Former State Energy Secretary Sullivan Honored by OIPA

The latest inductee into the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association’s Wildcatters Hall of Honor is former State Energy Secretary and Tulsa oilman Robert J. Sullivan Jr. He was inducted during the OIPA’s Fall conference.

Sullivan is owner of the Tulsa independent oil and gas exploration and production company Sullivan and Company LLC. The Wildcatters Hall of Honor distinction is given to members of the OIPA Wildcatter Club who have distinguished themselves in supporting independent producer issues and political candidates through the association’s political action efforts.

Sullivan is a former chairman of the OIPA and held the post from 2011 to 2013. During his reign, the Association moved into its new headquarters at NE 4th and Lincoln in Oklahoma City. The organization also surpassed 2,500 members for the first time in its history and during his leadership.

He was considered to be the driving force behind OPIA’s Future Leaders, a membership level open to those 35 and younger, meant to develop the next generation of leaders in the oil and gas industry.

“To be among the group of people who’ve received this recognition before is very humbling,” said Sullivan, who is also a former Republican gubernatorial candidate. He has been an OIPA member since 1978 and still serves on the organization’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and was president of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association. Sullivan also served on the board of directors of Tulsa’s Catholic Charities and the St. John Medical Center.