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Management

  • Michael J. Wieland

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Robby McDaniel

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Matt Pierce

    Vice President, Corporate Development

  • F. Octavio Saenz

    Vice President, Accounting

  • Jake Folz

    Vice President, Drilling

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    Tanner Sykes

    Vice President, Land and Legal

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    Ken Cravens

    Senior Advisor, Land

Michael J. Wieland

Chief Executive Officer

Before becoming CEO of Kimmeridge Texas Gas, Michael Wieland was CEO and President for Laredo Energy for several years. He has 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and energy financial services sector, including serving as SVP – Corporate Development and CFO for Stonegate Production Company and as VP of Corporate Development and Finance at Carrizo Oil & Gas. Prior to that he was a Director for Barclays Energy Investment Banking team after holding several positions at Banc of America Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities. Mr. Wieland holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University.

Robby McDaniel

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Kimmeridge Texas Gas in 2023, Mr. McDaniel worked for Western Natural Resources in 2020 and served as the Chief Operating Officer. He has 20 years of upstream O&G experience leading teams in many different geographic locations and operating conditions. Mr. McDaniel began his career at BP working in reservoir, production, and completion engineering roles in various onshore US and Alaska assets. In 2010, he joined Midstates Petroleum where he led operations groups in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent. Before Western, he was the VP Operations for Stonegate Production, a private equity backed Eagle Ford operator. Mr. McDaniel earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Economics degrees from Rice University.

Matt Pierce

Vice President, Corporate Development

Before joining Kimmeridge Texas Gas in 2023, Mr. Pierce was VP of Corporate Development for Laredo Energy for 6 years. Prior to Laredo he spent two years as Corporate Finance Manager at Tall City Exploration, LLC. A graduate from Loyola University New Orleans with a BBA in Finance, he began his career as an analyst in investment banking at Parkman Whaling, LLC. In 2012, he worked for Amromco Energy and served as Senior Financial Analyst in Corporate Development.

F. Octavio Saenz

Vice President, Accounting

F. Octavio Saenz has over 23 years financial accounting and reporting experience in the energy industry as well as public accounting assurance and advisory experience. He recently served in a variety of roles in the upstream segment of the energy industry including as Vice President of Accounting for Laredo Energy, LLC and Controller and Vice President for Stonegate Production Company. Mr. Saenz was a Senior Manager for Ernst and Young’s Houston Transaction Advisory Practice focused on M&A work for energy industry clients as well as a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Houston assurance practice serving both private and publicly traded clients. Mr. Saenz graduated with high honors from the University of Texas (El Paso) with a BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jake Folz

Vice President, Drilling

Jake Folz combines more than 15 years of drilling and operations experience primarily focused on the Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk in South Texas. Prior to joining Kimmeridge Texas Gas, he served as Vice President, Drilling for Laredo Energy, where he was responsible for all drilling-related operations in their Webb County position. Mr. Folz previously held various roles of increasing responsibility for GeoSouthern Energy, Stonegate Production Company, and Swift Energy. Mr. Folz began his career as an MWD/LWD engineer with Weatherford Drilling Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono.

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Tanner Sykes

Vice President, Land and Legal

Tanner Sykes joined the KTG team as VP of Land & Legal. Mr. Sykes has previous experience with advising public and private companies in connection with corporate and commercial matters and strategic transactions. Prior to KTG, he practiced law at Mayer Brown LLP where his practice focused on a wide range of domestic and international corporate and energy-related matters. Previously, he served as VP-Land & General Counsel for Sierra Resources, LLC. While in this role, Sierra partnered with multiple private equity sponsors for the acquisition, development and divestment of oil and gas properties along the Gulf Coast. Mr. Sykes began his career as a Landman with El Paso Corporation in 2007. He has extensive energy experience in several US basins, the Gulf of Mexico and in Latin America and has a deep understanding of all phases of oil and gas development, operations, and land management. Mr. Sykes earned his undergraduate degrees from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law Houston.

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Ken Cravens

Senior Advisor, Land

Mr. Cravens brings more than 41 years of industry experience to Kimmeridge Texas Gas. Prior to joining KTG, he was Vice President of Land for Laredo Energy since 2007. He was Land Manager-South Texas for Rosetta Resources and worked for Calpine after its purchase of Michael Petroleum. Mr. Cravens has a BBA from Texas State University, is member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, and has been with the Webb County-South Texas Project since its inception in 2007. Mr. Cravens is a Certified Professional Landman.

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