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M. Drayton Prator, III is a co-founder and vice-president of the firm. Mr. Prator started his career as a consultant in May 1981 after working one year for Chevron USA as a production engineer. Mr. Prator holds a bachelor-of-science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. He spent the entire time from May 1981 to January 1999 working for Huddleston & Co., Inc. and achieving the position of Senior Vice President.

Mr. Prator performed reservoir-engineering duties that included preparing reserve and economic evaluations of oil and gas properties, for both domestic and international properties. He has worked on projects in Colombia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and the former Soviet Union. Reports prepared for domestic properties have been used for public reporting for Securities and Exchange Commission requirement purposes financing, acquisitions, divestments, exploration and development programs, secondary and tertiary floods, estates, budgeting, and investment decision analyses.

Mr. Prator has also prepared data used in expert witness testimony for state and federal courts. He has led several seminars presented to groups of international oil company personnel and has lectured in petroleum economics classes Texas A&M University.