Chairman Harold Hamm
Founder & Chairman, Continental Resources
Harold Hamm founded Continental Resources in 1967 and is Chairman of the Board of
Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Mr. Hamm went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a grassroots startup into an NYSE-traded, Top 10 oil producer in the U.S. Lower 48. As a voice for America’s oil and natural gas industry and as the leader of one of America’s top E&P companies, he has helped to make America energy independent.
Mr. Hamm also co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to preserve the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenues generated by onshore drilling and production activities within the United States. Through his work with DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who led the charge to lift America’s 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports.
Mr. Hamm’s industry leadership also includes serving as past Chairman and present board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and as past president of the National Stripper Well Association. In addition, he served as Founder and Chairman of Save Domestic Oil Inc., which successfully brought a trade case against four countries trying to put American oil and gas producers out of business.
A national leader in promoting health, education, and energy industry advocacy, Mr. Hamm has devoted much time and resources to championing a healthy and secure future for all Americans. With the goal of finding a cure for diabetes, he has donated more than $65 million to date to the world-renowned Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma. The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is at the forefront of diabetes research – inspiring progress toward a cure, education of health care professionals and families, optimal care for those living with diabetes, and effective prevention strategies. To further spark the minds of the world’s brightest scientists, he established the Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, a $250,000 biennial award celebrating the scientific achievements of an outstanding researcher, team of researchers, or research institution.
Mr. Hamm is dedicated to preparing the next generation of energy industry leaders. In 2012, he helped establish the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He has also funded numerous education initiatives across the nation, including college scholarships, classroom technology, and school capital campaigns.
Mr. Hamm has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions. Platts Global Energy Awards honored him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his legacy of leadership, innovation, and commitment to bringing America to energy independence. Platts Global Energy Awards also has named him “CEO of the Year” and at the same time named Continental Resources “Energy Company of the Year.”
He was named the recipient of the “Chief Roughneck Award” by U.S. Steel Tubular Products, and one of 13 corporate and civic leaders across the U.S. to receive the “Horatio Alger Award” for his outstanding leadership and triumph over adversity to achieve success. He was also honored by Oil and Gas Investor magazine as “Executive of the Year” for Continental’s leadership in the Bakken, SCOOP, and STACK plays and his tireless efforts to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports. In 2015, the Western Energy Alliance named him “Wildcatter of the Year” for his contributions to America’s energy security and the betterment of society. He has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for his creation of thousands of jobs in the oil industry and continuous support of education and diabetes research. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and named the International Energy Policy Conference “Energy Advocate of the Year” as well as being named the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Dr. Kayse Shrum
President, Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma native Dr. Kayse Shrum is the 19th president of Oklahoma State University.
A graduate of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, she joined its faculty in 2002
– becoming provost, dean, and eventually head of the Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS)
and the youngest and first female president and dean of an Oklahoma medical school.
Under her leadership, OSU-CHS more than doubled enrollment with new academic programs reflecting her focus of improving rural healthcare.
Dr. Shrum spearheaded the construction of the Tandy Academic Building and established the nation’s first tribally affiliated medical school with the Cherokee Nation. President Shrum also helped secure a landmark $197.5 million investment from Purdue Pharma to create a center of excellence in opioid treatment and studies to address the addiction epidemic — the National Center for Wellness and Recovery.
In March 2019, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt appointed her as Secretary of Science and Innovation, a role in which she led Oklahoma’s rapid response in COVID-19 testing.
During her first year as System President of Oklahoma State University, Dr. Shrum:
• Initiated the development of an OSU Energy Institute, engaging entrepreneur Harold Hamm through a $25mm personal contribution and Continental Energy through a $25mm corporate gift, creating the third-largest gift in OSU’s history;
• Launched a System-wide strategy process to drive toward a comprehensive University strategy with definitive decisions about the future of the institution;
• Created University-level Institutes, including the new Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE), which brings together OSU’s historic strength in aerospace engineering, flight training and aeronautics;
• Helped lead the Big 12 through an historic conference realignment.
A former student athlete, Dr. Shrum and her husband, Darren, have six children.
Former CEO and Advisor, Continental Resources
Willam B. Berry began as Continental Resources CEO in January 2020.
Berry served as Lead Director for the Continental Board of Directors from the 2016 Annual Meeting through the 2017 Annual Meeting. Mr. Berry served as Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production, of ConocoPhillips Company (“ConocoPhillips”), a major international integrated energy company, from 2003 until 2008. He has over 30 years of experience with ConocoPhillips and Phillips Petroleum Company, which became a part of ConocoPhillips in August 2002. While with these companies, he served at various times in other executive positions including President, Asia Pacific; Senior Vice President of Exploration and Production, Eurasia-Middle East; Vice President of Exploration and Production, Eurasia; and Vice President of International Exploration and Production, New Ventures. While at ConocoPhillips and Phillips Petroleum Company, he served in various locations in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Mr. Berry was recognized by the government of China as one of the 31 outstanding foreign experts in 1996. He has served on the board of directors of Oceaneering International, Inc., since June 2016. He served on the board of directors of Nexen Inc. from December 2008 to June 2013; Willbros Group, Inc. (“Willbros”) from February 2008 to May 2014; Access Midstream Partners, L.P., from June 2013 to May 2014; and Teekay Corporation from June 2012 to December 2015. Mr. Berry holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University.
OSU Board of Regents
Mr. Davis is Managing General Partner of Davis Farms and Dimmit Hay. Mr. Davis was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2011 and reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2016 to serve as member of the A&M Board of Regents. Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in 1983. His term ends in 2024.
VP OFS North America Land at Baker Hughes
Brian Groody joined Baker Hughes in January 2020 as the Vice President of North America
Land, Oilfield Services. He leads the Baker Hughes Oilfield Services product lines
across the US Lower 48 and Canada. Brian is a member of the Board of Directors of
the Energy Workforce and Technology Council and a member of the Upstream Committee
of the American Petroleum Institute.
Prior to Baker Hughes, he worked at Aegion Corporation as the President of the Corrosion Protection business unit, focused on pipeline and facility integrity management. Previously, Brian held senior leadership positions in privately-owned companies focused on the energy infrastructure sector, including the roles of Executive Vice President of Operations at Strike Construction and President/CEO of Spitzer Industries.
In his early career, he joined Schlumberger as a wireline field engineer in the Permian Basin. His career at Schlumberger included leadership roles across geographies, product lines, and support functions. His experience included 10 years abroad with assignments in Venezuela, France, Angola, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Brian earned a BS degree in Geology from Princeton University. During his time there, he was an all-Ivy selection and part of the 1995 Ivy League championship football team. He currently lives in Houston with his wife and 3 children.
Founder and CEO, Veriten
Maynard Holt is the founder & CEO of Veriten. Built off the momentum created by the
“Close of Business Tuesday” podcast, Veriten is an energy-focused knowledge platform
that brings diverse perspectives to the energy transition discussion, improving the
ability of industry leaders, policy makers, and investors to make investment and strategic
choices. Maynard previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Tudor, Pickering,
Holt & Co. from 2016 to 2021 and has over 27 years of experience in energy investment
banking and strategic advice. A co-founder of TPH, Maynard functioned as Co-President
from 2007 to 2016 and prior to joining TPH, Maynard worked at Goldman Sachs & Co.
At Goldman from 1994 to 2007, Maynard worked in Leveraged / Structured Finance and
was last a Managing Director in and Energy & Power / Natural Resources.
Maynard launched Veriten to convene the brightest minds in and around energy in a civil, inclusive, and intellectually honest discussion to address the most pressing topics across the space. Like too many of us, he passionately believes there are better ways forward in energy and he wants to find them. Maynard is an avid classic Jeep collector and dedicated patron and supporter of youth sports and holds a BA in Economics and Russian from Rice University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Founder and CEO, RKI Energy Resources
Ronnie K. Irani is Founder & CEO of RKI Energy Resources, LLC, a privately held energy
company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Mr. Irani has over 43 years of experience
in the energy industry serving in senior executive level positions in numerous public
and private companies.
Ronnie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bombay University, India in 1977. He also holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. Ronnie has also completed the Executive Management Program offered by the IPAA in conjunction with Harvard University. In 2020, Oklahoma City University conferred upon Mr. Irani the university’s honorary Doctor of Energy Economics degree.
Ronnie has been actively engaged in nonprofit organizations and has given significant time and resources for the betterment of the community. Mr. Irani is past Chairman and Emeritus Board member of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. He is past Chairman and Emeritus member of the Board of Visitors of the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy at the University of Oklahoma. He is a founding Board member and past Chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Explorers. He served as a Trustee and Board member of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and is currently on the Board of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board and Executive committee of i2e. He is a past Chairman and current member of the MSPGE Advisory Board. He is the founding Board member and past Chairman of the Committee for Sustaining Oklahoma’s Energy Resources (SOER), Board member and past Chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) and past Chairman and lifetime Director of the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance formerly known as the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). Ronnie is past President and founding board member of the India – US Chamber of Commerce of Greater OKC. He is an Alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXIII and Leadership Oklahoma City, Class XXIX.
Ronnie is a major supporter and works closely with the students at the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions in OU Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at OU Price College of Business and the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics at Oklahoma City University. Ronnie has been awarded the University of Oklahoma’s Regent’s Alumni award, the Oklahoma City University Alumni award, the SPE Industry Service award, OIPA’S Member of the Year award and the OERB Member of the Year award. In 2018 Ronnie was inducted into the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor. In 2019, Mr. Irani’s notable career in the energy industry was recognized by the Oklahoma Geological Foundation with the Living Legend award.
Founder and Managing Partner, Reign Capital Holdings LLC
David D. LeNorman brings extensive experience and accomplishments to Reign Capital
Holdings. Throughout his over 40-year career, Le Norman has built and monetized numerous
companies across multiple industry platforms. He has an extensive track record of
assembling teams, assets and strategies in the upstream oil and gas segment, all while
improving bottom line cash flows and returns.
Prior to embarking on the build and monetize strategies, Le Norman spent a decade with Texaco in various engineering and business development roles.
As founder and managing partner of Reign Capital, Le Norman has organized his personal family holdings into three separate silos: oil and gas, commercial real estate and investments in automotive, food services and technology industries. His serial success as an entrepreneur is underpinned by a diverse portfolio and strong balance sheet.
Le Norman currently serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) and outgoing Chairman of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma. He is committed to working with Oklahoma’s elected officials and policymakers to ensure that the state and its largest industry continue to thrive.
Another passion point of Le Normans is philanthropy. He supports a wide variety of charitable organizations both locally and nationally.
Le Norman holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming, master’s work in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University.
President and CEO, Continental Resources
Mr. Lawler joined Continental in February 2022 as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President following three decades in the oil and gas industry. He began his career with Kerr-McGee in 1988 and joined Anadarko Petroleum following its acquisition of Kerr-McGee in 2006. He served in numerous senior operational leadership positions during his tenure at Anadarko, including: Senior Vice President, International and Deepwater Operations and member of Anadarko’s Executive Committee from 2012 to 2013; Vice President, International Operations from 2011 to 2012; Vice President, Operations for the Southern and Appalachia Region from 2009 to 2012; and Vice President, Corporate Planning from 2008 to 2009. Most recently, Mr. Lawler was President & Chief Executive Officer and served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation from 2013 to 2021. He has served as a director of Pilot Travel Centers LLC (dba Pilot/Flying J) since 2016. Mr. Lawler earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1988 and his MBA from Rice University in 2002.
John T. McNabb II
Mr. McNabb was born in the coal country of Southern West Virginia in 1944 into a hardworking,
patriotic and Christian family. Tragically, 18 of his relatives perished in coalmine
accidents. Mr. McNabb attended Duke University in 1962 on a football scholarship.
During his four years at Duke, he was voted as a team football captain and as Duke
Football’s Most Valuable Player in 1965. Also in 1965 he was voted onto the All Atlantic
Coast Conference team and two All-America teams. Furthermore, Mr. McNabb was selected
by Atlantic Coast Conference coaches as the winner of the 1965 Jacobs Blocking Trophy,
recognizing him as the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mr. McNabb
received the Associated Press Lineman of the Week honor in the Atlantic Coast Conference
Mr. McNabb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College at Duke University in 1966. After his military service, Mr. McNabb returned to Duke and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business, where he serves as an emeritus member of the school’s board of visitors. Mr. McNabb also served as alumni class president for his 1966 Trinity College, Duke University Class.
Mr. McNabb entered the oil and gas industry in 1979 with the exploration and production division of Mobil Oil Corporation and has worked in the energy industry for over 40 years. He is the lead director of Continental Resources, a company founded by Harold G. Hamm, which is a top 10 oil producer in the United States. Previously he served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Willbros Group, one of the world’s largest energy contractors that had worked in sixty countries. Mr. McNabb also co-founded a merchant banking firm, Growth Capital Partners, and after its sale to Duff and Phelps, he served as vice chairman of investment banking for that firm.
Outside of his corporate affiliations, Mr. McNabb maintained involvement as the chairman of the board of visitors at the University of Houston, and as the chairman of the dean’s executive board of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, where he also lectured as an executive professor of finance. In this capacity, he was honored to deliver the convocation addresses at both the University of Houston and at the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, India.
Mr. McNabb and Harold Hamm co-founded the Trump Leadership Council during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and later, he received a presidential appointment to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council (Board of Trustees), where he sits on the governance and finance committees. He is the vice chairman of the Council for a Secure America, which has a strong relationship with the State of Israel and is a leader in promoting American energy independence. Additional civic affiliations to Mr. McNabb’s credit include his membership with the United States, Israel and Morocco Business Council, which is an offshoot of the groundbreaking Abraham Accords, serving as vice chairman of the American Leadership Council to support President Trump’s economic agenda as well as serving as the chairman of the Free Press Foundation.
Mr. McNabb has served on a total of eight boards of directors of publicly-listed companies, and more than 50 private and nonprofit boards of directors. John and Darlene McNabb manage the affairs of the John and Darlene McNabb Charitable Foundation, which focuses on at-risk children, faith-based education and the teaching of traditional American values. Most recently, Mr. McNabb was named by Harold Hamm to the advisory board of the Hamm Institute for American Energy.
Mr. McNabb obtained his strong and patriotic love for the United States of America in large part due to his military service during the Vietnam War. He was stationed with two tactical fighter wings in Thailand from 1969 until 1971, and recorded 137 combat sorties over Laos, North and South Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin. For his gallantry in service, Mr. McNabb was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and was a finalist for Pacific Air Force Junior Officer of the Year in 1970.
Mr. McNabb became a published author in 2021, when he wrote “A Nice Ride: Stories of America,” through McNabb Publishing LLC. The 372-page book is an autobiography that includes the histories of great leaders, many of whom were his ancestors. The foreword and accompanying tribute were notably penned by two great American business legends: Harold G. Hamm and Charles C. Stephenson, Jr. Mr. McNabb also writes opinion pieces as a contributing columnist for the World Tribune, which is read in over 20 countries.
President and CEO, Devon
Richard E. Muncrief, was appointed to the board of directors and elected president and chief executive officer of the company in January 2021 following Devon’s merger with WPX Energy. Muncrief previously served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of WPX Energy. He became a member of WPX Energy’s board of directors in 2014. Prior to joining WPX, he served as senior vice president, operations and resource development of Continental Resources, Inc. Muncrief was earlier employed from August 2008 through May 2009 by Resource Production Company where he served as corporate business manager. From September 2007 to August 2008 he served as president, chief operating officer and as a director of Quest Midstream Partners, LP. From 1980 to 2007, he served in various managerial capacities with ConocoPhillips and its predecessor companies, Burlington Resources, Meridian Oil and El Paso Exploration. Muncrief holds a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering technology from Oklahoma State University, where he has also been recognized as a distinguished alumnus and is a member of the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology Hall of Fame. He serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Petroleum Institute. He is a past chairman and currently serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Exploration & Production Council. Muncrief also serves on the national advisory board of the Gilcrease Museum, and is a member of the board of directors of the Williams Companies.