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Juan J. Nevarez Juan J. Nevarez

Distinguished Engineer



B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1995


At time of Nomination in 2023

Juan J. Nevarez was born in a small farming village in northern Mexico and grew up in Juarez right across from El Paso Texas until age 15.  After completing Junior High, he moved to US to Amarillo Texas in the hopes of finding work and helping his parents financially just like several of his older siblings had done before.  Juan's work search didn't get off to a good start but he was fortunate that his Godmother saw his educational potential and asked him to enroll in high school to at least learn some English.  He enrolled to take English as Second Language and after a year found himself taking honor classes at Tascosa High School.  He enrolled and attended Amarillo College and eventually got accepted to the College of Engineering. While in College he got inducted in Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) and Pi Epsilon Tau (Petroleum Engineering Honor Society.   He also worked full time for Albertsons while attending Texas Tech University. 

Juan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in December 1995.  He joined Texaco in Bakersfield California and while working full time, he went back to school to obtain an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from California State University.   After Chevron acquired Texaco, he went overseas to manage large projects in the Middle East giving him the opportunity to work in Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.  He returned to United States and joined Merit Energy in 2008 as a Senior Exploitation Engineer 

Juan Nevarez joined Scout Energy as the first employee in 2011 and has been responsible for engineering, economic evaluation, and negotiations of all the 52 acquisitions that they have completed. During the last 12 years, Scout has grown from a small firm of 5 employees to having over 1,000 employees operating over 18,000 wells throughout the United States producing over 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.  Scout has deployed over 2 billion dollars in transactions with small and large companies including, Devon, Pioneer, Chevron and ConocoPhillips.  He is also responsible for management and reporting of reserves and coordination of the third-party reserve audit process, as well as Operations for our West Division that includes large oil fields in Colorado and Utah.  

He is a Qualified Reserves Estimator, and a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Juan serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Tech University System Foundation and is a member of the Texas Tech Engineering Dean's Council, Texas Tech Petroleum Industry Advisory Board, Professional Engineer Exam Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers and Dallas Petroleum Club. In recognition of his achievements and contributions in the industry, he was inducted into the Petroleum Engineering Academy at Texas Tech University in 2016. Juan also volunteers with Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), serving both as a volunteer working with children in the foster care system and as a member of CASA's Board of Directors.

Juan Nevarez has two grown children, Justin and Joshua Nevarez, they both also attended Texas Tech University.