Leadership Team

Board of  Directors


A. R. Sanchez, Jr. has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since November 2012. He has more than 45 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry as well as a comprehensive understanding of oil and gas operations. Mr. Sanchez, Jr. is the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, a related company. Mr. Sanchez, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as director of the A. R. “Tony” and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation, a director and stockholder of International Bancshares Corporation, a member of the Board of Visitors and Membership/Board Development Task Force at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Baylor College of Medicine.


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) and has been a member of its Board of Directors since its formation in August 2011. Mr. Sanchez is also Co-President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in 2001, as well as the is a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Sanchez Midstream Partners, LP (NYSEMKT:SMNP). Mr. Sanchez oversees all aspects of our daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management. He has substantial upstream oil and gas industry experience with both public and private energy companies.

Mr. Sanchez was previously employed as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sanchez worked in a variety of positions at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company and served on its Board of Directors until 2014. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in accounting and finance and a minor in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.


Brian Carney has served as our director since May 2015 and is the Co-Chairperson of our Compensation
Committee and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and our Audit Committee. Mr. Carney is an attorney from Midland, Texas, where he has practiced law at the Law Office of Brian Carney since 1992. His practice focuses on litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Carney graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree, and he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Oklahoma City University in 1991.


Greg Colvin has served as our director since March 2012 and is a member of our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Colvin was the Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Investor Relations of Sankofa Capital, an investment management firm, which he co-founded in December 2011. From 2007 until he co-founded Sankofa Capital, Mr. Colvin was a licensed broker affiliated with Bluffview Capital, LP, where he originated and raised capital for private equity and hedge fund clients. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Colvin was a Managing Director of the Private Funds Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp and Credit Suisse LLC. Mr. Colvin started his professional career with Stephens Inc. specializing in placing primary and secondary fixed income products to institutional investors. Mr. Colvin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Colvin currently serves on the advisory board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. In addition to his extensive experience in leadership positions at large financial institutions, Mr. Colvin has a substantive understanding of the upstream oil and gas industry and a financial background that gives him the ability to understand and effectively analyze Sanchez Energy’s business and opportunities.


Gilbert A. Garcia has served as our director since December 2011 and is Co-Chair of our Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Garcia is the Managing Partner of Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P., an institutional asset management firm, which he joined in 2002 and where he supervises all facets of the firm’s investment decisions. Prior to joining Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P., Mr. Garcia worked at two other institutional asset management firms, Smith Graham & Company, where Mr. Garcia was most recently the Chief Investment Officer, and Cisneros Asset Management, where he was most recently President. Mr. Garcia started his professional career with Salomon Brothers specializing in mortgage backed securities. Mr. Garcia received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Garcia also has extensive experience serving in leadership positions of community organizations, including as the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas. Mr. Garcia’s executive experience, including through his service on community organizations, provides valuable financial and management experience that is critical to his ability to identify, understand and address the challenges and opportunities that face a public company.


Alan G. Jackson has served as director since November 2012 and is the Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Jackson is a Senior Commercial Producer at IBC Insurance Agency, Ltd. (“IBC”). Mr. Jackson is the former co-owner of Inscorp, Inc., a leading commercial insurance agent/brokerage in South Texas, which was acquired by IBC in 2009. Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business’ Management Development Program. Mr. Jackson has extensive experience working with many land and mineral owners and their representative brokers, bankers and attorneys and with many oil and gas operators, non-operators, investors, service companies, and logistics carriers in the energy industry throughout South Texas, including the Eagle Ford Shale.


Sean M. Maher has served as director since November 2014 and is Co-Chair of our Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee and of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.  Mr. is the Senior Portfolio Manager of RCH Energy, an investment management firm, which he joined in June of 2008. From 2006 until joining RCH Energy, Mr. Maher was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and the Head of Master Limited Partnership and Integrated Natural Gas Research. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Maher was a member of the Integrated Oils and Independent Refining Equity Research team for Morgan Stanley. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Maher was an analyst in the Energy Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Maher began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1997 within the Financial Reporting and Controllers Group that covered the Investment Banking business; inclusive of Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets and Private Equity. Mr. Maher received both his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 1995 and his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting in 1996 from Saint Bonaventure University.


Robert V. Nelson, III has served as director since August 2016 and is the Co-Chairperson of our
Compensation Committee and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and our Audit
Committee. Mr. Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer of Sprint Energy Services and has held this position since
September 2016.  Mr. Nelson was most recently with C&J Energy Services Ltd. (“C&J”) where he was Vice President of Corporate Operational Development. In this capacity he was responsible for joint ventures and strategic partnerships with operators while assisting in the merger of certain operating units of Nabors Industries Ltd. (“Nabors”) with C&J. Prior to joining C&J, Mr. Nelson served in positions of increasing importance with Nabors and its subsidiaries. He began in Corporate Development followed by successful assignments in Treasury, Nabors Drilling USA, and Nabors Well Services. He was subsequently named Vice President and General Manager of the South Texas Region for Nabors Completion and Production Services, where he was responsible for directing this unit’s rapidly growing activity in the Eagle Ford Shale. Mr. Nelson worked for UBS before beginning his career at Nabors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.


Senior Management


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) and has been a member of its Board of Directors since its formation in August 2011. Mr. Sanchez is also Co-President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in 2001, as well as the is a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Sanchez Midstream Partners, LP (NYSEMKT:SMNP). Mr. Sanchez oversees all aspects of our daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management. He has substantial upstream oil and gas industry experience with both public and private energy companies.

Mr. Sanchez was previously employed as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sanchez worked in a variety of positions at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company and served on its Board of Directors until 2014. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in accounting and finance and a minor in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.

Eduardo A. Sanchez was appointed President of Sanchez Energy Corporation in October 2015, and provides operations oversight and directs the execution of the Company’s business plans. Eduardo Sanchez has over 15 years of experience in the exploration and production industry and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Resources, LLC, a privately held oil and gas exploration company since 2010. Prior to his work at Sanchez Resources, LLC, he worked at Commonwealth Associates, Inc. focusing on private equity and debt placements in small and mid-cap businesses including those in the energy sector. Mr. Sanchez serves on the board of Cristo Rey Jesuit and the Good Samaritan Foundation among other charitable causes in the Houston area. Mr. Sanchez received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Babson College and his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School.

Howard Thill was appointed our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. Prior to joining Sanchez Energy, Mr. Thill served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Investor Relations at Devon Energy where he was responsible for all investor relations activity and development of corporate messaging. Prior to Devon, Mr. Thill served as Vice President of Corporate, Government and Investor Relations at Marathon Oil Corp. He began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1982 as a drilling fluids engineer and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in natural gas operations, federal and international tax, international finance and business development before moving to investor relations. Mr. Thill holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing as well as a master’s in business administration, all from Oklahoma State University. He is a certified public accountant.

Mr. Thill serves on the Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors, is a member of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association’s Leadership Council, served for seven years on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, and is active in the National Investor Relations Institute Senior Roundtable.


Patricio D. Sanchez has served as our Executive Vice President since November 2016. Mr. Sanchez also serves as President & Chief Operating Officer and a director of Sanchez Production Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of SPP, which positions he has held since March 2017 and June 2015, respectively. Mr. Sanchez served as Chief Operating Officer of Sanchez Midstream Partners GP, LLC from May 2015 through March 2017 when he was appointed President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of SOG since June 2014 and served as Executive Vice President prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014. Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas production company, since February 2012. Mr. Patricio D. Sanchez is the brother of Mr. Sanchez, III, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board, the son of A. R. Sanchez, Jr., the Executive Chairman of the Board, and the brother of Eduardo A Sanchez, the Company’s President. Mr. Sanchez holds a B.A. from Bentley College and a Masters in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin.


Christopher D. Heinson has served as our Chief Operating Officer since March 2014. He joined Sanchez Energy in March 2013 as the Senior Development Manager of Reservoir Engineering. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Heinson served as a Senior Planning Engineer for Occidental Petroleum’s Williston Basin division and a Staff Reservoir Engineer for their Permian basin division. Mr. Heinson has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.


Kirsten A. Hink has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2015. She joined Sanchez Energy in March 2012 as Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer. She has more than 20-years of experience in accounting and financial reporting in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Sanchez Energy, Mrs. Hink served as the Controller of Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC from 2011 to 2012, where she oversaw the company’s financial reporting and accounting. Prior experience also includes serving as Assistant Controller of Mariner Energy, Inc. in 2010, Chief Accounting Officer for Edge Petroleum Corporation from 2008 to 2009, and the Vice President and Controller for Edge from 2003 to 2008. Mrs. Hink received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Trinity University. Mrs. Hink is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

Gregory B. Kopel was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel in December 2015.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kopel served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Breitburn Energy Partners LP. He has also served in corporate legal positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Linn Energy LLC, and began his legal career working at two international law firms. Mr. Kopel earned a B.A. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. at the University of Houston.