Plano, Texas, resident Larry M. Koonce has led operations at North American Drilling Corporation for nearly a decade. To remain current in his field, Larry Koonce maintains membership with the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) Wildcatters Club.
For over 35 years, the Wildcatters Club has brought together leaders and innovators in the oil and mining industries. OIPA first organized the club to acquire additional support to confront the ongoing legal and political obstacles that posed challenges to sector businesses. Each year, Wildcatters members contribute money to OIPA through their membership with the club, providing assistance to the association’s OKIEpac political group.
The Wildcatters Club offers several member levels in various cost brackets. The most basic membership, entitled Prospector, costs $250 a year, allowing more OPIA participants to take part in the club. Prospector members receive invitations to all club events, an email subscription, and recognition in all published material. For $5,000 a year, OIPA members can join the Wildcatters Club at the Inner Circle level. These affiliates actively participate in legislative and advisory board meetings and receive an invitation to the Inner Circle’s annual retreat.