Alchemist Energy Texas Oil and Gas Development Capital


Morgan Hinchcliffe


Morgan spent 10 years with Pioneer Natural Resources focused on field development, reservoir engineering and planning. Most recently, Morgan was the Permian Field Development Manager, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 35 professionals tasked with directing Pioneer’s $3 billion per year development plan. While forming Alchemist, Morgan consulted for a private Midland Basin company where he managed the subsurface planning and optimization of a 21-well horizontal program. Morgan has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a ME in Petroleum Engineering both from Texas A&M University.

Scott Nelson


Scott spent 10 years at Pioneer Natural Resources focused on large-scale operations, drilling, completions and water infrastructure.  Most recently, Scott served as Eagle Ford Asset Team Leader, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 140 personnel focused on optimizing production and lowering operating expenses. While forming Alchemist, Scott consulted for a private Midland Basin company where he managed the design and execution of a 21-well horizontal program. Scott has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Billy Hannes

General Counsel & Vice President of Land

Billy has spent 14 years practicing oil and gas law both in private practice and for privately held oil and gas companies. Prior to joining Alchemist, Billy served as EVP & General Counsel for PCORE Exploration & Production II, a private oil and gas Permian operator, where he led PCORE’s legal and land efforts.  Before PCORE, Billy practiced law at the international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, where he  focused on oil and gas transactions with an emphasis on the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas producing properties, which includes over $2 billion in closed deals. Billy has a JD from South Texas College of Law and a BS in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Scott Zacharie

Vice President of Drilling & Completions

Scott has over 11 years of operations experience working for ExxonMobil, Pioneer Natural Resources and several privately held oil and gas companies primarily focused on the Permian Basin and SCOOP/STACK. Scott has vast experience in unconventional drilling and completion programs and has managed drilling, engineering and operations programs. Scott has drilled more than 40 horizontal Wolfcamp and Bone Springs wells throughout the Midland and Delaware Basins. Prior to joining Alchemist, Scott served as VP of Drilling & Completions for Castell Oil Company. Scott has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. 

Adam Himelfarb

Vice President of Geology

Adam has 15 years of geoscience experience primarily focused in the Permian Basin in both exploration and operation roles. Prior to joining Alchemist, Adam served as Senior Geologist for Occidental Petroleum, gaining a decade of expertise in the Permian Basin while performing a variety of tasks that included advanced geologic modeling, reservoir characterization, regional mapping and development planning. Before Occidental, Adam worked as a geologist for Haas Engineering. Adam has a BS in Geology from Tulane University.