Marietta College will induct three new members into the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Thursday, April 24.
This year’s honorees are Donald G. Ritter ’81, John M. Hefner ’85 and Steve Vorenkamp Sr. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony will start at 8 p.m. at the Marietta Country Club.
Ritter is currently serving Marietta College as a Trustee. He is the president and CEO of Endurance Resources LLC. Endurance Resources and its affiliates serve as the general partner of TriTex Energy A, LP. TriTex owns producing oil and gas properties in southeastern New Mexico and Texas.
Ritter also owns Category 5 Amplification, a custom guitar amplifier company and serves on the board of Blue Star Connection, which provides musical instruments to children with life threatening illnesses. The organization supports both individuals and music therapy programs in hospitals in the United States.
Previously, Ritter was president of TriTex Energy LLC (2008-09); vice president of engineering at Geomechanics International, Inc. (2001-08); and drilling manager or joint venture operations with Mobil Oil (1982-99). He received his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 2000. Also Co-Chaired (with Kean Weaver ’84) the Steering Committee for the Brown building renovation 2005-06.
Hefner is the president and owner of Blue & Gray Resources in Parker, Colo. The company also has an office in Parkersburg, W.Va. Hefner formed the exploration and production company in 1995 and the company’s focus is on the development of unconventional natural gas resources. Blue and Gray Resources' operations include development and production throughout Colorado, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Previously, Hefner has been employed as a petroleum engineer at Snyder Oil (1994-95); petroleum engineer with Unocal (1991-94); sales rep with Nalco Chemical Company (1990); engineer with KN Energy (1988-89); and a petroleum engineer with Tenneco Oil (1985-88). John received his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1992.
Vorenkamp has been the General Manager of the Training Division for Wild Well Control since 2004. He served as a Board of Director for Petex (Petroleum Extension Service of the University at Austin) from 2007-12 and was a special instructor in drilling, production and well control. He worked for WCS/Cudd Pressure Control as the Houston Sales Manager, Baker/Exlog as the GOM Manager in New Orleans and was the Mid-Continent regional manager for Anadril in Dallas, Texas.
Vorenkamp also owned The Superior Logging Company in the 1980s. Industry activities have included articles for IADC, multiple committees related to well control, training, UBD and simulator API TPCP curriculum chair. From 2000-11 he has served as a volunteer in the Voices for Children volunteer in the “Abused children guardian ad lidem program.”
Since 2004, Vorenkamp has been instrumental with the College’s student well control training, which has been incorporated in the junior-level drilling engineering course. His support to the program has resulted in more than 300 Marietta Petroleum Engineering students completing the 22-hour well control certification course (2004-13). During 2012 Wild Well Control waived all student fees for the given year.
Vorenkamp’s vision and willingness to invest in Marietta’s students and Wild Well Control’s corporate support has resulted in nearly $250,000 of special discounting and WWC support. Vorenkamp completed his Bachelor of Business degree at Tulane University in 1974 and his Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences in 1975 from Louisiana State University.