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Denny Bullard

Denny Bullard

Distinguished Engineer



Petroleum Engineering – 1970



At Time of Nomination in 2015

Denny Bullard is senior vice president of Operations Services for Pioneer Natural Resources. In this role, he has responsibility for the operations of Pioneer Pumping Services, the company’s well stimulation fleet, and for Premier Silica, Pioneer’s industrial sand mining operations. In addition, he is responsible for the Health, Safety, Environmental Services and Operations Training departments.

After completing high school in Estancia, New Mexico, Bullard attended Lubbock Christian University and earned an Associate of Science degree in 1967. In 1970, he received a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech. While a student, he was a member of the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Bullard began his career in 1970 with Continental Oil Company (Conoco) in Hobbs, New Mexico. At Conoco, he worked in various domestic and international locations in engineering and field supervisory positions. After fourteen years with Conoco, he began working for Damson Oil Corporation in Houston in 1984 as a production manager. The assets of Damson Oil were acquired by Parker and Parsley Petroleum Company in 1991 and Denny moved to Midland to serve as operations manager for Parker and Parsley.

Between 1991 and 1997, he was operations manager for three years and subsequently was named vice president for several divisions at Parker and Parsley. Pioneer Natural Resources was formed in 1997 through the merger of Parker and Parsley and Mesa, Inc.

From 1997 to 2004, he served as operations manager for Pioneer’s gulf coast operations, and from October 2004 until November 2005 he was vice president of gulf coast operations. He directed Pioneer’s first deep water projects in the Gulf of Mexico including Canyon Express, Devils Tower, and Falcon.

From December 2005 through October 2007, he served as vice president of engineering and development. Major projects were implemented in South Africa, Tunisia, and the North Slope of Alaska during this time.

Bullard currently serves on the Texas Tech University Petroleum Industry Advisory Board, the Texas Tech University Engineering Dean’s Council, and is the former chairman of the Texas Tech University Academy of Petroleum Engineers.

He is a member of the Texas Tech Engineering Key Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

In 2012, Denny was recognized by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association as a “Top Producer” Engineer. Most recently he was recognized as Lubbock Christian University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Denny lives in Keller, Texas with his wife Patti and has two married daughters and four grandsons. His hobbies include fishing and model railroading.

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