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Henry's Résumé

Mr. Henry was born and raised the only child of a bootmaker and a school teacher in the small North Texas town of Nocona in the northern Fort Worth Basin. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B. S. degree in geology and immediately went to work for Getty Oil Company in Midland exploring the Permian Basin of West Texas, the Michigan Basin, and the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

In the 1970s, Henry spent two years in West Africa as a geological advisor to the Directorate of Hydrocarbons and the Bureau of Mines for the government of the Ivory Coast. Returning to Dallas he spent five years working for Mitchell Energy in the Fort Worth Basin and authored one of the very earliest authoritative papers on the geology of the emerging Barnett Shale play in North Texas. (Refer to list of professional publications elsewhere on this web site.) 

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He then spent nine years in Oklahoma City working first with Core Oil and Gas and later with Beard Oil Company exploring the Anadarko Basin, the Ardmore Basin, the Marietta Basin, the Mid-Continent of Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, the Arkoma Basin, and waterflood projects in the Fort Worth Basin.

Returning to Dallas, Mr. Henry founded Old Aulacogen, L.P. in 1991 and became an independent/consulting geologist and remains so today. During the interval from 1994 to 2006, Mr. Henry's participation in the oil and gas business was overshadowed to some degree when he became the co-founder and co-owner of the Republic Of Texas Biker Rally, Inc., in Austin, a position from which he has retired in order to return to the oil and gas business.

He is married to his first and only wife and resides in Frisco, a suburb on the far north side of Dallas.

Independent Geologist and Consultant (Frisco, Texas): Generated, packaged, and sold prospects in North Texas. Field and office consulting work in the Fort Worth Basin, Bend Arch, and Eastern Shelf of the Midland Basin, and the Ardmore and Marietta Basins of Cooke and Grayson Counties. (dba Old Aulacogen, LP)

1994-2006: Co-Founder and Co-Honcho of the annual Republic Of Texas Biker Rally (Austin): Conceived, planned, organized, advertised, facilitated, financed, produced, and directed the largest turnstile motorcycle rally in North America for a dozen years.

1985-1991: Beard Oil Company (Oklahoma City and Dallas): Exploration Geologist in charge of southern and western Oklahoma for one of that state's largest independents. Generated drillable in-house prospects in the Ardmore and Anadarko Basins and testified frequently before the Corporation Commission ('85-'90). Reported directly to Mr. William M. Beard, Chairman and CEO. Opened branch office in Dallas to generate waterflood prospects in North, East, and West Texas ('90-'91).

1981-1985: Core Oil & Gas (Oklahoma City): Exploration and Development Geologist in charge of Oklahoma for a drilling company with 17 rigs. Generated wildcat prospects and development locations in east and central Oklahoma as well as the Marietta, Ardmore, Anadarko, and Arkoma Basins and the Fort Worth Basin of North Texas.

1976-1981: Mitchell Energy (Dallas office): Exploration and Development Geologist. Generated wildcat prospects and development locations primarily in the Fort Worth Basin with additional projects in southern Oklahoma and the Eastern Shelf of the Midland Basin. Extensive drill site experience in logging, coring, DSTs, etc.

1974-1976: Consulting Geologist for the government of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Did reconnaissance field mapping in West Africa for the Directorate of Mines and Geology. Prepared geological reports (in English and French) on offshore petroleum prospects for the Directorate of Hydrocarbons and advised the Minister of Hydrocarbons concerning negotiations for offshore oil and gas concessions.

1970-1974: Getty Oil Company (Midland): Exploration and Development Geologist. Learned development work in the Midland Basin, Eastern Shelf, and Central Basin Platform. Later did exploration work in the Delaware Basin, Texas panhandle, Anadarko Basin, and the Niagaran reef trend in Michigan.