Paul D. McKinney
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Paul D. McKinney, 62, joined Ring on October 1, 2020 and his most recent role prior to joining the Company was President, CEO & Director of SandRidge Energy (NYSE:SD) ("SandRidge"). He accepted the post in January 2019 and continued there eleven months before resigning in December 2019. Prior to SandRidge, Mr. McKinney was President & Chief Operating Officer for Yuma Energy, Inc. (NYSE:YUMA)("Yuma") since April 2017 after serving as Yuma's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October 2014. Mr. McKinney served as a petroleum engineering consultant for Yuma's predecessor from June 2014 to September 2014 and for Yuma from September 2014 to October 2014. Mr. McKinney served as Region Vice President, Gulf Coast Onshore, for Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) ("Apache") from 2010 through 2013, where he was responsible for the development and all operational aspects of the Gulf Coast region for Apache. Prior to his role as Region Vice President, Mr. McKinney was Manager, Corporate Reservoir Engineering, for Apache from 2007 through 2010. From 2006 through 2007, Mr. McKinney was Vice President and Director, Acquisitions & Divestitures for Tristone Capital, Inc. Mr. McKinney commenced his career with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC)("Anadarko") and held various positions with Anadarko over a 23 year period from 1983 to 2006, including his last title as Vice President of Reservoir Engineering, Anadarko Canada Corporation. Mr. McKinney is a member of the board of directors for Pro-Ject Holdings, LLC a privately owned oil field chemical services company. He co-authored Advanced Reservoir Engineering, Gulf Professional Publishing, Elsevier, and SPE 75708, Applied Reservoir Characterization for Maximizing Reserves, Growth, and Profitability in Tight Gas Sands: A paradigm Shift in Development Strategies for Low-Permeability Reservoirs. Mr. McKinney entered the United States Air Force upon graduating from high school and continued in the United States Air Force Reserves while attending college. Mr. McKinney attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1983.
Lloyd T. (Tim) Rochford
Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer / Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rochford, 73, has been active as an entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry since 1973. During that time, he has personally founded or co-founded multiple oil companies with assets in Texas and the mid-continent of the United States and has raised in excess of $1.0 billion in private and public financing for these oil and gas projects and their development. Mr. Rochford has successfully formed, developed and sold/merged four oil and gas companies, two of which were listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The most recent, Arena Resources, Inc. (“Arena”) (“Company”), was founded by Mr. Rochford and his long-time friend and associate Mr. Stan McCabe in August 2000. From inception until May of 2008, Mr. Rochford served as President, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and a director of Arena. During that time, the Company received numerous accolades from publications such as Business Week (2007 Hot Growth Companies), Entrepreneur (2007 Hot 500), Fortune (2007, 2008, 2009 Fastest Growing Companies), Fortune Small Business (2007, 2008 Fastest Growing Companies) and Forbes (Best Small Companies of 2009). In May 2008, Mr. Rochford resigned the position of CEO and accepted the position of Chairman of the Board. In his role as Chairman, he continued to pursue opportunities that would enhance the current and long-term value of the Company. Through his efforts, Arena entered into an agreement and was acquired by another New York Stock Exchange company for $1.6 billion in July 2010.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Marinos Baghdati, 44, joined Ring on October 1, 2020 and has spent his career focused on all aspects of Oil & Gas Operations, from starting with a proposed location to drill and following through to product being sold. Most recently Mr. Baghdati served as Vice President - Operations at Sandridge Energy. Prior to Sandridge Energy, he served in various roles as a drilling, completions, production and facility engineer for both private equity firms and publicly traded companies. Mr. Baghdati has extensive experience primarily in the Permian Basin of West Texas, but it extends to South Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and Oklahoma. His experience also includes deepwater, international drilling and completions off the coasts of Israel and Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea for Noble Energy.
Mr. Baghdati received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics & Statistics from Texas Tech University
Stephen D. Brooks
Executive Vice President of Land, Legal, Human Resources and Marketing
Stephen D. Brooks, 65, joined Ring on October 1, 2020 and most recently held the position of Vice President of Land, Legal, People & Culture and Corporate Services with SandRidge Energy, Inc. Mr. Brooks served in these various capacities from May 2019 to April 2020. Prior to employment at SandRidge, Mr. Brooks served as Vice President of Land for both Yuma Energy, Inc. from February 2016 to May 2019, and for the Gulf Coast Region of Duncan Energy Company from 2000 to 2015, where at both of these companies he was responsible for all land department functions. Prior to becoming the Vice President, Mr. Brooks was the Land Manager for the Gulf Coast Region of Duncan from 1991 to 2000. Before spending 24 years with Duncan, Mr. Brooks was the Land Manager Gulf Coast Region for Ladd Petroleum Corporation from 1984 to 1990, when he became Ladd's Exploration Manager until 1991. Mr. Brooks also held landman positions at Patrick Petroleum Corporation, Santa Fe Energy Company and started his career in 1977 with Shell Oil Company.
Mr. Brooks is a Certified Professional Landman and a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen. Mr. Brooks holds a BBA in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Texas at Austin.
Executive Vice President of Engineering and Corporate Strategy
Alexander Dyes, 36, joined Ring on October 1, 2020 and has a well-rounded background in both conventional and unconventional plays with over 14 years of multi-disciplined experience in oilfield operations, reservoir engineering, economic evaluation, capital allocation, risk assessment, strategic planning, and business development. Most recently Mr. Dyes served as Vice President - A&D at Sandridge Energy. Prior to Sandridge, he worked at Yuma Energy from late 2014 to early 2019 where he served as Vice President of A&D/Engineering from 2016-2019. He began his career at Apache Corporation and worked in various roles of increasing responsibility from 2007 to 2014 including his last role as a lead asset Senior Reservoir Engineer in Apache's Permian Region. During his career he has led multi-discipline teams charged with identifying upside, optimizing vertical and horizontal development programs, reducing costs, and improving returns. He has direct experience in drilling, completions, production operations and reservoir engineering in most of the U.S. major active basins and horizontal plays. Mr. Dyes is bilingual in Spanish and brings a multicultural background as he was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia.
Mr. Dyes received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Business Foundations from McCombs School of Business.
Travis T. Thomas
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary & Treasurer
Travis T. Thomas, 43, joined Ring on October 26, 2020 and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of Paradox Resources, LLC, a private exploration, development and production company focused on the Paradox Basin of Utah and Colorado with complementary midstream assets. Prior to Paradox, Mr. Thomas served as Vice President of Finance/Controller with Yuma Energy, Inc. from February 2016 through February 2019. From March 2012 through January 2016, he held a variety of financial management roles at New Prospect Company, an oil and gas consulting firm specializing in wellsite supervision, engineering, energy services and construction, and was named Vice President of Finance in June 2015. Prior to New Prospect, Mr. Thomas held similar financial roles at Highland Oil and Gas and Equity Associates, Inc.
Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in finance from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.
Vice President of Compliance and General Manager of the Midland, Texas Office
Ms. Lamb, 45, has 20 years of experience in domestic oil/gas evaluation, exploration and production operations, management, and petroleum engineering consulting. She has an extensive background in reservoir evaluation and economic evaluation. Her career has centered in Permian Basin, which has enabled her to focus on the upside in the basin.