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Kingery Energy President David Little, of Ardmore.

Wildcatter Spotlight: David Little

March 31, 2016
South Oklahoma native David Little was working in marketing for Noble Energy in Houston in 2007 when a hometown company came calling, and he returned to Ardmore as president of Kingery Energy.

Little, 48, started with Samedan Oil Corporation, which later became Noble Energy, after earning a degree in accounting from East Central University in Ada in 1988.

He didn’t have much connection to the industry when Samedan came to the ECU campus to hold interviews.

“My grandfather worked for Texaco, more on the downstream part of the business,” he said. “I remember when I interviewed, I asked them if there was any concern about being laid off in the industry. Really, when I got into it, I didn’t know anything about the oil and gas industry. I just had an accounting degree, and Samedan was in Ardmore.”

Working for the VP of marketing, Boyce Perry, Little saw an example of how to do business that he has since followed — treat people right, be kind and honest, and have a good work ethic.

“For me, interacting with people is the best part of my job,” he said. “It’s challenging to manage employees. It’s challenging to negotiate with people. That’s what I like the most.”

When he left Noble after 20 years for Kingery, he had some learning to do.

“I was in gas marketing,” he said. “I bought and sold gas from different points and transported it to the Northeast and Midwest and other places, so I knew a lot about the gas business, but I didn’t know much of anything about the oil side of the business. And Kingery’s probably 85 percent oil.”

It was as Kingery president that Little became involved in OIPA’s Wildcatters Club.

“I felt like it was important to be involved in the legislative process,” he said. “Last year, being so involved in House Bill 2177, I really saw firsthand how important it is to be involved at the Capitol, and developing relationships with our legislators.

“So I think it’s important not only to join the club, but to be involved in the club, to be involved at the Capitol. I just felt like it’s important to do my part, not just sit around and let somebody else do it.”

For almost four decades, the Wildcatters Club has been OIPA’s political fundraising arm, allowing the association to achieve objectives beyond the abilities of individual members. OIPA’s political action committees support initiatives and candidates that support the oil and natural gas industry, the driving force of Oklahoma’s economy and a mainstay of the U.S. economy as a whole.

Through personal contributions to OIPA PACs, association members fund direct involvement in state legislative races by supporting legislative friends and forging new relationships with emerging political leaders.

Little said citizens have a responsibility to educate legislators on issues that are important to them.

“Legislators know more about one issue than another, and each one of them is different,” he said. “If you want them to make an educated decision for your cause, someone has to go educate them.

“There’s so much going on at the Capitol, they can’t really take the time to sit down and understand every issue. They’re going to rely on somebody, whether it’s another legislator or a lobbyist or a group of people coming in and talking to them.”

It’s through the power of the OIPA as a whole that members can have the most impact, he said.

“As a group, you can pool your resources together — time and money — and be much more effective than one person trying to go it alone,” Little said. “There’s no way I can reach out to every legislator on my own, but as a group, we can have an impact on each one.”

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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