Chief Oil and Gas Advisor to the Governor of Alaska
John is a proud graduate of Homer High School. He attended the University of Tennessee on a wrestling scholarship and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He also received Executive Leadership Education at Columbia, Cox, and Darden School of Business.
John began his oilfield career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services on Alaska’s North Slope. He later joined BP where he held several engineering and managerial positions within the North Slope, Anchorage, Russia and the United Kingdom. John was also part of BP’s first Russian operation, “Tarasov," in 1991, and part of the TNK acquisition team in 2003. He founded Production Technical Limits and Base Management practices still embedded today at BP.
In 2005, John joined Apache Corporation as Production Engineering Manager for the Gulf Coast region. In 2006, he served for five years as the General Manager and Managing Director of Apache’s Qarun Petroleum Company joint venture in Egypt. With John at the helm in Egypt, Qarun Petroleum Company doubled production. From 2011-2016 he was General Manager of Apache Alaska.
Throughout his career, John has served as a Board Member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Anchorage. He founded and coached Popeye Wrestling Club, and served as the Director of Alaska Kids’ USA Wrestling. John is a former Board Member of the Alaska Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation, and the Cairo American College Board of Trustees. He currently is President of the Trustees for Boys and Girls Clubs – Alaska, and a regular member of the Boone and Crockett Club.