AAPG Election Results Are In

Tulsa independent Richard D. Fritz, CEO-GEO of Tulsa-based Council Oak Resources, has been voted president-elect of AAPG for the 2019-2020 term.

Fritz, an AAPG member since 1975, will begin his duties on July 1. He will serve as the Association’s president in 2020-21.

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Tulsa independent Richard D. Fritz, CEO-GEO of Tulsa-based Council Oak Resources, has been voted president-elect of AAPG for the 2019-2020 term.

Fritz, an AAPG member since 1975, will begin his duties on July 1. He will serve as the Association’s president in 2020-21.

Also elected to the incoming AAPG Executive Committee were:

  • Vice President-Regions – Robert C. Shoup, chief geologist, Subsurface Consultants & Associates, Houston, and director, Clastic Reservoir Systems, Singapore.
  • Secretary – Stephanie Nwoko, senior geomodeler, Premier Oilfield Group, Houston.
  • Editor – Robert K. Merrill, Catheart Energy Inc, Houston.

Both the vice president-Regions and secretary serve two-year terms. The editor serves a three-year term.

The newly elected officers will begin their duties July 1, serving on an Executive Committee headed by Michael J. Party, independent geologist and president of Midland, Texas-based Beryl Oil and Gas LP, who assumes the AAPG presidency on that date.

All will be joining continuing EC members Jeffrey B. Aldrich, vice president and partner of Denver-based MHA Petroleum Consultants, who continues as vice president-Sections; and Richard Ball, vice president of Detring Energy Advisors in Houston, who continues as treasurer.

Also on the committee will be John Kaldi, professor, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide, Australia, as chair of the AAPG House of Delegates.

Voting results indicated that slightly more than 21 percent of AAPG’s 12,176 eligible voters cast ballots in this year’s election, with all but 87 votes being cast online.

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More thanks are in order and lack of voter interest means AAPG governance should change
I thank the other AAPG Members who stood for office: Bill Maloney, Peter Baillie, Brad Prather, and Xavier Moonan. I hope each of these people will be engaged in important volunteer roles by the incoming Executive Committee. I would also like to point out the low interest in voting - only 21% of those eligible voted this time, down from more than 30% in 2015. Given the low interest in voting, is the expense of contested elections worthwhile when AAPG is under significant financial pressure? A recent ad hoc committee examined AAPG governance and estimated the cost of governance as more than $1 million per year when the overall budget is about $15 million per year. The energy industry in North America is not recovering from the latest downturn the way it has in the past in terms of membership and sponsorship revenue to AAPG, so I recommend that AAPG leadership address the high cost of governance in light of its apparently limited value to Members.
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