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J. Hugh Roff Jr. is a dedicated oil company and energy executive who has amassed over 60 years of experience in his fields. Previously involved in law, he commenced his professional career in 1958 as a law clerk to the presiding Justice Alfred P. Murrah of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit before becoming an attorney for Southwestern Bell in St. Louis in 1959, a position he held for the following four years. Soon thereafter, he served as an attorney for AT&T in New York from 1964 to 1968 before ascending the ranks to vice president and general attorney of Long Lines in New York from 1969 to 1974.

Soon transitioning into the oil industry, Mr. Roff became the chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Gas Pipe Line Company (now United Energy Resources, Inc.) in Houston in 1974, holding the positions until 1986. Notably, UER is a major U.S. diversified energy company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Subsequently, he completed the sale of UER to MidCon Corporation and led a leveraged buyout of PetroUnited Terminals, Inc., where he served as chairman of the board until 1998. Thereafter, he started his own oil and gas company, Roff Resources LLC, in Houston, alongside other principals Andrew W. Roff and Charles L. Roff. He has served as chairman of Roff Resources since 1999.

Since its inception in 1999, Roff Resources has grown significantly, developing from a startup with one field and limited wells to an established oil and gas operator with interests in over 150 wells in seven fields. Mr. Roff and his associates formed Roff Resources with the purchase of a working interest in the Breedlove Field near Midland, Texas. Over the course of its establishment, Roff Resources has been successful in its identification and cooperation with operational personnel, working alongside John R. Polleys, a 35-year geologist, and Mark A. Busing, a geologist and petroleum engineer. Mr. Polleys and Mr. Busing have provided integral technical skills necessary to the survival of Roff Resources. Alongside his primary career responsibilities, Mr. Roff has dedicated his time and expertise to a number of civic ventures, including the Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a trustee. Likewise, he is a past chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army in Houston, director of the Inasmuch Foundation and life trustee of the Houston Symphony. He is a former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Inducted into the Order of the Coif upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Roff also maintains affiliation with Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Theta Pi. He notes the highlight of his career has been his longevity in the industry and his persistence to keep putting his best foot forward in all of his work.

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