Malone Mitchell founded Riata Management, LLC in 2005 and Longfellow Energy, LP in 2006; prior to that, he founded Riata Energy (now SandRidge Energy) in 1984. He served as Operations Manager at Riata Energy until 1989 when he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, which he held until June, 2006. During this period, Riata grew from $500 to become one of the largest privately held energy companies and the largest privately held land driller in the US and had significant midstream and tertiary oil production operations. Until December 2006, Mr. Mitchell held the position of President and COO, when he decided to resign from daily management in the company. Prior to his involvement with Riata Energy, he worked in the oil field services industry and was employed in his family’s ranching and aviation businesses. He is also actively involved in the venture capital and agriculture business. Mr. Mitchell received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1983.