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Tony Vaughn, left, and Ronnie Irani.

Wildcatter Spotlight: Tony Vaughn

March 08, 2016

Devon executive turns part-time job into full-time career

In 1977, Tony Vaughn was an Oral Roberts University student looking for a job.

His wife, Lisa, had a friend who knew of a small consulting company with an opening for a general office worker. Vaughn applied. He didn’t get the job.

Months later, the same friend said the same company was looking to fill the same position again. Proving persistence pays off, Vaughn applied again and became the newest employee of Hudson Consulting Inc., which served the petroleum engineering industry.

Hudson Consulting’s owner and namesake, Eddie Hudson, convinced Vaughn to pursue a career as an engineer, and after leaving Oral Roberts for Tulsa University, that’s exactly what Vaughn did, launching his career in the oil and natural gas industry.

Today, Vaughn is executive vice president of exploration and production for Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy Corporation, where he is responsible for all of the company’s oil and natural gas exploration, drilling and production operations.

Vaughn previously served as Devon’s senior vice president, exploration and strategic services. Prior to joining Devon in 1999, Vaughn spent 12 years with Kerr-McGee Corporation, most recently as manager of the Rocky Mountains district. Before joining Kerr-McGee, Vaughn worked as an operations engineer for Amoco Production Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Oral Roberts University.

A relative newcomer to the OIPA, Vaughn was tabbed to join the OIPA board of directors following the retirement of longtime Devon representative Brad Foster. In assuming Foster’s position on the board, Vaughn also took over his predecessor’s position as Wildcatters Club president.

“Wildcatters Club is an opportunity for all of us to support the industry, in addition to the time and energy we spend in our own companies,” said Vaughn, who also serves on the governing board of Devon’s PAC.

Formed in 1978, the Wildcatters Club is comprised of OIPA members who annually contribute to help the OIPA accomplish objectives beyond the time, energy, experience and financial limitations of individual producers. The Wildcatters Club serves as the primary fundraiser for the OIPA’s political action committees and has made the OIPA the state’s predominant energy industry political action committee.

“It gives us the ability to engage at the legislature and the Corporation Commission,” Vaughn said of the Wildcatters Club. “It gives our industry the opportunity to be heard.”

About the Wildcatters Club
• Made up of OIPA members who annually contribute to help the OIPA accomplish legislative objectives.
• Serves as the primary fundraiser for the the OIPA’s political action committees.
• Has made the OIPA the predominant energy industry political player in the state.

For more information about the OIPA’s Wildcatters Club, contact the association at 405-942-2334.

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