Leadership Team

Board of Directors


A. R. Sanchez, Jr. has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since November 2012. He has more than 46 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry as well as a comprehensive understanding of oil and gas operations. Mr. Sanchez, Jr. is the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, a private oil and natural gas company founded in 1972 that engages in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas primarily in Texas and the onshore Gulf Coast areas on behalf of its affiliates, which is an affiliate of the Company. Mr. Sanchez, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as director of the A. R. “Tony” and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation, a director and stockholder of International Bancshares Corporation, a member of the Board of Visitors, a member of the Board of Advisors at Rice University’s Baker Institute and Membership/Board Development Task Force at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Baylor College of Medicine.


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is has served as our President & Chief Executive Officer since October 2018 and has been a member of our Board of Directors since our formation in August 2011. In his current role, Mr. Sanchez oversees all aspects of our daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management. Prior to his current role as President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sanchez served as our Chief Executive Officer from our formation in August 2011. Mr. Sanchez has been directly involved in the oil and gas industry for over 18 years, with substantial upstream oil and gas industry experience with both public and private energy companies. Mr. Sanchez is also Co-President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in 2001, as well as a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Sanchez Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE American: SNMP).

Mr. Sanchez was previously employed as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sanchez worked in a variety of positions at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company and served on its Board of Directors until 2014. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in accounting and finance and a minor in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.


T. Brian Carney has served as our director since May 2015 and is a member of our Compensation Committee, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and our Audit Committee. Mr. Carney is an attorney from Midland, Texas, where he has practiced law at the Law Office of Brian Carney since 1992. His practice focuses on litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Carney graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree, and he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Oklahoma City University in 1991.


M. Gregory (Greg) Colvin has served as our director since March 2012. Since April 2018, Mr. Colvin also serves as a director of Pure Acquisition Corp. Mr. Colvin was the Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Investor Relations of Sankofa Capital, an investment management firm, which he co-founded in December 2011, from December 2011 to December 2016. From 2007 until he co-founded Sankofa Capital, Mr. Colvin was a licensed broker originating and raising capital for private equity and hedge fund clients. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Colvin was a Managing Director of the Private Funds Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp and Credit Suisse LLC. Mr. Colvin started his professional career with Stephens Inc. specializing in placing primary and secondary fixed income products to institutional investors. Mr. Colvin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Colvin currently serves on the advisory board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.


Eugene I. Davis has served as our director since October 2018 and is a member of our Special Committee. Mr. Davis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests and strategic planning. Before forming PIRINATE, Mr. Davis served as President, Vice Chairman, and Director of Emerson Radio Corporation from 1990 to 1997. He also served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc. from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Davis currently serves as a director of the following public companies: Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL), VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE: VICI) and Verso Corporation (NYSE:VRS), where he also serves as co-chairman. Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, a Master of International Affairs degree in international law and organization from the School of International Affairs of Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law.


Gilbert A. Garcia has served as our director since December 2011 and is Co-Chair of our Audit Committee, Chairman of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Garcia is the Managing Partner of Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P., an institutional asset management firm, which he joined in 2002 and where he supervises all facets of the firm’s investment decisions. Prior to joining Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P., Mr. Garcia worked at two other institutional asset management firms, Smith Graham & Company, where Mr. Garcia was most recently the Chief Investment Officer, and Cisneros Asset Management, where he was most recently President. Mr. Garcia started his professional career with Salomon Brothers specializing in mortgage backed securities. Mr. Garcia received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Garcia also has extensive experience serving in leadership positions of community organizations, including as the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas.


Alan G. Jackson has served as our director since November 2012 and is the Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Jackson is a Senior Commercial Producer at IBC Insurance Agency, Ltd. (“IBC”). Mr. Jackson is the former co-owner of Inscorp, Inc., a leading commercial insurance agent/brokerage in South Texas, which was acquired by IBC in 2009. Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business’ Management Development Program.


Sean M. Maher has served as our director since November 2014 and is Co-Chair of our Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee and of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Maher is the Senior Portfolio Manager of RCH Energy, an investment management firm, which he joined in June of 2008. From 2006 until joining RCH Energy, Mr. Maher was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and the Head of Master Limited Partnership and Integrated Natural Gas Research. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Maher was a member of the Integrated Oils and Independent Refining Equity Research team for Morgan Stanley. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Maher was an analyst in the Energy Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Maher began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1997 within the Financial Reporting and Controllers Group that covered the Investment Banking business; inclusive of Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets and Private Equity. Mr. Maher received both his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 1995 and his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting in 1996 from Saint Bonaventure University.


Robert V. Nelson, III has served as director since August 2016 and is a member of our Compensation Committee, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and our Audit Committee. Mr. Nelson currently serves as the President of Waste Disposal Services for NRC Group Holdings Corp., an NYSE American listed provider of environmental, compliance and waste management services, following the business combination and sale of National Response Corporation (“NRC”) and Sprint Energy Services (“Sprint”) in October 2018. Prior to this, Mr. Nelson served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprint from July 2017 until its merger with NRC and as the Chief Operating Officer of Sprint from September 2016 to July 2017. From February 2016 through August 2016, Mr. Nelson managed personal investments. Prior to this, after the sale of Nabors Completion & Production Services, Mr. Nelson worked at C&J Energy Services Ltd. (“C&J”) from March 2015 to January 2016, where he was Vice President of Corporate Operational Development. Prior to joining C&J, Mr. Nelson served in positions of increasing responsibility with Nabors Industries Ltd. (“Nabors”) and its subsidiaries from 2006 to March 2015. He began in Corporate Development followed by assignments in Treasury, Nabors Drilling USA, and finally in Nabors Well Services as Vice President and General Manager of the South Texas Region for Nabors Completion and Production Services. Mr. Nelson worked for UBS before beginning his career at Nabors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.


Adam C. Zylman co-founded Sunland Capital in 2009, a privately-owned holding company that invests in energy, industrial and infrastructure service companies. Mr. Zylman has been involved in dozens of new platform company recapitalizations and add-on acquisition transactions as well as the successful sale or initial public offering of several companies. Prior to co-founding Sunland Capital, Mr. Zylman held roles at SCF Partners and Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Zylman has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and managerial studies from Rice University and is a member of the Houston Chapter of YPO.


Senior Management


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is has served as our President & Chief Executive Officer since October 2018 and has been a member of our Board of Directors since our formation in August 2011. In his current role, Mr. Sanchez oversees all aspects of our daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management. Prior to his current role as President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sanchez served as our Chief Executive Officer from our formation in August 2011. Mr. Sanchez has been directly involved in the oil and gas industry for over 18 years, with substantial upstream oil and gas industry experience with both public and private energy companies. Mr. Sanchez is also Co-President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in 2001, as well as a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Sanchez Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE American: SNMP).

Mr. Sanchez was previously employed as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sanchez worked in a variety of positions at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company and served on its Board of Directors until 2014. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in accounting and finance and a minor in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.


Patricio D. Sanchez has served as our Executive Vice President since November 2016. Mr. Sanchez also serves as President & Chief Operating Officer and a director of Sanchez Production Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Sanchez Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE American: SNMP), which positions he has held since March 2017 and June 2015, respectively. Mr. Sanchez served as Chief Operating Officer of Sanchez Midstream Partners GP, LLC from May 2015 through March 2017 when he was appointed President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of SOG since June 2014 and served as Executive Vice President prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014. Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas production company, since February 2012. Mr. Sanchez holds a B.A. from Bentley College and a Masters in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin.


Cameron W. George was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. In this role, he oversees the company’s finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations, corporate reserves and business development activities. Previously he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer from October 2018 until his current appointment, and as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets since joining the company in May 2016. Mr. George has more than 15 years of industry and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Sanchez Energy, he served as Director of Finance at Linn Energy, LLC and was an investment banker in the energy group at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. George graduated summa cum laude with business honors and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Gregory B. Kopel was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in March 2019. He previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from in December 2015 to March 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kopel served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Breitburn Energy Partners LP. He has also served in corporate legal positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Linn Energy LLC, and began his legal career working at two international law firms. Mr. Kopel earned a B.A. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. at the University of Houston.

Kirsten A. Hink has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2015, and previously served as our Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer since March 2012.She has more than 20-years of experience in accounting and financial reporting in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Sanchez Energy, Mrs. Hink served as the Controller of Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC from 2011 to 2012, where she oversaw the company’s financial reporting and accounting. Prior experience also includes serving as Assistant Controller of Mariner Energy, Inc. in 2010, Chief Accounting Officer for Edge Petroleum Corporation from 2008 to 2009, and the Vice President and Controller for Edge from 2003 to 2008. Mrs. Hink received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Trinity University. Mrs. Hink is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.