About PBPA

PBPA is the largest regional oil and gas association in the U.S. with over 1,000 members. We provide a wide variety of member services to producers, service companies, and their employees, spanning across the Permian Basin, the nation’s most prolific oil field.


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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2016 Top Hand

Mack C. Chase
Mack Energy Corporation



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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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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  • Pat Bond
    Light Tower Rentals
  • Ray Brazzel
    Bandera Drilling Co., Inc.
  • Rita Buress
    SM Energy
  • Danny Campbell
    Henry Resources
  • Peter Courtney
    H.L. Brown Operating
  • Scott Dinger
    ExL Petroleum, LP
  • Larry Edgerton
  • Richard Folger
    Colbridge Partners
  • Trey Garmon
    Basic Energy Services
  • Rosalind Redfern Grover
    Redfern & Grover
  • Jack Harper
    Concho Resources
  • Dennis  Hendrix
    Great Western Drilling
  • Tom Janisewski
    Occidental Permian, Ltd.
  • Steven Jeffcoat
    Johnson, Miller & Company
  • Matt Johnson
    Summit Petroleum
  • Paul Kenworthy
    Kenworthy Oil
  • Scott Kidwell
    Concho Resources
  • Kevin Leonard
    EnerVest Ltd.
  • Kyle McGraw
    Legacy Reserves
  • Jim Newman
    Basic Energy Services
  • Paul Nunley
    Kinder Morgan CO2 Company
  • Obie Obrien
    Apache Corporation
  • Steve Perry
  • Steve Pruett
    Elevation Resources
  • Larry Richards
    Hy-Bon Engineering
  • Mel Riggs
    Clayton Williams Energy
  • Harry Spannaus
    Retired USAF/PBPA
  • Jeff Sparks
    Discovery Operating, Inc.
  • Susan Spratlen
    Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Angela Staples
    Tall City Exploration
  • Travis Stice
    Diamondback Energy
  • Kevan Taylor
    Plains Marketing L.P.
  • Nick Taylor
    Mexco Resources
  • Tommy Taylor
    Fasken Oil & Ranch
  • Gene True
  • Clint Walker
    CUDD Energy Services
  • Denzil West
    Reliance Energy
  • John Whitehead
    Laredo Petroleum
  • Robert Winkler
    Frost Bank
  • Chairman of the Board
    Danny Campbell
    Henry Resources
  • Immediate Past President
    Steve Pruett
    Elevation Resources
  • Chairman-Elect
    Clint Walker
    CUDD Energy Services
  • V.P. at Large
    Kyle McGraw
    Legacy Reserves, LP
  • Area V.P.
    Ray Brazzel
    Bandera Drilling Co., Inc.
  • Area V.P.
    Scott Kidwell
    Concho Resources
  • Area V.P.
    Jeff Sparks
    Discovery Operating, Inc.
  • Secretary/ Treasurer
    Steven Jeffcoat
    Johnson, Miller & Company
  • Honorary Vice President
    Harry Spannaus
    Retired USAF/PBPA
  • General Counsel
    Angela Staples
    Tall City Exploration
  • Steve 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.
  • 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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