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.

JOHNNY JORDAN – Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer 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 served on the Board of Directors of Matrix and currently serves on RMX Resources Board of Directors. 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 co-founded Matrix Oil Corporation in 1999 and served as its president until its merger with Royale in 2018. Mr. Jordan is on the board of directors of the California’s Independent Petroleum Association, a member of the Society of Petroleum Institution and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association. 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.

KAREN KERNS – Director

Ms. Kerns is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in business, contract and loan negotiation, and real estate law. Ms. Kerns previously served as General Counsel for a private real estate investment trust with over $400 million in limited partner investments throughout the United States. In her early legal career Ms. Kerns practiced business and insurance defense litigation. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming.


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.