W.R. “Witt” Stephens, Jr.


Since 2000, Mr. Stephens has overseen the combined Stephens family’s energy and natural resource investment activities. Since 1991, he has supported the management team of Stephens Natural Resources, a wholly-owned Stephens subsidiary and one of the nation’s largest privately held exploration and production companies. He previously served as assistant to Witt Stephens, Sr., assistant to […]


John D. Ford, III


Mr. Ford is CEO of Stephens Natural Resources, LLC and Stephens Production Company. He previously served as Regional Vice President for Newfield Exploration’s STACK assets in Oklahoma, Vice President of Anadarko Petroleum’s Permian Basin assets and General Manager of Anadarko’s Denver-Julesburg Basin assets. Mr. Ford has more than 36 years of experience in the oil […]


Sam J. Hall


Mr. Hall was appointed President for Stephens Natural Resources in May of 2023 having previously served in positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Engineering, Engineering Manager, and Production/Operations Engineer.  He started his oil and gas career with Schlumberger in 2006.


William S. Walker

Senior Advisor and Manager of Real Estate

Mr. Walker currently serves as Senior Advisor and Manager of Real Estate for Stephens Production Company. Mr. Walker was President of Stephens Natural Resources, LLC from 2012 until June 2019 and president of Stephens Production Company from 1993 until June 2019.  Since joining the company in 1975 as a roughneck, Mr. Walker has served as […]


William L. Dawkins, Jr.

General Counsel

Mr. Dawkins is the General Counsel for Stephens Production Company, and Calypso Exploration, LLC.  Previously, he has also served as Vice President – Land for the two companies.  Prior to joining Stephens in 1998, Mr. Dawkins was with Chevron U.S.A. Production Company as a Land Attorney and in private practice.


Michael J. Callan

Sr. Vice President - Governmental Affairs/Marketing

Mr. Callan is the Sr. Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Marketing for Stephens Production Company.  He brings his expertise in regulatory matters, gas marketing and distribution from his thirty years with Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation where he served as General Counsel and President.


Jim R. Dewbre

Sr. Vice President – Land & Business Development

Jim R. Dewbre obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Mr. Dewbre is the Sr. Vice President – Land & Business Development for Stephens Production Company and Calypso Exploration, LLC.  Prior to joining Stephens […]


Jarrid Franke

Vice President - Engineering

Mr. Franke joined SNR in December 2020 as a Senior Reservoir Engineer. He previously served as Asset Manager for Newfield Exploration’s Bakken assets in North Dakota and Asset lead of Newfield Exploration’s STACK assets in Oklahoma. Mr Franke’s background includes acquisition and divestment, asset management, reserves management and production operations. He started his career in […]


James E. Zeller


James Zeller was appointed Secretary/Treasurer of Stephens Production Company and Stephens Natural Resources effective 10/1/2021. He began his career at Stephens in 2009 as Tax Accounting Manager.  Prior to joining Stephens Production Company, Mr. Zeller practiced public accounting at Touche Ross & Co. and Zeller & Zeller CPA’s for 24 years.  Mr. Zeller is a […]


Dustin Ford

Business Development Manager

Mr. Ford is a Business Development Manager for Stephens Natural Resources. He previously served as an A&D Lead for East Shore Investments, Corporate Development Engineer, A&D Engineer and as a Reservoir Engineer while at Newfield Exploration. He has over 13 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning his career in 2008 […]


David Williamson

Geosciences Manager

Mr. Williamson is a Geosciences Manager for Stephens Natural Resources. He previously served as Senior Geologist Anadarko Basin Reservoir Characterization for Ovintiv. He has 20 years of industry experience and has held positions of increasing responsibility as both a geologist and geophysicist.


Tony Ray

Production Manager

Mr. Ray was named Production Manager for Stephens Production Company in April 2018. He brings 27 years of experience to the role, starting his career with the company in 1992. He has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including roustabout, pipeline, pumping wells, meter technician, measurement/automation foreman, and production foreman.