Gene Ames III established AEA in 2010, combining the team's extensive experience in the oil & gas industry to create a firm that is uniquely qualified to serve private oil & gas asset owners. Gene leveraged his background in oil & gas financing, administration, exploration and production management, investment and petroleum geology. Together, AEA's team of experts brings over 85 years of oil industry experience to provide insight to their clients.


Our Mission

Our job is to assist our clients in optimizing the value of their oil & gas assets using our years of experience and industry knowledge.

We identify and evaluate oil and gas exploration investment opportunities and services for our clients.
— Gene Ames III, Geologist and President

executive management & oversight Services

  • Mineral and Royalty Interest
    • Assist mineral owners in navigating the leasing process
    • Acquisition & divestiture brokerage
    • Monitoring of lease provisions and covenants.
    • Division orders
    • Royalty payment audits
    • Ad valorem tax issues
  • Surface Owners
    • Operator relations
    • Lease and regulatory compliance
    • Conflict resolution with operator
  • Deal Flow Development and Evaluation
    • Geological, geophysical and engineering evaluation
    • Prospect screening and evaluation
    • Risk assessment
    • Deal structure and due diligence


  • Reservoir Geology & Engineering
    • Economic modeling
    • Proven and non-proven reserve projections
    • Well performance evaluation
    • Field studies, non-producing lease and mineral evaluations
    • Acquisition and divestiture due diligence
  • Oil & Gas Accounting 
    • General ledger
    • Accounts payable
    • Owner revenue management
    • Financial statements
    • Oil & gas reports
  • Non-Operated Working Interest
    • Participation agreements and joint operating agreements
    • Marketing agreements
    • Joint interest billing