Patrick Collins Photo


Co-Founder, President, CEO


Co-Founder, EVP, COO

Ryan Allen Photo



Peggy Loyd Photo


VP Admin/ Bus. Services

Victoria Gilbert Photo







Austin Zouzalik Photo



Phil Pritchett Photo



Patrick Collins Photos


Patrick Collins is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Cortez Resources. He has years of experience in multiple unconventional U.S. oil and gas plays and a strong background in both land and finance in the industry.

Prior to founding Cortez, Mr. Collins was with Parkman Whaling, LLC, an energy advisory and investment banking firm based in Houston. There, Patrick helped E&P companies divest of asset packages and raise funds.

Before joining Parkman Whaling, Mr. Collins worked for Collins and Young, LLC of Fort Worth, a company that was an early and active player in the Barnett Shale. At Collins and Young, Patrick was part of a team that put together more than 30,000 acres in the southern part of play. Collins and Young also made several major Barnett Shale divestitures during this period. Prior to Collins and Young, Patrick worked as a landman for several small oil and gas companies.

Active in the oil and gas community, Patrick is on the Executive Committee and a former President of the Dallas Producers Club, on the board of directors of the Dallas Wildcat Committee, a member of the IPAA, the ADAM Energy Forum, and the Dallas Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy. He was featured in the April 2011 Oil and Gas Investor as a "Bright Spot", highlighting young professionals in the industry. 

Originally from Midland and later raised in Dallas, Patrick and his wife, Lindsey, are active in many arts organizations both within and outside of Texas. Patrick is a Trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art, The SMU Meadows School of the Arts, the Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Mr. Collins also sits on the Program Advisory Committee of the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Leadership Council of the Dia Art Foundation and was formerly on the Board of the Contemporary Austin.

Patrick has an MBA from the Acton School of Business, and a BA with honors from Columbia University. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.

Michael Catrino Photo
Michael Catrino Photo


Michael Catrino is the Co-Founder, EVP, and COO of Cortez Resources, LLC. Previously, Michael co-founded Cortez Resources, LP, where he managed its leasing and operating efforts and played a critical role in its acquisition, joint-venture, and divestiture projects in the Eagle Ford Shale. He has many years of leadership experience in the petroleum land acquisitions business. 

Prior to Cortez, Michael worked with Collins and Young, LLC on their Southern Expansion project in the Barnett shale and helped complete its acquisition of of over 30,000 acres in the prolific shale gas play. He went to become Division Landman for Collins and Young Appalachia, LP, where he helped manage the acquisition of their Marcellus Shale assets.

Before joining Collins and Young, Michael was Land Manager for Arkansas Energy Group, where he leased thousands of acres in the early days of the Fayetteville Shale. He also assisted in the divestiture of the group's assets to several major operators in the play.

Michael has led many other successful land acquisition projects in the various parts of the country, including Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, in addition to his projects in Texas, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania. He has a proven track record and continues to be a successful in some of the most active resource plays throughout the United States.

Michael is an Alumni of and donor to the Patterson School and he also attended Warren Wilson College of North Carolina. He participates in many continuing education programs covering a broad range of topics related to the oil and gas industry. He is a member of the Public Lands Committee for the American Association of Petrolem Landmen, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the Dallas Petrolemum Club, the independent Petroleum Association of America Land and Royalty Committee, the ADAM Energy Forum, the Dallas Producers Club, the Dallas Wildcat Committee, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Michael lives in Dallas with his wife, Claire, and their daughter, Katherine Ida.

Ryan Allen Photo


Ryan Allen is the Chief Financial Officer of Cortez Resources, LLC. Prior to joining Cortez Resources, Ryan was the Assistant Controller for Silver Creek Oil & Gas, LLC, a privately-owned oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Irving, Texas that was formed through the combination of Alta Natural Resources, LLC and HEP Oil Company. In addition to various other positions in accounting and finance, Ryan played a lead role in the merger of the accounting and finance groups of the two companes.

Before joining Silver Creek Oil & Gas, Ryan worked as a consultant at FTI Consulting, Inc. in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting segment based in Dallas. He obtained his BBA in both Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and graduated with his Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ryan is actively involved in the oil and gas community. He is a member of IPAA, the Dallas Petroleum Club, and the Dallas Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy. Ryan resides in Dallas with his wife, Katherine, and their daughter.

Peggy Loyd Photo
Peggy Loyd Photo


Peggy Loyd is VP – Administration and Business Services of Cortez Resources, LLC. Previously, Ms. Loyd started with Cortez Resources, LP in its first month of inception to help establish the newly formed company. Following two years of successful growth and transformation, Peggy was promoted to Vice President.

With 38 years of accounting and Administrative experience, 29 of which are in the oil and gas industry, Peggy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her position.

Prior to joining Cortez, Peggy’s long-standing experience as an oil and gas professional with small and mid-size firms includes responsibilities which range from Investor Relations to Accounting and Production Field reporting. Her career includes marketing NGL’s for a Colorado based natural gas company with a Texas owned processing plant located in Sonora, Texas. She has been involved in at least
6 start-ups.

Peggy attended LSU Shreveport as well as Ayers Institute and Collin County Community College. She is a member of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association and serves as a member of their Regional Leadership Team for Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition, Peggy previously served for several years as a Board member of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) of North Texas and the Texas Energy Council representing Lone Star. She is a current member of the Executive Board of the Lone Star Desk and Derrick Club of Dallas and currently serves as their Treasurer.

In her spare time, Peggy enjoys running and hiking and has completed 3 marathons, 3 half- marathons, and hiked Yosemite Half Dome. Peggy is a member of Fellowship Church – Grapevine and enjoys serving in various capacities as needed at her church.

Victoria Gilbert Photo


Victoria Gilbert is an Analyst at Cortez Resources, LLC where she plays an active role in researching and evaluating prospective deals. Victoria works closely with Ryan in analyzing each potential acquisition to determine value and profit expectations. She forecasts oil and gas production, cash flows and future development by studying current production from wells both on and offsetting the acreage, assessing information from state and operator sources, reviewing lease documents, and discovering trends in historical development.

Prior to joining Cortez Resources, Victoria was a consultant for Hitachi Consulting, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Miami, FL, she moved to Dallas in 2012 to attend Southern Methodist University. Victoria earned her BBA from the Cox School of Business in 2016 where she graduated at the top of her class with honors. Throughout college, Victoria worked at several Fortune 500 companies including FPL and Coca-Cola.

Victoria is an active member of the Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and the Women in Energy Network (WEN).

Melissa Bell Photo
Melissa Bell Photo


Melissa Bell is a Landman at Cortez Resources, LLC, actively overseeing all mineral title research, lease negotiations, due diligence, curative work, mapping, contract drafting for the acquisition of leasehold and mineral prospects. Prior to Cortez, Melissa worked with various companies gaining extensive experience in administration, organizational management, business development and leadership training.

Melissa earned her BA in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she graduated magna cum laude. She was recognized in the School of Arts and Sciences as the “Outstanding Senior of the Year” for her academic achievements.

Melissa is a registered Landman and a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Dallas Chapter of Young Professional in Energy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with her husband and two sons. 

Kel Presley Photo


Kel Presley is a Landman at Cortez Resources, LLC, where he facilitates mineral and royalty acquisitions. In this role, Kel works closely with mineral owners and his team members to evaluate potential acquisitions. On the business development front, he is actively pursuing minerals and royalties in unconventional resources plays. 

Kel graduated from Baylor University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He presently serves on the board of the Dallas Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy. In addition, he is a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club, KidLinks Energy Golf Committee and the ADAM Energy Forum.

Austin Zouzalik Photo
Austin Zousalik


Austin Zouzalik is a Landman at Cortez Resources, LLC, sourcing mineral and leasehold acquisitions through records research, company presentations, landowner outreach and business development-related efforts.

Prior to joining Cortez in 2017, Austin worked with Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an E&P company headquartered in Oklahoma City. At Chesapeake, he was part of the team that divested 400,000+ net acres and over 250 operated wells in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania to Southwestern Energy for $5 billion. He then went on to play an active role in the company's Utica asset, facilitating acreage trades and leasehold acquisitions for the groups's drilling schedule.

Before arriving at Chesapeake, Austin worked for Craig S. Charbonnet, Inc., where he leased thousands of acres for a prospect on the Central Basin Platform in west Texas.

An Alumni of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business and Energy Commerce, Austin is a member of the Red Raider Club, donating to the Texas Tech Athletics department. He is also active in the oil and gas industry as a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, ADAM Energy Forum, Dallas Petroleum Club and Young Professoinals in Energy.

Phil Pritchett Photo


Phil Pritchett is a contract landman for Cortez Resources, LLC. He works in major oil and gas areas including the Permian, Eagle Ford, Denver, and Louisiana Basins. Prior to Cortez Phil worked at Collins and Young, LLC developing the Southern Expansion Project and leasing over 30,000 acres in theBarnett Shale. In addition, Phil worked several projects with emphasis in Tarrant and Johnson Counties, Texas. 

Phil's fifteen yeras in the oil and gas industry followed a career in cardiovascular imaging where he supplied cardiac cath labs with cine film and services in over 300 major medical centers across the United States. The medical device companny was owned by the Pritchett brothers and had offices in Fort Worth, TX, Memphis TN, and Los Angeles, CA.

Phil is a graduate of the University of Texas and lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife.