Leadership

Robert Ravnaas

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ravnaas is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Ravnaas served as President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm, since 2011.  Prior to joining Cawley, Gillespie in 1983, he worked as a Production Engineer for Amoco Production Company from 1981 to 1983.  Mr. Ravnaas received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 

Robert Ravnaas

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ravnaas is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Ravnaas served as President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm, since 2011.  Prior to joining Cawley, Gillespie in 1983, he worked as a Production Engineer for Amoco Production Company from 1981 to 1983.  Mr. Ravnaas received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 

R. Davis Ravnaas

President and Chief Financial Officer

R. Davis Ravnaas is President and Chief Financial Officer.  He co-founded Kimbell’s predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC in October 2013 and served as Chief Financial Officer.  Previously, Mr. Ravnaas was an associate investment professional with Crestview Partners, a large New York-based private equity fund, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments in energy and industrials companies.  He started his career as an analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in the natural resources group.  He holds an AB degree in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Fort Worth Wildcatters.

R. Davis Ravnaas

President and Chief Financial Officer

R. Davis Ravnaas is President and Chief Financial Officer.  He co-founded Kimbell’s predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC in October 2013 and served as Chief Financial Officer.  Previously, Mr. Ravnaas was an associate investment professional with Crestview Partners, a large New York-based private equity fund, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments in energy and industrials companies.  He started his career as an analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in the natural resources group.  He holds an AB degree in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Fort Worth Wildcatters.

Brett G. Taylor

Executive Vice Chairman

Brett G. Taylor is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Taylor began his career as a petroleum landman at Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in 1982 and joined Fortson Oil Company in 1985, where he served as Land Manager and Vice President-Land until 1998.  Mr. Taylor then co-founded, with Joe B. Neuhoff, Neuhoff-Taylor Royalty Company to acquire producing royalties and minerals.  He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various Taylor Companies since 1998.  In 1999, Mr. Taylor co-founded the Fort Worth Royalty Partners group, which is led by the Kimbell Art Foundation, with Robert Ravnaas and Ben Fortson.  He holds a BBA-Petroleum Land Management degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Brett G. Taylor

Executive Vice Chairman

Brett G. Taylor is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Taylor began his career as a petroleum landman at Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in 1982 and joined Fortson Oil Company in 1985, where he served as Land Manager and Vice President-Land until 1998.  Mr. Taylor then co-founded, with Joe B. Neuhoff, Neuhoff-Taylor Royalty Company to acquire producing royalties and minerals.  He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various Taylor Companies since 1998.  In 1999, Mr. Taylor co-founded the Fort Worth Royalty Partners group, which is led by the Kimbell Art Foundation, with Robert Ravnaas and Ben Fortson.  He holds a BBA-Petroleum Land Management degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Matthew S. Daly

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew S. Daly is Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Daly joined Kimbell in September 2016 as Senior Vice President – Corporate Development.  Prior to joining Kimbell, Mr. Daly spent 11 years in investment management, most recently at Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Inc. and Hirzel Capital Management, LLC, two Texas-based investment firms each with over $1 billion in assets under management, where he helped manage both the public and private energy investments.  He was also Chairman of Delta Biofuels, Inc., a portfolio company of Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Inc.  Prior to this, Mr. Daly was an investment banker at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in New York City and later Lazard Frères & Co., where he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions group.  Within this role, he advised on transactions totaling over $10 billion in value including acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings and special committee assignments relating to takeover defense.  He began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP in Dallas.  He has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Booth School at the University of Chicago.

Matthew S. Daly

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew S. Daly is Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Daly joined Kimbell in September 2016 as Senior Vice President – Corporate Development.  Prior to joining Kimbell, Mr. Daly spent 11 years in investment management, most recently at Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Inc. and Hirzel Capital Management, LLC, two Texas-based investment firms each with over $1 billion in assets under management, where he helped manage both the public and private energy investments.  He was also Chairman of Delta Biofuels, Inc., a portfolio company of Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Inc.  Prior to this, Mr. Daly was an investment banker at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in New York City and later Lazard Frères & Co., where he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions group.  Within this role, he advised on transactions totaling over $10 billion in value including acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings and special committee assignments relating to takeover defense.  He began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP in Dallas.  He has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Booth School at the University of Chicago.

Blayne Rhynsburger

Controller

Blayne Rhynsburger is Controller.  Previously, he held positions at Whitley Penn LLP in the Audit department from 2008 to 2015, where he specialized in energy clients in the public and private sectors.  Mr. Rhynsburger has also served as an adjunct professor of Petroleum Accounting in the graduate school at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business since 2015.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and a member of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies.  Mr. Rhynsburger received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Accounting degree from Texas Christian University.

Blayne Rhynsburger

Controller

Blayne Rhynsburger is Controller.  Previously, he held positions at Whitley Penn LLP in the Audit department from 2008 to 2015, where he specialized in energy clients in the public and private sectors.  Mr. Rhynsburger has also served as an adjunct professor of Petroleum Accounting in the graduate school at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business since 2015.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and a member of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies.  Mr. Rhynsburger received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Accounting degree from Texas Christian University.

Rand Ravnaas

Vice President of Business Development

Rand Ravnaas is Vice President of Business Development and served in the same role at its predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC, which he co-founded in 2013.  Mr. Ravnaas is responsible for acquisitions due diligence, business development and maintaining relationships with over 300 payors.  He started his career in 2012 with his family run oil and gas company, Westside Energy, LLC, where he has acquired various mineral and non-operated working interests nationwide.  Mr. Ravnaas holds a Finance and Management degree from Georgetown University and a Petroleum Land Management degree from Texas Christian University.

Rand Ravnaas

Vice President of Business Development

Rand Ravnaas is Vice President of Business Development and served in the same role at its predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC, which he co-founded in 2013.  Mr. Ravnaas is responsible for acquisitions due diligence, business development and maintaining relationships with over 300 payors.  He started his career in 2012 with his family run oil and gas company, Westside Energy, LLC, where he has acquired various mineral and non-operated working interests nationwide.  Mr. Ravnaas holds a Finance and Management degree from Georgetown University and a Petroleum Land Management degree from Texas Christian University.

Peter Alcorn

Vice President of Land

Peter Alcorn is Vice President-Land and served in the same role at its predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC. Prior to joining Rivercrest in 2015, he worked for Fort Worth-based Jetta Operating Company, Inc. as a landman in the Permian Basin.  Earlier, he was an in-house landman for Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, where he managed leasing, title and permitting efforts on more than 185 producing wells in North Texas.  Mr. Alcorn began his career in 2006 with Dale Resources, LLC where he served in a variety of roles.  He holds a BS in Economics with an emphasis in Finance from Southern Methodist University.  He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Peter Alcorn

Vice President of Land

Peter Alcorn is Vice President-Land and served in the same role at its predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC. Prior to joining Rivercrest in 2015, he worked for Fort Worth-based Jetta Operating Company, Inc. as a landman in the Permian Basin.  Earlier, he was an in-house landman for Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, where he managed leasing, title and permitting efforts on more than 185 producing wells in North Texas.  Mr. Alcorn began his career in 2006 with Dale Resources, LLC where he served in a variety of roles.  He holds a BS in Economics with an emphasis in Finance from Southern Methodist University.  He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Robert Ravnaas

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ravnaas is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Ravnaas served as President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm, since 2011. Prior to joining Cawley, Gillespie in 1983, he worked as a Production Engineer for Amoco Production Company from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Ravnaas received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Robert Ravnaas

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ravnaas is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Ravnaas served as President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm, since 2011. Prior to joining Cawley, Gillespie in 1983, he worked as a Production Engineer for Amoco Production Company from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Ravnaas received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Brett G. Taylor

Executive Vice Chairman and Director

Brett G. Taylor is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Taylor began his career as a petroleum landman at Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in 1982 and joined Fortson Oil Company in 1985, where he served as Land Manager and Vice President-Land until 1998. Mr. Taylor then co-founded, with Joe B. Neuhoff, Neuhoff-Taylor Royalty Company to acquire producing royalties and minerals. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various Taylor Companies since 1998.  In 1999, Mr. Taylor co-founded the Fort Worth Royalty Partners group, which is led by the Kimbell Art Foundation, with Robert Ravnaas and Ben Fortson. He holds a BBA-Petroleum Land Management degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Brett G. Taylor

Executive Vice Chairman and Director

Brett G. Taylor is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Taylor began his career as a petroleum landman at Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in 1982 and joined Fortson Oil Company in 1985, where he served as Land Manager and Vice President-Land until 1998. Mr. Taylor then co-founded, with Joe B. Neuhoff, Neuhoff-Taylor Royalty Company to acquire producing royalties and minerals. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various Taylor Companies since 1998.  In 1999, Mr. Taylor co-founded the Fort Worth Royalty Partners group, which is led by the Kimbell Art Foundation, with Robert Ravnaas and Ben Fortson. He holds a BBA-Petroleum Land Management degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Ben Fortson

Director

Ben Fortson was appointed as a director in November 2015, with six decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Fortson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortson Oil Company since 1986, Mr. Fortson has also served as Chief Investment Officer of the Kimbell Art Foundation since 1975 and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the foundation since 1964. Mr. Fortson holds a BA degree from Texas Christian University.

Ben Fortson

Director

Ben Fortson was appointed as a director in November 2015, with six decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Fortson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortson Oil Company since 1986, Mr. Fortson has also served as Chief Investment Officer of the Kimbell Art Foundation since 1975 and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the foundation since 1964. Mr. Fortson holds a BA degree from Texas Christian University.

Mitch S. Wynne

Director

Mr. Wynne has been engaged in the oil and gas industry since 1980. Since that time, and over the course of his career, Mr. Wynne’s activities have included the formation and management of privately held companies and partnerships, directly engaged or investing in oil and gas exploration and development operations, oil and gas royalty and mineral property acquisitions, management and divestitures, and oil and gas leasehold activities and divestitures. Mr. Wynne has served as President/Owner of Exploration Investments, LLC, Wynne Petroleum Co., Wynne Operating Co., and MSW Royalties, LLC. Mr. Wynne has served on the boards of the Fort Worth Zoological Association, Millers Mutual Insurance, Inspire Insurance Solutions, Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth, and the Board of Trustees of All Saints’ Episcopal School. Mr. Wynne received a BA degree from Washington and Lee University in 1980.

Mitch S. Wynne

Director

Mr. Wynne has been engaged in the oil and gas industry since 1980. Since that time, and over the course of his career, Mr. Wynne’s activities have included the formation and management of privately held companies and partnerships, directly engaged or investing in oil and gas exploration and development operations, oil and gas royalty and mineral property acquisitions, management and divestitures, and oil and gas leasehold activities and divestitures. Mr. Wynne has served as President/Owner of Exploration Investments, LLC, Wynne Petroleum Co., Wynne Operating Co., and MSW Royalties, LLC. Mr. Wynne has served on the boards of the Fort Worth Zoological Association, Millers Mutual Insurance, Inspire Insurance Solutions, Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth, and the Board of Trustees of All Saints’ Episcopal School. Mr. Wynne received a BA degree from Washington and Lee University in 1980.

T. Scott Martin

Director

T. Scott Martin was appointed a director in November 2015. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC, from July 2014 until our IPO and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of EE3 LLC since 2011. Mr. Martin has also been serving as Non-Executive Chairman of Bear Mountain Resources II LLC since September of 2017 and Director of Evergreen Natural Resources since March of 2019. Mr. Martin founded Ellora Energy LLC in 1995 and served in senior management roles until 2010.  Earlier, he held senior executive positions with Alta Energy Corporation, TPEX Exploration, Inc., and was a consulting engineer at BWAB, Inc. He began his career in 1979 at Amoco Production Company. Mr. Martin holds a BA degree in Biology from Colorado College and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

T. Scott Martin

Director

T. Scott Martin was appointed a director in November 2015. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor, Rivercrest Royalties, LLC, from July 2014 until our IPO and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of EE3 LLC since 2011. Mr. Martin has also been serving as Non-Executive Chairman of Bear Mountain Resources II LLC since September of 2017 and Director of Evergreen Natural Resources since March of 2019. Mr. Martin founded Ellora Energy LLC in 1995 and served in senior management roles until 2010.  Earlier, he held senior executive positions with Alta Energy Corporation, TPEX Exploration, Inc., and was a consulting engineer at BWAB, Inc. He began his career in 1979 at Amoco Production Company. Mr. Martin holds a BA degree in Biology from Colorado College and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Craig Stone*

Director

Craig Stone was appointed as a director in January 2017.  He was an audit partner at Ernst & Young until his retirement in 2015.  During his 30 year-career with Ernst & Young, he also served as the Fort Worth Office Managing Partner and led the firm’s North Texas Energy practice.   His experience includes numerous initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions in both the equity and debt markets. Mr. Stone is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and graduated from Abilene Christian University.

Craig Stone*

Director

Craig Stone was appointed as a director in January 2017.  He was an audit partner at Ernst & Young until his retirement in 2015.  During his 30 year-career with Ernst & Young, he also served as the Fort Worth Office Managing Partner and led the firm’s North Texas Energy practice.   His experience includes numerous initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions in both the equity and debt markets. Mr. Stone is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and graduated from Abilene Christian University.

William H. “Bill” Adams III*

Director

Bill Adams was appointed as a director in January 2017.  He has served as chairman and a principal owner of Texas Appliance Supply, Inc., a wholesale and retail distribution company, since 2007.  Previously, Mr. Adams had a 25-year career in commercial and energy banking, most recently as Executive Regional President of Texas Bank in Fort Worth, before retiring in 2006.  He also served as President of Frost Bank-Arlington. Mr. Adams currently serves on the Board of Directors of Morningstar Partners, a private oil and gas company based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to its sale to Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2010, he served on the board of directors of XTO Energy Inc., where he chaired the Compensation, Corporate Governance and Nominating committees. Mr. Adams received a BBA degree in Finance from Texas Tech University.

William H. “Bill” Adams III*

Director

Bill Adams was appointed as a director in January 2017.  He has served as chairman and a principal owner of Texas Appliance Supply, Inc., a wholesale and retail distribution company, since 2007.  Previously, Mr. Adams had a 25-year career in commercial and energy banking, most recently as Executive Regional President of Texas Bank in Fort Worth, before retiring in 2006.  He also served as President of Frost Bank-Arlington. Mr. Adams currently serves on the Board of Directors of Morningstar Partners, a private oil and gas company based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to its sale to Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2010, he served on the board of directors of XTO Energy Inc., where he chaired the Compensation, Corporate Governance and Nominating committees. Mr. Adams received a BBA degree in Finance from Texas Tech University.

Erik B. Daugbjerg*

Director

Erik Daugbjerg was appointed as a director in April 2018. Mr. Daugbjerg has more than twenty years of experience in upstream and midstream energy companies, including founding roles at two oil and gas operators based in the Permian Basin. Prior to Concho Resources, Inc.’s acquisition of RSP Permian, Inc. in July 2018, Mr. Daugbjerg served as the Executive Vice President of Land and Business Development of RSP Permian, Inc., a role to which he was appointed in March 2017. Starting in 2010, Mr. Daugbjerg served in various other roles for RSP Permian, Inc. and its affiliates, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Marketing. Mr. Daugbjerg has a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and is active with several Texas energy industry organizations. Mr. Daugbjerg was selected to serve as a director because of his broad knowledge of, and extensive experience in, the oil and gas industry.

Erik B. Daugbjerg*

Director

Erik Daugbjerg was appointed as a director in April 2018. Mr. Daugbjerg has more than twenty years of experience in upstream and midstream energy companies, including founding roles at two oil and gas operators based in the Permian Basin. Prior to Concho Resources, Inc.’s acquisition of RSP Permian, Inc. in July 2018, Mr. Daugbjerg served as the Executive Vice President of Land and Business Development of RSP Permian, Inc., a role to which he was appointed in March 2017. Starting in 2010, Mr. Daugbjerg served in various other roles for RSP Permian, Inc. and its affiliates, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Marketing. Mr. Daugbjerg has a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and is active with several Texas energy industry organizations. Mr. Daugbjerg was selected to serve as a director because of his broad knowledge of, and extensive experience in, the oil and gas industry.

*Members of the Audit Committee and Conflicts and Compensation Committee.

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