Management Team

Will Hickey
President & Co-CEO
Will Hickey
Mr. Hickey co-founded Colgate with Mr. Walter in 2015. He currently serves as our President & Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Managers. Prior to co-founding the Company, Mr. Hickey worked for the energy private equity firm EnCap Investments where he evaluated and monitored investments across the oil and gas space with a focus on the Permian Basin. Prior to his time at EnCap Investments, Mr. Hickey worked for Pioneer Natural Resources where he rotated through numerous engineering positions including Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hickey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Mr. Hickey also holds an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
James Walter
President & Co-CEO
James Walter
Mr. Walter co-founded Colgate with Mr. Hickey in 2015. He currently serves as our President & Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Managers. Prior to co-founding the Company, Mr. Walter worked for the energy private equity firm Denham Capital where he evaluated and monitored investments across the oil and gas space with a focus on the Permian Basin. Prior to his time at Denham Capital, Mr. Walter worked for Boston Consulting Group primarily focusing on evaluating upstream assets for leading exploration and production companies. Mr. Walter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
John Bell
Senior Vice President, Commercial
John Bell
Mr. Bell is our Senior Vice President, Commercial. Mr. Bell has been with the Company since 2017. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Bell practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP in the corporate group focusing on mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions in the oil and gas space. Mr. Bell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History & Hispanic Studies. Mr. Bell received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, as well as his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brandon Gaynor
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Brandon Gaynor
Mr. Gaynor is our Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. Mr. Gaynor has been with the Company since 2016. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Gaynor worked at Concho Resources where he served in numerous roles including Land Lead for the Southern Delaware Basin and the New Mexico Shelf. Prior to his time at Concho, Mr. Gaynor worked as an independent landman in Midland, Texas focused on title, leasing and due diligence for oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin. Mr. Gaynor graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and he received his J.D. from Indiana University - Bloomington.
Casey McCain
Senior Vice President, Operations
Casey McCain
Mr. McCain is our Senior Vice President, Operations. Mr. McCain has been with the Company since 2016. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. McCain worked at Matador Resources where he served in numerous roles including Senior Production Engineer. Prior to his time at Matador, Mr. McCain worked at Encana Corporation where he served in numerous operational and reservoir engineering roles. Prior to his time at Encana, Mr. McCain worked at Mewbourne Oil Company as a Drilling Engineer. Mr. McCain graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Jordan Cox
Vice President of Engineering
Jordan Cox
Mr. Cox is our Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Cox has been with the Company since 2016. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Cox worked at Tall City Exploration LLC as the Reservoir Engineering Manager. Prior to his time at Tall City, Mr. Cox held several Reservoir Engineering positions at True Oil Company, Concho Resources and Russell K. Hall and Associates. Mr. Cox graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Patrick Godwin
Vice President of Land
Patrick Godwin
Mr. Godwin is our Vice President of Land. Mr. Godwin has been with the Company since 2017. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Godwin worked at Concho Resources as a Senior Landman primarily focused on the Delaware Basin. Mr. Godwin graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, in Energy Commerce.
Sergio Ojeda
Vice President of Geosciences
Sergio Ojeda
Mr. Ojeda is our Vice President of Geosciences. Mr Ojeda has been with the Company since 2016. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Ojeda worked at True Oil Company as a Senior Geoscientist with a focus on asset evaluation and risk assessment. Prior to his time at True Oil, Mr. Ojeda was a Geoscientist for Concho Resources, primarily working in operations. Mr. Ojeda graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music & Geology and a Masters of Science in Geosciences.
Michael Poynter
Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations
Michael Poynter
Mr. Poynter is our Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations. Mr. Poynter has been with the Company since 2018. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Poynter worked as a Financial Analyst at Three Rivers Operating Company III LLC. Prior to his time at Three Rivers, Mr. Poynter served as an analyst at Citibank, N.A. in the energy investment banking division. Mr. Poynter graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economic Analysis.
Robert Shannon
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Robert Shannon
Mr. Shannon is our Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Shannon has been with the Company since 2016. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Shannon served as the Controller of Burnett Petroleum, an independent oil and gas exploration company focused on domestic onshore operations. Prior to his time at Burnett, Mr. Shannon worked in the Audit Group of KPMG LLP, primarily focused on upstream oil and gas companies. Mr. Shannon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Business Honors Program.