President AAPL HAPL/NHAPL/WHAPL SPEAKER: AAPL PRESIDENT M. DON KEY, CPL Don Key, CPL, is the senior staff landman, A&D, for Continental Resources, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Prior to joining Continental in 2013, he was the land manager of Hanna Oil and Gas Co. in Fort Smith, Ark. for ...
M. DON KEY, CPL
Don Key, CPL, is the senior staff landman, A&D, for Continental Resources, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Prior to joining Continental in 2013, he was the land manager of Hanna Oil and Gas Co. in Fort Smith, Ark. for 25 years. Previously, he worked at TXO Production in Dallas, Texas, and Magnolia, Ark., before transferring to TXO’s Fort Smith office in 1984.
Key graduated from high school in Pasadena, Texas, and a Sooner football scholarship carried him to the University of Oklahoma where he competed until injury and cancer ended his career in 1981. Following the injury, Coach Barry Switzer established the Don Key Award, which is presented annually at the last home game in Norman, Okla. In addition, two OU benefactors initiated the Don Key Scholarship, which is given annually to a student athlete at OU who elects to pursue higher education.
After graduating from OU with a degree in petroleum land management in 1983, Key joined AAPL in 1984 and received his CPL designation in 1991. He feels fortunate to have worked for AAPL supporter Jim Hanna, who served as president of AAPL in 1986 and was instrumental in building AAPL’s headquarters in Fort Worth. Key served on the AAPL board at various times and on numerous committees, including ethics, forms, publications, awards and finance. He was treasurer in 1994-95, ethics chairman in 2000-01 and the 2009 chairman and fundraiser for the annual meeting. In 1994, he received the Best Director’s Communication Award and in 1999 the Landman of the Year award.
In 2006, Bill Hanna established the Don Key Leadership Scholarship in OU’s Energy Management Program. In the last several years, Key assisted with Energy Management Scholarship interviews at OU and recently served as guest speaker for the William Majors Mentoring Program in Oklahoma City. He currently serves as AAPL’s president.
An active member of the Fort Smith Association of Professional Landmen since 1984, Key has served in all offices, including president in 1991-92. He served on the board of AIPRO (Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners) from 2008-10. In his community, he also has been active over the years with United Way, including its Corporate Team, Allocations Panel and as a senior loaned executive. He helped initiate the NEED (National Energy Education Development) Program in Arkansas and assisted the Fort Smith Boys Shelter in fundraising. In addition, he
was selected to participate in the Leadership Fort Smith Program and captained the Red Cross Hero fundraising program for Hanna Oil and Gas in 2003.
He and wife Cindy have been married for 25 years. They met through a landman named Jim Crable, and Key is certain this is one of the best deals Crable ever turned! They are the proud parents of Madeline and Jonathan Key and have been active members of Eastside Baptist Church for 25 years. At this stage they are enjoying more travel and time together.
1 CPL/RPL/RL Credit will be received for this luncheon