Who We Are

ES3 Minerals is comprised of an experienced land team dedicated to actively seeking out owners who would most benefit from our investment strategy. We evaluate each property with its full, long-term potential in mind. Because of our diverse appetite and long-term strategy, we are able to pay more for any “stand-alone” asset than most would think it could ever possibly produce in royalty. We refuse to submit “blind” mail out offers without fully analyzing the asset and details associated with title. Experience has taught us that this provides the maximum value to the owner, who will receive a comprehensive summary of their property to ensure they are fully aware of the interests we are offering to acquire.

Edward “Trey” Stanton, III 
Founder and CEO

Trey Stanton is Founder and CEO of ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Stanton graduated with a B.A. from Rice University, where he was a member and captain of the Men’s Basketball team. From an early age growing up in Friendswood, TX, Mr. Stanton was intrigued with the oil industry. Hearing stories of his Grandfather, Edward Stanton, Sr., working on oil refineries as an electrical engineer on the Houston Ship Channel peaked his interest in the process of identifying, securing, producing, processing and marketing Oil and Gas.

In 2011, Mr. Stanton began his career in the oil industry, where he was responsible for negotiating and leasing acreage on the Eastern Shelf of Texas’ Midland Basin. Between 2011 and 2015, Mr. Stanton was responsible for leasing over 50,000 acres of land, acquiring minerals all along the way.

Mr. Stanton and his wife, Kelsey, have two children and are active members of Hope Rock Church in Austin, TX. Mr. Stanton enjoys time with his family, playing Basketball, and hunting, and fishing.


Nick Kreines
Vice President of Land and Business Development

Nick Kreines is Vice President of Land and Business Development for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Kreines graduated Summa Cum Laude with a finance degree and MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler where he was an All-American Tennis player. He began his career working for an Oil and Gas attorney in Tyler, Texas. He was later contracted to work at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the Woodlands, Texas where he worked the Eaglebine play in Brazos, Burleson and Robertson counties. Next, he became a project coordinator at Dudley Land Company where he managed teams for several E&P’s leasing, clearing title and working due diligence for both acquisitions and divestures. Mr. Kreines earned his CPL in 2017 after obtaining the minimum requirements and is an active member of APLA, PBLA, NHAPL, WHAPL and HAPL.

In his time off, Mr. Kreines enjoys playing Golf, Tennis, and loves picking up new sports when opportunities become available.  Mr. Kreines is a new father and loves spending time with his family.


David Ryan
Vice President of Acquisitions

David Ryan is Vice President of Acquisitions for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Ryan grew up in Lubbock, TX. He’s a Texas Tech University graduate with a BA in Business Management. Mr. Ryan began his career in Albuquerque, NM, in Finance for the Larry H Miller Group. His career took him to Redwood City, CA, where he traded semiconductor manufacturing capital equipment on a global scale. He has spent most of his career in roles that require him to navigate through complex negotiations with effectiveness to achieve wins that both parties can appreciate. He’s an advocate for his clients and an expert in identifying the highest level of positioning for his client’s unique priorities. Through his stints in New Mexico and Silicon Valley, his perspective and appreciation for Texan values solidified and is the cornerstone of his day-to-day commitment to service.

Mr. Ryan and his wife have two children and they call Lakeway, TX, home. When he’s not in the office, he and his family enjoy the hill country outdoors, golf, and live music.


Mike Beck
Acquisition Landman

Mike Beck is a Acquisition Landman for ES3 Minerals LLC.  Mr. Beck served his country in the United States Army as a combat medic and then graduated from Appalachian State University where he received both his finance and banking degree as well as his risk management and insurance degree.  Prior to ES3 Minerals, Mr. Beck worked in Houston as a risk advisor helping his clients customize comprehensive risk management programs to help protect their valuable assets.  He has been with ES3 Minerals LLC since the start of the company, and his primary focus is Texas’ Delaware Basin.

Mr. Beck is an active member of Hope Rock Church of Austin, TX, and lives in Spicewood, TX with his loving wife and three boys.


Ryan Tunnell

Ryan Tunnell 
Acquisition Landman

Ryan Tunnell is a Acquisition Landman for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Tunnell graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and is currently working on his MBA from Western Governors University. In early 2011, Mr. Tunnell joined his father working for an operator in Caldwell County, Texas, who were the first company to bring horizontal drilling to the area. It was there that he gained extensive experience in all aspects of land, from running title to handling curative, divisions orders, and negotiating leases along with a myriad of other agreements. In 2017, Mr. Tunnell became the Title Manager for a brokerage overseeing acquisitions in the Permian Basin for a large mineral company. Also, he worked on projects in Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Mr. Tunnell obtained his RPL in 2020 and is an active member of the AAPL and NARO.

Mr. Tunnell loves the outdoors. During the summer, you can usually find him at the lake with his identical twin daughters and family. Since 2018, he has been competing in sanctioned amateur stand-up jet racing.


Mark Tufts
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Mark Tufts is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC.  Mr. Tufts grew up in Houston, TX, and has always been around the oil and gas business as his father, brother and uncle spent their entire careers in.  He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Finance and has always been drawn to the markets.  He spent a large part of his career in the equity markets as a trader and as a financial advisor where he developed an affinity to working with clients to provide the information needed to make informed decisions to better their family’s financial lives and futures.  Ultimately, his goal is to treat all of his clients with the utmost respect and care for them as if they were his own family.  Mr. Tufts is married with two children and lives in Lakeway, TX.

Mr. Tufts and his family are very involved at their church, Austin Ridge Bible Church, and spends much of his time chasing his children and enjoying the Texas Hill Country


Adam Huenemann
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Adam Huenemann is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Huenemann grew up in Virginia and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a degree in Decision Science. Prior to joining ES3 Minerals, Mr. Huenemann worked as a trader and financial advisor, guiding his clients through financial decisions with multi-generational implications. His background in understanding and explaining risk has enabled him to guide clients through new experiences with positive feedback. Mr. Huenemann values integrity and trustworthiness and always puts clients’ needs first.

When Mr. Huenemann isn’t working, you can find him visiting with family in South Texas, building or shooting firearms, and playing golf.


Dan Hansen

Dan Hansen
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Dan Hansen is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC. After playing Junior College baseball at Butler CC in El Dorado, KS, Mr. Hansen graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Safety with an emphasis in Petroleum.  Mr. Hansen began his career working for an Oil and Gas Broker in Oklahoma City, OK where he was responsible for purchasing Leasehold throughout the state of Oklahoma.  He then worked in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area for 5 years as a Senior Acquisitions Landman, where he was acquiring Mineral Interests and Leasehold in the Scoop/Stack Plays of Oklahoma and the Permian/Delaware Basins of Texas.  Next, he worked for an acquisition firm acquiring Mineral Interests in the Haynesville Shale of Texas and Louisiana.

In his time off, Mr. Hansen enjoys playing Golf, keeping up with and watching the New York Yankees play baseball, working out and spending time with friends and family.


Josh willis

Josh willis
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Josh Willis is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Willis grew up in Odessa, TX and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining ES3 Minerals, Mr. Willis worked on the business development team for Torchy’s Tacos in addition to managing a family business. His background in cultivating relationships and sound business practices has enabled him to work smoothly with clients throughout the acquisition process. Mr. Willis values honesty and integrity and works to provide an unmatched quality of service to his clients.


Lee Tice

Lee Tice
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Lee Tice is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC. Mr. Tice is originally from Nashville, TN and since graduating from the University of Mississippi has worked in consulting and leadership roles in a variety of industries. He has also completed a Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University.  The range of roles in his background have led Mr. Tice to be uniquely capable of developing innovative solutions to create optimal outcomes. Mr. Tice is driven by the desire to create win-win scenarios and to cultivate productive professional relationships.


Curtis Menchaca

Curtis Menchaca
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Curtis Menchaca is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC.  Mr. Menchaca is originally from Kingwood, TX, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.  Mr. Menchaca began his career as a stockbroker at Lehman Brothers in Houston, TX, where he was instrumental in working with some of the first trading systems.  His passion for investing and capital markets led him to the oil industry, where he spent much of his time helping clients invest (via Direct Private Placement) in oil and gas properties throughout South and West Texas.  Mr. Menchaca understands what making smart investment decisions can do to help create financial freedom and secure wealth.

Mr. Menchaca and his wife reside in Lakeway, TX with their 2 children and 3 dogs. When they aren’t at a soccer or basketball game you can find them boating on Lake Travis.


Jeffrey Walburn

Jeffrey Walburn
Mineral Acquisition Specialist

Jeffrey Walburn Is a Mineral Acquisition Specialist for ES3 Minerals LLC.  Mr. Walburn grew up in Fort Worth, TX.  After a short collegiate baseball career, Mr. Walburn graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Natural Management Resources. Prior to joining ES3 Minerals, Mr. Walburn bolstered his industry knowledge by spending time working on both the drilling and production sides of the industry.  After leaving the patch, Mr. Walburn began working as a financial planner and advisor, where he gained valuable experience in understanding taxes, managing valuable financial assets, and the cultivation of new and powerful business relationships.  Mr. Walburn is adept at earning client’s trust and putting their needs first.  He values integrity and takes great pride in doing what he says he will do and being a man of his word.

When Mr. Walburn isn’t working, you can find him spending time with his two German Shepherds, hunting and fishing, or cooking outside.


Kelly Wiedenfeld
Landman

Kelly Wiedenfeld is a Landman for ES3 Minerals LLC.  Mrs. Wiedenfeld has nine years of experience in the oil and gas industry, most of which has been spent working for operators in West and South Texas and as well as New Mexico.  Mrs. Wiedenfeld is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and received her Energy Management (PLM) degree from the University of Tulsa, where she was a member of the Women’s Golf team.

When Mrs. Wiedenfeld isn’t at the office, she enjoys watching cooking shows, trying new recipes, and sailing at Canyon Lake.

Where We Buy

  • Midland Basin
  • Delware Basin
  • Eagle Ford
  • Haynesville

Where We Buy

Midland Basin
Delware Basin
Eagle Ford
Haynesville