Committees: Nomination and Election

Chair-Elect Candidate Robert Shoup

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Robert Shoup
Robert Shoup

Let me first thank the HoD Nomination and Election Committee and the HoD chair for the honor of this nomination. My father was a CPA, and many years ago he taught me that you get out of your profession only as much as you put into it. I have taken that lesson to heart, and have had the pleasure to serve AAPG, the DPA and the House in a number of roles. I look forward to this opportunity to stand as a candidate for the chair of the House of Delegates. I thank all of you for your thoughtful consideration.

In that I split my time between the United States and Asia, and that I teach classes globally, I believe I can bring a unique perspective to the position of chair-elect, and then chair. I understand from first-hand experience the rewards and challenges of the U.S. Sections, and also the international Regions. Although occasionally, the interests and needs of the U.S. Sections and international Regions conflict, all of us want to see the AAPG become the world’s premier scientific association. If elected, I can leverage my role as a globe-trotting bon vivant to promote that vision and help it become a reality.

The real strength of the HoD is not the elected leadership, but the individuals who serve on the HoD committees. Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” I would add to his quote that a good executive also allows those good people to do what they want done. The HoD is filled with good people and I look forward to the opportunity to work with them.

Academic Degrees and Certifications
  • 1980 M.S. geology, University of Oklahoma
  • 1978 B.A. geology, Winona State University
  • Board Certified Petroleum Geologist – AAPG Division of Professional Affairs
Professional Experience
  • 2009-Present International Training and Consulting Manager; SCA, Houston
  • 2003-Present Consultant; Clastic Reservoir Systems, Singapore
  • 2002-03 Hilcorp
  • 1999-2002 Samson
  • 1980-99 Shell
AAPG Activities
  • 2007-Present 100th Anniversary Committee
  • 2010-12 Technical Program co-chair, Singapore ICE
  • 2001-10 VPG Committee
  • 2008-09 Co-convener, AAPG Hedberg Conference
  • 2007-08 AAPG Climate Change Committee
  • 2003-04 AAPG Advisory Council
  • 1999-2004 Mentor Committee (chair 2001-03)
  • 1993-2001 AAPG Membership Committee (1993-2000 chair, 2000-01 chair Emeritus)
  • 1998-99 Twenty First Century Committee
  • 1997-98 Co-convener, AAPG Hedberg Conference
  • 1983-95 Student Chapter Committee (1988-90 chair)
  • 1993-94 Technical Program AAPG annual convention
  • 1990-91 Twenty First Century Committee
  • 1978-79 President, University of Oklahoma Student Chapter
AAPG Division of Professional Affairs Activities
  • 2006-10 DPA Publications Committee (editor, The Correlator)
  • 2002-05 DPA Bylaws Committee (chair 2002-03)
  • 2004-05 Chair, DPA Honors and Awards
  • 2003-04 DPA president
  • 2001-02 DPA vice-chair, AAPG annual convention, Houston
  • 1999-2000 DPA vice chair, AAPG annual convention, New Orleans, DPA vice president
  • 1993-94 DPA Council member, Gulf Coast Section, DPA Publications Committee (editor, The Correlator)
AAPG House of Delegates Activities
  • 2008-14 Delegate, Asia Pacific – Malaysia
  • 2012-13 Nomination and Election Committee
  • 2009-10 Nomination and Election Committee
  • 2001-07 Delegate, Houston
  • 2005-06 Secretary/editor
  • 2003-05 Rules and Procedures Committee
Other Professional Societies
  • Houston Geological Society
  • New Orleans Geological Society
  • South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX)
  • President Bangkok Region; 2006-10
Honors and Awards
  • 2014 DPA Recognition of Distinction
  • 2013 DPA Certificate of Merit
  • 2012 AAPG Certificate of Merit
  • 2011 DPA Honorary Life member, HoD 9-year Certificate of Service
  • 2008 DPA Distinguished Service Award
  • 2006 House Recognition of Service Award
  • 2005 DPA Past-Presidents Award
  • 2004 DPA Certificate of Merit
  • 2000 AAPG Certificate of Merit, AAPG Distinguished Service Award
  • 1991 AAPG Certificate of Merit
  • 1990 AAPG Certificate of Merit 

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