Caleb Weatherl, Chief Financial Officer
Caleb received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He graduated cum laude with an AB in economics and a secondary field in government from Harvard College. Caleb started his career at McKinsey & Company. He also worked in private equity as part of the energy vertical at Bain Capital. Immediately before joining Desert Royalty Company, he was the Vice President of Weatherl Energy Investments, L.P., as well as Stronghold Energy Partners, L.P., a private equity backed non-op working interest investment vehicle he cofounded with his father Steve. He joined Desert Royalty Company as its Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Caleb and his wife Lindsey have one son.
K. C. Stallings, VP of Acquistions & Business Development
K. C. graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008. Upon graduation he joi
ned Cameron Management as a manager of commercial office buildings in Houston, Texas. K.C. joined Desert Royalty Company in 2011. His focus is upon business development, company operations and acquisitions in the Permian Basin and Ark-La-Tex region. K. C. and his wife Carrie have three children.
Eric DeShan, VP of Engineering
Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Cornerstone E&P Company in Dallas, Texas where he worked as an Operations and Completions Engineer. He joined Desert Royalty Company in March of 2013. Eric and his wife Shelley have four children.
Joe Lewis, Chief Accounting Officer
Joe obtained his BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University in 1985 and an MBA from UTPB in 2004. He started his career by climbing the ranks in the oilfield supply industry, becoming President of Strategic Supply in 1994. In 1998, he entered the mid-stream energy sector with GPM/Duke Energy as Manager of Financial Reporting for a $1.5 billion division. In 2007, Joe moved to upstream oil & gas with ConocoPhillips as a Sr. Financial Analyst. He also served as the Accounting Manager for David Arrington Oil & Gas. Subsequently, in 2009, he headed to Reliance Energy as Director of Operations, until the business was sold to Concho Resources. He joined the Desert Royalty team in 2016. Joe and his wife Lea Ann have two children.
Tricia Seth, Assistant Controller
Tricia received a Masters of Accounting degree from Texas Christian University in 2009. She graduated cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Business Administration with a focus in accounting in 2008, where she was also a member of the Honors College. Tricia began her career in public accounting with KPMG LLP in Dallas, Texas, where she served both public and private oil and gas clients in the assurance services practice. She remained in public accounting until joining Desert Royalty Company in November of 2016. She is a CPA and a member of the AICPA and the Permian Basin Chapter of the TSCPAs. She serves her community as an active member of The Junior League of Midland, Inc. Tricia and her husband Cody have two young sons.
Justin Kitchens, Director of Land
Justin graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a BS in Economics. He began his career as an independent landman in 2007 before joining Desert Royalty company in 2011. Justin is designated a Certified Professional Landman by the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and also serves on the board of a non-profit organization called His Voice Global. He and his wife Allison have three children.
Brandon Bunch, Land Manager
Brandon received his Associate’s certificate from Spokane Community College. He began his career as a landman in 2010 and joined Desert Royalty Company in 2012 in the Tyler office.
Joey Hopkins, Landman
Joey graduated with a BBA in Financial Management from Abilene Christian University in 2009. He began his career as an independent landman in 2010. He joined Desert Royalty Company in 2014 and specializes in title examination. Joey serves on the board of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center and is a member of the ACU President’s Circle. He and his wife Lauren are expecting their first child.
Mary Jane Gibbs, Division Order Analyst
Mary Jane graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Political Science. She joined Desert Royalty Company in 2014 and specializes in confirming division orders, reviewing oil and gas leases, and identifying ownership issues. She and her husband, Rip, relocated to Midland from east Texas in 2012. They have 3 sons and have served on the Young Life staff for 25 years.
Dan Thacher, Acquisitions Engineer
Dan graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1987. He later received his ThM (Masters of Theology) form Dallas Theological Seminary in 1992. He served as a youth pastor in Bluffton, Ohio for 10 years and as a teacher at Midland Classical Academy for 10 years. Dan began working summers for Desert Royalty Company in 2005 and joined the company as a full time employee in 2011. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in December of 2014. Dan and his wife Priscilla have 6 children.
Phebe Blaylock, Geologist
Phebe holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Oklahoma State University, graduating in 2000. Mrs. Blaylock started her career with Anadarko Petroleum, working the Hugoton Embayment, offshore GOM Shelf, and exploration in various onshore domestic basins. She then spent seven years working a variety of exploration and development projects in the Permian Basin for EOG Resources. Phebe and her husband Jay Blaylock have two children.
Strother Simpson, Production Engineer
Strother graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and a minor in business. He then joined EP Energy in Houston where he participated in EP’s two year development program completing rotations in Completions, Facilities, Drilling, Production, and Reservoir. After graduation from the development program he moved to his permanent role as a Production Engineer. He joined Desert Royalty Company in February of 2017. Strother and his wife Catie have 1 child.
Letha Irvin, Engineering Tech
Letha graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a BBA in Management in 2011. She began her career in the Oil & Gas industry as a field landman. She joined the Desert Royalty Company in 2012 and is responsible for well analyzations, asset monitoring, and engineering support.
Megan Yancey, Business Executive Assistant
Megan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Angelo State University in 2006 with a BA in Communications. She then moved to Dallas where she began her career as a recruiter. Megan has recruited for the engineering, retail and healthcare industries. She and her husband, Grant, relocated to Midland from Fort Worth in 2013. Megan joined Desert Royalty Company in 2014. She is an active member in the Junior League of Midland.
Alyssa Castille, Personal Executive Assistant
Alyssa graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a BA in Business Management. She joined Desert Royalty Company in the spring of 2015. Alyssa serves as a volunteer with the Museum of the Southwest. She and her husband Kirby are expecting their first child.
Kaylee Parker, Accounting Administrative Assistant
Kaylee graduated from Greenwood High School in 2011 and attended Midland College for two years. She began her career working in retail, and joined Desert Royalty Company in the spring of 2014. Kaylee has two children.
Latasha Betts, Accounting Administrative Assistant
Latasha received her certification as an Administrative Assistant in 2003. She also has a year of Business study at Midland College. She moved to Midland in 2007 with her two children. Latasha has 5+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry and joined Desert Royalty Company in 2016.