Our Members are the Best

Our members bring a passion for the mission of the organization.

OEPA will concentrate on protecting vertical produced rights.

We suggest financial support based on production, payable annually.

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Lee Levinson

Lee Levinson

Board Co-Chair

Levinson is an attorney, business owner, and independent gas and oil producer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is owner of Xcaliber International and the downtown Aloft Hotel and is also involved in the renovation of the Tulsa YMCA and Hartford Building. The Tulsa native earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma and his law degree at Tulsa University.

Mike Cantrell

Mike Cantrell

Board Co-Chair

Michael (Mike) Cantrell was born and raised in Oklahoma where his grandfather was a driller in the 1920’s, started his own business in the 1950‘s and Mike’s father joined a few years later. In 1968, his father shifted into the production side of the business, where Cantrell gained hands-on experience in the field.
In 1975, Cantrell became the President of Oklahoma Basic Economy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company specializing in enhancing production in more mature formations, serving as President until 2000. In 2000 Mike also founded Cantrell Investments LLC, an oil and gas investment company, with assets primarily in Oklahoma., Texas and Kansas.

Chuck Harmon

Chuck Harmon

Founding Board Member

Charles E. "Chuck" Harmon is the President of Harmon Oil , Inc formed in 1980 and located in Tulsa.
Chuck graduated from Oklahoma University with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering and Geological Engineering in 1959 and 1960 respectfully.

Like many Independent oil and gas producers he began his career working for large companies. He worked for Sunray DX oil company and then worked for Williams Company in Tulsa. After 17 years of learning and refining his craft he set out on his own consulting for three years then forming Harmon oil and Gas Inc in 1980.

Harmon Oil is a family affair with sons Brian and Bob working with him.

Chuck was honored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers for being a 50 year member in 2013.
He served in numerous Industry positions ,including the OIPA board from 2003 -2017 ,when he resigned to work on behalf of traditional producers on the OEPA board.

Chuck and his wife of 59 years Evelyn like to take off on most Fridays and spend the weekend touring Harmon’s oil and gas properties in Oklahoma and Texas. Chuck represents the best of us.

Ray Potts

Ray Potts

Founding Board Member

Ray is a former OIPA Chairman and a mentor to most of us

Ray Horton Potts was born November 6, 1932 and grew up on a farm in central Missouri. He graduated from Gilliam High School in a class of seven students. In 1950, he enrolled at the University of Missouri and became a member of the freshman honorary Phi Eta Sigma fraternity. He graduated in 1954 with a B.A. in geology and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force. While waiting to be called for active duty he worked for the California Oil Co. doing surface mapping near Miles City, Montana. In August of 1954, he was called to active duty and entered the flight training program, obtaining his pilot’s wings in 1955.
He spent two years in Spokane, WA as a third pilot on a B-36 in the Strategic Air Command. In 1957, he returned to the University of Missouri to obtain an M.A. in geology.

Upon graduation in 1959 he went to work for the Pure Oil Co. in Oklahoma City. While working as a geologist for Pure, he attended law school at night and obtained a Juris Doctor’s degree and passed the Oklahoma Bar in 1965. One year after leaving the Union of California (they acquired Pure Oil Co. in 1965) he and Robert L. Stephenson co-founded PSEC, Inc. Thirty years later, in 1997, PSEC, Inc. was sold to ONEOK Resources Company. He is still active in the oil and gas industry with his two sons, Mark and Steve Potts.

Some of the professional organizations and civic activities Mr. Potts has been and is currently involved with are as follows:
Education
• Served eight years as a member of State Board of Education and State Board of Vocational-Technical Education
• Past member of Task Force 11200011
• Charter member and first president of Oklahoma City Public School Foundation
• A member of "KIDS" Committee and co-chaired the Student Achievement Committee for "MAPS" for kids
• Appointed by Governor Fallin to the Smart Start state board
• Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Oklahoma City University in 2012
Professional Associations and Boards
• Member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1959
• Oklahoma City Geological Society
• Past member of Oklahoma Bar Association
• Independent Petroleum Association of America (I.P.A.A.) where he has served in various capacities, i.e.,
Past member of Executive Committee
Past chairman and member of Natural Gas Committee Past Board of Directors
Past member of Speaker’s Bureau
Past Co-chairman Natural Gas Task Force
• Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (0.1.P.A.) where he has served in various capacities, i.e.,
Past president Board of Directors
Past Chairman of Industry - Oklahoma Corporation Commission Study
• Natural Gas Supply Association (N.G.S.A.) Past member of Executive Committee
• Past member of Governor’s Natural Gas Advisory Council
• Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
• Former board member of Commerce Bank and Founders Bank
• Former board member of Panhandle Royalty Company
Civic Activities
• Co-founder, trustee and past president of Potts Family Foundation (formerly the Community Resource Development Foundation)
• Member of Covenant Presbyterian Church for 45 years, having served as a deacon, elder and Chairman of many church committees
• Past board trustee of World Neighbors for 6 years and served on several committees and as vice-chairman of the board
• Past president and member of the board of Oklahoma City Philharmonic
• Past corporate member of Presbyterian Health Foundation
• Past board member of Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club
• Past chairman and board member of Downtown YMCA
• Past board member of Petroleum Club
• Past board member of Allied Arts
• Member and former President of the Economic Club of Oklahoma
• Member and past president of the Fortune Club of Oklahoma City

David Guest

David Guest

Founding Board Member

David A. Guest is a native Oklahoman who is the Vice-president of Guest Petroleum, Incorporated, an Edmond, Oklahoma based independent oil & gas producer. Guest Petroleum is a family owned entity with a mission to acquire, develop and maximize production and cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets within the State of Oklahoma.

Mr. Guest attended the University of Oklahoma majoring in Petroleum Land Management. He has over twenty-plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry as both a producer and as a Certified Minerals Manager.

Mr. Guest served two terms on the Board of Directors for NARO (National Association of Royalty Owners) and the NARO Foundation. Most recently, Mr. Guest has served two terms on the State of Oklahoma’s Commission on Marginally Producing Oil & Gas Wells, serving as Chairman of the Commission in 2010 & 2011.

He believes public service is more of a responsibility than an honor and takes the responsibility seriously. Mr. Guest maintains professional memberships in the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists including the Energy Minerals Division, NARO, NADOA and the Oklahoma Independent Producers Association.

David Little

David Little

Board Member

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.”

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.”

“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.”

Dewey Bartlett

Dewey Bartlett

Board Member

Through his role as President of Keener Oil & Gas Company, Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., continues the family tradition of working in the oil and gas business. After graduating in 1969 with a B.S. degree in Accounting from Regis College in Denver, he went on in 1971 to receive an MBA degree in Finance from SMU in Dallas. Dewey then worked in the oil fields for Halliburton Services and spent two years as a Landman for Beard Oil Company. Dewey joined Keener Oil Company (a prior Bartlett family business partnership) as a Landman and Co-Managing Partner in 1979. In 1987 Dewey became Managing Partner of Keener Oil Company. Keener Oil Company was dissolved in 1994, and in May of that same year Dewey formed Keener Oil & Gas Company, an Oklahoma corporation.

During his professional career, Dewey has held leadership positions with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (Board Member), Tulsa Community College Foundation (Board Member), the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (Board Member), the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (Chairman of the Board), the National Stripper Well Association (President), the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (President and Board Member), the Tulsa Airport Authority (Board Member), the City Council for the City of Tulsa (Councilperson), the American Red Cross/Tulsa Chapter (Board Member and Chairman of the Board), the Frank Phillips Foundation-Woolaroc Museum Board (Trustee), University of Tulsa College of Business Administration (Executive Advisory Board Member), and the Grand River Dam Authority (Board of Directors). Dewey served as the Mayor of the City of Tulsa from December 2009 to December 2016.