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Jerome D. Hall "Joey"

HallDistinguished Engineer



B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1989


At time of Nomination in 2021

Jerome D. Hall, Jr. “Joey” grew up in Amarillo, Texas. He began his oil and gas career while attending Amarillo College when he applied for what he thought was a drafting job at Mesa Petroleum; however, it turned out to be a job in the mailroom.  He continued his part time roles in the mailroom and later as a maintenance man for the remainder of his time at Amarillo College and during summers and weekends while he attended Texas Tech.  Joey was a first-generation college student and graduated in 1989 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation he moved back to Amarillo to continue his career with Mesa Petroleum as a Building Engineer. During this time, he became acquainted with the oil and gas industry and was given the opportunity to move into a Facilities Engineer role in 1990.  He would work his entire career with Mesa (now Pioneer Natural Resources) except for two years with Anadarko Petroleum in Liberal, KS from 1994 to 1996.

Joey worked in Worldwide Facilities for Pioneer where he managed offshore, onshore and international projects highlighted by his time as project manager for Pioneer's Falcon deep water development in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, the Falcon project set new precedents for cycle time in equivalent water depths.

In 2005 Joey and his family moved to Eagle River, Alaska where he became Pioneer's Operations Manager. During his time in Alaska, Pioneer completed the Oooguruk development which was an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea portion of the Arctic Ocean. Oooguruk was put online in 2008 and made Pioneer the first independent oil and gas company to produce on the North Slope.

In 2010 he moved back to Texas to be Vice President of the Eagle Ford Asset Team where he was responsible for all of Pioneer's activities in the Eagle Ford. He was ultimately promoted to Sr. Vice President of South Texas and assumed responsibility for all of Pioneer's activity in South Texas. 

In 2014 Joey became Executive Vice President of Pioneer's Southern Wolfcamp Asset Team and led Pioneer's operations in the southern part of the Midland Basin. He is currently Executive Vice President of Permian Operations where he leads all drilling, completions, infrastructure development and production operations for Pioneer's activities on 1,000,000 acres in the Midland and Delaware Basin. Joey also serves on the Pioneer Management Committee, which sets the strategic direction of the company.

He is a distinguished alumni of Caprock High School and an honorary member of both the Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering Academies at Texas Tech University. He serves on the Dean's Council for the Whitacre College of Engineering and is a board member for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.