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Jeff Herman


Jeff Herman became the fifth inductee into the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame at the Petroleum Council’s 26th Annual Meeting in Medora on September 20, 2007. Jeff Herman has worked tirelessly and consistently for over 25 years in support of maintaining a strong oil and gas trade association in North Dakota and the Rocky Mountains.

Alan Anderson, Chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said, “Jeff has been a strong advocate of the industry’s legislative agenda, testifying regularly before various committees of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on behalf of both the Landman’s Association and the Petroleum Council. He is certainly deserving of our association’s highest honor.”

Herman is a 1977 graduate of the University of North Dakota. He began his employment with the Hunt family entities in 1980, beginning as a Landman for Hunt Energy Corporation. In 1981, he was promoted to District Land Manager of Hunt Energy Corporation and has since held the same position with Placid Oil Company, Prosper Energy Corporation and, since January 1, 1989, Petro-Hunt, LLC. In 1992, he received special recognition from his employer for his role in discovering the availability of the Chevron interest in the Little Knife field, which was acquired by Petro-Hunt that same year.

During his 27 years in the industry, Herman has contributed much to industry associations. He is an active member and past president of the Landman’s Association of North Dakota and an active member and past national director of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL). In September 1990, he was recognized by AAPL at their annual meeting with an award from the Industry Affairs Committee for his writings and work on independent contractor agreements within the industry. He also was appointed to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission by Governor Hoeven.

Herman has been on the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Petroleum Council for nearly 20 years. He served as the Chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council from 2002 to 2004. He served as the North Dakota Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Petroleum Council from May 1988 through May 1992. In 1996, he was elected President of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association. Jeff and his wife, Kelli, have one son and reside in Bismarck.