Leadership Team

Our Executive Team remains involved in the day-to-day business, providing support for managers and employees alike. We operate the business with minimal hierarchy which allows us to move quickly with any issue or opportunity.


Jim Finley - CEO/Owner

Jim graduated in 1979 from the University of Texas, School of Business with a B.B.A. in Accounting.  He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co., working primarily with oil and gas clients.  In 1981, Jim joined Duer Wagner & Co. as Chief Financial Officer and, during his seventeen year tenure, he became managing partner of the company, together with his partners guided the company into a strategy of acquiring producing oil and gas properties.

In 1997, Jim began business on his own in Fort Worth, continuing with the same strategy and model, emphasizing buying producing oil and gas properties, and established Finley Resources Inc. as an operator.  Today, together with acquisitions, the company maintains an active drilling program and acquires strategic leasehold mineral interest in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah.

Finley Resources, Finley Production and Lonesome Oil & Gas, LLC (collectively the "Finley Resources Group") own interests in approximately 3,000 wells in thirteen states.  Finley Resources now operates over 1,000 of those wells in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.  Finley Resources has approximately 100 employees. The company maintains over 100,000 acres of leasehold and mineral interest.

Jim and Charlotte Finley own, in addition to the Finley Resources Group, Mesa Well Servicing, LP, based in Hobbs, New Mexico, with offices in Odessa, Texas and Farmington, New Mexico, and Mesa Southern, based in Jourdanton, Texas, with offices in Carrizo Springs and Victoria, Texas.

Together, Mesa and Mesa Southern own 65 well service rigs and employ more than 100 people. Jim and Charlotte also own interest in two commercial salt water disposal companies.  They own a 47% interest in Silver Creek Salt Water Disposal Well in western Tarrant County and 53% interest in S&S Star Water Solutions, LLC operating in the SCOOP/STACK with offices in Oklahoma City.

Other investments include ownership positions in several Texas community banks as well as commercial and residential real estate holdings in Texas.

Jim is active on the boards of various public and private companies as well as several non-profit organizations. Current board positions include Southwest Bank, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Cooper Natural Resources, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Boys Scouts Longhorn Council, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Board of Visitors of the McDonald Observatory.

Brent Talbot - President

Brent Talbot has spent over 35 years in the oil and gas industry and has amassed significant skill, knowledge and expertise in production and operations engineering. His management skills as well as his ability to work with people from all areas of the industry contribute to his ability to move a company forward to reach goals and production targets.

While in school at Louisiana State University, Brent began what would be a 15 year career at Sun Oil, gaining experience in the field as a roustabout and young engineer onshore and offshore and finally in the office preparing to make a life-long commitment to the oil industry.

After graduating from LSU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Brent went to work for Sun Oil as a Production Engineer. He was responsible for operations in onshore and inland waters in LaFourche and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana. In 1988, Sun moved Brent to Houston to head up operations in Chambers and Jefferson Counties, Texas. When Sun Oil became Oryx Energy in 1989, Brent moved to Midland to oversee operations in Howard, Glasscock, Garza, and Upton Counties.

After a brief stint in Oklahoma City in 1991, Oryx moved Brent to the main office in Dallas to manage operations in the Permian Basin. While at Oryx, Brent served on the Rod Pumping Standards Development Committee. Brent has utilized the full breadth of field experience he gained early in his career to guide operations and production.

In 1994, Brent left Oryx to join Duer Wagner & Co. in Fort Worth. He began work there as Operations Engineer, responsible for operations from Florida to the Rio Grande Valley. In 1996, Brent was promoted to Vice President of Operations at Duer Wagner & Co. and remained in that role until September of 2004. In October, 2004, Brent joined Finley Resources as Vice President of Engineering Operations. In 2005, Brent was named President of FRI.

Brent is active in the community serving as Co-Chair of the annual North Texas Boys and Girls Crawfish Boil, member of Fort Worth Wildcatters and AAPA.


Zachary G. Clark - Chief Financial Officer

Zac joined Finley Resources Inc. in 2010 as the Assistant Controller.  As Assistant Controller, he developed a solid foundation in oil and gas accounting and was responsible for authoring the financial statements. While in this position, he began managing the tax returns and tax strategies for the Finley entities, which he continues to do today. 

In 2013, Zac moved into the role of Treasurer, shifting his primary responsibilities to forecasting, budgeting, Credit Agreement compliance, and managerial reporting.  His expertise in these areas played a crucial role in the company’s shift from a defensive strategy in 2015 and 2016 to the current offensive strategy.

In 2017, Zac took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer. With this role, he gained the responsibility of establishing accountability across the entire organization to achieve the goals and strategies established by the executive team. He continues to help set those strategies, with executive team, to ensure we meet our financial and growth goals.

Before coming to Finley Resources, Zac was a 50% owner in a Certified Public Accounting firm located in Winter Park Florida. He specialized in corporate, partnership, and individual taxation and consulting.  With his business partner, he quadrupled the size of the firm over this seven year period through the acquisition of two additional firms.

Prior to that, Zac was the Director of Operations and Controller of three restaurant/bars at the Orlando International Airport that employed approximately 50 people.  He was responsible for all bottom line decisions and all human resource activities. He worked closely with the shareholders to establish financial goals and strategies.

Zac received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1996 from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 1999.

Matthew Cooper - Vice President of Land & General Counsel

Matthew has been with Finley Resources since 2006. He holds a JD from Texas A&M School of Law and a BBA-Finance from the University of Mississippi. Matthew is responsible for managing the Land and Legal function of the Company. While at Finley Resources, he has overseen the acquisition and divestment of hundreds of millions of dollars of oil and gas properties and worked most of the major producing basins in the United States.

He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, American Association of Professional Landmen, Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen, Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen, and was named one of Oil & Gas Investor’s “20 under 40” Rising Stars in A&D.