David C. Hooper

Business Development

A 1985 graduate of University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Land Management, David is the founder of the American Association of Mineral Owners and currently serves on the the advisory board of ADAM Houston, a private network for members of the Oil & Gas Acquisitions, Divestitures and Mergers community in Houston. David began his career in the energy industry putting together acquisition and divestiture deals at American Exploration Co. for seven years. At International Paper from 1998 to 2011, David was Manager of Oil & Gas Assets responsible for managing and developing 8-million acres of oil & gas minerals. He also led several business development departments including Forest Resources managing 17-million surface acres. From 2011 to 2014, he led the land and business development departments at Empresa Energy, a private equity funded exploration and production company. In 2015, David was engaged by Boise Cascade and its minerals unit Labokay Natural Resources where he performed a full portfolio analysis and evaluation of their 1-million mineral acres, and rewrote their oil & gas lease form.

With a 35-year career managing some of the largest and most valuable mineral assets in America, David provides valuable experience for our corporate clients.