|Mr. Hoopingarner began his oilfield career with SEDCO Inc., the world's largest drilling contractor. He served in a number of operational and engineering leadership roles offshore Eastern Canada, the Gulf of Alaska, and Brazil. He managed the license agreement with BP to build the BP Sea Explorer in Scotland and major rig refits in Halifax, Setubal and Pascagoula.
Mr. Hoopingarner continued his career with Sedco Forex in leadership positions in Stavanger, Aberdeen, and Singapore in operations, business and personnel development. In 1995 he joined Dresser Drilling and Productions Services returning to Aberdeen. He transitioned to Kellogg Oil and Gas Services to market offshore field development projects. In 1997 he transferred to Houston to participate in the launch of Dresser Kellogg Energy Services as Commercial Vice President. Following Halliburton's acquisition of Dresser in 1998, he transferred to Brown and Root Energy Services bidding on projects in Brazil, Chad, Venezuela, Eastern Canada and Australia.
In 2000 Mr. Hoopingarner joined venture capital firm, Emergent Technologies, Inc., as Executive Vice President in charge of portfolio company operations. In addition he raised over $10M in grants from federal, state, and local government agencies and over $2M in private investment.
In 2011 he became Director of the Petroleum Extension Service of the University of Texas Austin (PETEX). That year he opened the PETEX Learning and Assessment Center in Houston, launched new courses in Professional Land Management and Oilfield Management Systems, and grew the e-Product line through novel enterprise pricing schemes.
In 2012 he launched his consulting business and through an agency in Houston he served BP as a assessor in their Well Site Leader Competence Management program. In addition he served as an instructor in deepwater drilling operations for the agency which had contracts with Schlumberger and Baker Hughes to train their filed supervisors and engineers.