Company History

Cinco Energy Management Group provides comprehensive land and asset management, consulting, and GIS services for onshore Oil & Gas properties in North America. Cinco was founded by Randy H. Nichols, CPL, a preeminent landman who had formerly served as the Land Manager of a Houston-based E&P company. Cinco was incorporated in Texas in April, 1990, with headquarters in Houston. The word “cinco” means “five” in Spanish; it was chosen by the founder to represent the five Nichols family members.
At Cinco, we execute projects through a client-centric approach that earns trust and exceeds expectations. Using our tailored methodology, we provide investors across the globe with advice, insights, and access to relationships developed throughout our 25 years in the Oil & Gas industry. Today, Cinco has five offices throughout the United States and represents domestic E&P companies, private equity firms, banks and international clients from five continents that are active in North American shale plays.

Selected Experience

  • Represented Apollo Global Management LLC in its $7.15 billion dollar acquisition of El Paso Exploration & Production Co., with assets across the United States and in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a $900 million dollar acquisition of DJ basin assets from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
  • Represented OOGC in a $3.4 billion dollar joint venture with Chesapeake Energy Corporation to develop Eagle Ford and DJ Basin/Niobrara assets located in Texas, Wyoming and Colorado.
  • Represented Sinochem Petroleum in its $1.7 billion dollar joint venture with Pioneer Natural Resources to develop its Wolfcamp and Permian Basin assets located in Texas.
  • Represented an entity in its $1.8 billion dollar acquisition of Jonah Field assets located in Wyoming, from Encana Corporation.


Founder & CEO

Randy H. Nichols, CPL

Mr. Nichols has led Cinco Energy Management Group as Founder and President since 1990, and has been a growing force in the Energy Industry for the last 36 years. His powerful combination of knowledge, commitment to excellence, and leadership ability has helped shape Cinco into the respected industry leader that it is today.

Mr. Nichols was the chairman of the Technical Committee for the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), from 2010-2012 and received the AAPL Outstanding Committee Member Award in 2013. He was also the recipient of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Best Landman Award in 2012 and named among the “Who’s Who in Energy” list compiled by the Houston Business Journal in 2013.

Mr. Nichols is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), Michael Late Benedum Chapter of AAPL, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Denver Association of Professional Landmen, Energy Landman’s Breakfast Group, Houston Energy Finance Group, Houston Producers’ Forum, and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He earned a BA from the University of Texas and is a Certified Professional Landman.

Director of Commercial Affairs

L. Camille Nichols, MBA

Ms. Nichols has been with Cinco Energy Management Group since 2010 and has held the position of Director of Commercial Affairs since 2013. Ms. Nichols served as the Acting Land Manager of Cinco’s Denver office from 2014 – 2017. In addition, she focuses on international business development and leads several of the company’s strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Cinco, she worked as a Policy Analyst for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Arlington, Virginia. She left the DHS after being awarded a research fellowship by the Fulbright Program from US Department of State. As a Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Nichols lived in Egypt and Bahrain while leading a research initiative on culture and economy in conjunction with the University of Bahrain. Ms. Nichols holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Rice University.

Director of Land and Business Development, Western Region

Bob Davis, MBA

Over his 37 years of experience in land management and commercial activity, Bob enjoyed progressively increasing roles and responsibilities with several highly respected companies, including The Superior Oil Company, Mobil Oil Corporation, EOG Resources, Rosetta Resources and NexGen Oil & Gas. He has extensive experience in areas of project management, contract preparation, negotiation and administration, asset acquisition and sales, due diligence, strategic planning, community and governmental affairs and regulatory, and has worked several basins in the Rockies, including the DJ, Green River, Powder River, San Juan, Piceance and Uinta. His formal education includes an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield, and a BBA in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Oklahoma.

Bob is an active member of trade and professional organizations having served as President of the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), and Utah State Vice President for Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States. He maintains current membership in both DAPL and AAPL.

Director of A&D

Lauren Schall, ESQ

Ms. Schall has been with Cinco Energy Management Group since 2012. Ms. Schall brings over 10 years of due diligence expertise and experience advising senior executives and board members on transactional matters. In addition, she heads up the company’s consulting division working with business development teams, hedge funds, lending institutions, law firms and reservoir engineers to identify target acquisitions and divestiture opportunities, help identify unsecured properties for lending institutions, and perform asset valuations.

Ms. Schall has worked extensively in the Rockies and Gulf Coast regions. She currently serves as a mentor as part of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) mentorship program. Ms. Schall earned her JD from California Western School of Law, and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of California.

Senior A&D Landman

James Niu, ESQ

Mr. Niu is a licensed Attorney in the State of Texas and has served as Cinco Energy Management Group’s Senior A&D Landman since 2013 and brings several years of experience in commercial litigation, preparing chains of titles, conducting legal research and negotiating and obtaining leases. Today Mr. Niu oversees multi-billion acquisitions and divestitures, and provides land consulting services for our clients which include major E&P companies, investment firms, and lending institutions, both foreign and domestic.

Mr. Niu earned his J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center, graduated with Honors, and was the Energy Editor of Houston Journal of International Law. Mr. Niu was also featured in several publications including ‘Pennsylvania Oil and Gas: Law & Practice’, ‘Emerging Centrifugal Technology in Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Waste Management: A U.S.-France-China Selected Environmental Comparative Analysis’ and is a keynote speaker at many industry conferences. Mr. Niu is also a current member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

Project Manager

Sara Worsham, CPL

Ms. Worsham is a Certified Professional Landman with more than 20 years of experience in oil & gas land management, spanning multiple functions in the industry. Her technical areas of focus include title research, due diligence, and curative work. Over the course of her career, she has worked on assets across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her present areas of focus include title and due diligence work in West Texas and Oklahoma. Ms. Worsham is an active member of AAPL and the Permian Basin Landman’s Association (PBLA).

Senior Landman

Robert J. Keens

Mr. Keens is a Senior Landman with more than 15 years of oil and gas experience on leasing, title, mineral acquisition and land management projects, and specialized regional expertise within the Permian, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, and Niobrara shale plays. Prior to joining Cinco, Mr. Keens worked as a Senior Landman at Texas Oil Production where he developed and conducted in-depth operational strategies along the Gulf Coast.

Mr. Keens is an active member of the oil and gas community, holding current memberships with American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), West Houston Association of Professional Landmen (WHAPL), and the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL). Mr. Keens earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development from Texas A&M University and is a proud member of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association.

Senior A&D Landman

Robert Mongole, ESQ

Mr. Mongole is a licensed Attorney and Landman who focuses on large A&D projects, land management start-ups and specialized records management projects. Prior to joining Cinco, he held the position of Land Manager and Corporate Counsel for Gaither Petroleum Corporation where he oversaw all real estate transactions, oil and gas transactions, pipeline condemnation suits, tax appraisal protests, as well as all aspects of acquisition and divestures of oil and gas properties.

Mr. Mongole has previously worked as both a Title Attorney and Landman. He has extensive experience in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, and Utica shale plays. Mr. Mongole is also an active member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Louisiana. He earned his J.D. / D.C.L. from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center and was awarded the Paul M. Herbert Scholar Award and Chancellor’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Mongole is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and is associated with the Houston Bar Association Veterans Legal Initiative.

Director of GIS

Greg Branan, GISP

Mr. Branan has served as Cinco Energy Management Group’s GIS Director since 2008 and has been with the company since November 2002. He brings over twenty-five years of mapping and technical experience to his position, as well as extensive knowledge of industry spatial software, database programs, and other techniques used to analyze data for mapping needs.

Prior to joining Cinco, Mr. Branan worked as a GIS Specialist at Lockwood, Andrews & Newman Inc., and a Senior Mapping Specialist at Enron Broadband Services. He has also taught as an ArcView Certified Instructor. Mr. Branan earned a BS from Portland State University and is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and is a longtime volunteer with the Texas Seaport Museum.

Manager of Business Operations

Jenette Sears

Coming soon.


Marie Keese, CPA

Ms. Keese has served as the Controller for Cinco Energy Management Group since June of 2008. Ms. Keese has managed corporate financial operations for fast-paced oil and gas companies for over 20 years. Prior to joining Cinco, she held the position of Business Planner for Saudi Aramco Oil Company. Ms. Keese has lived and worked in Malaysia, Trinidad, and Saudi Arabia, and is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin and Malay.

Ms. Keese is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Houston CPA Society. She earned a BBA from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Texas. In 2013, Ms. Keese completed the Professional Land Management Certificate Program at University of Houston Downtown.


At Cinco Energy Management Group, we realize how fortunate we are and we encourage all employees to give back to their professional and civic communities as leaders and volunteers. In 2013, we introduced our ‘Cinco CARES’ campaign as our commitment to give back to the community. We are proudly affiliated with the following organizations:

  • ALS Association
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • CanCare: Fighting Cancer with Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity: Restore
  • Interfaith CarePartners
  • Make-A-Wish
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Preservation Houston
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Star of Hope
  • Support-A-Soldier
  • Susan G. Komen
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Texas Tickids
  • Wounded Warrior Project