J. Benjamin Johnson
Mr. Johnson is a petroleum engineer and business executive with over 40 years’ experience in profitable development and responsible leadership of large U.S. petroleum assets. He grew up in Kenai, Alaska and worked his way through college in various jobs on Cook Inlet offshore oil platforms and on the North Slope. Mr. Johnson held various senior-level management positions for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) including West Coast manager of reservoir engineering where he initiated the innovative Long Beach Unit re-development, adding more than 150 million barrels of incremental reserves. He also managed ARCO’s major West Coast acquisition projects and reserve reporting. As ARCO’s Eastern U.S. Crude Oil Marketing Manager, he co-managed the largest crude oil selling organization in the United States. As ARCO’s Area Engineer for the Gulf of Mexico, he managed the largest offshore enhanced oil recovery project in the world at that time. As a young engineer for ARCO Alaska, he utilized the world’s first commercial supercomputer to create the initial Kuparuk full-field development computer simulation and coordinated the early waterflood surveillance plans for Prudhoe Bay. Following his ARCO career, he co-founded Summit Resource Management, a consulting firm providing business/technical management for independent producers, led nationwide crude oil pricing reforms, and testified twice before the U.S. Congress on oil pricing issues. Mr. Johnson holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.