Our Team

Derek Detring, President

derek@detring.com   (713) 595-1001

Derek’s career has been fully devoted to energy advisory, where he has completed over $10 billion in capital raising and mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures advisory transactions. Derek spent the first four years of his career at Merrill Lynch, where he primarily focused on capital raising and M&A assignments for large, publicly-listed companies, followed by four years at Integral Advisors, a boutique A&D advisory firm he co-founded in 2009, and finally one year within Wells Fargo’s A&D group.

Derek founded Detring Energy Advisors in September 2014 and PetroDivest Advisors, Detring’s lower middle market subsidiary, in August 2018, and currently serves as President of both entities.  Combined Detring and PetroDivest have completed over 50 transactions throughout the United States totaling more than US$2.5 billion in aggregate consideration.

Derek graduated summa cum laude and first in his engineering class from Vanderbilt University and attended the Wharton Executive Education Program, where he passed with honors.

Melinda Faust, Managing Director

mel@detring.com   (713) 595-1004

Melinda joined Detring Energy Advisors as a Director in May 2016. Formerly, Ms. Faust was a Director at Lantana Energy Advisors where she was actively involved in sourcing and executing transactions across the small and mid-cap A&D space. Melinda is the Founder and President of ADAM-Houston, ADAM-Permian and ADAM-Rockies A&D networking organizations (Acquisitions, Divestitures And Mergers), which host a combined membership of over 700 senior-level professionals.

Ms. Faust began her career in the oil and gas industry in 1998 at a small offshore independent and has since spent time at then start-up DrillingInfo, Noble Royalties, Lantana Energy Advisors and finally her advisory role at Detring.

Ms. Faust holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans and is actively involved in multiple industry organizations, including the ADAM groups, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Houston Producers Forum and Small Steps Energy Classic.

Matt Loewenstein, Director

matt@detring.com   (713) 595-1003

Matt has devoted his entire career to providing energy advisory services to upstream oil and gas companies, focusing primarily on the evaluation and execution of A&D and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors in April 2016, Matt served as an Associate and Analyst in the Upstream Investment Banking group at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., where he completed over $10 billion in aggregate transaction volume.

Matt graduated cum laude from Colgate University where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology and Economics.

Richard Ball, Director

richard@detring.com   (713) 595-1005

Richard is a Certified Petroleum Geologist who worked both conventional and unconventional reservoirs with Chevron USA over the entirety of his 10 year career, including onshore US, Gulf of Mexico Shelf/Deep Water, and West Africa Shelf. Currently, Richard serves the AAPG as General Chair for the 100th Anniversary Annual Convention and a Division of Professional Affairs (DPA) Councilor. Mr. Ball is a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007), respectively.

Jonathan Bristal, Associate

jonathan@detring.com   (713) 595-1010

Jonathan brings an additional 7 years of experience in A&D and reserves evaluation to the team. Prior to joining Detring, he was an Associate with Wells Fargo Securities A&D where he helped value and close multi-billion dollar deals for a total of over $8 billion in aggregate transaction value. Jonathan began his career as an independent consultant, offering drop-in technical services for a wide range of clients – including small to mid-size E&P companies, third-party consulting firms, and investment banks

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Human Sciences from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX

Tony Fazio, Associate

tony@detring.com   (713) 595-1014

Tony joined Detring Energy Advisors in January 2020 as a Senior Associate.  He provides support across the firm’s full range of energy advisory services.  Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, he was an Associate in the Upstream Investment Banking group at Jefferies and Simmons & Company working with both publically-listed companies and private equity-backed companies.  Tony graduated with honors both from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin with a MBA.

Paul Ngo, Associate

paul.ngo@detring.com   (713) 595-1008

Paul joined Detring Energy Advisors as an analyst in June 2018 and now serves as an associate providing support across the firm’s full range of energy advisory services. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Paul served as a financial analyst at Black Stone Minerals, focusing on strategic planning, credit redetermination, and mineral acquisitions. Paul holds a B.B.A. in Finance with an Energy Track from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anthony Rojas, Associate

anthony@detring.com   (713) 595-1009

Anthony joined Detring Energy Advisors as an analyst in February 2017 and now serves as an associate providing support across the firm’s full range of energy advisory services. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Anthony was an analyst at PLS, Inc. for six years, focusing on small-cap A&D transactions, research & publications and management of the M&A database.

Payne Winter, Analyst

payne@detring.com   (713) 595-1011

Payne joined Detring Energy Advisors in May 2018. He serves as an analyst providing support across the firm’s full range of energy advisory services. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Payne served as an intern at Echo Energy in their Reservoir Engineering group. Payne graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from Baylor University in 2017.

Bryan Bottoms, Analyst

Bryan@detring.com   (713) 595-1007

Bryan joined Detring Energy Advisors in August 2019 as a Geology Analyst. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Bryan worked as a geologist for Tapstone Energy and Chesapeake Energy where he evaluated both conventional and unconventional plays of the Midcontinent. Bryan holds a B.S. (2012), B.A. (2012), and M.S. (2017), all from the University of Arkansas.

Mohammad Abbas, Analyst

Mo@detring.com   (713) 595-1015

Mohammad joined Detring Energy Advisors in January 2020. He serves as an analyst providing support across the firm’s full range of energy advisory services. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Mohammad served as an investment banking intern at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in their Integrated Subsurface Technical Team. Mohammad graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019.

Josh Miller, Engineering Technician

 josh@detring.com   

Josh joined Detring Energy Advisors in February 2019 as an Engineering Technician, offering support for the firm’s growing technical and financial modeling capabilities through expertise in key software packages. Josh has an 8 year history in the oil & gas industry, working his way up from the shop floor at a technical products company to an office managing multiple simultaneous projects before further training to pursue a career in A&D.

Jorge Rocha-Garcia, Geology Technician

jorge@detring.com  

Jorge joined Detring Energy Advisors in February 2019 as a Geology Technician. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Jorge was a Geospatial Analyst focusing on emergency management in the oil & gas sector.  He began his career at Apple where he helped develop various programs for a wide range of applications. Jorge holds a B.A. in Geographic Information Sciences from Texas State University.

John Woolley, Mapping Technician

 john@detring.com  

John joined Detring Energy Advisors in June 2019. He serves as a Mapping Technician offering support for the firm’s data analysis and mapping efforts. Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, John served as an intern at Northmarq Capital assisting with loan underwriting & origination. John holds a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University.