Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> August 1, 2004

James Volker – Whiting Petroleum Corporation (wll)

JAMES J. VOLKER, Chairman, President & CEO of Whiting Petroleum Corporation, joined the company in August 1983 as Vice President of Corporate Development and served in that position through April 1993. In March 1993, he became a Contract Consultant to Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation and served in that capacity until August 2000, at which time he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Volker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director in January 2002 and Chairman of the Board in January 2004. Mr. Volker was co-Founder, Vice President and later President of Energy Management Corporation from 1971 through 1982. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Mr. Volker has a degree in Finance from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed H. K. VanPoolen and Associates' course of study in Reservoir Engineering. Profile
TWST: Can you start with a history and overview of Whiting Petroleum?

Mr. Volker: The history of Whiting Petroleum is an interesting one. It

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