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Oil & Gas Investing for Everyone

We've changed the who, how and why you should invest in our Oil & Gas Projects

Invest like an Oil Baron or Baroness in one of our many Oil & Gas projects with as little as $2,000. We provide almost everyone over the age of 18 the opportunity to own a piece of an oil well, whether you are a sophisticated investor or a beginner.

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Texas Based

…if it's from Texas, and if it's Oil & Gas – how big could it be?

When you think Oil, Texas is usually the first thing that pops in your mind! There is no arguing that, from the big hair, to the big hats, to the bigger than life personalities. By opening the doors to to investors of an impressive list of Texas Oil & Gas Projects, we are turning the industry upside down! Crudefunders was imagined, created, developed and refined in the great State of Texas where 11% of the Texas economy is attributed to the Energy Sector. So, we ask a very simple question: "If it's Crowdfunding, and it's from Texas, and if it's Oil & Gas - how big can this opportunity be?"

Oil Investing. Refined. By Oil, Technology, Legal and Funding Experts.

We are a team of geophysicists, petroleum engineers, software developers, financial analysts, attorneys, marketeers and registered investment advisors strategically brought together to provide a positive experience for both our Investors and Project Sponsors in the rapidly emerging online investing industry. Our advisory board includes Oil & Gas veterans that have focused expertise in Geology, Land Title, Legal, Engineering, Technology, Banking, Drilling, and Economics as well as a variety of other complementary talents. Our ultimate goal is to continue improving the overall Crudefunders' investment experience.

Scott Bachman

Manager / Chief Portal Officer

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Wayne Beninger

Chief Operating Officer / Geologist

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David Taylor


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Manfred Sternberg

Legal Consultant

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Mike Barnes

Director Client Relations

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Brett Kroll

Director of Project Relations

Allan Fine


Allan's career path has been based primarily in the Technology Industry where he has successfully been involved with start-up ventures for the past 20+ years. In early 2012, he recognized the potential impact of Title III of the Federal "JOBS ACT", which would allow non-accredited investors to directly participate in oil and gas projects for the first time in over 80 years. Fueled by Texas' decision to pass intra-state crowdfunding ahead of the Federal JOBS act Allan relocated to Texas and began assembling a team of Oil and Gas industry experts to co-found the online marketplace, Crudefunders.com.

David Taylor


David is a highly spirited entrepreneur with over 15 years of start up business experience. He has developed from concept and brought to market several high tech/green tech products, commercial applications, software designs, restaurant concepts and product designs. He believes in "disruptive" technologies that help improve systems and evolve industries by bringing transparency and evoking emotion.

David's lineage of Oil & Gas begins with his father who was a director in the finance department for ARCO Oil & Gas and his mother was in the geology department for ARCO as well moving to Denver, Anchorage, Los Angeles, and eventually settling in Dallas. In addition, David's wife is from Odessa and her father is one of the top Oil & Gas attorneys in the field. Traveling back and forth from West Texas over the years has created inroads to the generations of oil men that make up a good portion of Crudefunders' network today.

Manfred Sternberg

General Counsel

Attorney and author Manfred Sternberg has a long history as a successful business entrepreneur. After beginning his career at Shell Oil Co. in its land department, Manfred has practiced law in Houston, Texas for almost 30 years maintaining an active civil law practice focusing on commercial litigation and corporate counsel for energy and high technology companies. Manfred has been Board Certified in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993.

Scott Bachman

Chief Portal Officer

Mr. Bachman was a cofounder and CMO of CommunityLeader, Inc., a software and services platform provider for securities-based crowdfunding. From 2003 to 2012 he served as CEO of Strategic Growth Initiative, Inc., where he established a national reputation as a marketing-centric and technology executive who focused on aligning a company's vision, brand, systems, leadership and community prior to a comprehensive product rollout could be successfully implemented and measured. Mr. Bachman has successfully guided multiple financial services companies and portals to initiate processes and systems that stimulate accountability, productivity and bottom-line performance.

Wayne Woodside


Wayne (Woody) Woodside holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Arlington State University in 1963  and an MBA from SMU in 1973. He has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 50 years. His worldwide experiences have given him a unique ability to evaluate oil and gas prospects. Woody is a registered geoscientist with the Texas board of Professional Geoscientist. License #3246. His early days in the geophysical industry were in data processing and seismic crew supervision.

Angela Sanders


Accomplished executive with financial management experience in start-up and growth oriented businesses, acquisitions of existing companies, privately-held and publicly-traded entities, both domestic and international. Results-oriented leadership in business process reengineering to reduce costs and increase profitability operationally, organizationally, and financially. Able to thrive in dynamic and entrepreneurial environments while providing pragmatic due diligence and concrete financial advice to owners and shareholders while mentoring and coaching the next generation of corporate financial leaders for high performance and success.

Clint Fletcher

Driller / Operator

Clint Fletcher is President and Founder of 18 oilfield related businesses. Clint is a lifelong West Texan, born and raised in Odessa. After attending college, he returned to Odessa to pursue business ventures.

Clint has more than 15 years of experience in the oilfield industry. He has provided a solid background of knowledge, judgment, management, business development. Clint is involved in everything from drilling, trucking, rental equipment, drilling budgets, production services and other various activities.

He currently owns over 6,000 mineral acres in the Delaware section of the Permian Basin.

Baron Lukas

Reorganization Expert

Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Baron joined Crude Funders as a Strategic Advisor in April of 2016. Baron is CEO of EnviroLogic Solutions and President of Vital Strategies Management Consulting. A retired Marine Corps Colonel, former investment banker, and former COO of a privately held company in the oil and gas sector, Baron has over 36 years of leadership, management, and mentoring experience. His professional career spans a diverse spectrum of positions: fighter pilot, strategist, intelligence officer, professor, commander, and finally, senior business executive and consultant. Following his passion to help others succeed, Baron founded Vital Strategies Management Consulting in 2014. Vital Strategies is an advisory, management consulting, and keynote speaking firm specializing in helping businesses improve performance and achieve their goals. Based on his professional engagement with EnviroLogic Solutions, Baron was asked to join their leadership team as CEO in April of 2016. EnviroLogic Solutions is a cutting-edge biotechnology service and products company that performs effective, economical, in-situ remediation of hydrocarbon contamination while implementing eco-conscious methods to resolve a broad range of oilfield and industrial cleanup challenges.

Wayne Beninger

Chief Operating Officer / Geologist & Reservoir Engineer

Wayne's benefit to Crudefunders is to help define the type of projects that would be of greatest interest to Crudefunders (the "sweet spot") and provide input into the triage methodology to identify them. By analyzing the information that is collected, Mr. Beninger will evaluate it and catch errors and omissions. Further, based on his experience, Wayne will work to determine what, if anything, doesn't "smell right"and work with the project issuer and sources of the data to reconcile the concerns. Once a project has cleared this hurdle, SOGMI will collect due diligence documents and review for completeness and reasonableness. The end result is to evaluate the opportunities based on the available data.

Terry Keating

Trustee / Landman

Terry is the founder of Risk Management Strategies, Inc., a San Diego company that provides employer services to fiduciaries of special-needs and wealth-management trusts. Terry sold the company in February 2015, retaining a minority interest, and presently serves as a consultant to the company's new management. At the time of the sale, the company operated in 46 states and employed over 3000 people. Terry began his professional career as a consultant to major oil and mining companies, assisting in the acquisition of properties for exploration and development in nearly every state of the union. His background in business includes real estate, lobbying, facilitating and public relations consulting. Terry has been a leader and teacher in lay ministry for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Janet, currently attend Torrey Pines Church, one of the campuses of the Eastlake Church Network. He serves as chairman of the elder board for Eastlake and its eight campuses. Terry and Janet have four children and seven grandchildren.

Tim Snyder

Energy Economist

Tim founded Matador Economics, formerly Agri-Energy Solutions, Inc. in September of 2005 and serves as its President and Chief Economist. In 2011 he began his joint tenure with Pro Petroleum, Inc. as its Economist. Tim's experience in applied economics began in 1983 after his graduation from Texas Tech University when he began his professional career as a registered securities and commodities representative at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. While at Dean Witter he honed his skills as a registered commodity representative and began work in the equity finance arena as well. After three years, he was promoted to Syndicate Coordinator and began to expand his interests into mergers, acquisitions and equity financing. After leaving Dean Witter Reynolds, Tim spent several years in sales, sales training and management and served as National Marketing Director for a commodity organization. Tim's management and advisory experience spans three decades; that coupled with his unique approach to applied economics and market analysis form a solid base for his work today. His approach to applied economics is well seasoned as it helps him couple economic events both macro and micro to corporate opportunities for profit and growth. Tim also serves as a research cooperator to the Agriculture and Applied Economics Department at Texas Tech University and because of his vast experience in the areas of energy and agriculture has spent several years on the speaker circuit here in the US and abroad.  

Chris Luce

Managing Director

22 years as a financial leadership and investment expert with long tenures at Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, and LPL Financial; Founder and CEO of Five Stones Wealth Management, a Chartered Advisory in Philanthropy and Wealth Management Advisor. Licenses include Series 7, 24, 31, 63, 65 and Group I Insurance.

Mike Barnes

Director of Investor Relations

Mike joined our team in June 2015 after 15 years' of supporting the funding oil & gas drilling projects. This included 8 years as CEO of his own company where he created various partnerships opportunities in the oil & gas sector. His primary role at Crudefunders is to build and maintain relationships with our investors.

Prior to the oil & gas, Mike was an executive level PR and business development professional with over 25 years of experience in institutional fundraising. A graduate of Abilene Christian University in Mass Communication Theory and lifetime Dallas resident, Mike has continued volunteer his time with various community and education organizations.

t: (844) FUND.OIL/ info@crudefunders.com / 1601 Elm Street #4245, Dallas, Texas 75201