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AIPN's History

The story of the AIPN is a story rich in the description of the people who contributed their time and effort to make it the preeminent organization it is today. Although the association's roots are in Houston's upstream oil sector, it has now grown to be a truly global organization serving the needs of cross-border energy negotiators in the upstream, midstream and downstream hydrocarbon sectors.

1980's

In 1981, Scotty Greenwald, Jack Rosshirt, Frank Alexander, Tom O'Dell, Colin Friedlander, Hank Thomsen, Clark Halderson, Mickey Ables, and Frank Mytinger (who were then associated with the following oil companies: Amoco, Union Texas, Conoco, Pecten, and Cities Service) formed a "Steering Committee" to explore the formation of what eventually became the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. The Steering Committee held six organizational meetings in Houston and prepared the first AIPN By-laws. Letters then followed inviting international petroleum industry negotiators in the area to participate. The first meeting of the AIPN took place in Houston at the Inn on the Park Hotel (now the Omni Hotel) on February 25, 1982, and soon thereafter, the AIPN elected its first officers. Regular lunch meetings followed thereafter, with Gordon Barrows (Barrows Company Inc.) becoming on October 20, 1982, the first person to speak at an AIPN luncheon. At that time, AIPN had 180 members, mostly from the United States.

 

1990's

1990 was a historic year for the association. That year, the first AIPN model form contract - the AIPN Model Form Confidentiality Agreement (committee chaired by Rod McAlister (Conoco)) - was completed. A far more ambitious project was completed when the 1990 version of the AIPN Model Form International Operating Agreement (committee chaired by Andy Derman and Sean Murphy of Oryx) was released to almost instant acclaim. Lastly, in 1990 Andy Derman also organized the first annual AIPN Model Contracts Workshop in Vail, Colorado.

 

2000's

The year 2000 was a busy one for AIPN. First, the International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (organized by Stephen Mills (Petroleum Agency of South Africa)) was our initial opportunity to host a conference in Africa. Second, on the model agreements front, we released the 2nd version of the Model Form Accounting Procedures (committee chaired by Bob Cummings (Consultant) and Osiris Madera (Triton Energy)). Lastly, in 2000, Al Boulos (Boulos International) concluded 12 years of heading the AIPN resume referral service, which has placed many negotiators into new positions; Marty Forte (Mobil) took over this important task.

 

 

AIPN History Book

The AIPN History Book was completed in February 2010. The book centers on the AIPN's organizational history, but also treats the roles that the Association's members - the negotiators themselves - have played in the global oil business during their careers. It draws on newletters of the Association and other published sources, but primarily on interviews conducted for an oral history project undertaken in 2007 to mark the AIPN's 25th year of operation.

Download the History Book here.

AIPN History Book Front Cover

 

 
 
 
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