Tulsa Energy Jobs

Tulsa's energy industry is no longer defined by oil and natural gas production.  The industry is comprised of exploration and production of fuels ranging from oil and natural gas to wind and solar to biofuels.  The industry includes electric generation from hydro, coal, and natural gas as well as contruction and maintenance of high-efficiency transmission systems. Tulsa's energy center history is the foundation for Tulsa's further development within the regional energy industry. 

In the Tulsa Energy Industry in 2012:  Industry Definition and Economic Impact study from the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University, Russell R. Evans, Ph.D. finds that the Tulsa Metro Area supports over 56,000 direct jobs.  He finds that the industry further supports close to 70,000 indirect jobs and induces another 66,000 jobs for total energy industry impact of close to 190,000 jobs.  The energy industry accounts for 34% of Tulsa Metro area employment and income and 69% of Tulsa metro area gross metro product.

The report finds that Tulsa continues to support jobs with higher levels of value to the local economy than any other metro area in the state.  The report finds that Tulsa's economic strengths are the residual effects of its energy history, and finds that Tulsa is well positioned to maximize economic growth and development.  Dr. Evans believes that Tulsa best days as an energy center may well lie ahead.

Click Here to read the 2012 Tulsa Energy Industry Economic Impact Report

"Our thriving energy industry is a catalyst for the Tulsa region's strong economic development, with energy-related businesses playing an important role in our continued economic success" - Tulsa Mayor Dewey, F. Bartlett, Jr. 

TEN PROfile Q&A with Tulsa Energy Professionals
TEN PROfile Q&A with Tulsa Energy Professionals

Tulsa's diverse energy sector ranges from E&P to utility, pipeline, energy services, energy supply, refining, marketing and alternative energy companies.  The sector consists of over 56,000 jobs in the Tulsa metro area.  Each month, Tulsa Energy Now will feature one of Tulsa's energy employers.

BERRY J. MULLENNIX is President and CEO of Tulsa-based Panther Energy Company, LLC (Panther), which is majority owned by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Panther has 85 employees and operates in Texas, Oklahoma and Montana.

Mr. Mullennix is a member of multiple statesí oil and gas associations including the IPAA (also serving on the Crude Oil Committee), the board of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (also serving as the Federal Issues Committee Chairman) and the board of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (Secretary/Treasurer). Mr. Mullennix also serves on the board of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Medical Center.

1. How did you get into the business?
My first experience in the industry was when I was 18 and living in Farmington, NM.  I began roughnecking right out of high school.  It helped pay for college and made me realize  I didnít want to be a roughneck all my life.  After a few years in college, I left and started a construction company which I sold and then moved from Dallas to Tulsa in the early 90ís and started my first oil company.

2. Tell me about Panther Energy, and what sets them apart from others in the field?
Panther Energy is mine and my partner Roy Grossmanís third company together.  What sets us apart is our ability to develop projects quicker and cheaper than our peers.

3. Can you share with us some highlights of your career path?
Mine and Royís first company was Mannix Oil Company which we formed in 1993.  We pioneered horizontal drilling   in thin coalbed methane zones in the mid to late 90ís and sold to Williams in 2001 for $36 million.  In 2002 we formed our second company, Cannon Energy and sold it in 2005. Early that year we formed Panther Energy. 

4. When did your company come to Tulsa? Can you give us a little background on your company's history in Tulsa?
Covered above.

5. Can you tell us your impressions of Tulsa as a place to live and work?
Tulsa is a great place to live and work.  I moved here from Dallas, TX and immediately realized what a great place it truly was.  There is very little traffic, good schools, good real estate values, a great family atmosphere and quality people.

6. What do you like more Ė and least Ė about living and working in Tulsa?
See above.

7. What advice would you have for Tulsa Civic leaders to make the city a better place?
My advice to civic leaders is to put people before politics.  Tulsa has a great future and people are the reason.  We want to be here.

8. Can you tell us about the prospects for growth of your company and how your Tulsa operation plays into your company's future plans?
Panther is forming a newer version of itself having recently sold itís largest asset to Midstates Petroleum of Houston  (who opened offices in Tulsa recently). Panther Energy II will begin later this year and grow locally over the next few years.

9. What's the best career advice you've received?
The best career advice Iíve received is that there are more opportunities than you can take advantage of.

10. Any words-of-wisdom for those entering the industry?
Adding to that, our industry is in an incredible growth mode and will continue to offer high paying opportunities to those with an education in math, environmental sciences,  and computers for the next few decades.


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