Mr. Nini co-founded Lantana Oil & Gas Partners in January 2003. Prior to founding Lantana, Mr. Nini worked with Torch Energy Advisors, Inc from late 2000 until December 2002. Responsibilities included asset acquisitions, due diligence and PSA negotiations. In 1993, he entered the natural gas commodity trading business at Coastal Gas Marketing until 1995, when he moved to Calgary as part of the group headed by J.P. Bryan that took over Gulf Canada Resources. There he led U.S. gas trading on behalf of Gulf Canada, building a third party U.S. business to 1.5 BCF/month. Mr. Nini conceptualized and opened a Houston-based office for Gulf Canada to handle all U.S. gas marketing efforts, both physical and financial, Gulf Trading had first year sales over $200 million. Mr. Nini graduated in 1989 from Texas Tech University with a BA in Public Relations and Marketing. His career following college involved prospect development, title research, land and mineral owner negotiations, oil & gas leasing, title opinions and curative for several majors.