Jack C. Richards, CPL, joined Devon Energy Corp. in 2000 as land manager for the Mid-Continent district located in Oklahoma City. He currently serves as Devon’s manager of land for the central division.
For fiscal year 2010-2011, he served as AAPL First Vice President on the Executive Committee. In addition, he chaired the Finance Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the trustees of the Landman Scholarship Trust. He is a member of the Educational Foundation and served as the liaison to the Executive Committee for both the Ethics and By-Laws/Policy Manual Review Committees.
In 2004-2005, Richards served AAPL as treasurer on the Executive Committee and as a member on both the Educational Foundation and the Finance Committee. He served three years as trustee on the Landman Scholarship Trust and has chaired both the Leg/Reg and LST scholarship interview committees. In addition, Richards served several years on the AAPL board of directors representing the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen. He also received an AAPL Special Award for service on the Coalbed Methane JOA Task Force.
Among other officer positions, Richards served as president on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen and currently serves as its ethics chair. He is also a member of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Energy Explorers and Panhandle Producer’s and Royalty Owner’s Association.
He and wife Vicki have been married 35 years and have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Older son Chris is a dentist in private practice in the Austin area, and his wife Beth is a land technician II with Chesapeake Energy Corp. Younger son Clarke graduates this spring with an energy management major from The University of Oklahoma.
Richards and his wife grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated with a PLM degree from The University of Texas. He began his career with Amoco Production Co. in New Orleans followed by Saga Petroleum in Houston. He then joined Texas Oil & Gas Corp. and worked in its offices located in Houston, Tyler and Oklahoma City before TXO’s merger with Marathon Oil Co. He retired from Marathon after 22 years of service and joined Devon.
Richards enjoys spending time with his family whether it is at home, a sporting event, the lake or in the mountains.