Meet the Team

Justin Burgess, JD, CPL

Justin Burgess, JD, CPL

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Justin, a Kansas native, has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 2 decades culminating in the management of major land projects throughout most of the major basins in the United States. He founded Arete in 2010, where he has led the company’s continuous growth into one of the preeminent mineral and royalty acquisition companies in the country. Justin is a notary and a Certified Professional Landman. He is a member of the AAPL, APL, NALA, MLBC, PBLA, HAPL, OCAPL and NARO. Justin now resides in Norman Oklahoma with his wife, four children, dog and cat… And did he mention four kids?

B.B.A.—University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

J.D.—University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR

Tyler Daffinee

Tyler Daffinee

Chief Financial Officer

Tyler is a Pennsylvania native who specializes in GIS mapping and data management, and has worked on mineral acquisition projects since 2011 in multiple states, concentrating on purchasing mineral interests and managing title research projects. Member AAPL, NALA, and MLBC since 2008. Tyler now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Natalie.

B.S. Mathematics & Computer Science—Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

M.Ed., Mathematics—Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Adam St. Romain, CPL

Adam St. Romain, CPL

Chief Operations Officer

Adam has been working as a landman in the oil and gas industry since 2008 and specializes in lease, deed and contract negotiation as well as project management. He has extensive experience throughout all aspects of land work, and brought his expertise to the Arete team in 2015. Adam is a Certified Professional Landman and a Louisiana Notary Public. Member AAPL, LAPL and PBLA. Adam lives in Lafayette, LA with his wife, Sara, and four children, Annabelle, Marshall, Wesley and Ruth.

B.S.B.A. Professional Land and Resource Management – University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Caitlyn Olivier VanCourt

Caitlyn Olivier VanCourt

Chief Marketing Officer

Caitlyn, a Louisiana native, began working in mineral acquisitions in 2014 when she joined the Arete team. She has been involved in many aspects of the day to day operations of the company including data management, document preparation, deed negotiation and closing procedures. As Arete has grown, Caitlyn has shifted roles to focus on the growth and development of the business. Caitlyn lives in Arnaudville, LA with her husband, Sean, and their two children, Barrett and Evangeline.

B.S. Atmospheric Sciences – University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA

Tyler Jenkins

Tyler Jenkins

VP - Business Development

Originally from Oklahoma, Tyler has been focused on mineral, royalty and leasehold acquisitions across the most active basins in the United States. With an emphasis on strong industry relationships and the ability to source a variety of opportunities, Tyler has a successful track record of building projects for large scale exploration and development plays to specific mineral acquisition portfolios. He is a member of the AAPL, DAPL, PBLA, OOGA and WAPL and joined the Arete team in 2021. Tyler lives in Lakewood, CO with his wife Mariko, and two children, Taylor and Addyson.

Petroleum Land Management Program – University of Denver, Daniels School of Business,  Denver, CO

B.S. Business Management – Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Nathan Furr


833-332-7383 ext. 707

Blake Hunter


833-332-7383 ext. 705

Nikolas McCarty


833-332-7383 ext. 706

Jacob McCune


833-332-7383 ext. 704

Alonna Brumfield

Data Analyst

Aimee Burkett

Division Order Analyst

Lauren Hebert

Title Abstractor

Megan Richardson

Closing Manager

Camille Roach


833-332-7383 ext. 0

Jaison White

Data Analyst