The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the state’s largest oil and gas advocacy group and one of the largest statewide petroleum groups in the nation, named Mike Terry president of the group on Thursday.
Terry, a native of Seminole and a University of Oklahoma graduate, has been a part of Oklahoma’s energy industry since 1980, when he joined his family’s oilfield service company.
In 1992, he was appointed executive director of the Oklahoma Commission on Marginal Wells, and he became the first executive director of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board in 1994, serving in that role until last March.
He served as executive vice president for Oklahoma City-based Diamondback Energy Services since that time.
“Obviously, I’m very pleased that the members of the OIPA would place their confidence in me,” Terry said. “My involvement with the OIPA through the 12 years I spent with the OERB provided me with a vast appreciation for the organization and the people who support it. I look forward to building on that foundation. I’m a firm believer that a strong oil and gas industry translates into a better Oklahoma.”
OIPA Chairman Harold Hamm, an independent producer from Enid, said Terry was a unanimous choice by the OIPA’s search committee, executive committee and board of directors.
“Certainly, Mike Terry is no stranger to the OIPA,” Hamm said. “Mike has a long track record of service to the oil and gas industry as executive director of the OERB. We’re very excited to work with him again.”
Terry replaces Jeramy Rich, who was recently named the executive director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo.