Team


Lane Gibbs - Co-CEO & Co-Founder

 

Lane Gibbs is Co-CEO and Co-Founder, along with Matt Whitaker, of Native Oil & Gas, LLC. Gibbs began his energy career in Houston, Texas as a Land Representative for ExxonMobil Production Company (NYSE: XOM) before moving to Oklahoma City and joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) as a Landman. He then co-founded Native Oil & Gas, LLC in 2013 focusing on the strategic acquisition of minerals, royalties and working interest.

Gibbs and Whitaker then went on to form Native Energy Partners I, LP ("NEP") to acquire non-operated working interest in the SCOOP and Native-Legacy Partners, LLC ("NLP") to acquire mineral assets in the STACK, SCOOP & MERGE. After the successful divestiture of both NEP and NLP, they formed Native Exploration Holdings, LLC with private equity firm Kayne Anderson Energy Funds to pursue an operated strategy in the Mid-Continent, specifically Oklahoma.

Gibbs graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Energy Management. He lives in Oklahoma City, OK and is married.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Wes Welker Foundation and is a council member of the Northside YMCA. He is a member of AAPL, OCAPL, OIPA and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.


Matt Whitaker - Co-CEO & Co-Founder


Matt Whitaker is Co-CEO and Co-Founder, along with Lane Gibbs, of Native Oil & Gas, LLC. Whitaker began his energy career as a field landman in Western Oklahoma before joining Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN) as a Landman. He then co-founded Native Oil & Gas, LLC in 2013 focusing on the strategic acquisition of minerals, royalties and working interest.

Gibbs and Whitaker then went on to form Native Energy Partners I, LP ("NEP") to acquire non-operated working interest in the SCOOP and Native-Legacy Partners, LLC ("NLP") to acquire mineral assets in the STACK, SCOOP & MERGE. After the successful divestiture of both NEP and NLP, they formed Native Exploration Holdings, LLC with private equity firm Kayne Anderson Energy Funds to pursue an operated strategy in the Mid-Continent, specifically Oklahoma.

Whitaker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Energy Management and Finance.  He lives in Oklahoma City, OK and is married. He is a member of AAPL, OCAPL, OIPA and PBLA.


Aaron Borgan - COO

Aaron Borgan serves as Chief Operating Officer of Native Oil & Gas, LLC.  Aaron began his career in Houston, Texas as an Operations Engineer for ExxonMobil Production Company.  Since leaving ExxonMobil, he has served in numerous operational engineering and leadership roles within Burlington Resources, Cornerstone E&P Co, Hillwood International Energy, and most recently, LINN Energy.

While at LINN, Borgan began as the Drilling, Completions and Water Management Manager for LINN’s 9 rig campaign in the Granite Wash play, drilling over 170 horizontal wells.  He then went on to become LINN’s Asset Manager with responsibility for Oklahoma Business Units and operations.  There, he led the technical assessment and operational execution of LINN’s premier Mid-Continent Merge Asset.

Borgan graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and earned his MBA from Tulane University, while with ExxonMobil.  He lives with his wife and two children in Oklahoma City, OK.  He is an active member of OIPA, SPE, IADC, and serves on the Vestry at All Soul’s Episcopal Church.