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Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson | Authentic & Courageous Leadership Development


Aug 28, 2019

Alan D. Banta is the President of the Trans-Pacific Oil Corporation where he has served many roles since it’s inception over 35 years ago.

A geologist by trade, he graduated with a BS in Geology and a minor in Mathematics from Wichita State University in 1979.

Alan’s extensive knowledge in petroleum geology, and all phases of exploration and production caught the attention of some Japanese investors in the early 1980s.

These investors saw something special in Alan and eventually led to them bring Alan in as the lead Exploration Manager of the newly formed Trans-Pacific Oil in 1983.

Alan’s passion for geology, attention to detail, intense work ethic, and focus on leadership eventually led Alan to take the President’s seat of Trans-Pacific Oil in 2006; where he continues his role of coordinating exploration strategy and evaluating acquisition opportunities.

Alan’s leadership style, coupled with a humble teachable spirit, has allowed Trans-Pacific Oil to see continuous positive growth in a volatile industry.

Alan’s professional affiliations include Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association as Executive Vice Chairman in South Central Region, Kansas Oil & Gas Resources Board as Chairman, Society of Economic Geologists, Kansas Geological Society, Kansas Geological Library, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and American Association of Professional Landmen.

He has recently been named as co-chair of the Oil and Gas Cluster for the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth. Also, serves on the Board of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and is a member of the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement Advisory Board.