Gib Brown, President & Manager
Gib is President and Owner of H&L Exploration, LLC as well as its affiliate, H&L Operating Company, LLC. He earned his BS in geology in 1976 from the University of Texas at Austin and his MS in geology in 1979 from West Texas A&M University. Gib worked as an exploration geologist for Pennzoil (Houston), CIG Exploration (Amarillo), and Pogo Producing Company (Oklahoma City) prior to joining H&L in 1980. In 1999, he acquired half interest in H&L Operating. In 2008, Gib formed H&L Exploration for the sole purpose of drilling and operating horizontal Cleveland wells. In 2011, he purchased remaining interest in H&L Operating. Gib’s expertise lies in the conventional and unconventional reservoirs in the Mid Continent. He is a member of AAPG, PGS, SIPES, PPROA, OCGS, and KGS.
Randy O’Neal, Manager of Engineering
Randy O’Neal serves as H&L’s Operations Manager. Randy holds both BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. Randy’s career in the oil and gas industry began in 1976 and has included Texas Pacific Oil Company, Sun Texas Co., and JCR Jr. Operating Co. In 1988, he co-founded Canyon Exploration Company which he sold in 2001. He then founded S&R Energy/Stonetown Properties LTD to explore for oil and gas in the Texas Panhandle. In 2010, he joined H&L in the early stages of the horizontal Cleveland program to provide drilling and completion expertise. His responsibilities include production engineering, reservoir engineering, and drilling and completion engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and past president of the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association (PPROA). He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Mike Todd, Manager of Geology
Mike is Manager of Geology for H&L Exploration. Mike earned his BS in geology from West Texas A&M University in 1981. His years of experience in exploration geology include previous employment with Spur Petroleum, Crouch Petroleum, and Slawson Oil Company. Since joining H&L in 2008, Mike has been instrumental in the exploitation and development of H&L’s horizontal Cleveland reserves. Mike is a member of the Panhandle Geological Society (PGS) and the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association (PPROA).
Bruce Payne, Manager of Land
Bruce is the Land Manager for H&L Exploration and its affiliate, H&L Operating Company. Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1978 and his MBA from West Texas A&M University in 1980. Before joining H&L in 1999, Bruce was an independent landman working primarily in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma for both independent producers and major companies. Bruce is an active member of the Panhandle Association of Petroleum Landmen (PAPL) and American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).
Sergio Carbajal, Office Manager
Sergio serves as the Office Manager for H&L. Sergio earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 2001. Sergio joined the staff of H&L in 2013, bringing with him more than a decade of management and administrative oversight experience. Sergio’s responsibilities include management of all accounting functions as well as oversight of support staff for both the Amarillo and Perryton offices. In addition, Sergio manages IT, oversees owner relations, and provides support for the Land Manager. Sergio is married and the father of three girls, including twins.
Luis Cortez, Operations Superintendent
Luis Cortez is Operations Superintendent for H&L, and has served in this capacity since joining the company in 2006. As head of H&L’s Perryton office, Luis contributes over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including previous work as a roustabout, pumper, construction hand, and rig supervisor. Luis is married, has four children, and enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren. In his spare time, Luis enjoys performing charity work.
Beverly Robinson, Production Accounting & Reporting Specialist
Beverly joined the staff of H&L in June 2011 and currently serves as Production Accounting and Reporting Specialist providing production information to the Texas General Land Office, Texas Railroad Commission, and government agencies in both Oklahoma and Kansas. Beverly has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked for the Oil Development Company of Texas, the Coline Corporation, and Santa Fe Energy. Her expertise lies in accounting, corporate planning, and capital budget and forecasting. Beverly has ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and her husband are active members of Pleasant Valley Christian Church in North Amarillo.
Shea Rascon, Perryton Office Manager
Shea Rascon is the H&L Perryton Office Manager and has served in this role since 2010. Shea’s responsibilities include yard inventory, field communication and reports. Shea also helps oversee accounts payable. Shea has over a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry. Her previous employment includes serving as District Secretary for BJ Services and as an Administrative Assistant for Beautech Inc. Outside of work, Shea enjoys time with her husband, kids, and granddaughter.
Kyle Stanley, Product Contracts Specialist
Kyle Stanley is Product Contracts Specialist for H&L. Kyle began his career in 1960 with El Paso Natural Gas, working in the accounting department, then as a field auditor, and finally as a contracts specialist. In 1975, Kyle accepted a job with Mesa Petroleum as the Gas Contracts Administration Supervisor. He retired from Mesa in 1992 and accepted a position with H&L. Kyle enjoys farming, gardening, and spending time with his three grown children and two grandchildren.
Chris Appel, Consultant A&D/Reservoir Engineer
Chris has more than 10 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, working in various roles including reservoir engineering, operations, economics, and leadership. Chris currently serves in a consultant capacity for H&L Exploration as an Acquisitions & Divestiture/Reservoir Engineer. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and served as the Amarillo Programs Chairperson from 2011-2013.