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Rick Ross recently became the 11th inductee into the Hall of Fame and was selected by past recipients for his service and commitment to promoting and developing the oil and gas industry in North Dakota.


“Rick has been at the forefront of much of the Council’s success over the past decade,” said Ron Ness, NDPC president. “Rick is a leader in both the Council and the industry and his knowledge and experience has contributed greatly to the state reaching 1 million barrels of production per day and becoming the economic and energy powerhouse that it is today.”


He has served as chairman of the NDPC and spent 12 years on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has led the organization on many fronts including the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Task Force that developed cutting edge recommendations to the ND Industrial Commission to reduce blowouts during the fracking and flow-back process.  No incidents have occurred since the state adopted these technical policy changes.


"Rick Ross has been the key mover in our North Dakota operations since our discovery well. He is the best at what he does,” said Jim Volker, chairman, president and CEO of Whiting Petroleum. “In addition, Rick and his team have been great contributors to our communities and industry organizations in North Dakota.”


Ross, a native of Rapid City, S.D., joined Whiting Petroleum in March 1999 as a senior petroleum engineer and became operations manager in January 2000, vice president of operations in Denver in May 2007, and senior vice president operations in June of this year. Ross has 32 years of oil and gas experience including staff and management positions in his 18 years with Amoco, involving the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast areas. He is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines, graduated from the UVA Darden School of Business Executive Program, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. He and his wife Patti have two sons and live in Colorado.


Recipients of this honor must have contributed significantly to the functions and activities representing oil and gas in North Dakota, working on behalf of its membership, and be committed to its well-being. For more information on the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame and other inductees, visit ndoil.org.