Reagan rich, CEO
Reagan, along with David, founded Optima Land Services back in 2014 and has led the company to astounding heights in such a brief amount of time. With over 12 years of experience throughout the US and paired with the time he spent at Texas Tech, Reagan has become one of the premier landmen in the Permian Basin. He is a proficient in all facets of the land industry. His ability to get deals done has brought astounding value to the clients Optima has worked for. He believes that Midland is the best place for Optima to be located, centrally located to ground zero of the energy universe. He enjoys traveling around the United States, from Seattle to NYC, and everywhere in between with his family, and spending time with his daughter.
David Saxe, Chairman
David, along with Reagan Rich, founded Optima Land Service in 2014 and has provided a wealth of practical knowledge and experience that has been critically important to the growth of the firm. David was able to work alongside his father, who was a prominent Title Attorney in Midland, from an early age, gaining an abundance of knowledge on the land side of the oil and gas industry and has acquired decades of experience. By spending the majority of his life in Midland, David knows the Permian and his connections in Midland/Odessa are endless. He is involved in the PBLA, AAPL, PBPA, and many other trade associations. An avid golfer, David enjoys spending time on the links, and traveling with his wife.
Chase ragsdale, vp of land & ACQUISITIONs
Upon graduating from Texas Tech in 2008, Chase headed south to Midland, igniting his career as a landman. After grinding away for 5 years and acquiring the know-how needed to flourish as a landman, Chase joined Optima Land Services. He has thrived in his role at Optima from day one, bringing strategic insight to both the landwork performed for clients and the internal management of Optima. He has extensive experience in leasehold acquisition and has an elite understanding of the lease acquisition process, from negotiating with mineral owners to understanding all the technical language used in ever more complicated leases. He is a member of the AAPL, PBLA, DAPL, MLBC, PALTA.
Raymond long, vp of land & operations
Raymond Long, another Texas Tech Graduate, joined Optima Land Services at the beginning of 2015. With over 10 years of experience, Raymond and his title/due diligence team have worked some of the toughest mineral and leasehold title in the Permian & Delaware Basins. His efforts have brought clarity to the complex ownership of West Texas at a level on par with any title attorney, creating great value for the clients of Optima. His leadership and expertise have paved the way for Optima’s successful history and bright future. Raymond is also an active member of the PBLA, and AAPL. Raymond enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, tinkering away in his garage and hitting the links.
Austin DesenberG, VP of Finance
Upon graduation from the prestigious Arizona State University as a dual major in Accounting and Finance, Austin joined the Optima team where his background in Finance and Accounting assisted him in the land and accounting side of Optima Land Services. He has been able to grow with the company and has implemented internal controls and processes to help minimize business risks, as well as improve transparency and efficiency at Optima. He also works with the leasing team on maneuvering the complexities of the lease acquisitions process. When he is not in the office, Austin is generally spending his time traveling around the great State of Texas in search of great live music.
Ryan Miller, Senior land Manager
Since arriving at Optima Land Service, Ryan assumed a leadership role, managing large crews, and helping Optima’s landmen grow and flourish under his lead. With 12 years of extensive curative, surface, minerals & leasehold title throughout the Permian, Barnett, Eagle Ford and other Basins, Ryan Miller has become a true pro, with the ability to bring solutions and knowledge to any land project he encounters. Ryan is an active member of the AAPL, PBLA, and FWAPL. When he is away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa and 2 daughters Italee (age 9) and Irelynd (age 5) who are always busy with Dance, Gymnastics & Horseback Riding.
Sean Griffin, Senior land Manager
Optima was ecstatic to bring on a landman like Sean Griffin when he joined the team in 2018. He studied at Sam Houston State University, and continued his legal education by obtaining his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Upon graduating, he rose the ranks of Purple and Holland Land. Sean went on to work at Perry & Shields, LLP, writing title opinions and handling transactional oil, gas and land matters based in the Permian and Delaware Basins. Through his leadership, and mix of legal and land knowledge, Sean is one of the most respected landmen at Optima. He enjoys watching Texas Longhorns football and traveling the country with his wife, Kaitlyn.
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Bianca Sparks, CORPORATE Coordinator
Bianca is a Permian Basin lifer, growing up in Odessa, studying at the university of Texas Permian Basin and joining the Optima team in 2016. Since her arrival, she has been critical in establishing the culture through her work with the landmen at optima and connecting Optima Services with the local community. Her background in Oil & Gas and volunteering has made her the perfect fit at Optima. She has been an active member of the Junior League of Midland since 2010, and her work there has helped inspire hundreds of local Midland women. Bianca is also a member of the PBLA, AAPL, and PBHR. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters or volunteering in the community.
scott phillips, general counsel
With all of the legal hurdles that come with the oil and gas business, Optima was in need of a knowledgeable attorney to help them navigate the complexities of oil and gas law. That is where Scott came in. Highly recommended, Scott has been a great asset for Optima ever since joining the team. Scott earned his law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law). He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Scott was also selected by his peers as a Top Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas from 2015 to present. Scott enjoys spending time traveling around Texas with his wife.
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Heidi porter, Director of Land Administration and Business Development
Optima always has its eyes out for talented and clever members that can bring something new to the table. With over 10 years of experience as a lease analyst landman working primarily in the Permian Basin and her In-House experience, Heidi knows how to communicate with Optima’s clients and provide the information needed to make projects flourish. In addition to this, Heidi has experience with all kinds of Land Management Software and understands how critical big data and organization can be in order to provide the industry leading services Optima promises. Her MBA acquired from Sul Ross University further proves her ability to look at land from an economical perspective. She enjoys spending time on the beach with her husband and two kids.
Chris ybarbo, project manager
Chris Ybarbo started at Optima Land Services a few months after they opened shop. With over 6 years of land experience in mostly the Permian, Chris has obtained more knowledge and expertise than some 15-20 year working land professionals. With his leasehold and mineral title experience, he has become one of the most knowledgeable Optima Landmen. Over the last few years, Chris has been tasked with reviewing many dozens of due diligence projects for Optima’s clients. He has shown the ability to work under perilous deadlines to get Optima’s clients the information needed to be comfortable with many million-dollar acquisitions. Chris spends the weekends in Lubbock Texas, cheering on the Red Raiders and spending time with his family.
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Jason Potts, Project Manager
Before joining the team, Optima was in need of a landman who had both the expertise of working in the Permian, as well as throughout the United States. With over 15 years of experience of working in Oklahoma, Ohio, Montana, and of Texas, Jason understands what it takes to be a landman anywhere in the U.S.. Jason has excelled as a title project manager at Optima, managing over 15 landman running the complex Permian title, and effectively communicating his findings with clients. He has also been able to assist and tutor the landmen that have worked for him, allowing them to develop. On the weekends, Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing and spending time with his wife.
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Jimmy decell, project manager
Jimmy joined the Optima team in 2016, bringing with him a few years experience as a landman, and an education from Sam Houston State University. With experience working surface, mineral, and leasehold title in the complex Permian and Delaware Basins, he has become an expert of all the intricacies of West Texas title ownership. Through his experience working in the National Guard, he has exhibited the ability to lead his crew and supply flawless title reports to Optima’s clients. He is always looking to expand his expertise, signing up for any educational course that comes through Midland. He is a member of the PBLA and AAPL, and spends time outside of the office hunting, golfing, and at crossfit.
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Jerod simpson, project manager
Jerod Simpson joined Optima back in the beginning of 2015 and has been a pillar for the expansion of Optima Land Services. With almost a decade of experience, paired with a Juris Doctor from the Vermont Law School, Jerod is able to excavate through the lengthy title opinions he reviews, and provide creative and prudent solutions to clear the way for Optima’s clients. With a law background, Jerod is able to communicate the best way to solve these problems with other landmen, and has helped the landmen around him flourish under his lead. Jerod is a member of the PBLA, and AAPL. Outside of work, he enjoys rooting for his Texas Tech Red Raiders and spending time with his family.
dillon stovall, Project Manager/INternship director
Dillon hit the ground running upon his arrival at Optima Land Services in the spring of 2019. Optima needed a Permian Basin Due Diligence savant, as well as someone to put together and run the inaugural Optima internship program. They found that and more with Dillon. Always with a chip on his shoulder, Dillon is eager to prove doubters wrong, which paired with his expertise in Oil & Gas title has made him the perfect fit in Optima’s Due Diligence team. He also has the experience to do so, with over 28 billion dollars of closings on projects he has worked on and managed…but who’s counting? His work with the inaugural Optima internship program helped train the next generation of landmen and was wildly successful. He enjoys spending time walking his dogs around Midland and swinging out of his shoes on the links.