Shane Bayless

Portrait of Shane Bayless



  • Transactional Process & Reporting
  • Capital/Debt Financing
  • Financial Planning, Analysis & Reporting
  • Acqusition Implementation & Integration
  • Startup Company Formation & Setup
  • SEC Filing & Reporting


Shane Bayless is President of Opportune LLP’s Outsourcing practice in Houston. Shane has over 25 years of executive, financial management, controllership, tax reporting and mergers and acquisitions experience with both private and public companies. Prior to joining Opportune, Shane most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Compass Production Partners LP, an independent E&P company. During his career, Shane has been a part of numerous start-up entities and has had the responsibility for the stand-up of the company by means of setup, transition or conversion of the entire accounting, finance, marketing, IT and internal control environments for a newly formed entity. He was also directly responsible for IPO readiness efforts and for hiring, developing and overseeing all departments with direct reports, including accounting, finance, IT, tax, human resources, marketing, risk management, EH&S and land administration. E&P companies that Mr. Bayless has held executive and/or management titles include Sabine Oil & Gas LLC, Petrohawk Energy Corp., 3TEC Energy Corp., Encore Acquisition Company and Hugoton Energy Corp. Shane began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young.

Shane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Wichita State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Kansas and Texas.


  • Grew multiple start-up E&P companies with private equity commitments of $50 million to $1 billion that scaled into significant domestic onshore operating entities.

  • Led multiple organizations, including finance, accounting, tax, treasury, land, human resources, risk management and investor relations groups for both NASDAQ and NYSE-traded companies.

  • Provided leadership and financial expertise to capitalize and finance rapid growth via merger and acquisition activity both as a public and private company, corporate and asset transactions, as well as annual operating capital expenditure plans.