Mr. Entzminger has worked as a geoscientist in the petroleum industry for over 40 years with major companies, independents, start-ups and his own consulting company. He has successfully led multi‐rig exploration, development, and EOR drilling programs as an accomplished geoscientist and manager. His programs have generated millions of oil & gas reserves in multiple petroleum basins both in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He has worked most basins in the United States and has done some international work.
His first Permian Basin experience was in 1985 with Cabot Petroleum as a development geologist. From 1988 to 2003, Mr. Entzminger worked for ARCO and BP where he was responsible for exploration, development, and waterflood projects throughout the Permian Basin. He used horizontal drilling to target under-developed reserves in old fields, something relatively new at the time. In 2004 at Tom Brown Inc., he supported a team that formulated an unconventional gas shale play in the Delaware basin. The team accumulated over 200,000 acres that were acquired by Encana. As Regional Manager for Whiting Petroleum, he helped direct a team that assembled over 140,000 acres in the Delaware Basin. The team was instrumental in kicking off the Wolfbone horizontal play. That acreage is currently being developed by Diamondback Energy.
Since 2016 as Vice President for MDC Texas Energy, he helped the company secure funding from both Apollo and Riverstone. This led to successful drilling and completing over 65 operated and 20 non-operated horizontal wells that peaked at over 40 mboepd. Through his leadership the company proved seven different, productive horizontal benches in the Third Bone Spring and Wolfcamp formations.
He is a Texas Licensed Geologist and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) certified Petroleum Geologist. He has a Geological Engineering degree from the University of Idaho, and a Master’s Degree in Geology from Idaho State University. He has served on the executive board of the AAPG and was president of West Texas Geological Society, PBS-SEPM and SWS of AAPG. Mr. Entzminger has published more than 30 technical papers on exploration and reservoir development for conventional and unconventional fields.