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Alan L. Smith 


President & Chief Executive Officer

Alan has been in the oil and gas business for over 35 years and is currently the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Rockcliff Energy, a privately-held independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.  He began his career in the East Texas Field in 1986 and after multiple stops at larger E&P companies, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Chalker Energy Partners in 2003.  Over the past 17 years, he has founded or led seven companies to successful outcomes for his investors.  He co-founded Rockcliff Energy in January of 2015 with $700 million in private equity commitments, led by Quantum Energy Partners, with the company’s focus being in the Ark-La-Tex and Delaware basin areas. He also co-founded Mesa Minerals Partners LLC in October of 2018 with $75 million in private equity commitments lead by Quantum Energy Partners. 

Prior to Rockcliff Energy, Alan served as both the CEO of Quantum Resources Management, a direct investment private equity fund, and QR Energy, a publicly traded MLP.  He previously was a Managing Director at Quantum Energy Partners, where he actively worked with portfolio companies on strategic, operational and other value-building activities. Prior to Quantum Energy Partners, Alan served as Founder, President and CEO of Chalker Energy Partners, was Chairman of Chalker Energy Partners II and Lead Board Member of Chalker Energy Partners III.  Prior to Chalker, Alan held positions of increasing responsibility at Ocean Energy, XPLOR Energy, Ryder Scott Company, Burlington Resources and ARCO Oil and Gas Company.

Alan presently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and is on the board and serves on the Executive Committee of the US Oil & Gas Association’s (USOGA). In 2017, Alan received the distinction of being selected as a member of the All-American Wildcatters. He currently serves on the board of Trace Midstream. Alan received the Distinguished Engineer Award from Texas Tech College of Engineering and served for 20 years on the Petroleum Advisory Board for the Texas Tech Department of Petroleum Engineering.    He is Chairman of the Center for Hearing & Speech and serves as Elder at Christ the King Presbyterian Church.  He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.