Our Management Team

David Killam
Managing Partner

David Killam is the Managing Partner of Killam Companies which encompasses Killam Oil Company. Killam Oil is an operator in the State of Texas and through a subsidiary in the State of Louisiana.

David graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and graduated from a one-year program in Ranch Management at TCU in 1975. He joined the company in June 1975.

David has been involved in all facets of exploration, development, and production issues at the company, and he approves all drilling and major workover operations.

Cliffe Killam
Partner / Corporate Planning

Cliffe Killam is a Partner at Killam Oil and is responsible for planning and business development. Prior to joining Killam Oil in January 2011, he worked for 3 years at Standard Chartered Bank (formerly Harrison Lovegrove) in the oil and gas investment banking group specializing in international oil and gas corporate and asset transactions. 

He has completed over $600 million in transactions in the US, Latin America, and Africa and performed numerous advisory mandates services to executive management teams. Prior to Standard Chartered, he worked as an analyst at Wood Mackenzie, where he was a part of the team that launched and built out the US upstream research and consulting services. 

Cliffe received a Master’s from The University of Texas at Austin in Energy and Mineral Resources from the Petroleum Engineering College and Bachelor’s in English Literature from Boston University.

Mike Drake
General Manager


Mike Drake has been the General Manager for Killam Oil Company since the late 1980's. Prior coming to Killam, Mike was a partial owner of Sabre Oil & Gas for 8 years and served as both the Vice President of Finance and President of that company. 

Before Sabre Mike was with the Oklahoma City based independent, GHK Corp. At GHK Corp. Mike worked as the Controller and was later promoted to Treasurer. 

Mike started his career in public accounting on the audit staff with Arthur Young and Company with clients that included Hertz, Eason Oil, Standard Drilling and Gasanadarko.

Fred Soliz

Fred Soliz has been the Controller for Killam Oil Company since 1987.  Before working at Killam, Fred was Accounting Manager for Transamerican Natural Gas, and before his time there, he worked as a Financial Accounting Supervisor for Sanchez O’Brien Oil & Gas Corporation.

Fred started his Oil & Gas Accounting career at Mobil Oil Corporation in Dallas, Texas in 1978.  He worked in the Crude Oil Department, Gas Accounting, Marketing Accounting, and Mobil Pipeline Accounting Department. 

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas.

Harvey Hardwick

Harvey Hardwick serves as General Counsel for Killam Oil Company since joining in April 2012. He has over 25 years of experience in all areas of oil and gas, real estate, business, commercial and consumer law, litigation and transactional matters.

Prior to joining Killam Oil Company, Mr. Hardwick worked in private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas where he handled commercial transactional matters, and oil and gas matters primarily for landowners. From January 2008 to January of 2011, Harvey took a break from private practice and served as the CEO of a privately held oil and gas company.

Harvey was instrumental in the management, strategic planning, and execution of the company’s goals including the divestiture of more than 23,000 acres of production and leases to Chesapeake Energy for $200 million in 2010.

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