Officers & Management

William C. Ward – P.E., President and C.E.O

Graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1984 (B.S., Petroleum Engineering). Graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1987 (MBA-Finance). Joined Ward Petroleum in 1984 as an engineer. Founded Gale Force Compression Services in 1989 and served as President until the company was sold in 1995. Became President and C.O.O. of Ward Petroleum in 1996. Named C.E.O in 2002.

David Stone, Vice President - Exploration    

D31_0447_croppedMS Geology, University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1980, BS Earth Science, University Wisconsin-River Falls. Dave was employed as a geologist at Phillips Petroleum prior to joining Marathon/TXO. During his 31 years at Marathon he held various titles from Geological Manager in 1990 to Director-North American Exploration; Marathon Oil Company Worldwide Exploration in 2008, to his last position Director-North American Business Strategy and Development; North American Exploration. Joined Ward in 2013 after retiring from Marathon.

L.O. Ward – P.E., Chairman

Graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 (B.S., Petroleum Engineering). Employed by Delhi-Taylor as a District Engineer in 1953. Became a partner in Ward-Gungoil Oil Investment in 1956. In 1963, founded L.O. Ward Oil Operations. Founded Ward Petroleum Corporation in 1971.


Drew Deaton-P.E., Vice President - Finance & Business Development  

ward petroleum Drew deatonGraduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 (B.S., Petroleum Engineering). Employed as a production, completion and drilling engineer by Devon Energy in the Washakie Basin, Wyoming and the Permian and Ft. Worth Basins in Texas- 2003-2006. Employed by Windsor Energy (Piceance and DJ Basin, Colorado & E. Texas) & Sandridge Energy (W. Texas) with similar engineering responsibilities. Joined Ward in 2008.


A. Brad Curtis, II, CPA, CGMA, Chief Accounting Officer

Graduated cum laude from Oklahoma City University in 1981 (BSB in Accounting-minor in Economics).  Prior to joining the Company, worked in public accounting in various accounting positions, including oil and gas SEC audit work as Audit and Tax Supervisor.  Joined Ward in 1983.