Mr. J. Michael (Mike) Party is Owner/President of Beryl Oil and Gas L.P. a company he formed in 2013. He most recently served as a Vice President of Exploration at Reliance Energy, Inc from November 2009 to November 2016. Mr. Party started his career with Cities Services working as a geophysicist overseeing seismic crews in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and doing interpretations with all types of geophysical techniques, including magnetics, gravity and magnetotellurics. He joined Wagner & Brown in 1981, where he generated and evaluated projects employing both geological and geophysical data throughout ... the US and internationally. He served as Exploration Manager for 9 years before joining Reliance Energy. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1978 with a BS degree in Geology/Geophysics and was awarded an Honorary Professional Degree in 1994.

Mr. Party is an active member of local, national, and international geological societies. Most notably, he served on numerous committees within the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and has served as the President of the Southwest Section of the AAPG, Secretary of AAPG, and President of the Division of Professional Affairs within the AAPG. He also served as President of the West Texas Geological Society and the Permian Basin Section of SEPM. Mike was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni from the University of Missouri –Rolla, and Honorary Life membership from both the West Texas Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologist. He is a Certified Geologist within the State of Texas and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and Certified Petroleum Geophysicist by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 

J. Michael Party

Owner/ ​President