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Bobby D. Riley


Bobby D. Riley was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Riley Permian upon the closing of our merger with REP LLC in February 2021. Previously, he served as a member of the board of managers, President and Chief Executive Officer of REP LLC since June 2016. Mr. Riley also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Riley Exploration Group, Inc. (“REG”) from when it was founded in 2012 to May 1, 2018. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Riley was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Riley Exploration, LLC (“REX”), since he founded REX in 2007 through 2012. Mr. Riley has nearly 40 years of experience in the independent oil and gas sector, in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has an extensive background in all aspects of oil and gas management and operations, including drilling, completion, work-over and production. In addition to his management and operational expertise, he has designed and patented specialized completion equipment that was licensed to Baker-Hughes and participated in the design, development and testing of Intelligent Well Bore Systems, which was sold to Weatherford International in 2000. In 2009, Mr. Riley created a joint venture with a private equity group to invest in unconventional oil and gas plays and deployed over $350.0 million of debt and equity capital in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin. The joint venture acquired approximately 50,000 acres of prime leasehold acreage, drilled and completed over 40 wells and reached peak production of 4,000 BOE/d. From 2005 to 2007 Mr. Riley was Vice President of Operations at Activa Resources, Inc., or Activa, a publicly-traded exploration and production company. From 2002 to 2005, he was Managing Partner of Tuleta Energy Partners, LLC, a privately-held exploration and production company, until it was acquired by Activa Resources, Inc. From 1991 to 2001 Mr. Riley was President of an oil and gas service company specializing in well design and reservoir data acquisition, that was active in Nigeria, Venezuela, and Norway. He founded his first independent exploration and production company, Durango Energy, Inc., in 1984, and operated up to 150 wells in Oklahoma. Prior to that he was District Manager of Monitoring Systems Inc., a drilling and well control instrumentation company, installing equipment on jack-up rigs and semi-submersibles in the U.S., Brazil and Korea. Mr. Riley began his oil and gas career with Cameron Iron Works in Houston, Texas, in 1974. Mr. Riley has a bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting and Finance from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma and completed the Advanced Drilling Operations and Well Control program at Murchison Drilling Schools. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Professional Engineers and is IADC / MMS Well-Cap Certified.

Beth di Santo

Beth di Santo was appointed as Corporate Secretary on February 26, 2021 and as a director on September 1, 2021. Ms. di Santo has served as outside legal counsel for the Company and its predecessor since 2016. She is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in corporate and securities law. She provides oversight on legal matters, corporate governance and compliance issues, as well as handling corporate transactional matters. Ms. di Santo started her legal career as a Corporate Finance Attorney in the New York office of Clifford Chance US LLP in 1999 where she represented a variety of clients in a wide range of transactional, corporate governance and securities matters. In 2008, she founded di Santo Law PLLC to continue her corporate and securities practice. Ms. di Santo received her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Miami Law Review. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Miami.

Brent Arriaga

Brent Arriaga was appointed as an independent director on the Board of Riley Permian upon the closing of our merger with REP LLC in February 2021. Mr. Arriaga has served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., an offshore energy service company since 2018. Mr. Arriaga has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting in the energy and financial services industries spanning several continents. Prior to his role at Helix, Mr. Arriaga held roles in financial accounting and controllership at Weatherford International from 2015 to 2017, Citigroup, Inc. from 2006 to 2015, and Credit Suisse Group from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Arriaga began his career as an auditor at KPMG LLP in 1997. Mr. Arriaga holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, where he was a Jones Scholar. Mr. Arriaga is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Bryan H. Lawrence

Bryan H. Lawrence was appointed as an independent director on the Board of Riley Permian upon the closing of our merger with REP LLC in February 2021. Previously, Mr. Lawrence served as a member of the board of managers of REP LLC since 2016. Mr. Lawrence is a founder and senior manager of Yorktown Partners LLC, the investment manager of the Yorktown Partners group of investment funds, which make investments in companies engaged in the energy industry and has served in such positions since 1983. The Yorktown Partners investment funds were formerly affiliated with the investment firm of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. where Mr. Lawrence had been employed since 1966, serving as a Managing Director until the merger of Dillon Read with SBC Warburg in September 1997. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a director of Hallador Energy Company, Ramaco Resources, Inc. and the general partner of Star Group, L.P. (each a United States publicly traded company) and certain non-public companies in the energy industry in which Yorktown Partners investment funds hold equity interests. Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of Hamilton College and also has an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

E. Wayne Nordberg

E. Wayne Nordberg was appointed as an independent director on the Board of Riley Permian upon the closing of our merger with REP LLC in February 2021. Mr. Nordberg is currently the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC, a private investment management firm serving family offices, foundations, charities and pensions, and has served in such position since 1995. He has over 50 years of experience in investment research and portfolio management. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Nordberg was a Senior Director at Ingalls & Snyder LLC, a privately owned registered investment advisor. He also formerly served on the Board of Directors of Lord, Abbett & Co., a mutual fund family, from 1988 to 1998. Mr. Nordberg also serves as an independent director of The Reeves Utility Income Fund, a $1 billion closed end investment trust listed on the NYSE, specializing in energy companies.

Rebecca Bayless

Rebecca Bayless was appointed as an independent director on January 25, 2022. Ms. Bayless has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Bayless has been an integral part of three start-up private equity company management teams in the roles of CFO, CAO and Controller. Within these roles, she also took each of these companies to their liquidity exits through either asset sales, IPO or merger into a public company. These include serving as the CAO of Indigo Natural Resources LLC from 2016 to 2021, Controller of Energy Resource Technology, a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions, from 2004 – 2006, and Controller of Prize Energy Company from 1999 – 2001. Additionally, Ms. Bayless has also served in various accounting roles with other public and private companies that include Pioneer Natural Resources and Merit Energy Company. Ms. Bayless holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. Ms. Bayless serves on the Board of Trustees for The John Cooper School, The Club at Carlton Woods, The Houston Producers Forum, as their 2022 President, and the Inspire Film Festival since its formation in 2016. Within these organizations she also leads or serves on the finance committees for each of them. Ms. Bayless is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.