Our management team is passionate about helping owners sell oil and gas royalties!

Universal Royalty Company has helped hundreds of owners sell oil and gas royalties over the years. Our principals have over 50 years of combined experience in the oil and gas business. Our buyers are experienced, honest and courteous and cater to your specific needs.

Marshall Merritt

Marshall Merritt is a petroleum geologist and began his career with Endevco, Inc. where he worked for 7 years until he became an independent oil and gas operator. He has drilled and operated numerous oil and gas wells in Texas. Marshall is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in geological sciences. He has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 22 years and they have two children.

Jeff Rea

Jeff Rea is a native of Midland, Texas and son of a petroleum geologist. An attorney by training, he has been actively investing in the oil and gas business for the past 30 years. Jeff is a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree – Plan II and a 1986 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for 24 years and they have three children.

Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller, a 2011 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in business management, is the primary buyer for URC. He has been employed in the oil and gas business since graduating from college.

Charlotte Hickey

Charlotte Hickey, a Dallas native, joined the company in late 2013 to serve as its Chief Financial Officer. Her experience includes corporate lending, oversight of venture capital portfolios, sales of distressed loan packages and corporate finance. In connection with her venture capital duties, she served as a director of several portfolio companies. Mrs. Hickey is a 1980 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a BBA in Finance. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married 31 years, and have two children.

Hillary Barton

Hillary Barton is a 2012 graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in advertising. Originally from Houston, she relocated to Dallas shortly after graduating and recently joined the company in 2013.

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