William E. Deupree

President & CEO

As its founder and chief executive, Mr. Deupree provides strategic leadership and direction to Escondido Resources II and is primarily responsible for the development and execution of the company's business plan.

Bill has a proven track record of leading E&P organizations through the identification, capture, exploration and development of oil and gas resources. He is the founder of three companies focused on drilling and production activities in South Texas, including Escondido II’s predecessor, Escondido Resources, LP. He has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of petroleum engineering, including reservoir engineering, production operations and property evaluations.

Prior to forming Escondido, Bill was a founding partner of Legend Natural Gas, LP and served as vice president of business development from 2001 to 2004. From 1994 to 2001, Bill was vice president of business development for North Central Oil Corp. and was part of the senior management team that subsequently formed Legend Natural Gas. Bill began his career as an engineer with Mitchell Energy Corporation and also worked as a management consultant for the premier accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1983 from Texas A&M University and also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston in 1989. His companies have been recognized multiple times in both the Aggie 100 and the Cougar 100 entrepreneurship programs. He is a registered professional engineer and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and numerous other energy organizations. In 2012, he was named one of the Best CEOs for medium-sized oil companies by the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners (TIPRO) Association’s Texas Top Producers Program. Bill has also been recognized as a member of the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates at Texas A&M University and serves on the industry board providing guidance to the university’s Petroleum Engineering department.