About Us

We’re proud to work with mineral rights owners around the country to provide them with maximum valuations, straight forward deals and fast closes. With no delays and no hassles. With hundreds of successful closings and millions paid out, Franklin Mineral Holdings has become one of the fastest growing and most trusted mineral acquisition companies in the U.S., ensuring families, individuals and businesses get top dollar for their mineral rights.

Franklin Mineral Holdings Managing Team

Pete Estler

Chairman of the Board

Pete’s storied career as a successful entrepreneur has earned him the reputation of founding, funding, and building winners. He has vast expertise in integrated technologies, business development, finance, and has funded dozens of thriving ventures, including several oil and gas companies.  Pete’s invaluable leadership and role on the team as the mentor, guide and financier has already rocketed Franklin Mineral Holdings into one of the fastest growing Mineral acquisition and holdings companies. Pete’s also more than a little famous for his Baja racing team days. While he doesn’t enjoy the taste of sand as much as he used to, it’s not difficult to talk him into a track day.

James Strang

Chief Executive Officer

Since the beginning of his career, James has covered all aspects of the oil & gas industry; from running title and purchasing leases to surface rights negotiation and as an independent operator. A founding member of Franklin Mineral Holdings, James guided its growth of net mineral acres in tier-one positions across major resource plays in Colorado and Oklahoma.  James graduated from the University of Arkansas, after transferring from the University of Colorado, where he won two cross country national championships. After college James had a successful pro running career, retiring after winning a silver medal at the IAAF world championships. James loves hunting, fishing, shooting, and helping the Pikes Peak Range Rider organization promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Michael Estler

Chief Technology Officer

Mike has spent 25 years in the design, administration and management of leading edge technology across a spectrum of diverse industries, including oil and gas. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. When he isn’t basking in the glow of data filled computer screens he spends time playing racquetball, entertaining his 2 year old, and working on machine learning projects.

Justin Ezell

Vice President - Land & Business Development

A Certified Professional Landman, Justin has managed large portfolios of Minerals and Non-operating interests throughout SCOOP, STACK, Merge, Anadarko Basin, Arkoma Basin, Permian, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Haynesville, Bakken and Utica. He began his career as a Landman and drilled numerous wells in the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus and Utica plays. Justin graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Energy Management & Finance. He loves hunting, fishing, traveling and spending quality time on the golf course.

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