[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the July 2018 edition of Oil and Gas Investor. Subscribe to the magazine here.]

Growing up in Oklahoma City, Steven Patterson quickly learned the impact the oil and gas industry had on the local economy. “I paid attention to it, how it grew and changed over time,” he said.

While attending the University of Oklahoma, Patterson took an introductory class where he heard Chevron U.S.A.’s deepwater land manager speak. Coincidently, he would end up spending most of his career at Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) after graduating.

Patterson became a part of the Chevron team in 2008, where he spent the past 10 years in various positions at the company, including in its Gulf of Mexico land department responsible for land negotiations and joint-venture management for producing assets offshore Louisiana. He spent the last three years at Chevron leading negotiations and transaction execution for the acquisitions and divestitures team in Houston.

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