About Us

There are a lot of companies out there buying mineral rights. You may have been contacted by one, or two or many of them. So why should you work with us?

Since our founding in 2006, we’ve helped a lot of people—more than 30,000 mineral owners—receive a guaranteed amount today instead of waiting years for their royalty checks to accumulate into a meaningful amount. In fact, we’ve paid out more than $150 million to mineral owners around the country. We have experts who will work with you, face to face if possible, to make sure you get the best deal.

In addition, we have strong financial backing, which means that you can be confident that we’ll close and get your lump-sum payment quickly.

Where We Operate

We focus on 8 areas across the U.S. where we purchase oil and gas mineral rights.

Industry Involvement

We’re actively involved with a number of professional organizations, ensuring that we are intimately familiar with the latest trends and issues in the oil and gas industry.

Our Management Team

  • Ryan Watts – President & Founder

    Mr. Watts founded Springbok Energy and serves as president, managing the daily operations of Springbok Energy. He is responsible for all phases of acquisition, asset management, and investor communication. Prior to the formation of Springbok Energy, Mr. Watts served as president of Addax Minerals, LLC. and as vice president and then president of Cherokee Horn Production, LP, a predecessor company to Addax that acquired and sold leases in the Barnett Shale. Before that, he worked for Chesapeake Energy, serving primarily in their Business Development department. Mr. Watts holds a BBA in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Tray Black – Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Black serves as Springbok Energy’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He joined the company in 2017. Mr. Black is primarily responsible for strategic and financial planning, capital structure optimization, risk management, and M&A activity for Springbok. He has over 18 years of diversified oil and gas experience with an extensive background in private equity. Mr. Black holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Field Claytor – Vice President of Operations

    Mr. Claytor serves as Vice President of Operations for Springbok Energy and joined the Company in 2007. He began as a landman in 2007 and by 2008 took on the duties of Land Manager, overseeing the leasing team in the Barnett and Haynesville Shale. As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Claytor is responsible for directing Springbok’s acquisition efforts, both making and managing offers in multiple plays, identifying new areas of opportunity in conjunction with Springbok’s technical team, and overseeing the operations side of our various acquisition programs. Prior to Springbok, he worked in financial services for JP Morgan Chase and Bank of New York. Mr. Claytor holds a BA from Texas A&M.

  • Kristie Ferguson – Vice President of Geology

    Mrs. Ferguson serves as Vice President of Geology for Springbok Energy and joined the company in 2013. She brings more than 19 years of technical and applied petroleum geology experience in both conventional and unconventional plays throughout the world. After several years with Exxon and ExxonMobil, she returned to Oklahoma with Samson Resources and then worked with Newfield. Throughout her career, Mrs. Ferguson has held several technical and managerial roles. She received her BS in Geology and Geologic Oceanography at Oklahoma State University and Humboldt State University and her MS in Petroleum Geology at the University of Kansas.

  • Michael Heldoorn – Acquisitions Manager

    Mr. Heldoorn serves as Acquisitions Manager for Springbok Energy and joined the Company in 2007. Mr. Heldoorn began as a landman in 2007 and immediately became the leading producer taking leases in the Barnett Shale play. Mr. Heldoorn transitioned that same success to mineral buying mid-2009 as the Company shifted its focus to the minerals space. As Acquisitions Manager, Mr. Heldoorn is responsible for day to day management of the acquisition team, while also leading the Company’s acquisitions effort in several major basins. Mr. Heldoorn holds a BA from Baylor University in Communications.

  • Scott Prendergast – Vice President of Technology

    Mr. Prendergast serves as Vice President of Technology and joined Springbok in 2017. In his role he is responsible for designing and developing technology solutions to apply to Springbok’s business processes. Prior to joining Springbok, Mr. Prendergast specialized in data analytics, optimization and custom web application development. Mr. Prendergast holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

  • Brian Sellers – Vice President of Engineering

    Mr. Sellers serves as Vice President of Engineering and joined Springbok in 2013. He is responsible for all engineering functions and established an evaluation process that includes financial modeling of production and reserves. Prior to joining Springbok, Mr. Sellers worked for an international E&P company, Encana Oil and Gas, where he served in several engineering capacities, including drilling, production, and reservoir for a number of unconventional shale plays. Mr. Sellers holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

  • Liz Young, CPA – Controller & Vice President of Accounting

    Mrs. Young serves as Controller of Springbok Energy and joined the company in 2009. She oversees all accounting functions and has been instrumental in helping Springbok maintain sound financial controls. Mrs. Young has extensive public accounting and oil and gas experience. She is a CPA, CFE and CGMA and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.