About PBPA


Built on a legacy: Formed in 1961 by a group of oilmen concerned about the federal government’s growing regulatory role, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association has grown from fewer than twenty members to more than 1,000 member companies.


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PBPA Committees

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Mission Statement

To advocate for safe and responsible oil and gas development and to provide education on safety,
legislation, regulation, and support services for the industry.

PBPA Staff

Ben Shepperd


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Stephen Robertson

Executive Vice President

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Brianne Adkins

Vice President for Membership & Communications

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Caci Demmer

Accouting Specialist & Office Manager

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Megan Trotter

Administrative Support

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Caci Demmer is PBPA’s Accounting Specialist and Office Manager.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2008 and immediately joined the oil and gas work force.  Caci has heavy experience with oil and gas accounting, taxation, budgeting and insurance.  As Accounting Specialist and Office Manager, Caci oversees all daily accounting and Human Resources functions, monthly and yearly budgeting, membership dues, events collections, as well as ensuring the PBPA office runs smoothly and efficiently.   Caci has a passion for the oil and gas industry and loves working for an organization that works to make positive impacts on the field.

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Megan Trotter joined the PBPA in February 2014. Megan was born and raised in Midland, TX and graduated from Midland High School in 2006. She went on to Texas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. Working as the administrative support for the PBPA, she assists with accounting duties and event coordination. Interacting with the PBPA membership is what she enjoys most about her job.

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Board of Directors

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Past Top Hand Recipients

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  • Roger Alexander, Cimarex Energy
  • Jeff Balmer, Encana Oil & Gas
  • Pat Bond, Light Tower Rentals
  • Chris Boehler, Concho Resources
  • Danny Campbell, Henry Resources
  • David Christmas, Schlumberger
  • Matt Cooper, ExL Petroleum, LP
  • Larry Edgerton, Weaver
  • Richard Folger, Colbridge Partners Ltd.
  • Trey Garmon, Phoenix Technologies
  • Chris Gatjanis, Halliburton
  • Johnny Golden, ConocoPhillips
  • Jack Harper, Concho Resources
  • Matt Hinson, WPX Energy
  • Tom Janiszewski, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Steven Jeffcoat, Johnson, Miller & Company
  • Matt Johnson, Summit Petroleum
  • Paul Kenworthy, Kenworthy Oil
  • Scott Kidwell, Concho Resources
  • Edward Lauer, Lucky Services
  • Levi Maurer, EnerVest Ltd.
  • Kyle McGraw, Legacy Reserves
  • Jim Newman, Basic Energy Services
  • Newt Newton, SM Energy
  • Obie O’Brien, Apache Corporation
  • Andrew Rawicki, Chevron
  • Rosalind Redfern Grover, Redfern & Grover
  • Larry Richards, Osprey Consulting
  • Michael Scott, Crownquest Operating, LLC
  • Ben Shepperd, PBPA
  • Harry Spannaus, Retired USAF & PBPA
  • Jeff Sparks, Discovery Operating, Inc.
  • Susan Spratlen, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Angela Staples, Tall City Exploration
  • Travis Stice, Diamondback Energy
  • Nick Taylor, Mexco Resources
  • Tommy Taylor, Fasken Oil & Ranch
  • Kevan Taylor, Plains Marketing L.P.
  • Clint Walker, Cudd Energy Services
  • Denzil West, Reliance Energy
  • Robert Winkler, Frost
  • Danny Campbell, Immediate Past Chairman
  • Ben Shepperd, President
  • Clint Walker, Chairman
  • Kyle McGraw, Chairman-Elect
  • Scott Kidwell, Vice President at Large
  • Tommy Taylor, Area Vice President
  • Susan Spratlen, Area Vice President
  • Jeff Sparks, Area Vice President
  • Steven Jeffcoat, Treasurer
  • Harry Spannaus, Honorary Vice President
  • Angela Staples, General Counsel
  • Danny Campbell
  • Steven H. Pruett
  • Mark Merritt
  • Doug Robison
  • Taylor Mayne
  • Kirk Edwards
  • Bruce Brady
  • Richard Sivalls
  • Charles D. Fraser
  • Steve Castle
  • Robert Dean
  • Jim C. Henry
  • John R. Dorr
  • Paul L. Morris
  • Joe. B McShane, Jr.
  • L.D. “"Buddy”" Sipes, Jr.
  • W. D. Kennedy
  • Scott Sheffield
  • Ford Chapman
  • Ted Collins, Jr.
  • Robert M. Orr
  • Glenn S. Brant
  • Russell J. Ramsland, Sr.
  • Charles Perry
  • C.W. Brown
  • Perry Bolger
  • J.W. Hunt
  • Ken McPeters
  • Robert M. Leibrock
  • Arden R. Grover
  • W.T. Edwards
  • A.W. Dillard, Jr.
  • Joseph O'Neill, Jr.
  • Mack C. Chase
  • Curtis W. Mewbourne
  • Howard Parker & Joe Parsley
  • Honorable Donald L. Evans
  • Scott Sheffield
  • Tim Leach
  • The Honorable Tom Craddick
  • Arden & Rosalind Redfern-Grover
  • Ted Collins, Jr.
  • Cloyce Talbott & Glenn Patterson
  • Jim Henry
  • L.D. “Buddy” Sipes
  • Tom L. Brown
  • Arlen L. Edgar
  • John F. Younger
  • Myra Robinson
  • Todd Aaron
  • Decker Dawson
  • Clayton W. Williams, Jr.
  • Mac O. Boring, Jr.
  • Cy Wagner & Jack Brown
  • John L. Cox
  • Robert M. Leibrock
  • George Gipson
  • Joe Pevehouse
  • Carlton Beal, Sr.
  • Joe B. McShane, Jr.
  • Joseph O’Neill, Jr.
  • C.W. “Claude” Brown
  • Robert O. Anderson
  • John E. Reid
  • Charles Perry
  • Ed Thompson
  • Ben Alexander
  • Eddie Chiles
  • John P. Butler
  • Stanley Moore


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