On a pleasant April afternoon, standing before about 600 people gathered in the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Karl Brensike was in his element, telling the story of the mineral business.

It’s a personal story for Brensike. He’s the wunderkind co-founder of Haymaker Minerals & Royalties. He’s an overnight success, 20 years in the making. His career has moved forward haltingly, built more on busts than booms—first as tech company CEO and later asset manager, screenwriter, co-founder of upstream E&P Remora Oil & Gas and finally as CEO of Haymaker.

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