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SPE Mid-Continent Section 2017-2018 Officers and Directors Election

SPE Mid-Continent Section

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  • Click on "Register" above
  • Complete the personal information section with your First and Last name and Email Address
  • Make your selections for each Officer and Director position
  • Vote for one (1) Chairman, one (1) Vice Chairman, one (1) Secretary, one (1) Treasurer, and five (5) Directors by placing a checkmark in the box to the left of their names.
  • Complete the voting process by clicking on "Complete Registration"
  • You will receive an electronic record of your vote via a confirmation email.



Nathan Buchanan
— Nathan Buchanan is a Managing Member of Exponent Energy LLC, a Tulsa-based oil and gas company formed in 2016 with operations in Oklahoma and Texas. Prior to starting Exponent Energy, Nathan worked in engineering and supervisory roles for several different companies as an employee and a consultant. He graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 2008. Nathan has been an SPE member since 2006 and has previously served on the Mid-Continent section’s board. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Julie, and three reasonably well behaved dogs.


Brad D. Burks, PE
  — BS Petroleum Engineering, 1983, University of Tulsa. SPE membership, continuous since 1982, in the following Sections: TU Student, Permian Basin, and Mid-Continent. Work experiences, with 2 major and several independent oil companies, have covered multiple disciplines, including onshore drilling, production, pipeline, and reservoir engineering. Majority of work experiences with Permian Basin assets. Currently, President of BK Exploration Corp. of Tulsa, a 28 year old production company. Lifetime Member of SPE.

Mike S. Mabry, PE  — BS Petroleum Engineer University of Tulsa 1977. Registered Prof. Engineer Texas 1982. A member of SPE since 1973, in various chapters including Norman, Houston, Midland, Tulsa, and TU. Chairman of the 2000 SPE/DOE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium during one the toughest downturns of the energy industry on record. I have worked with majors, independents, ranchers, and lawyers in all engineering disciplines. Currently self-employed at Sycamore Resources LLC a 25 year old consulting company.


David Krueger, P.E. — Member of the Mid-Continent SPE Section for 8 years. SPE member for 25+ years. Registered Professional Engineer in Texas since 1997. Worked for Phillips Petroleum, UNOCAL, Vastar Resources, BP, Chesapeake, Petrohawk, and Premier Natural Resources in production operations, facilities design and operations, drilling and completions, workovers, pipeline design and operations, fishing operations, and a wide variety of special projects for clients and employers. Currently working as an independent engineer and consultant. BS Petroleum Engineering, University of Missouri - Rolla. BS/MS Ag Mechanization/Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia.


Chris Neffendorf
  — Chris Neffendorf is an Engineering Advisor at Cimarex Energy, an oil and gas exploration company mainly located in Texas and Oklahoma. Previously, Chris worked in various completion and reservoir engineering roles for EOG Resources, Approach Resources and Halliburton Energy Services. Chris graduated from Texas A&M University (Class of ’97) with a bachelor’s degree Chemical Engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Chris has been intricately involved in downhole measurements for completion optimization and he holds a patent for measuring features in a conduit.

Lisa Sullivan — Manager of Reserves and Production Systems at Samson Resources II. Over 27 years experience in Reserves for Samson Resources. Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa and B.S. from Northwest Missouri State, Maryville, MO. Member of SPE since 2013.

Betty Felber
— Betty Felber’s principal experience is as a research scientist and reservoir engineer. Strong skills in supervising evaluation of properties for improved recovery. Developed chemical systems for enhancing sweep in waterfloods and EOR projects. Also involved in determining causes and mitigating formation damage problems. In SPE have attained distinguished member status and named an IOR Pioneer. Currently serving on Mid-continent Section Board of Directors and as the Section newsletter editor. Degrees include BS, MS, PhD and Senior Executive Fellow Graduate from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma State University and Harvard University respectively.

Hap Pinkerton — Hap Pinkerton is a Technical Sales Advisor with Halliburton Energy Services based in Tulsa, OK specializing in the design and optimization of hydraulic fracture treatments. He has 17 years’ experience in the oil and natural gas industries designing and executing stimulation treatments in producing basins all over North America. Hap received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed Petroleum Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. He is an 11 year member the American Association of Drilling Engineers and a 16 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Dwight Rychel, Consulting Petroleum Engineer — Dwight earned his bachelor’s and doctorate in engineering from Oklahoma State University and Masters in Business Administration from Florida State University. His experience includes over 40 years in the energy industry with positions in reservoir research in enhanced oil recovery, planning, project development, marketing, and petroleum technology transfer. From 2009 – 2013, Dwight was a principal in a group under contract with the US DOE to provide training in all aspects of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage to industry, schools and government, conducting numerous workshops and webinars, authoring dozens of articles and several online courses. Dwight also was engaged as a peer review expert for the DOE FutureGen project. Dwight’s interests include petroleum technology transfer, reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration/CO2 EOR. Dwight is a registered professional engineer (ret.), a director of the Mid-Continent chapter of the SPE, and past General Chair of the 2010 SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium

Al Smith — Al Smith is a Consultant Reservoir Engineer. SPE member for 46 years. Past SPE Mid-continent section Chairman, Program Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Director. Licensed Professional Engineer in Oklahoma and Texas. BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University.

D. Steven Tipton, P.E. — Mr. Tipton is a registered professional engineer and long-time member of SPE specializing in oil and gas drilling, completion and production operations, water management (including its procurement, transportation, storage, recycling and disposal), induced seismicity, and regulatory and environmental compliance. He has over 50 years of diverse international and domestic petroleum engineering experience. Mr. Tipton is currently with ALL Consulting working as a Senior Engineering Consultant. Prior to joining ALL Consulting, Mr. Tipton served in numerous engineering, operational and management roles in the oil and gas industry, most recently with Newfield Exploration. He has a Professional Degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa.

Buckley Walsh — BS Degree, Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana Tech University. Began career with Gulf Oil Corporation upon graduation in 1977. Moved to Dallas in 1979 to become a reservoir engineer with Lone Star Gas Company. Moved to Tulsa in 1983 to become Reservoir Engineering Manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas Company. Transitioned to Oneok Energy Resources in 1996 as a District Engineer. After OER property sale, employed by EXCO Resources in 2005 in the same role as a District Engineer. After EXCO sold the properties in 2009, employed by SM Energy in 2010 as a reservoir engineer for Granite Wash Asset Team. Worked part-time in 2014 as a reservoir engineering consultant for Meagher Energy Advisors. Currently retired. Have been a SPE member since 1974.

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SPE Mid-Continent Section

The Mid-Continent Section of SPE was founded on December 28, 1917. It predated, by two years, the establishment of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Today, the Mid-Continent Section has over 700 members located in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA and surrounding area. Our diverse membership comes from a mix of medium and small businesses including major oil & gas companies, independent producers, drilling contractors, well services, equipment suppliers, gas transmission, universities, government agencies, and consultants.

The Mid-Continent Section maintains a tradition as one of the most active of more than 140 SPE sections in the world. One of its more unique activities is an annual series of 9 monthly luncheons with guest speakers, started in 1965, and continued through the present for over 40 years.

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