Oil and Gas Production and Exploration

Ceja Corporation

  • Founder (deceased)

    Charles W. Oliphant was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry, M.A. in Geology, and Ph.D. in Geophysics. His fields of concentration were Chemistry, Seismology, Geology, and Geophysics. Since 1948 he had been an independent producer in the United States and Canada, engaging in petroleum exploration and production, geological research, and property management.

    Mr. Oliphant was President of Oliphant Laboratories, Incorporated, President of Cuesta Foundation, a director of the Bank of Oklahoma, and a Trustee of the University of Tulsa. Memberships in the geological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Association for Advancement of Science, Seismological Society of America, Tulsa Geological Society, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, American Independent Professional Earth Scientists and sigma XI (Scientific Research Society) were held by Mr. Oliphant.

    He was the past President of the Tulsa Geological Study Group and is the author of papers published in GSA Bulletin and the Tulsa Geological Digest. He authored reports in the application of geology and geophysics to petroleum exploration, analog, computer, signal processing and analysis.

  • Chairman of the Board and CEO

    Gregory W. Oliphant was named Chairman of the Board of Ceja Corporation in December, 2003 and CEO in 2014. He is a 4th generation owner of Ceja and an active investor in Ceja's oil and gas prospects as a Managed Member. He Serves as Chair on the Executive Committee, Compensation Committee and401k investment committee. He is also a member of the Audit Committee.

    The Ceja Corporation Board of Directors is comprised of four family members, the President of Ceja Corporation, and outside directions. Gregory W. Oliphant graduated in 2007 from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, receiving his M. A. in Engineering Management. He received a B.A. in Financial Economics from Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire, in 1999.

    He is a member of several professional organizations including the Young Presidents Organization, the Friends of Finance and the Tulsa Geological Society. He is a third generation trustee VP and treasurer of the families charitable organization “The Cuesta Foundation”.

  • President

    Mr. Carpenter is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma with a B.S. degree in Psychology, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma with a Juris Doctorate Degree. He joined Ceja Corporation in 1977. Mr. Carpenter has served as a Director and treasurer of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross, on the Budget Committee of the Tulsa Area United Way, and Director and vice President of the Tulsa Rowing Association, Trustee and Foundation Manager of Cuesta Foundation, Inc. and is a member of the Oklahoma and Tulsa County Bar Associations.

  • Vice President - Production

    Mr. Spitzer is a 1975 graduate of Texas Tech University, with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a M.S. in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Ceja Corporation in 1981, he was employed by Amoco Production Company as a Senior Petroleum Engineer in the production and reservoir engineering departments of the West Texas Division, and as a Petrophysicist at Tulsa Research. Mr. Spitzer was also employed at Amerada Hess and DP & R Engineering as a Reservoir Engineer, both in Tulsa. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma.

  • Vice President - Exploration

    Mr. Snyder obtained his B.S. in Geology in 1973 and an M.S. in Geology in 1976, both from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining Ceja Corporation in 2004, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, Williams Bros. Engineering Company and was exploration manager for a family owned oil and gas firm in Tulsa for 15 years. Since 1997, he has owned his own exploration consulting and production business. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa Geological Society, the Oklahoma City Geological Society, and is a registered professional geologist in the state of Arkansas.

  • Controller

    Ms. Scogin is a 1981 graduate of University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Ceja Corporation in 1984, she was employed by the accounting firm, Deloitte Haskins and Sells. Ms. Scogin has experience with the Canadian operations, personal financial accounting for the Oliphant-Mayo families and various investment and trusts operations. She is a member of the American institute of CPAs, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Tulsa Chapter of CPAs and Petroleum Accountants Society of Oklahoma.

  • Senior Landman

    Mr. Cooper is a 1978 graduate of Oklahoma State with a B.S. in personnel Management, assuming the position of Landman for Ceja Corporation in 1982. In 1994, he moved to Williams Pipeline before transferring to Williams Communication as Manager of Right of Way. Mr. Cooper rejoined Ceja as Senior Landman in 2002, supervising efforts covering the acquisition of leases and prospect development. Mr. Cooper completed the national certification program for landmen in 2006; he is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and Tulsa Association.

  • Production Manager

    Hired in 2005, Sam is a native Oklahoman, born in 1965 in Stillwater. He is the son of our former Production Manager, for over 30 years, Sam Sheehan II. Upon graduation from local High School, Sam moved West to California where he obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis. After a decade of working and raising a family in the West, Sam3 (as he has come to be known) was more than ecstatic about returning to his 'roots' in the Oil and Gas industry with Ceja Coporation.

  • Director of Geophysics

    Mr. Carter obtained his B.S. in Geosciences in 1977 from Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California. He did work towards a M.S. in Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1978. Prior to joining Ceja in 2007, he was employed by Shell, Tenneco, Burlington Resources, Apache, Cimarex, and Pogo Producing Company. Mr. Carter has experience in twelve domestic oil and gas basins: Michigan, Permian, Delaware, Black Warrior, East Texas, Anadarko, Arkoma, Ouachita, Northern Louisiana, Texas onshore, South Louisiana onshore, Val Verde and Mississippian Salt basins. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Geophysical Society of Tulsa, and the Kansas Geological Society.