William E. Deupree

President & CEO

Mr. Deupree has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of petroleum engineering, including reservoir engineering, production operations and property evaluations. He is the founder of three companies focused on drilling and production activities in south Texas. Mr. Deupree provides strategic leadership and direction to Escondido Resources and is primarily responsible for the Company's business plan development and execution. Bill also served as President and CEO of Escondido II’s predecessor, Escondido Resources, LP.

Prior to forming Escondido, Bill was a founding partner of Legend Natural Gas, LP and served as the 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Bill received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1983 from Texas A&M University and 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 is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and numerous other energy organizations. In 2012, he was named among the Best CEOs for medium companies by the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners (TIPRO) Association’s Texas Top Producers Program. Mr. Deupree 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 Petroleum Engineering department.