Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our management team. Our managers and employees are dedicated to the continued growth and success of the Company. The result is a Unit that is efficient and capable of handling the demands of a growing company.

Executive Officers

Mr. Nikkel is a geologist and mathematician with over 54 years of experience in the energy industry, 45 years of which were spent in management positions. Mr. Nikkel retired from the company in 2005, after a 21-year tenure as its president and chief operating officer and then CEO. He has served the company as a director for 28 years, serving as the board’s chairman for the last seven years. His years of insight into the operations of the company and the industry, along with his years of successful leadership of the company, make him an invaluable member of the board, and more than qualify him to serve in his current position as chairman.

Mr. Pinkston is an accounting professional who has served the company for 30 years, 26 of which have been in the following leadership positions (some of these positions he has held concurrently): Treasurer – 17 years, Vice President – 14 years, Chief Financial Officer – 14 years, President – 8 years, Director – 8 years, Chief Operating Officer – 7 years, CEO – 6 years. Mr. Pinkston’s extensive knowledge of the company (both as a whole as well as that of each of its three business segments), along with his accounting and finance expertise and his many years of experience provides significant and continuing value to our board.

Mr. Schell joined Unit in January 1987, as its Secretary and General Counsel. In 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. From 1979 until joining Unit, Mr. Schell was Counsel, Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of C & S Exploration Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Merrill joined Unit in August 2003 as Vice President, Finance and in February 2004 was elected to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. From May 1999 through August 2003, Mr. Merrill served as Senior Vice President, Finance with TV Guide Networks, Inc. From July 1996 through May 1999 he was Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. From July 1994 through July 1996 he was the Director of Financial Reporting and Special Projects for MAPCO, Inc. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1983. Mr Merrill received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Additional Officers

Mr. Cromling joined Unit Drilling Company in 1997 as a Vice-President and Division Manager.  In April 2005, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice-President of Drilling for Unit Drilling Company.  In 1980, he formed Cromling Drilling Company which managed and operated drilling rigs until 1987.  From 1987 to 1997, Cromling Drilling Company provided engineering consulting services and generated and drilled oil and gas prospects. Prior to this, he was employed by Big Chief Drilling for eleven years and served as Vice-President. Mr. Cromling graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Mr. Guidry joined Unit in August 1988 as a Staff Geologist.  In 1991, he was promoted to Geologic Manager overseeing the Geologic Operations of the company.  In January 2003, he was promoted to Vice President of the West Division.  In March 2005, Mr. Guidry was promoted to Executive Vice President of Exploration for Unit Petroleum Company.  From 1979 to 1988, he was employed as a Division Geologist for Reading and Bates Petroleum Co.  From 1978 to 1979, he worked with ANR Resources in Houston.  He began his career as an open hole well logging engineer with Dresser Atlas Oilfield Services.  Mr. Guidry graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

Mr. Parks founded Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. in 1996. When Superior was acquired by Unit in July 2004, he continued with Superior as one of its managers and as its President. From April 1992 through April 1996, Mr. Parks served as Vice-President – Gathering and Processing for Cimarron Gas Companies. From December 1986 through March 1992, he served as Vice-President – Business Development for American Central Gas Companies. Mr. Parks began his career as an engineer with Cities Service Company in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

John G. Nikkel
Mr. Nikkel joined the Company in 1983 as its President and a director. In 2001, Mr. Nikkel became Chief Executive Officer and he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2003. Effective April 1, 2005, he retired as Chief Executive Officer, but remains Chairman of the Board. From 1976 until January 1982 when he co-founded Nike Exploration Company, Mr. Nikkel was an officer and director of Cotton Petroleum Corporation, serving as the President of the Company from 1979 until his departure. Prior to joining Cotton, Mr. Nikkel was employed by Amoco Production Company for 18 years, last serving as Division Geologist for Amoco's Denver Division. Mr. Nikkel presently serves as President and a director of Nike Exploration Company. Mr. Nikkel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Mathematics from Texas Christian University.

Larry D. Pinkston
Mr. Pinkston joined the Company in December 1981. He had served as Corporate Budget Director and Assistant Controller prior to being appointed as Controller in February 1985. He has been Treasurer since December 1986 and was elected to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 1989. In 2003, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and effective August 1, 2003, he assumed the office of President. In February of 2004, he was elected to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Effective April 1, 2005, with the retirement of John Nikkel, Mr. Pinkston assumed the office of Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from East Central University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mark E. Schell
Mr. Schell joined Unit in January 1987, as its Secretary and General Counsel. In 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. From 1979 until joining Unit, Mr. Schell was Counsel, Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of C & S Exploration Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa Law School. He is a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Association as well as being a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.


David T. Merrill


Mr. Merrill joined Unit in August 2003 as Vice President, Finance and in February 2004 was elected to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. From May 1999 through August 2003, Mr. Merrill served as Senior Vice President, Finance with TV Guide Networks, Inc. From July 1996 through May 1999 he was Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. From July 1994 through July 1996 he was the Director of Financial Reporting and Special Projects for MAPCO, Inc. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1983. Mr Merrill received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

ADDITIONAL OFFICERS


Unit Drilling Company

John Cromling


Mr. Cromling joined Unit Drilling in 1997 as a Vice-President and Division Manager. He was recently promoted to the position of Senior Vice-President of Drilling Operations. In 1980, he formed Cromling Drilling Company which managed and operated drilling rigs until 1987. From 1987 to 1997, Cromling Drilling Company provided engineering consulting services and generated and drilled oil and gas prospects. Prior to this, he was employed by Big Chief Drilling for eleven years and served as Vice-President. Mr Cromling graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Brad Guidry


Mr. Guidry joined Unit in August 1988 as a Staff Geologist. In 1991, he was promoted to Geologic Manager overseeing the Geologic Operations of the company. In January 2003, he was promoted to Vice President - West Division. In March 2005, Mr. Guidry was promoted to Senior Vice President of Exploration for Unit Petroleum Company. From 1979 to 1988, he was employed as a Division Geologist for Reading and Bates Petroleum Co. From 1978 to 1979, he worked with ANR Resources in Houston. He began his career as an open hole well logging engineer with Dresser Atlas Oilfield Services. Mr. Guidry graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

Robert Parks


Mr. Parks founded Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. in 1996. When Superior was acquired by Unit in July 2004, he continued with Superior as one of its managers and as its President. From April 1992 through April 1996, Mr. Parks served as Vice-President – Gathering and Processing for Cimarron Gas Companies. From December 1986 through March 1992, he served as Vice-President – Business Development for American Central Gas Companies. Mr. Parks began his career as an engineer with Cities Service Company in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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