Energy Executive Dinner

Energy Executive Dinner

This year, Hart Energy is honored to announce Clayton Williams, Founder of Clayton Williams Energy Inc., as the recipient of the Hart Energy Industry Leadership Award. Join Executive Oil Conference and Exhibition speakers and prominent Midland-area energy executives to honor his legacy at our Energy Executive Dinner on November 6 at 6:30 pm. 

Location: Midland Country Club | 6101 N Highway 349, Midland TX 79705

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Energy Executive Dinner

The 2018 Recipient of the Hart Energy Industry Leadership Award


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Clayton Williams Jr., Founder, Clayton Williams Energy Inc. 

Williams will be honored at the Midland Country Club on Nov. 6, 2018, at the 2018 Energy Executive Dinner, which precedes the Executive Oil Conference, and which includes the Midland Reporter-Telegram’s Hearst Energy Awards.

A lifelong resident of West Texas, Clayton Williams Jr. began his career as an independent producer in the Permian Basin in 1957, after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1954 and serving in the U.S. Army. Over the decades, he amassed a significant lease position across Texas, and led more than 26 major entities, including companies in the upstream, midstream, banking, ranching and real estate development industries.

His most recent oil and gas company, publicly traded Clayton Williams Energy Inc., was sold in April 2017 to Noble Energy Inc. for $2.7 billion. At the time, CWEI held 171,000 net Permian acres and produced 10,000 Boe/d.

During his 60-year career, “Claytie,” as he is widely known, has been a strong voice for Midland, for his beloved Texas A&M and for the energy industry. He also ran for governor of Texas in 1990, and along the way, he has supported numerous E&P organizations as an advocate of American-produced energy.

Williams has shared his expertise and passion for action by teaching entrepreneurship classes at A&M, where he is a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus. Both his tuxedo and his corporate airplane were Aggie maroon.

In his 2007 biography, Claytie, his many business ventures and misadventures were recounted. Through the numerous ups and downs, he has remained one of the most enthusiastic and successful entrepreneurs ever to rise out of West Texas.