Industry Honors Barth Whitham as Wildcatter of the Year

September 9, 2017

DENVER – Western Energy Alliance recognized Barth E. Whitham, president and chief executive officer of Enduring Resources LLC, as the Wildcatter of the Year before a crowd of several hundred oil and natural gas leaders. As the 33rd recipient of the Wildcatter award, Whitham was commended for his leadership in the industry and his generous contributions to community organizations in the West.

“Barth embodies the spirit of the Wildcatter. He exemplifies not only the leadership, and integrity of our industry, but his philanthropy and service to communities in the West magnify the enormous benefits our industry provides to all of society. He has the independent wildcatter mentality of always striving to do better and improve the industry and community overall. He has a successful career of setting a vision and then leading people to execute the vision and make it reality,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance.

Whitham has served as president and CEO at Enduring Resources since co-founding the company in 2004. Previously, he was the co-founding officer of Westport Resources Corporation and president and chief operations officer from 1991 through its $3.6 billion merger with Kerr-McGee in 2004. Whitham has worked extensively in the upstream U.S., international and offshore industry in project planning, development and operations, getting his start in 1979 with Pennzoil Exploration & Production Co. and Pembina Resources Ltd.  Whitham serves on the Board of Directors of Ensign Energy Services and Intrepid Mining Incorporated. He earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and an M.S. in Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Equally impressive is Whitham’s leadership in the community. He serves on the board at Children’s Hospital of Colorado, SCL Health, Colorado School of Mines, Regis University, and the National Western Stock Show. He is a former member of Western Energy Alliance’s Board of Directors.

About the Wildcatter of the Year Award

The title Wildcatter of the Year is reserved only for the most prominent leaders in the western oil and natural gas industry whose entrepreneurial and exploratory spirit in new fields have contributed significantly to America’s energy security and the betterment of society.  The term “wildcatter” originates from the 1880s when independent speculators ranged across the West in hopes of discovering new or unproven oil reserves. The Wildcatter of the Year is not only a leader in industry, but a role model in the community as well, demonstrating leadership both on and off the oil field. 

The announcement was made tonight during Western Energy Alliance’s Wildcatter of the Year Gala.  A “who’s who” of independent oil and natural gas producers in the West, 400 industry and community leaders attended the gala to join in congratulating Barth Whitham on this lifetime achievement award.