William E. LaRoche founded LaRoche & Associates in 1979. Mr. LaRoche was Senior Vice President and a board member of DeGolyer and MacNaughton from 1959 through 1978. He began his career with Tidewater (Getty Oil Company) in 1948 and has over 55 years of experience in evaluation and estimation of reserves. Mr. LaRoche graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
William M. Kazmann, President and Senior Partner, received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and 1975, respectively. He has worked in the oil and gas industry since that time and has performed a variety of engineering duties ranging from supervising and planning drilling, completion, and production operations to estimating oil and gas reserves and providing expert testimony to various state regulatory bodies.
From 1974 to 1980, Mr. Kazmann worked for three small independent companies in Midland (TX), Oklahoma City (OK), and Dallas (TX). He prepared reserve evaluations for potential drilling prospects, evaluated new wells for banking purposes, performed petrophysical analyses, supervised drilling, completion and production operations, supervised geologic operations, and provided technical testimony at various state regulatory hearings. From 1980 to 1996, Mr. Kazmann was a principal in three independent oil and gas companies which he founded or co-founded. These companies developed oil and gas prospects for sale to industry partners, acquired and sold oil and gas properties, and performed engineering consulting services.
Mr. Kazmann joined LPC in 1996 and currently serves the firm as President. He continues to perform a variety of engineering functions for both domestic and international clients.
Mr. Kazmann is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (serving as National Director from 1993 to 1996 and National Treasurer in 1994 and 1995), Dallas Geological Society, and Dallas Petroleum Club (serving as Director from 2004 through 2006).
Joe A. Young, Vice President and Senior Partner, joined LPC in 2000 after managing his own exploration and development company which he founded in 1994. Mr. Young began his career in 1982 with Mesa Petroleum as a reservoir engineer and subsequently worked as Executive Vice President for an independent oil company prior to starting his own firm. Mr. Young graduated with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. degree from West Texas A&M University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
Stephen W. Daniel, Vice President and Senior Partner, joined LPC in 2000 after working as an independent consulting engineer. Since beginning his career in 1969 as a Reservoir Engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation, he has held engineering and management positions in several independent companies. Mr. Daniel has experience evaluating oil and gas properties in the major U.S. producing basins and South America. Mr. Daniel graduated with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
Jay K. Baggs, Partner and Manager of Engineering Applications, joined LPC in 1998 after working as a Reservoir Engineer for Devon Energy. Mr. Baggs began his career in 1978 with Kerr-McGee Corporation, and subsequently worked for DPC&A, Pennzoil Energy, Grace Petroleum, and as an independent consulting engineer. He has over 30 years experience in the petroleum industry with extensive knowledge of computers and engineering applications for use in evaluating oil and gas properties. Mr. Baggs graduated with a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Utah at Salt Lake City.
Margaret E. Tibbetts, Partner and Manager of Technical Services, joined LPC in 1998 after previous employment with William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. Since beginning her career in 1974 with McCord-Lewis Energy Services, she has worked in various engineering and accounting capacities for both small and large independent oil companies including the Reserves Manager for Bridge Oil (USA) Inc. Ms. Tibbetts' experience includes economics, database applications, and government compliance. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a past Chairman of the Dallas Chapter.
Alkis C. Iakovakis, Manager of Unconventional Resource Evaluations, joined LPC in 2006. He has over 30 years of experience with independent and major oil and gas companies. Mr. Iakovakis’ areas of expertise include reservoir engineering, economic analysis, and property acquisition and divestiture throughout most of the producing areas in the United States. Mr. Iakovakis spent 10 years with independent firms and 20 years with Gulf Oil Corporation and Chevron Corporation as Reservoir Engineering Manager. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a holder of a U.S. Patent in NGL Plant Design.
Charles Thomas Daugherty, Senior Staff Geologist, joined LPC in 2008 after working for a variety of independent oil and gas companies since beginning his career in 1974. Most recently he was a Senior Geologist with Sandridge Energy and its predecessor National Energy Group. Mr. Daugherty began his career doing field geology work in various parts of North and South America. Since that time he has evaluated drilling prospects and managed geological operations in most of the U.S. producing basins. Mr. Daugherty is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and holds a B.A. degree in Geology.
Thomas A. Schob, Engineering Associate, joined LPC in June 2009 after completing a distinguished, 30 year career at DeGolyer and MacNaughton, where he served as Senior Vice President, Board Member, and Division Manager. He has extensive experience in both domestic and international oil and gas operations. Prior to his career at DeGolyer and MacNaughton, he worked for Shell Oil Company for 5 years and spent 3 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1971 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering and from the University of New Orleans in 1980 with an MBA degree. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.