John C. Lorenz, president of Geoflight LLC, Edgewood, N.M., assumed the presidency of AAPG on July 1.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Lorenz earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College with a double major in anthropology and geology, a master’s in geology from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in geology from Princeton University.
Before forming his consultancy in 2007, Lorenz was Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Sandia Laboratories, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and a teacher in Morocco for the Peace Corps.
Joining Lorenz on the Executive Committee is David G. Rensink, consultant, Houston, who was voted president-elect. He retired in May from Apache Corp. Rensink will serve as AAPG president in 2010-11.
Others elected to the 2009-10 Executive Committee are:
- Vice president – Regions – Alfredo E. Guzman, consultant, Veracruz, Mexico.
- Secretary – William S. Houston, president, Silverback LLC, Denver.
Both the vice president-Regions and the secretary positions serve for two years.
Remaining on the committee are:
- W.C. “Rusty” Riese, geoscience adviser, BP America Production, Katy, Texas, vice president-Sections.
- Kay Pitts, reservoir management process analyst, Aera Energy, Bakersfield, Calif., treasurer.
- Gretchen Gillis, executive editor-books, Schlumberger, Sugar Land, Texas, AAPG editor.
Riese, Pitts and Gillis will serve their final year in their terms of office.
Also on the new committee is chairman of the House of Delegates, Stephen A. Sonnenberg, professor of geology and Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology, Colorado School of Mines.
Sonnenberg served as AAPG president in 2003-04.