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Energy industry in Oklahoma tries to attract young professionals to trade groups

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and other groups are actively recruiting younger members.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: June 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm •  Published: June 15, 2012

Most members fit the demographics of the broader oil and natural gas industry, except that the association hasn't attracted active participation from the droves of young people that the industry has recruited.

OIPA and other industry groups are trying to change that.

The association has been actively recruiting to its Future Leaders Program, including inviting young professionals to its annual conference and encouraging them to attend meetings.

The group even held a modified beer pong tournament as part of its annual meeting as a fun meet-and-greet for those who attended.

Kit Watson works for Gore Nitrogen in Seiling. He attended the conference and participated in the tournament.

“I'm here not only just to further my career, but also for the industry — to find out what I can do for it to keep it going, to keep it strong in Oklahoma,” he said.

Other energy associations have a similar goal.

OIPA's Future Leaders Program, the OKC Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals and the OKC Young Professionals in Energy have teamed up to hold a conference next month for energy professionals.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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The OKC Young Professionals in Energy forum will be July 19 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. For more information and to sign up, go to


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