J. Michael Party, P.G. currently serves as EMD Councilor of the Southwest Section and has served as President of the Southwest Section of the AAPG, Secretary of AAPG, President of the Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), and has also been a Councilor of DPA. He has served as President of the West Texas Geological Society and the Permian Basin Section of SEPM.
He began his career with Cities Services in the 1970s working as a geophysicist overseeing seismic crews in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and doing interpretations with various geophysical techniques, including magnetics, gravity, and magnetotellurics. In late 1981, he joined Wagner & Brown where he generated and evaluated projects employing both geological and geophysical data throughout the U.S. and internationally and served as Exploration Manager for 9 years. In November, 2009, Party accepted a position with Reliance Energy Inc. as Vice President of Exploration.
Party is an active member of local, national, and international geological societies. Most notably, he has served on numerous committees within the AAPG. He 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 AAPG.
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. Party is a Licensed Geologist within the State of Texas and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and Certified Petroleum Geophysicist by the AAPG.