Board of Directors

Group 85 Small

Malone Mitchell 3rd
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mitchell serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, where his responsibilities include strategic planning, financial oversight, and management training. Mr. Mitchell brings 30 years of industry experience to this position with “In-Field” and executive management experience in all aspects of oil and gas exploration, development, production and services. Mr. Mitchell has succeeded over the past three decades by maintaining a conservative capital structure, entering into projects with a long-term outlook, applying modern technologies, and attracting and retaining top employees.  The Mitchell Group E&P companies have drilled over 4,000 wells combined. Mr. Mitchell spends a considerable amount of time annually traveling in order to be an integral on sight presence in TransAtlantic.

For more information on Mr. Mitchell's accomplishments please review his bio on our Management Page.

Brian Bayley

Brian E. Bayley has served as a Director since 2001. From June 2003 to present, Mr. Bayley has served as a Director, and from September 2010 to present has served as a Resource Lending Advisor, of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (formerly, Quest Capital Corp.), a publicly traded natural resource lending corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE MKT. From May 2009 until September 2010, Mr. Bayley has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. From January 2008 until May 2009, Mr. Bayley served as Co-Chairman of Sprott Resource Lending Corp., and from June 2003 until January 2008 and during March 2008, Mr. Bayley served as President and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. Since December 1996, he has also served as the President and a Director of Ionic Management Corp., a private management company.


Mel Riggs

Mel G. Riggs has served as a Director since 2009. Mr. Riggs has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2010, and as a Director since 1994, of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc., a public exploration and production company that develops and produces oil and natural gas. From 1991 to December 2010, Mr. Riggs served as Senior Vice President—Finance, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.


Bob Alexander

Bob G. Alexander has served as a Director since 2010. Mr. Alexander, a founder of Alexander Energy Corporation, served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Energy Corporation from 1980 to 1996. Alexander Energy Corporation merged with National Energy Group, Inc. in 1996, and Mr. Alexander served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Energy Group, Inc., an oil and natural gas property management company, from 1998 to 2011. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President and General Manager of the northern division of Reserve Oil, Inc. and President of Basin Drilling Corporation, both subsidiaries of Reserve Oil and Gas Company of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Alexander also served on the board of Quest Resource Corporation from June to August 2008.

Charles Campise

Charles J. Campise has served as a Director since June 2012. He retired from Toreador Resources Corporation, an oil exploration and production company, in March 2010, where he had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2006. Mr. Campise served as Corporate Controller for Transmeridian Exploration Incorporated from December 2003 until May 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Campise served in a variety of financial and accounting positions at Sovereign Oil & Gas Company, Apache Corporation and Ocean Energy, Inc.



Greg Renwick

Gregory K. Renwick is a seasoned global petroleum executive with more than 35 years of technical and management experience in the upstream petroleum sector.  Mr. Renwick began his career with Mobil Oil in 1974 as a geophysicist.  Over 25 years with Mobil, he held a number of progressively senior technical and managerial positions within Mobil worldwide, including geophysical manager for Canada’s eastern region and the U.S. onshore Gulf Coast, exploration Manager for Mobil Indonesia, Business Development Manager for S.E. Asia, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States and Managing Director of Mobil Oil Turkmenistan. 

In 2007, Mr. Renwick joined Dana Gas PJSC, based in the United Arab Emirates, serving as Director, Business Development.  From 2010 to 2013, he became Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian-based East West Petroleum Corp.  Mr. Renwick was also a Director of US-based North American Oil and Gas from 2012 to 2013. 

Randy Rochman

Randy Rochman is the CEO of West Family Investments, Inc. in Evanston, IL. He and his team focus primarily in the ‘rebuilding’ of the shadow banking system for mission critical assets. Mr. Rochman was previously a Vice President and held various positions within the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs in Chicago & New York for 26 years. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and his M.M. in Finance from Northwestern University (Kellogg). In his free time, Mr. Rochman serves on the Advisory Board for Invest For Kids, an investable ideas conference which supports Chicago youth organizations. He was previously a trustee for the Crohns/Colitis Foundation, past President and Board Member of the Silver Millhouse Condominium Association in Park City, Utah and Co-Founder and past President of FC Chicago, a Select Boys HS Soccer Club. Randy has also been a frequent guest lecturer at both Northwestern (Kellogg) and the University of Illinois.

Jonathon Fite

Jonathan Fite is a Managing Partner of KMF Investments, a value-oriented investment firm focused on deeply undervalued companies, with an emphasis on asset-rich resource companies. KMF seeks to drive long-term capital appreciation in its investments by applying strategic, operational and financial insights. Previously, Mr. Fite was a Strategic Consultant at Accenture, advising Fortune 500 clients on key initiatives to improve shareholder value including merger and acquisitions, supply chain operations and process reengineering. Mr. Fite is also a Lecturer for the College of Business at the University of North Texas. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering. 



Marlan Downey, a member of our Board of Directors died Monday May 29, 2017 as a result of complications from a heart attack last week. He was surrounded by his wife Marea and children whom he loved and admired.

Mr. Downey had one of the most accomplished careers in the petroleum industry with a lifetime spent in geology and management. He was respected by all who knew him. Most loved him for another attribute which was crowded in a lengthy list of titles and accomplishments, that was his remarkable gift as a teacher.

An answer to a question by Marlan took the form of an adventure which usually shook your understanding of the subject. The revelation left the receiver as excited as a primary schoolchild, pondering it’s broader application, and resolved to seek his next available audience.

Marlan didn’t trade in emotion or instincts, his currency was facts (many proofed under his watch and direction). None who encountered him came away poorer.

All who valued and sought knowledge were drawn to him as moths are to the great light. We miss him deeply!

Marlan Downey