Malone Mitchell 3rd
Partner, Managing Member
Mr. Mitchell founded Riata Corporate Group in 2006 to provide services to the Mitchell Groups portfolio of investments. Mr. Mitchell founded Riata Energy (now SandRidge Energy) in 1985. Over the next 20 years Mr. Mitchell built Riata Energy into one of the largest privately held energy companies in the United States. He sold a controlling stake in the company in 2006 and resigned from daily management at the end of that year to focus on his investments through the Mitchell Group. Prior to founding Riata Energy, he worked in the oil field services industry and was employed in his family’s ranching and aviation businesses. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Partner, Managing Member
Mrs. Mitchell served as the sole accountant, as well as the Regulatory and Compliance Administrator for Riata Energy, Inc. beginning in 1987 through 1990. She graduated from Oklahoma State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. She managed the real estate acquisitions and investments as well as the corporate records of the Riata entities, and was actively involved in the development of the companies. She co-founded Riata Corporate Group in 2006 with her husband, Malone Mitchell 3rd. Currently Mrs. Mitchell is the Managing Director of the Piñon Foundation, a family charitable trust.
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Means serves as Chief Financial Officer of Riata Corporate Group. Prior to joining Riata, Mr. Means was a Partner and Managing Director of Petro Capital Funds where he managed the finance functions for its asset management business and also served on the firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Means is also a former Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager of Highland Capital Management, LP where he managed investment teams responsible for investing capital in leveraged finance markets through a variety of fund structures. At Highland, Mr. Means was portfolio manager of several publicly traded funds and co-led the Retail Products investment team. Mr. Means also worked for FTI Consulting, Inc. were he advised clients in bankruptcy and turnaround situations, and also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in strategy, M&A, business development and auditing roles. Mr. Means holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BSBA in Finance and Accounting (graduating summa cum laude) from Creighton University. Mr. Means has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Riata Corporate Group, Michael S. Haynes began his legal career in 2005 as an associate with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Mr. Haynes served as counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP from 2011 through 2014. In 2014, Mr. Haynes re-joined Gardere as a partner in the Financial Restructuring and Reorganization practice group where he served on the Energy and Private Equity Industry Teams. His legal career included representing debtors and creditors in financial workouts and restructurings, both in and out of court, with particular expertise in the energy sector. He has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine (2008, 2011, 2013-2016) and by Best Lawyers in America (2016-2017). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haynes was a stockbroker for Fidelity Investments, where he held Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA (formerly NASD) licenses. Mr. Haynes holds a law degree (graduating summa cum laude) from Texas Tech University School of Law, an MBA from Texas Tech University, and a BBA in Finance from West Texas A&M University.
Vice President Accounting
Mrs. Pope's career with Riata Corporate Group began in 2006. She was previously the Vice President of Accounting for Riata Energy from 1997. Her responsibilities include investment analysis and oversight of the accounting staff. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1976. Her 35+ years of experience includes Phillips Petroleum, Kerr McGee Oil & Gas and Collis Manufacturing. She also has served as treasurer for numerous 501(c)(3) companies.
Vice President Tax
Mr. Wilson joined Riata Corporate Group in February 2007 where he is responsible for all tax related matters for the companies. He was previously employed by SandRidge Energy (formerly Riata Energy) as Tax Manager from January 2006 to February 2007. He has over 30 years experience in the areas of federal, state, estate and excise taxation. Prior to joining Riata Energy, Mr. Wilson previously owned and operated a sole-proprietorship public accounting firm specializing in tax practice. Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in accounting.
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Cusimano joined Riata Corporate Group as their Chief Information Officer in February 2007. Prior to joining Riata, he served as the Executive Vice President for CygNet Software, an Oil & Gas SCADA software company. His career has also included experience as a Director of Information Services for a VC-funded startup company and as a Software Engineering Manager for Kimray, Inc. After completing his graduate degree, he served on the research faculty of the University of Oklahoma Energy Center as a senior technical lead or principal investigator on projects for the US Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, and the United Nations. Mr. Cusimano holds both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Aerospace Engineering.
Terry D. Pope
Vice President, Investor Relations
Mr. Pope joined Riata Corporate Group in 2006. Prior to this, he worked for Riata Energy in Risk Management and Human Resources from 1996 to 2006. He was a District Manager for Farmers Insurance from 1984 to 1994. His experience includes land acquisitions and divestitures, drilling, production/operations, investments and insurance. He received his Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1977.
Director of Human Resources
Frances Mitchell serves as Director of Human Resources for Riata Corporate Group and affiliated entities. Her primary responsibilities include management of domestic and international human resources groups, recruiting, employee programs and risk management. She joined The Mitchell Group as Vice President of Accounting for Viking Coil Tubing in 2011 where she undertook financial reporting and oversight of administrative operations. Prior to this, she served as a Financial Analyst for ExxonMobil’s Downstream Controllers organization in Fairfax, Virginia. Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Southern Methodist University, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a Masters Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University.
Senior Executive Assistant
Her career started with Riata Energy, Inc., in 2000 as a member of the Land Department. Joining the Riata Group in 2000 she is the Executive Assistant to N. Malone Mitchell 3rd. In 2001 she accepted the position as Administrative Assistant to Amy and Malone Mitchell which included holding a State of Texas Realtor’s License.
Allie Mitchell Jacobs
Marketing Director and
VP of Real Estate Investments
Alexandria “Allie” Mitchell Jacobs serves as Riata Corporate Group’s Marketing Director and Vice President of Real Estate Investments. Mrs. Jacobs graduated from Texas Tech University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Mrs. Jacobs is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Texas. She founded Huntwick Investments in 2006, seeking private real estate investment opportunities and is active in the Mitchell Group portfolio of investments.