Our Team

Lyman W. "Nick" Nichols, Jr.

has been the President of Nichols Energy Services since 1981 and is a third generation landman. He has a broad range of experience in oil and gas exploration projects (prospect preparation to pipeline), utility projects (feasibility studies through construction), along with extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures.  His strengths include structuring and managing projects to efficient completion, conflict resolution and negotiation, foresight to do the job right the first time, and building a team of experienced and highly capable industry professionals. He was named OCAPL Landman of the Year (2006), member of University of Oklahoma Energy Management Board of Directors (2000 – present), member of AAPL, OCAPL, HAPL, DAPL, IRWA and OIPA.

Rory Barneche

has over 38 years of practical oil and gas experience specializing in exploration and exploitation strategies and project management. He has worked most of the major producing basins of North America including the Gulf of Mexico on a diverse array of projects including conventional drilling, secondary and tertiary units, and horizontal shale. His experience also extends into mid-stream services including pipeline systems, compression facilities, and gas storage. Beyond oil and gas, his experience includes that of ranching, construction, and environmental remediation. Active in the Boys Scouts of America he volunteers in several areas of service at the District and Council level. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of AAPL, OCAPL.

Please contact us for a complete list of our team members, contractors, and associates.