J. E. Gage is the son of a rough-neck and driller, a family member of numerous men that had a rich history in making their living from drilling, renting tools, fishing, and providing well service equipment, and well servicing and drilling units to the oil and gas industry beginning in the early 1950s. Mr. Gage grew up learning from family members how to drill, fish, service, and produce oil and gas wells in the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.
Mr. Gage received a B.S. in Biology from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. He had planned on continuing to Medical School. After two years of Regular Army service in a Pershing Missile Unit from 1973-1975, Mr. Gage returned to West Texas State University to earn an M.S. in Geology in 1976, with Honors. Mr. Gage began his professional career in Geology at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Helium Operations doing various geology and natural gas engineering jobs at the Strategic Helium Storage Reserve and associated facilities. During the drilling boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Gage worked for Amarillo Oil Company and Pioneer Production Corporation as an Exploitation Geologist. The majority of the assets of this company are now owned and operated by Pioneer Natural Resource, stock Symbol PXD, headquartered in Irving, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolis, http://www.pxd.com/ . This company is currently drilling wells off the shores of South Africa.
In 1980, Mr. Gage was the Vice-President of Petra Resources, Inc., and Oklahoma Corporation. This company initiated an Initial Public Offering (IPO) during his tenure for $3.2 Million. Through several mergers, the assets are now a part of Blue Dolphin Energy Company, an onshore and off-shore pipeline company with offshore production platforms. The stock exchange symbol is currently BDCO.
Mr. Gage was a founder of Inland Production Corporation (IPC) in 1983. After the oil market collapse in the mid-1980s, Mr. Gage took a position with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, a Federal agency within the Department of the Interior, currently a Geologist and Water Resource Planner. Mr. Gage plans to retire in 2016, or earlier.
Mr. Gage retired from the U.S. Army in 2003 after 25 years of service holding numerous Military Occupational Specialties including 15E, Pershing Missile Crewman, Azimuth Layer, Logistics Specialist, and 54B, Chemical Operations Platoon Sargent.
Inland Production Corporation was the founder of Petroleum Corporation of Africa, PECORA, with the view to assist the Kenyan Government and population with the development on oil and gas reserves, transportation, and refining in the area of East Africa, as well as other parts of the world.
1975-1976 West Texas State University, Canyon Texas, now West Texas A&M
M.S. Geology, with honors
1969-1972 West Texas State University, Canyon Texas
B.S. Biology, Pre-Medical
Other Professional Affiliations and Honors:
2009-Present Oklahoma Geological Society (Intermittent Membership from 1980)
2011-Present Oklahoma Geological Society Log Library (Intermittent Membership from 1980)
1976-Present American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) CPG No. 6379
1975-Present Sigma Gamma Epsilon - National Earth Science Honor Society
1975-Present American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
1975-Present Society of Petro-physicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), previously Society of Petroleum Well Log Analysts
1969-Present Phi Delta Theta National Fraternity - Texas Theta Chapter West Texas State University
1978-1980 Panhandle Geological Society