People: Unit Corp (UNT)

UNT on New York Consolidated

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23 Jul 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Nikkel

79 2005 Chairman of the Board

Larry Pinkston

59 2005 President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director

David Merrill

53 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Robert Parks

59 1996 Manager and President of Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

Mark Schell

56 2002 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

D.Michael Earl

Vice President

John Cromling

66 2005 Executive Vice President - Drilling of Unit Drilling Company

Bradford Guidry

58 2005 Executive Vice President - Exploration of Unit Petroleum Company

G. Bailey Peyton

58 2011 Director

J. Michael Adcock

65 1997 Independent Director

Gary Christopher

64 2005 Independent Director

Steven Hildebrand

59 2008 Independent Director

William Morgan

69 1988 Independent Director

Larry Payne

66 2011 Independent Director

Robert Sullivan

68 2005 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Nikkel

Mr. John G. Nikkel is Chairman of the Board of Unit Corporation. Mr. Nikkel joined the company as its President, Chief Operating Officer and a director in 1983. He was elected its CEO in July 2001 and Chairman of the Board in August 2003. Mr. Nikkel retired as an employee and as the CEO of the company on April 1, 2005. From 1976 until January 1982 when he co-founded Nike Exploration Company, Mr. Nikkel was an officer and director of Cotton Petroleum Corporation, serving as the President of Cotton from 1979 until his departure. Before joining Cotton, Mr. Nikkel was employed by Amoco Production Company for 18 years, last serving as Division Geologist for Amoco’s Denver Division. Mr. Nikkel presently serves as President and a director of Nike Exploration Company, a owned oil and natural gas investment company. Mr. Nikkel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Mathematics from Texas Christian University.

Larry Pinkston

Mr. Larry D. Pinkston is President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Unit Corporation. Mr. Pinkston joined the company in December 1981. He had served as Corporate Budget Director and Assistant Controller before being appointed Controller in February, 1985. In December, 1986 he was elected Treasurer of the company and was elected to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May, 1989. In August, 2003, he was elected to the position of President. He was elected a director of the company by the Board in January, 2004. In February, 2004, in addition to his position as President, he was elected to the office of Chief Operating Officer. In April 2005, he also began serving as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pinkston holds the offices of President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from East Central University of Oklahoma.

David Merrill

Mr. David T. Merrill is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Unit Corporation. He joined the company in August 2003 and served as its Vice President of Finance until February 2004 when he was elected to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In May 2012, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. From May 1999 through August 2003, Mr. Merrill served as Senior Vice President, Finance with TV Guide Networks, Inc. From July 1996 through May 1999 he was a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. From July 1994 through July 1996 he was Director of Financial Reporting and Special Projects for MAPCO, Inc. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1983. Mr. Merrill received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert Parks

Mr. Robert H. Parks, Jr., is Manager and President of Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Unit Corporation. Mr. Parks founded Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. in 1996. When Superior was acquired by the company in July 2004, he continued with Superior as one of its managers and as its President. From April 1992 through April 1996 Mr. Parks served as Vice-President—Gathering and Processing for Cimarron Gas Companies. From December 1986 through March 1992, he served as Vice-President—Business Development for American Central Gas Companies. Mr. Parks began his career as an engineer with Cities Service Company in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Schell

Mr. Mark E. Schell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Unit Corporation. Mr. Schell joined the company in January 1987, as its Secretary and General Counsel. In 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. From 1979 until joining Unit Corporation, Mr. Schell was Counsel, Vice President, and a member of the Board of Directors of C & S Exploration Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Schell is a director of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and is Chairman of its legal committee. In addition, he is the President and a director of the Oklahoma Injury Benefit Coalition, an Oklahoma non-profit association advocating for alternatives to Oklahoma's current Workers' Compensation system. He is also a member of the State Chamber of Oklahoma board of directors and serves on the board of advisors for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

D.Michael Earl

John Cromling

Mr. John Cromling is Executive Vice President - Drilling of Unit Drilling Company, a subsidiary of Unit Corporation. Mr. Cromling joined Unit Drilling Company in 1997 as a Vice-President and Division Manager. In April 2005, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice-President of Drilling for Unit Drilling Company. In 1980, he formed Cromling Drilling Company which managed and operated drilling rigs until 1987. From 1987 to 1997, Cromling Drilling Company provided engineering consulting services and generated and drilled oil and natural gas prospects. Prior to this, he was employed by Big Chief Drilling for 11 years and served as Vice-President. Mr. Cromling graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Bradford Guidry

Mr. Bradford J. Guidry is Executive Vice President - Exploration of Unit Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of Unit Corporation. Mr. Guidry joined Unit Petroleum Company in August 1988 as a Staff Geologist. In 1991, he was promoted to Geologic Manager overseeing the Geologic Operations of the company. In January 2003, he was promoted to Vice President of the West division. In March 2005, Mr. Guidry was promoted to Senior Vice President of Exploration for Unit Petroleum Company. From 1979 to 1988, he was employed as a Division Geologist for Reading and Bates Petroleum Co. From 1978 to 1979, he worked with ANR Resources in Houston. He began his career as an open hole well logging engineer with Dresser Atlas Oilfield Services. Mr. Guidry graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

G. Bailey Peyton

Mr. G. Bailey Peyton, IV., is Director of Unit Corp. Mr. Peyton is currently President of Peyton Holdings Corp., a business he founded in 1985 for purposes of buying land, minerals and royalties. Mr. Peyton owns Perryton Feeders, LLC, a cattle business in Perryton, Texas, which he has owned since 2009 and for which he serves as managing member. Mr. Peyton also is current owner of Cuatro Cattle Company in Canadian, Texas. From 1984 to 2007, Mr. Peyton served as President of Upland Resources, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration company founded by Mr. Peyton. Mr. Peyton currently serves on the board of directors of Happy State Bank in Amarillo, Texas, and The Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian, Texas. Mr. Peyton is a past President of the Panhandle Association of Landmen, Amarillo, Texas.

J. Michael Adcock

Mr. J. Michael Adcock is Independent Director of Unit Corporation. He is an attorney and is currently a Co-trustee of the Don Bodard Trust, which is a private business trust that deals in real estate, oil and natural gas properties and other equity investments. He is Chairman of the Board of Arvest Bank, Shawnee, and a director, finance chair, and compensation committee member of Community Health Partners, Inc. Mr. Adcock is also a co-owner of Central Disposal, LLC, a solid waste management company with operations in Central Oklahoma. Between 1997 and September 1998 he was the Chairman of the Board of Ameribank and President and CEO of American National Bank and Trust Company of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Chairman of AmeriTrust Corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to holding these positions, he was engaged in the private practice of law and served as General Counsel for Ameribank Corporation.

Gary Christopher

Mr. Gary R. Christopher is Independent Director of Unit Corporation. Mr. Christopher is engaged in personal investments and consulting. Between August 1999 and January 2004, he served as President and CEO of PetroCorp Incorporated (a public oil and natural gas exploration company), and from March 1996 to August 1999 he served as the Acquisition Coordinator of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. His other past professional experience includes serving as Vice President of Acquisitions for Indian Wells Oil Company, Senior Vice President and Manager of the Energy Lending Division of First National Bank of Tulsa and from 1991 to 1996 Senior Vice President and Manager of Energy Lending for Bank of Oklahoma. Previous to that, Mr. Christopher worked for Amerada Hess Corporation as a Reservoir Engineer and for Texaco, Inc. as a Production Engineer. Mr. Christopher is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Mr. Christopher received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Mr. Christopher is a past Director of the Petroleum Club of Tulsa, Middle Bay Oil Company, Three Tech Energy, PetroCorp Incorporated and a present Director of the Summit Bank of Oklahoma.

Steven Hildebrand

Mr. Steven B. Hildebrand is Independent Director of Unit Corporation. Since March 2008, he has been engaged in personal investments. Mr. Hildebrand retired in 2008 from Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG), a car rental business, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 1997. Prior to that, Mr. Hildebrand served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc., a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty. Mr. Hildebrand joined Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. in 1987 as Vice President and Treasurer and became Chief Financial Officer in 1989. Mr. Hildebrand was with Franklin Supply Company, an oilfield supply business, from 1980 to 1987 where he held several positions including Controller and Vice President of Finance. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Hildebrand was with the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, most recently as Audit Supervisor. Mr. Hildebrand has been a director of APMEX Precious Metals Management Services, Inc. since December 2011. Mr. Hildebrand has served on boards for several charitable organizations in the Tulsa community.

William Morgan

Mr. William B. Morgan is Independent Director of Unit Corporation. Mr. Morgan retired in June 2007 from his position as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of St. John Health System, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, and President of its principal for-profit subsidiary Utica Services, Inc., which positions he had held since 1995. Prior to joining St. John, he was Partner in the law firm of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he taught Securities Regulation. During 1968 and 1969, he served as a United States Army Officer in Vietnam and was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. Mr. Morgan has an undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Mr. Morgan is a member of numerous professional and Bar associations and various federal Bars including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Morgan is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Larry Payne

Mr. Larry C. Payne is Independent Director of Unit Corp. Mr. Payne currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of LESA and Associates, LLC, a private investment and consulting firm he started in June of 2011. Mr. Payne retired from the energy industry in April 2011 after over 38 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Payne served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lansing NGL Services Natural Gas Liquids Division, a division of Lansing Trade Group, LLC, a commodities trading company located in Overland Park, Kansas from April 2010 to April 2011. Between August 2009 and April 2010, Mr. Payne provided energy consulting services to private clients interested in the midstream energy business. From 2003 until August 2009 Mr. Payne served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SemStream, L.P., a midstream energy company engaged in natural gas liquids supply and marketing. Before joining SemStream, Mr. Payne served as Vice President of Commodity Management for Williams Midstream Marketing and Risk Management, LLC., and before that he served as Vice President of Natural Gas Liquids Supply, Trading and Risk management for Texaco NGL. During his earlier years of service, Mr. Payne held numerous other positions in the energy industry including executive positions with Enterprise Products, Aux Sable Liquid Products and Ferrellgas. Mr. Payne received a B.S. in Business Administration from Grambling State University, and an MBA from Texas Southern University with a concentration in Finance and Economics. Mr. Payne currently serves on the board of directors for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, The Reserve at Forest Hills, and the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Robert Sullivan

Mr. Robert J. Sullivan, Jr. is Independent Director of Unit Corporation. Mr. Sullivan is a Principal with Sullivan and Company LLC, a family-owned independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company founded in 1958, and he has served as a manager of that company since approximately 1995. He is also the Founder (1989) of Lumen Energy Corporation, serving as its Chairman and CEO from inception to the time of its sale in 2004. Mr. Sullivan was appointed to Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating's Cabinet as Secretary of Energy in March 2002. He received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a MBA from the University of Michigan. Mr. Sullivan is a Board Member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, St. John Medical Center, St. Joseph Residence, and former Board Member of University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, Catholic Charities and Gatesway Foundation. He also is Trustee for the Monte Cassino Endowment Trust, a Member of the University of Notre Dame Irish Studies Advisory Council and Past Chairman of the following School Boards: Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Monte Cassino School and School of St. Mary.

Basic Compensation

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

John Nikkel

89,000 1,931,390

Larry Pinkston

64,500 2,256,890

David Merrill

21,000 555,390

Robert Parks

0 0

Mark Schell

58,000 2,078,899

D.Michael Earl

0 0

John Cromling

19,200 461,235

Bradford Guidry

32,500 715,320

G. Bailey Peyton

0 0

J. Michael Adcock

0 0

Gary Christopher

0 0

Steven Hildebrand

0 0

William Morgan

0 0

Larry Payne

0 0

Robert Sullivan

0 0
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