Steven Myers

Steven D. Myers

Steve-Suit

 

EDUCATION
1979     Juris Doctorate
              Oklahoma City University School of Law
              Law Review 1977-1978
1975   B.A. Degree with Honors
            University of Oklahoma
EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
July 2013 to February 2015
Associate Vice President-Land for Chaparral Energy, LLC
  • Responsible for Land Administration (Lease Records, Division Orders) as well as the oversight of staff of 30 in Land.
  • Responsibility for ensuring adequate prospect to well development for a ten well rig program in the Mid-Continent.
  • Responsible for integrating GIS into our Enertia system in order to graphically display current leasehold positions of Chaparral as well as that of third parties.  Incorporated program to discern and display depth severance related ownership graphically within GIS as it relates to Chaparral leasehold ownership.
  • Initiated programs to greatly improved data quality within the Chaparral Lease Records department.
  • Supervised implementation of mentoring program to train young land staff.
  • Created and supervised a department for Surface Rights Acquisition responsible for the acquisition of drilling pads, salt water disposal pads as well as right of way associated with attendant water transfer facilities, oil transport right of way and frac water holding facilities. 
  • Implemented standardization of all agreements utilized in Chaparral’s E&P operations. 
  • Negotiated all data licenses such as Pangaea, Drilling Info, Oil Law Records.
  • Substantial involvement in all corporate Acquisition and Divestiture projects.
  • Supervision/implementation of an annual Land Acquisition Budget of approximately $70MM.
  • Interacted with Senior Management to create budgets, provide greater transparency as it related to land’s operational capabilities and status of projects. 
July 2008 to July 2013
Director of Land & Legal Affairs – Citrus Energy Corporation   
Citrus is a natural gas exploration and development company which is headquartered in Castle Rock, Colorado.   Plano was the project office for Citrus’s Marcellus Shale activities which was a “Greenfield” initiative built from the ground up.  I was responsible for initial project presentation to Proctor & Gamble (an eventual working interest partner as well as end user market for gas developed from the project) as well as the acquisition/leasing of approximately 50,000 acres in Pennsylvania for Citrus Energy.  This Marcellus Project was a capital project of +/- $200MM partially financed initially by Unit Petroleum (Tulsa) and subsequently by Wells Fargo Energy Capital.
My responsibilities included:
  • The creation/preparation of PSA’s, oil and gas leases, operating agreements, farm in/producing property acquisition agreements (including supervision of all associated Due Diligence relating to A&D activity), confidentiality and non-compete agreements, exploration agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, compressor site agreements, surface use/damage/access agreements, settlement agreements, rights of way/easements and other agreements involving oil and gas rights.
  • Land support for detailed, long-range business development plans including understanding / coordination of any regulatory, environmental, marketing or legal issues. 
  • Management/administration/training and approval of the brokerage staff and leasehold cost associated for budget purposes.  Responsible for creation of Lease Records and Division Order groups and implementation of Enertia software applications. 
  • Heavy involvement with acquisition and divestiture activities.
  • Coordinate, train and evaluate the day-to-day work of our assigned Field Landmen, or Contract Landmen working assigned areas.
  • Assist in the resolution of regulatory disputes.
  • Negotiated a multi faceted lease, gas sales agreement and participation agreement with Procter & Gamble to develop land upon which their Mehoopany, PA plant is located which will provide a sales market for up to 35,000Mmbtu’s/d.  Spearheaded to reclassification of a FERC designated gas sales/delivery line to a gathering designation (also FERC approved) in order to transport Citrus owned production to both Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Transco Pipeline.
  • Evaluate asset performance and asset management. 
  • Negotiated and contracted for Mid Stream asset development partner in conjunction with the Procter & Gamble project.
  • Work closely with oil and gas lessors, landowner coalitions and local Appalachian attorneys, land companies and governmental agencies. Handle settlement negotiations and high level damage claims.
November 2005 to July 2008
Vice President Clearwater Enterprises, LLC
Clearwater is a vertically integrated energy company headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.  Its energy involvement ranged from ownership and operations of the Ventura Refinery in Thomas, Oklahoma to participation in drilling operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Washington State.  My responsibilities included oversight of natural gas leasing activities, document negotiations/preparation (farm ins/farm outs, participation agreements, areas of mutual interest, joint operating agreements), natural gas marketing, property acquisitions and divestitures.  Also responsible for natural gas supply origination, producer services and coordination with retail marketing ventures.  Purchased and contracted for the natural gas supplies for over 2,500 commercial end user accounts in the Mid-Continent market area.  Consulted with producers on matters ranging from well connects, review of processing contracts and risk management/hedging strategies as well as due diligence oversight for A&D activities.
September 2002 to November 2005
Director of Energy Services Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, Carthage, MO
Leggett & Platt Incorporated is a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturing company that conceives designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components.  My responsibilities included the management and oversight of one hundred and fifty million dollars in energy spending.  I negotiated the purchase and delivery of natural gas and electricity supplies for 300 domestic production facilities, including preparation of supply solicitations, purchase negotiations, contract preparation.    I implemented a program to reduce energy demand through a variety of technologically driven projects which resulted in the elimination of over $25MM in energy consumption.  My responsibilities also included facility management as it related to energy consumption initiatives.  I assisted the property acquisition and divestiture teams to prequalify both the construction and purchase of production facilities to ensure best practices with respect to energy management features.  I initiated a risk management process for
 L & P’s energy spend which resulted in the development of a hedging plan which was adopted and implemented by L & P’s Board of Directors. 
October 2001 to August 2002
Director of Marketing – Associated Resources, Inc.
Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Associated Resources provides outsourcing services for land, lease records, engineering, accounting and natural gas marketing, consulting, administrative services and contract operations.  As Director of Natural Gas Marketing I established an industrial and commercial end user marketing program resulting in the addition of a substantial number of industrial/manufacturing accounts which provided an outlet for client production.  I assisted these commercial and industrial customers with rate analysis, rate negotiations with their corresponding LDC, energy consumption analysis, by pass optionality, market pricing consultation and risk management.  My responsibilities included assisting natural gas producers and consumers with contract preparation, contract review and analysis, wellhead connects, and plant processing analysis, demand side analysis, marketing and risk management execution through cross commodity hedging.
July 1999 to October 2001
President – Pioneer Energy Marketing Company, Inc.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Octagon Resources, Pioneer had offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.  Pioneer was the marketing arm of Octagon Resources and had complete responsibility for the placement of approximately $50 million dollars in annual sales of natural gas and natural gas liquids, as well as the aggregation of production from a number of third party suppliers.  Pioneer established a network of commercial/industrial end user markets as an outlet for its equity production.  My areas of responsibility included direct oversight of Pioneer’s commercial and industrial marketing efforts, analysis and implementation of bypass opportunities, negotiation of power supply agreements and site analysis for independent power projects.  I also supervised the marketing of producer services, origination and marketing of derivative products to both natural gas producers as well as commercial clients.  I had exclusive management of NYMEX hedging, position management and marked to market bookings. 
May 1996 to June 1999
Manager of Supply Purchasing – Continental Natural Gas, Inc.
Continental Natural Gas, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma was a natural gas gatherer, processor and marketing/trading firm which was ultimately acquired by CMS Energy.  As Manager of Supply Purchasing I had primary responsibility for the development of supply acquisition to feed fuel stocks for a network of natural gas gathering systems and processing plants in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.  Additional responsibilities included risk management decisions for the fuel and shrink volumes for all system plants.  During my tenure we were able to increase through put volumes at plant processing locations by approximately 250 million cubic feet per day. 
November 1992 to May 1996
Manager of Marketing – Boyd Rosene and Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1983 with the advent of open access under FERC order 636 as manager of marketing I was responsible for the development, staffing and implementation of a commercial and industrial end user marketing department.  This marketing effort was established to compliment the wholesale gas marketing and trading operation previously stabled for short term spot sales in the post 636 open access era.  The commercial and industrial sales effort culminated in the development of direct annual sales in excess of 50 million dollars. 
April 1990 to October 1992
Vice President of Clinton Gas Transmission/President of Sparks Petroleum
Clinton Gas Transmission was one of the first natural gas marketing firms to pursue end user marketing to commercial and industrial accounts in the early 1980’s following the deregulation of the natural gas industry pursuant to FERC Order 636 creating open access to interstate natural gas pipelines.  At Clinton I had responsibility for the direct sales to newly established open access markets in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis.  I was responsible for the implementation of a natural gas management program for commercial and industrial accounts, in addition to assuming subsequent supervision over acquisition efforts intended to develop a network of interstate transportation to various LDC facilities.  I assumed the Presidency of Sparks Petroleum, the parent company of Clinton Gas Transmission.  As President I was responsible for all aspects of the E & P efforts, including prospect generation/analysis, drilling and completion oversight, production management, and marketing. 
February 1980 to March 1990
Texas Oil & Gas Corp/Delhi Pipeline
Joined Texas Oil & Gas Corp (NYSE listed “TXO” as a staff attorney in the Oklahoma City Mid-Continent District Office.  Subsequently promoted to the position of Regional Counsel for the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, CO).  As Regional Counsel I was responsible for handling, processing and coordinating all aspects of corporate litigation on the regional level.  I had exclusive responsibility for the creation and development of all documents, contracts and agreements relating to operations, exploration, FERC compliance as well as State and Federal regulatory matters as well as coordinating and reviewing all due diligence aspects related to District A&D activity.  I reviewed all title materials related to drilling prospects.  Reviewed outside attorney’s title opinions, drafted farmin/farmout agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, joint operating agreements and participation agreements.  I subsequently assumed the role of Area Land Manger for the Rocky Mountain Division and had responsibility for eight in house and ten contract land employees.  I subsequently transferred to TXO’s Oklahoma City Mid-Continent office and was promoted to District Land Manager.  As District Land Manager for TXO’s Western OK Region I was responsible for:
  • Project management, working multiple, concurrent projects within the frame work of a cross-disciplinary team to achieve divisional business development goals. 
  • Responsibility for coordination and communication of business development activities with other departments.  Prepared recommendations and formal presentations to management.  
  • Negotiate and prepare CA’s, joint operating agreements, farm-out agreements, exploration joint ventures, unitization agreements, and other agreements related to exploration and production projects generated.  Conducted training and mentor programs for Land Staff.
  •  Keep abreast of local, state and federal regulations and developments affecting the oil and gas industry and serve as the Company’s contact with mineral boards and regulatory bodies regarding land matters.
  •  Provide direction and oversee the work of outside brokers
  •  Maintain an awareness of significant completion drilling and leasing activity within target development areas
Subsequently made intra-company transfer to Delhi Pipeline as Supply Director of Cimarron System.  Responsible for working directly with producers active in the Mid Continent Region of Delhi’s Cimarron System.  Responsible for the acquisition and purchase of over 100Bcf of system supply.  Responsibilities included contract drafting, amendments, and modifications. 
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