After graduating from NM Tech with a BS in petroleum engineering in 1987, and working a stint offshore as a roustabout, I enrolled in graduate school at Texas A&M. In 1990, I graduated with an MS in petroleum engineering and immediately went to work for Phillips Petroleum Company in Houston supporting several fields in central Oklahoma as a reservoir and production engineer. Five years and various positions later (including a year of commuting to Tokyo, Japan with the LNG group) I left Philips to try my hand at other industries.
After managing the family ranch for 4 years, I returned to Texas A&M for a Masters in Business Administration, graduating in 2000. With the oil and gas business in a severe downturn, while the merchant power industry was booming, I decided to try my hand at electricity, hiring on with Entergy Corporation in Houston. This proved short-lived with Enron collapsing the industry in December 2001. Trying to distance myself from power, I moved to Tulsa for a year working with a manufacturing company involved in M&A. Returning to Houston in 2003, I hired on with Targa Resources, a startup midstream gas processing company, as a project analyst. This led full circle to an opportunity to return to ConocoPhillips as a reservoir engineer in the fall of 2005. I am currently a reservoir project team lead heading a waterflood and infill drilling program in a federal unit just south of Hobbs, NM.
In 2004, I married Paige and have two wonderful boys, Wilkin and Henry, ages 2 1/2 and 1 1/2, respectively. We live in Houston with our two boys and Paige's 18 year old daughter, Brittany. Paige and I recently purchased some vacation property in Mountainair, NM, to stay as connected to New Mexico as possible. Also, to make our lives as complicated as possible, we started our own cattle operation near Brenham, Texas, and in March of this year, with two other partners, opened a music hall in Marfa, Texas, called Padres Marfa.
It has been an amazing journey, professionally, being able to experience several of the downstream energy segments and finally being able to return to my passion of petroleum engineering. And while not exactly near Socorro, working in Hobbs enables me to stay connected to the state that is dear to my heart.
Doug has contributed in numerous ways to both New Mexico Tech and the Petroleum Engineering department. Doug volunteers, annually, to represent NMT at various recruiting fairs in the Texas region. With a generous donation, and a matching gift from ConocoPhillips, we were able to install an overhead projector in one of our classrooms, always in demand by our faculty. October, 2008, Doug sponsored two signs for the SPE Gold Rush Golf Scramble and, along with his family, joined everyone at the M Mountain Grill for the awards reception following the tournament. Thanks, Doug!