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NAPE announces inaugural class of ‘NAPE Hall of Fame’ inductees


Firstly, in celebration of 30 years of dealmaking, NAPE Expo LP is launching the NAPE Hall of Fame.

Secondly, individuals and companies making up the inaugural class of NAPE Hall of Fame inductees are dealmaking luminaries, Jack Deeter (posthumous), Mike Grimm, Hellen Reasoner Hutchison Marty Searcy.

On behalf of the NAPE Operators Committee, NAPE Advisory Board, and the entire NAPE community, we wanted to thank and recognize these dealmaking leaders for their unwavering support of NAPE and the energy industry. As champions of dealmaking and innovation, they help empower the industry that powers the world.

David Cape, CPL, chair of the NAPE Operators Committee.

NAPE beginnings

Three decades ago, members of the American Association of Professional Landmen envisioned creating a new type of marketplace for buying, selling, and trading prospects and producing properties.

As a result, the first NAPE expo was held in 1993 in a single ballroom at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston with 781 attendees.

Moreover, NAPE quickly gained momentum. Adding the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists as partner hosts, NAPE continued to expand and innovate, and now it is the largest energy prospect expo in the world, providing unmatched venues for energy professionals to meet, network, learn and do business.

Thanks to the vision, leadership, and tenacity of NAPE’s founders and early supporters, NAPE has become the premier marketplace for dealmaking, connecting, and sharing innovative ideas. We are thrilled to celebrate our inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and recognize their role in creating the place where deals happen.

Grant Johnson, RPL, chair of the NAPE Advisory Board.
BPX Energy (Amoco, Arco, BP), Chevron (Unocal)
Oxy (UPRC, Anadarko)

Coming edition

During the upcoming NAPE Classic Plus event, the NAPE Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be officially recognized at the NAPE 30th Anniversary Kickoff Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston on Oct. 25.

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Also, inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame area at NAPE Summit in February.

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The secret to NAPE’s longevity is that it comprises a community of creative and innovative dealmakers who are truly champions of the energy industry.

Le’Ann P. Callihan, vice president of NAPE and AAPL.

Finally, NAPE is unique because it is brought to the industry by four not-for-profit organizations. All profits from NAPE events go back to AAPL, IPAA, SEG, and AAPG to support scholarships. Also for education, advocacy, and other initiatives that benefit the energy industry. That’s something extraordinary.

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About NAPE

The annual NAPE Summit brings together prospects and all the key players needed to evaluate, facilitate and execute deals. It is the largest energy prospect expo in the world. Founded in 1993 by the American Association of Professional Landmen. It includes the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists as partner hosts. The 2023 NAPE Summit will be on Feb. 1-3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

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