Mark A. Plummer
Chairman and Owner, Chestnut Exploration Companies
Mark A. Plummer holds degrees in biology and biochemistry from The University
of Texas-Pan American and in chemical engineering from The University
of Texas at Austin. He spent 13 years with Sun Oil Company holding multiple
engineering positions. He served as a production engineer for the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas
area; a senior engineer managing properties in the upper Gulf Coast; and
offshore operations, exploitation and completion engineer overseeing three
major platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1994, he founded Chestnut Exploration
and Production, an independent oil and natural gas company. He later founded
Chestnut Exploration Partners, a FINRA-registered broker dealer, and Chestnut
Exploration, an energy and natural resource company that acts as the general
partner for production funds and the managing venturer for drilling joint
ventures. Most recently, Mark founded Chestnut Well Service, a well workover
and completion company operating in the Southwestern United States.
Vice President of Operations, Chestnut Well Service
J.W. Gotreaux began his career as a roughneck for Holston Well Service.
He then spent six years as a tool pusher with various companies, until
he received a supervisory position with Petco Fishing & Rental, a
position he held for seven years. J.W. left Petco for a management position
with Weatherford Services, supporting the company’s national and
international markets. After 13 years with Weatherford, J.W. joined Chestnut
Well Service as vice president of operations in 2012. He has more than
40 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry.
Wanda I. Smith
Vice President of Land, Chestnut Exploration and Production
Wanda Smith has been with Chestnut Exploration and Production since 2008.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Woman’s University with
a major in government and a minor in business administration. She holds
a Master of Arts in political science and a Juris Doctor from the University
of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is licensed to practice law in Arkansas
and Texas. She began her career in oil and gas in 1977 with Core Lab and
has worked at ARCO International, Chicago Title and as an adjunct professor
in the Dallas-area community college system. Wanda works primarily in
mineral title performing all aspects of leasing acquisition and management,
researching land and mineral title, preparing abstracts and curative documents,
and ensuring due diligence has been properly performed.