The 2019 Boone Pickens School of Geology Spring Banquet was highlighted by guest speakers from Continental Resources, which included Oklahoma State University alumni Andy Rihn and Tony Moss, as well as Continental President Jack Stark.
Continental Resources — an oil and natural gas company based in Oklahoma City — has built a connection with OSU over the years through internship programs and OSU employees.
When Continental Resources President Jack Stark joined the company 27 years ago, it was having trouble attracting experienced talent to its headquarters in Enid, Oklahoma. This led to Stark contacting OSU nearly 15 years ago, which established the successful internship connection between Continental and OSU.
“Continental has definitely been the beneficiary of the alumni from OSU,” Stark said.
This connection led Rihn and Moss to their current jobs as geologic managers. Each were honored and excited to return to their alma mater and speak during the annual banquet.
“Having the opportunity to speak to students and alumni was exciting for me,” Rihn said. “I believe it is important that students hear from companies and individuals who are making a difference and having a positive impact in the oil and gas business. It shows that opportunity is out there as a result of the education they earn while at OSU.”
Moss added that the School of Geology does an excellent job providing experiences and mentorship to prepare students to hit the ground running in their careers.
“The education I obtained at Oklahoma State provided the foundation for the success I’ve enjoyed throughout my career,” he said.
Both Rihn and Moss were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in energy in 2011.