Ben Shepperd serves as the President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association based in Midland, Texas, since 2006. In that role he represents oil and gas interests before legislative and regulatory bodies in Texas, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. He has more than twenty years working on state legislative and regulatory issues. His Austin experience includes staffing several Texas House members, including David Swinford, Harvey Hilderbran, and Buddy West. He served as committee counsel for the House Energy Resources Committee under Chairman West. He also served as Chairman Hilderbran’s water policy advisor in the 79th Legislative Session focusing on issues before the Natural Resources Committee. He also worked for three different state agencies over those years, including the Department of Agriculture, director of Rural Affairs for the Department of Economic Development, and as Legislative and Policy Director for Commissioner Charles Matthews at the Railroad Commission. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Texas A & M University in College Station. Mr. Shepperd is a board member of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Foundation at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, as well as on the Advisory Council for the UTPB School of Business.
Stephen M. Robertson serves as the Executive Vice President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. In 2003 Mr. Robertson joined the industry’s workforce and prior to joining the PBPA, practiced law in Midland with a heavy work load in oil & gas title work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he earned a Certificate of Law and Science in Oil and Gas. Mr. Robertson currently serves on the boards of Centers for Children and Families and the Midland Chapter of the Texas Exes. He also enjoys volunteering as a coach for Upward Basketball through First Presbyterian Church of Midland. His greatest joy, however, is raising his two children with his wife Leah.
Brianne Adkins, Vice President for Membership & Communications for the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, is a West Texas Native from Lubbock, Texas. She attended Lubbock Christian High school and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University where she twirled for the Goin' Band from Raiderland. Brianne relocated to the Permian Basin and joined the PBPA team in late 2012. As Vice President for Membership & Communications, Brianne oversees all aspects of member recruitment, relations and retention while also coordinating PBPA's nine active policy committees. Additionally, Brianne assumes oversight of all communications, digital media, and event coordination for the association.