Mark Miller

IPAA Chairman, 2015-2017
President, Merlin Oil & Gas, Inc.

Mark K. Miller is a native of North Carolina and obtained his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1980. Mark began his career in the petroleum landman business in 1981 after leaving John E. Chance and Associates as an offshore instrument man. Mark obtained his Certified Professional Landman’s certification in 1987 and his Environmental Site Assessor (ESA) certification in 1991. In 1992, he co-authored a field manual for the ESA curriculum for the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL). In 1989, Mark co-authored the Louisiana Courthouse Directory—an informational book on the 64 parishes of Louisiana.

Mark has provided expert testimony in federal, state, and municipal court proceedings pertaining to petroleum land management as well as oil and gas lease exploration. He also has worked on cases involving 3-D seismic acquisition along with Phase I ESAs.

He is the 2013-15 Vice Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He serves on the board of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), the AAPL Legislative Update Committee, and the Foundation Board at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). He also is on the Dean’s Advisory council for the ULL College of Business and has served as President of the Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Mark is President of Merlin Oil & Gas, Inc. in Lafayette, LA, with production located in the Gulf Coast area, onshore.

IPAA is the industry’s strongest presence in the nation’s capital and these are important times. The entire oil and gas industry remains under fire from anti-development groups; but with these challenges arise unique opportunities that IPAA is seizing for our members.