Jack L. Kerfoot grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the “Oil Capital” of the United States from the 1930s until the 1960’s. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma. He also studied law at Oklahoma City University and business at Penn State.
He has worked over forty years in the energy industry including major multi-national companies Mobil and Conoco and smaller, dynamic companies Huffco, Forest Oil, Apache, Murphy Oil and CCED. He is currently principal of a consulting company, JL Kerfoot Energy Services LLC. In 1976, the normal career path for a university graduate with a science or engineering degree was to join a major, multi-national oil company, like Exxon or Royal Dutch Shell. After five years with the company, the scientist or engineer would decide either to pursue the career ladder with the multi-national or join a smaller, dynamic company.
The author chose a different career track because of his passion for solving mother nature’s subsurface mysteries, business acumen and keen interest in different cultures. His passion led him to develop expertise in new, start-up or turn around operations. The author’s expertise took him around the world with seven different companies, including two different times with Mobil Oil.
The author spent over twenty years of his career working overseas in eight foreign countries (Australia, Canada, England, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sultanate of Oman, Netherlands and Turkey). He has held technical and management positions with major, multi-national companies and smaller, dynamic companies. The author has extensive experience working with governments and foreign, national oil companies.