridge, he held several roles at Reliant Energy, including front and back office operations, sales and marketing support, and forecasting. Michael's career began at Accenture. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Teresa A. Kelly, is Vice President of Cavallo Energy Texas, a Texas based entity created to obtain and manage an energy contract with the GLO. During Teresa’s 25 year tenure with Reliant Energy and its former companies, Houston Industries and Houston Lighting and Power, Teresa rose through various positions in operations, rate cases, business development, demand-side management, and sales, all with increasing responsibilities. To prepare Reliant Energy for restructuring of the electric marketplace in Texas, Teresa created and began leading the Commercial and Institutional Sales & Marketing Division (C&I) for Reliant. While providing executive leadership for this Division during her last 10 years, part of her responsibilities included the GLO State Power Program contract award. While growing the business through profitable expansion, she also focused on the front, mid and back-office process designs to ensure streamlined processes for the Customers and the Company. Teresa has utilized her extensive knowledge, experience and practical approach in business to provide tools and services to consumers to manage their energy spend. In the early years of her career, Teresa served as a field consultant for Houston Lighting & Power, interfacing with customers, architects and engineers involved in expansion projects or constructing new projects. She designed electrical layouts to serve the projects, estimated the financial investment required to construct the Company’s facilities, and ultimately negotiated the design and costs with the client. In this role, Teresa also served as the Company’s area business representative, providing her the opportunity to appear before city councils with rate-making requests and be active in various community organizations. Teresa’s veteran experience and industry knowledge has provided her the ability to consult regularly with executives from a variety of fields to help create risk-managed alternatives to standard offers.

David R. Roylance has more than 25 years in the energy industry with a proven track record of delivering innovative electricity and natural gas solutions to customers in competitive energy markets. Mr. Roylance is Vice President of Cavallo Energy Texas, bringing his oil, gas, electricity, and competitive market knowledge to benefit Public Retail Consumers of Texas. He is also co-founder of Prism Energy Solutions, an energy consultancy for commercial and industrial natural gas and electric consumers. David formerly served as Senior Vice President for Reliant Energy where, from 2001 - 2009, he led the Commercial and Industrial Sales and Marketing division. While serving in this capacity, Roylance drove the profitable expansion of the company's retail business, establishing Reliant as the second largest competitive retailer serving businesses in the United States. During his tenure at Reliant, Mr. Roylance also served in several other capacities including Director of Natural Gas Trading and Marketing in the Western United States. He also helped establish Reliant's European sales and marketing presence during the opening of the competitive European markets. Prior to joining Reliant in 1998, David rose through positions of increasing responsibility at Conoco Phillips domestic and international units, beginning as an analyst and ultimately served as Director of Natural Gas Trading and Marketing.

Jeff Attkisson is the Director of Operations for Cavallo Energy Texas. During his 10+ years in the deregulated energy industry Jeff has held roles focusing on customer relationships and internal operations. During 8 years at Direct Energy, Jeff held various positions in the sales department, culminating as a Sr. Sales Support Specialist. His portfolio included supporting both direct and channel sales, with customer segments ranging from small business, large C&I, health care aggregations, real estate aggregations, and government entities. One of Jeff’s main customer support responsibilities was dealing with Texas school districts for contracting, billing, and other various needs, along with being involved in many large RFP responses. In addition to his sales support role, Jeff was also appointed project manager for several internal process improvements, managing teams of internal and external members while meeting project benchmarks at a 96% rate. Jeff was named internal ERCOT subject matter expert during his final 6 years with Direct, conducted several process training sessions for the internal sales teams, and received a company-wide Making Business Better award for Operational Excellence and Simplification. He prides himself on the ability to develop process improvements and deliver on-time issue resolution on a wide variety of customer issues.

Mark Michna, Senior Sales Director for Cavallo, brings 25 years experience from Reliant Energy and former Houston Industries and Houston Lighting and Power. Mark rose through positions in Operations, demand side management and sales. Prior to deregulation, Mark provided extensive experience and knowledge in managing campus accounts pertaining to TDU construction projects, outage resolution, infrastructure issues, and all issues pertaining to line extension and new construction. His knowledge, expertise, and dedication combined with the critical nature of the electric industry led to his assignment by HL&P to serve as dedicated Account Manager to Texas Medical Center in Houston. Mark later served as Senior Sales Consultant for Reliant becoming an energy sales expert in the electric procurement process. Mark possesses a strong understanding of energy products ranging from fixed, indexed, and wholesale power trades and electric sales agreements. His veteran experience and industry knowledge has provided him the ability to consult regularly with executives in creating risk-managed alternatives to standard offers.

Byron Gannaway, Regional Sales Manager, has been active in the power and natural gas industry at the wholesale and retail levels for over 36 years and has developed a broad range of experience in the development, commercial marketing/sales and technical aspects of various energy projects in the U.S.A. Over those 36 years in the energy sector, Byron has vast experience in commercial marketing/sales of electricity and natural gas, project development of natural gas fired combined cycle generation plants and asset management of merchant power generation facilities. Byron has served key roles with several US energy companies including NRG (Reliant Energy), PSEG (PSEG Texas affiliate-Texas Independent Energy), Panda Energy International, Fina Oil and Chemical (Fina Natural Gas Company), Hadson Gas Systems and Sun Oil Company.

LuAnn Morgan, Sales Director for Cavallo, began her 24+ year career in the electric industry with Texas Electric Service Company (Tesco) in Odessa, TX in Customer Operations Billing and Audit. (Tesco later became TXU and then Oncor). Morgan moved into Customer Service as a rep where she became certified as an Energy Auditor, Customer Service Rep, and Distribution Engineering Tech performing service related troubleshooting and distribution engineering for new and extended service. In 1988, Morgan became Customer Operations Supervisor, followed by Midland Customer Service Manager. In 1992, She was named TXU Electric and Gas District Manager overseeing operations, distribution, and customer service for 11 West Texas counties. Morgan took early retirement in 1999 and was elected to Midland City Council where she served for 10 years. During that time, she was an Instructor at University of Texas Permian Basin for Statistics and Marketing, and later joined Warren CAT. In 2004, Governor Perry appointed Morgan as commissioner to Texas Department of Licensing where she continues to serve today. LuAnn is actively involved in many organizations in her community including United Way of Midland, Junior League Of Midland Advisory Board, Midland Executive Women, Midland Chamber of Commerce Board, Habitat for Humanity Women's Build, and many more. She is a 1999 Leadership Texas graduate and founding member of Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin where in 2005, Texas Education Agency awarded Morgan CIS Board Member of the Year. Morgan holds a BS from Texas Tech University, MBA from University of Texas Permian Basin, Economic Development Certification from Texas A&M Extension Agency, and completed Doctoral requirements for a degree in Psychology.

Texas General Land Office

Bryce Bales, CPA is Director of the State Energy Marketing Program for the Texas General Land Office. His responsibilities include both the State Power Program and the Natural Gas Program. Bryce joined the GLO in October 2005 bringing his experience in oil and gas royalty compliance from University Lands where he served as Director of University Lands Accounting Office (ULAO) collecting oil and gas royalties on behalf of the Permanent University Fund. The Permanent University Fund benefits the Texas A&M and University of Texas System. Under Bryce's direction and leadership, ULAO won the Chancellor's Excellence Award; the Texas Department of Information Resources recognized ULAO with a statewide award for innovation. The department was also recognized by the National Public Information Officers with a write up in a national magazine Public CIO for excellence in innovation. Bryce has participated in the Western States land Commissioner;s Association Royalty and Legal Subcommittee where other states benchmark against ULAO for electronic processing of oil and gas royalties and the use of data mining techniques to ensure lease compliance in the most efficient and timely manner. Bryce is a CPA licensed in Texas and is on the board of the Council of Petroleum Accountant Societies (COPAS). In the spirit of continuous improvement, Bryce has brought efficiency, transparency, and accountability to the State Energy Marketing Program. Bryce served 12 years on his home district school board and was twice elected by the 59 districts in Education Service Center XIII to represent them on the Texas Association of School Boards.

Cavallo Energy Texas LLC
4545 Post Oak Place, Suite 342
Houston, TX  77027
Phone: 713-640-5355
Fax: 713-583-8938
JAttkisson@CavalloTSPP.com