An unexpected job offer coming out of college nudged Mike Forbau from a presumed career in banking into the midstream energy sector. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. His streak continued in management positions with some of the sector’s biggest players before he moved to a private equity-backed startup. The gathering and processing operator he now heads has continued that success—starting up in the Delaware Basin, the right place at the right time. The CEO took time to visit with Midstream Business to share his views on operating in the hottest part of the Permian Basin, as well his views on the future of the midstream link in the energy value chain.