The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors elects the officers annually. Directors serve for one year and must be re-elected each year by the shareholders.
MEL G. RIGGS – Chairman of the Board
Mel G. Riggs presently is affiliated with the Clayton Williams family office. Mr. Riggs previously served as President of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEI) from March 2015 until April 2017 when CWEI was acquired for $2.7 billion by Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL). Mr. Riggs is a certified public accountant and received a BBA with a degree in accounting from Texas Tech University in 1977.
JONATHAN GREGORY – Vice Chairman of Director
Mr. Gregory was appointed Royale’s chief executive officer on September 10, 2015. Prior to becoming Royale’s CEO, Mr. Gregory, from March 2014 to July 2015, served as chief financial officer for Americo Energy Resources, a private exploration and production company located in Houston, Texas. Prior to serving as CFO of Americo Energy, Mr. Gregory, from April 2012 to February 2014 was CFO of J&S Oil & Gas, LLC. From December 2004 to April 2012, Mr. Gregory was head of the energy lending group in Houston, Texas for Texas Capital Bank, N.A. Mr. Gregory is a member of Houston Energy Finance Group; and ADAM Houston Energy Network. He is also a co-founder of Bread of Life, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to empowering homeless Houstonians, and a past director of Small Steps Nurturing Center, a non-profit Christian organization that provides early childhood education for economically at-risk children in the inner-city of Houston, Texas. Mr. Gregory graduated from Lamar University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
ROD ESON – Chief Executive Officer and Board of Director
Mr. Eson is the chief executive officer of Foothill Energy, LLC, a position he has held since he founded Foothill Energy in 2004. Foothill owns and operates oil and gas properties in the central and northern valleys of California. Mr. Eson has owned and operated oil and gas production companies as well as oilfield service companies since 1979. From 2006 to 2014, he was chairman of the board of Enhanced Oil Resources, Inc. Prior to forming Foothill Energy in June 2004, Mr. Eson was president and chief executive officer of Venoco, Inc., a California based independent oil and gas company he cofounded in 1992. At the time of Mr. Eson’s sale of his interest in Venoco, it held assets in excess of $400 million in California, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado and Argentina.
JOHNNY JORDAN – President and Director
Mr. Jordan is a petroleum engineer with expertise in acquisitions, field economics and reserves analysis, bank negotiations, reservoir and field operations, and multi-team interaction. Mr. Jordan serves on the Board of Directors of Matrix. Mr. Jordan has been active in the oil and gas industry since 1980 beginning as a floor hand on a well service rig. He has held various staff and supervisory positions for Exxon, Mack Energy, Enron Oil and Gas and Venoco Corporation. He was the team leader of a multi-discipline team from 1992 to 1996 that added 455 BCF and 79 MMCFD through acquisitions (71 BCF) and field development (365 wells) in the Val Verde Basin in West Texas. Mr. Jordan has managed acquisition evaluations in many of the oil and gas producing basins in the US. He has coordinated field development for various recovery mechanisms that include waterflood, tertiary flood, water drive oil and gas reservoirs, and pressure depletion fields with gas cap expansion or gravity drainage. Mr. Jordan received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 and is currently a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.
TOM GLADNEY – Director
Tom Gladney, since 2006, has served as president of privately held Bodog Resources, LLC, as a wholly owned private entity which invests in oil and gas, water treatment oil field services, and real estate. Mr. Gladney previously served as executive vice president of Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) where he helped increase proved reserves from 239 MMEB to more than 400 MMEB while directing various projects to include integration of the merger of two large public companies, work on development and exploration projects in the Gulf of Mexico and on several key engineering projects.
BARRY LASKER – Director
Barry Lasker has served as founder and managing partner of Baja Oil and Gas LLC, which is focused on exploration projects using geology and geophysics in South Texas since 2017. From January 2005 to January 2015, Mr. Lasker served as president and CEO of Enhanced Oil Resources, Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange). Mr. Lasker has 34 years of oil and gas experience with majors and small public and private companies.
ROBERT VOGEL – Director
Robert Vogel is a Principal at Lucas Capital Management, a registered investment advisor providing a full suite of financial services to individuals and institutional clients. He is a seasoned executive with extensive background in the energy industry.
HARRY E. HOSMER – Chairman Emeritus
Harry E. Hosmer has served as chairman of Royale since he founded the company in 1986. From inception until June 1995, he also served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Hosmer will serve as chairman of Holdings until the first annual shareholders meeting, at which time he will retire as chairman and assume the title of chairman emeritus.