About Us

Iapetus Holdings LLC is a privately held portfolio company with a suite of energy services businesses and alternative investments.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Iapetus brings an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking approach and a deep bench of experienced individuals with diverse backgrounds in finance, human resources, legal, energy, safety, risk management, operational management, communications, and various other spectrums.

With a structure in place to support the operating companies strategically and efficiently, Iapetus provides shared service support to Iapetus Infrastructure ServicesAtlas Field Services, Atlas Commodities, Gold Coast Utility Specialists, Hyperion (HSE), Soaring Eagle Technologies, and the Unmanned Aviation Training Institute (UATI).  Our model brings a rigorous evaluation of business performance and quantifiable accountability to appropriately determine and act on adjustments needed to ensure success. The nimble but hard-working teams bring extraordinary value to each component of the business and collaborate to provide best-in-class solutions and recommendations for their varying clients.

Meet our team of experts.  Click on the photos for bios.

Executive Leadership Team

Craig Taylor

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Craig Taylor is the founder and CEO of Iapetus Holdings, a portfolio of energy service companies and alternative investments.

Craig founded his first company, Atlas Commodities, LLC., in 2006 after leaving a career on Wall Street with leading energy brokerage firms. Identifying the opportunity to expand and grow new business ventures, he leveraged his connections from across the energy value chain with the formation of Atlas Retail Energy and Atlas Field Services, intentionally diversifying the business’ service offerings. Today, the suite of businesses is a multimillion-dollar portfolio with more than 400 employees across seven U.S. offices, with Craig driving strategy and building the foundation for continued success.

Craig has over 20 years of experience in the finance and energy space as a commodities broker for MBF Clearing Corporation and SCS Commodities Corporation. Prior to his career in commodities, he worked on the legal side of the finance sector for White & Case, LLP in New York City. His time managing contracts and creating relationships with multi-national banks, energy companies, and legal experts gave him the foundation he needed to build his own ventures.

Craig’s entrepreneurial spirit and personal path to his energy and finance career inspired him to give back to the next generation of business leaders through the Atlas Scholars program. He created the program in 2013 with the goal of attracting motivated high school students and offering them a summer internship that equips them with the hard and soft skills needed for college preparedness and career readiness. The experience focuses on mentorship, scholarship, and professional exposure through field trips to internationally recognized companies and visits from high-profile executives designed to give students a realistic view into what the corporate world values and how they should prepare at a young age. The program consists of 70-plus active Scholars, has acceptances from more than 20 unique universities, and regularly works with over 15 corporate partners in the energy and finance sectors.

Before beginning his career, Craig spent several years as a leader in the United States Navy. He was a Petty Officer 3rd Class for the Presidential Honor Guard and USS Ticonderoga where he oversaw a platoon of over 50 men and women in duties representing the U.S. Navy at ceremonies for the President of the United States, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval operations. Craig received his B.S. in management from the University of Maryland, his J.D. from Fordham University, and most recently earned an MBA through the joint Global Executive Program at Columbia University and London Business School.

Tejpal Singh

Chief Operating Officer

Tej is an equity member and Chief Operating Officer of Iapetus Holdings LLC and its operating companies. Tej has over 24 years of experience leading teams and building business in the utility industry. 

Prior to Iapetus, Tej performed a variety of important risk management roles at both Goldman Sachs and Deloitte Consulting advising utility clients on the handling of electricity and gas pricing hedging, asset optimization, renewable credit management, grid resiliency evaluation, technology integration, etc. Tej is an entrepreneur with a strong and trusted track record and is currently engaged with senior executives in the U.S utility landscape shaping new strategies, developing solutions, and innovating for clients through the growing Iapetus platform. 

He gives back to his community through a venture he co-founded with his Partner and CEO of Iapetus, Atlas Scholars, an education-based program focused on helping socio-economically challenged high school students. They have impacted over 100 kids and counting. Tej was educated in Canada where he earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University. He currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two sons.

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Robert Gilbert

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Gilbert serves as Chief Financial Officer of Iapetus Holdings LLC.

Prior to joining Iapetus, Robert amassed more than fifteen years of executive experience, including CFO roles. His valuable contributions have impacted the success of leading companies like UniversalPegasus, TETRA Technologies, Orinoco, and most recently, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.

Robert’s professional strengths encompass finance, operations, and supply chain management, with a keen focus on managing working capital, streamlining processes, enhancing reporting, and implementing financial controls.

Benita Fields Land

General Counsel

Benita Fields Land serves as General Counsel for Iapetus Holdings LLC.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Eastern Kentucky University and her Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. While attending Chase College of Law, Benita clerked for Magistrate Judge Gregory Wehrman in the Eastern District of Kentucky. After law school, Benita worked as an associate for the Law Offices of B. Dahlenburg Bonar, P.S.C., where she focused on labor and employment litigation cases. Specifically, several of these cases stemmed from retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination of employees. She was also involved in class action litigation cases and a qui tam action while at B. Dahlenburg Bonar.

In 2005, Benita moved to Houston, Texas, where she worked as a legal recruiter for two years and also worked remotely for the Law Offices of Bonar, Borland & Bucher, LLC., from Houston, Texas before joining Iapetus Holdings LLC as General Counsel in February 2019.

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Enid Mayer

Director of Human Resources

Enid Mayer has served as Director of Human Resources at Iapetus Holdings LLC since 2020.

Prior to joining Iapetus, Enid spent 13 years in the airline industry supporting and overseeing the Human Resource function for both union and non-unionized work groups.

Most recently, Enid spent 10 years at a nationwide distribution wholesale company where she held the role of Regional HR Senior Director and oversaw the Human Resources field function for both union and non-unionized work groups in the East Coast, Central, West Coast and Hawaii regions.

Operating Companies Leadership

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Matt Parker has served as Iapetus Infrastructure Services’ Director of National Field Operations since 2018.

Matt provides leadership for field operations across the IIS portfolio of companies and oversight of contractor vegetation management programs for utility clients nationwide. Together with his management team, Matt oversees 250+ team members including ISA certified arborists, TCIA certified consultants, T&D qualified inspectors, utility inspectors, safety inspectors, journeymen linemen/QEW, NACE inspectors, and more.

From blue sky operations to high-risk storm and wildfire response, Matt is responsible for all client-based field services including audits, vegetation and asset inspections, safety assessments, quality assurance/quality control, field work verification, contractor oversight, and desktop patrols. He also manages senior-level customer engagements to meet a comprehensive set of stakeholder requirements (e.g., utility leadership, vegetation management, procurement, regulatory agencies).  

Matt’s skills and expertise in program development/project management (staffing, planning, workload, technology, metrics/measures) and operational oversight, lend themselves perfectly to the challenges of utility vegetation management. 

Matt Parker

Dir. of National Field Operations

Will Paden is the President of Soaring Eagle Technologies, a tech-enabled UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) drone inspections company founded in 2021.

Will graduated from Mississippi State University and since 2010 has been conducting missions with a focus on safety. That same year, he began his career as a Blackhawk instructor pilot.

In 2015, Will founded Soaring Eagle Imaging. The company recently united with Skynetwest, also founded in 2015, to provide enhanced drone aerial services from coast to coast.

Will Paden

President

Chris Peppler serves as Iapetus Infrastructure Services’ Director of Health, Safety, Risk, and Development.

Chris brings a technical background in occupational medicine and health, safety, and environmental consulting (HSE) to Iapetus, with over 20 years of experience across multiple sectors, including utilities, emergency response, oil & gas, healthcare, mining, manufacturing, and technology. He specializes in leading high-impact safety initiatives, remote occupational medicine, emergency response, and pandemic planning.

With extensive experience leading large corporate safety initiatives that emphasize high-impact engagement and leadership development, Chris has developed and implemented safety programs aimed at improving frontline worker safety. He is skilled at identifying leading and lagging indicators and corrective opportunities that are vital to safety performance improvement and has supported clients in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Chris Peppler

Dir. of Health, Safety, Risk & Development

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