Mike Steele has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkpatrick Oil Company since December, 2006. He joined the Company in 1994 as Gas Contracts Manager, and later served as its Land Manager. Mr. Steele began his career in the oil and gas industry as a field Landman in 1977. He joined Tenneco Oil Company in 1979 as Senior Landman where he worked until 1982, with responsibilities that included Kansas and northwest Oklahoma. Following his employment at Tenneco, Mr. Steele was Land Manager for Joseph B. Singer Oil Company until he joined Kirkpatrick.
Mr. Steele graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management in 1976. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen, the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.
Cindy Birdsong joined Kirkpatrick Oil Company in 2009 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Birdsong has more than twenty-five years of experience in financial analysis and accounting. She began her career with Kerr-McGee Corporation and held various domestic and international accounting manager positions in both the oil/gas and chemical companies.
Ms. Birdsong graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
John Gelders joined Kirkpatrick Oil Company in 2004 and currently serves as Vice President – Land & Legal. Prior to joining Kirkpatrick, Mr. Gelders was a member of the Oklahoma City-based law firm of Grimes, Gelders, Anderson & Day. He has more than thirty years of experience in oil and gas law and related matters.
Mr. Gelders graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He obtained the degree of Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1978. Mr. Gelders is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Permian Basin Landman Association.
Ken Loeber joined Kirkpatrick Oil Company in late 2009 and currently serves as Geological Director. Mr. Loeber has 36 years of experience in the upstream E&P sector throughout North America, with responsibilities ranging from geophysicist and geologist, to exploration manager and VP Exploration. He has worked on a broad spectrum of exploration and development projects for ExxonMobil, Kerr-McGee Corporation, and private E&P companies. Prior to joining Kirkpatrick, Mr. Loeber was Vice President of Exploration for Cheyenne Petroleum Company.
Mr. Loeber graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1974. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Oklahoma City Geological Society, other regional geological societies, and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
Kevin Preston joined Kirkpatrick Oil Company in 2008 as Reservoir Engineering Director, and is responsible for managing the company’s district office in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Kirkpatrick, Mr. Preston was employed by Aviva, Inc. for twenty-three years, serving most recently as Vice President of Engineering and Acquisitions. Mr. Preston previously worked at Petro-Lewis Corporation in various technical and managerial positions. He has experience in most of the geologic basins in the United States with an emphasis on reservoir engineering and property evaluation.
Mr. Preston graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.