John B. Walker John is Chairman and CEO of EVEP, and President and CEO of EnerVest. Prior to founding EnerVest, John was President and Chief Operating Officer of Torch Energy. During his tenure, Torch's assets grew from $200 million to $1 billion. At Torch, John was responsible for the creation of Nuevo Energy Company and its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, John created Walker Energy Partners, an American Stock Exchange Company, which raised $136 million and participated in more than 1,000 wells. John was selected by Institutional Investor as an "All American" energy analyst for six years in a row. He holds a BBA (with honors) from Texas Tech University and a MBA (with distinction) from New York University.
John served as Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) from 2003 to 2005. In May 2000, he was recognized with the IPAA's Leadership award for his contribution to the industry and in 2001 received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts. He is also a member of the Natural Gas Council and National Petroleum Council and serves or has served on the boards of the Houston Producers Forum, Houston Petroleum Club, Offshore Energy Center and Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.