Areas of Operation


James P. Van Way, Chairman

James P. Van Way, Chairman graduated from Texas A&M University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum as a civil engineer. In 1956, Mr. Van Way entered the contracting business, specializing in the construction of facilities for oil and gas service companies; he later started an oil field equipment company and used pipe business. In 1974, Mr. Van Way started acquiring producing properties, and in 1986 incorporated JP Oil Holdings, LLC through the contribution of his producing properties and well service assets.

Chris M. Van Way, President and CEO

Chris M. Van Way, President and CEO graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering. During his high school and college years he acquired significant hands-on knowledge about the oil business as a roustabout, roughneck, driller, tool pusher and gauger. Upon graduation from college he worked with his father, James P. Van Way, in the various family-owned businesses. Upon the formation of JP Oil, Chris Van Way was appointed Manager and Chief Operating Officer and was later named President and CEO of JP Oil in 1989.

Frank L. Walker, Treasurer and CFO

Frank L. Walker, Treasurer and CFO has been Chief Financial Officer at JP Oil since 1996. His areas of responsibility include accounting, finance, budgeting and planning, as well as human resources. Prior to joining JP Oil, Walker had more than 10 ten years of increasingly responsible accounting and finance roles for several independent oil and gas companies. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as well as various state and local chapters.

Martin Richard, Fabrication and Maintenance Superintendent

Bob Brown, Reservoir Engineer

Henry (Hank) E. David, Production Engineering Manager

Barry Hansen, Production Engineer

Gary Hernandez, Workover Superintendent

Carrie Boyle, Accounting Supervisor

Donald Romero, Production Manager

Cal Seneca, REM, RSO, Director of Human Resources

Ernest Seneca, Land & Legal Manager