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Learn the Art of the Deal at NAPE

Director's Corner

Our primary focus here at AAPG is the science of petroleum geology.

The principal means by which we serve that focus are developing and delivering periodicals and organizing events through which you have the ability to learn and share about new advances in the science and technology of finding and producing oil and natural.

But, while petroleum geology is an essential part of the oil and gas business, it alone is not sufficient. Many of our Members aren’t simply petroleum geologists, but are also entrepreneurs and business people. In fact, if you look back to AAPG’s founding, one of the principal objectives was to provide the public with a means of identifying professionals in the oil business who hold themselves and each other to ethical standards.

That’s why AAPG isn’t simply a scientific society, but a professional association of petroleum geologists. How we conduct ourselves, how we conduct our business, matters.

This month, we will gather with fellow oil and gas professionals who share our values to focus on an essential piece of the oil and gas business: the deal.

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Our primary focus here at AAPG is the science of petroleum geology.

The principal means by which we serve that focus are developing and delivering periodicals and organizing events through which you have the ability to learn and share about new advances in the science and technology of finding and producing oil and natural.

But, while petroleum geology is an essential part of the oil and gas business, it alone is not sufficient. Many of our Members aren’t simply petroleum geologists, but are also entrepreneurs and business people. In fact, if you look back to AAPG’s founding, one of the principal objectives was to provide the public with a means of identifying professionals in the oil business who hold themselves and each other to ethical standards.

That’s why AAPG isn’t simply a scientific society, but a professional association of petroleum geologists. How we conduct ourselves, how we conduct our business, matters.

This month, we will gather with fellow oil and gas professionals who share our values to focus on an essential piece of the oil and gas business: the deal.

The NAPE Summit, a partnership of the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, AAPG and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, is scheduled for Feb. 15-17 in Houston, and is dedicated to just that activity.

The largest event of its kind, bringing together entrepreneurs, scientists, landmen and financiers, the NAPE Summit is an opportunity to network with others in the oil and gas business, discuss opportunities and structure business deals that will lead to the finding and production of new oil and gas reserves.

At the heart of the Summit is the exhibition floor. With nearly 15 acres of exhibition space and an anticipated 1,000 exhibitors, this is the place to meet attendees and look at deals on Thursday and Friday.

Continuing and expanding on a successful feature from last year, the exhibition hall will include two theaters – one for U.S. prospects and the other for non-U.S. prospects – where exhibitors will be able to talk about the opportunity they brought to the show.

NAPE Business Conference

On Wednesday, the NAPE Business Conference will be an opportunity to hear executives and business experts talk about the oil and gas business, trends, opportunities and challenges.

This year, the headline speaker will be Bryan Sheffield, founder of Parsley Energy, who will speak on the “changing landscape of the Permian Basin.”

The conference will also feature a panel discussion on how the oil and gas industry can improve its communication with the American public on the topics of energy, communications, a global energy outlook and exploration and production forecast for the United States, as well as discussion on deal-making.

If you are looking for a one-day investment in yourself as a business professional, you should make the time to attend the NAPE Business Conference.

On Tuesday, registrants for the Business Conference will also have the opportunity to participate in a seminar presented by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). The full-day seminar will be split in two sessions: the morning session will focus on the differences between oil and gas operations in the United States and the rest of the world. The afternoon session will look at how negotiations differ between the United States and outside of the country, examining the impact of culture on how you get to a deal.

There’s a big wide world out there to explore, and this seminar offered by NAPE and AIPN combined with the international prospect exhibitors on the show floor could take your business in an entirely new direction.

A General and Geologist

The NAPE partners have a strong commitment to giving back, and an important feature of the Summit each February is the charity luncheon on Thursday. Since 2009, the luncheons have raised and donated millions of dollars to support veterans’ charities. The partners cover the cost of the luncheon so that every dollar raised goes to support veterans.

This year our speaker will be Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and, before that, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell has had a long and distinguished career in public service, both in the military and civilian positions.

He is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. In fact, he’s received it twice, the second time with distinction.

Oh, and did I mention that his undergraduate degree is in geology?

I’m looking forward to hearing Gen. Powell at the NAPE Summit, a can’t-miss event for oil and gas professionals from around the world.

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