Mark A. Stansberry
Mark A. Stansberry is an international businessman, energy leader, award-winning author, columnist, radio talk show host and humanitarian from Edmond, Oklahoma. He is founder and Chairman of The GTD Group, author of four books including The Braking Point: America’s Energy Dreams and Global Economic Realities, America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, (www.peoplesenergyplan.com) , America’s Energy: Issues & Views, Vol. 1, and has been host of “The Weekly Roundtable” radio show since 2010 on KFAQ 1170 AM in Tulsa, along with having served as Chairman of People to People International, 2009-13. He served as Acting CEO of People to People International in 2013. He has been a banker, real estate developer, higher education leader and entrepreneur.
Stansberry founded The GTD Group (Global Trade & Development) in 1988 as a vehicle for helping American businesses expand into international markets and operate skillfully in diverse cultural, political and competitive landscapes. He has led business development and federal government relations initiatives in countries including: Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Japan, Mexico and Russia.
In 1997, Stansberry arranged a key meeting between former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus – who became President of the Czech Republic – and U.S. Senator Lott regarding NATO expansion.
He served in an advisory role on advance teams of Oklahoma visits for Presidents Reagan and Ford, and was an intern then a staff member for U.S. Senator Dewey F. Bartlett. Stansberry has been a National Convention Delegate three times (1996, 2000 and 2004) and was the White House event chairman for the Oklahoma Centennial Salute in 2007.
Stansberry was inducted into the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009.
With more than 35 years of direct experience in the energy industry, Stansberry has become a respected industry spokesman, expert and media commentator on energy issues. He has appeared on CNN, and other TV outlets, has been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as Wall Street Journal Market Watch. Stansberry has been a frequent guest on radio shows, publishes op-eds, has a weekly newspaper column and presents speeches throughout the U. S. and globally.
He has been invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, served a nine year term as chairman of the State Chamber of Oklahoma Energy Council and founded the International Energy Policy Conference.
Stansberry served on the Board of Directors for PostRock Energy Corp. (PSTR, NASDAQGlobal) and the predecessor company from 2007 to 2014. He served on the audit committee, pricing committee and chaired the Nominating, Governance, Safety, and Environment Committee of PostRock. He is an ex-officio Board member for The Energy Advocates, a Washington D.C./Tulsa based nonprofit national public education organization with former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating serving as Honorary Chairman. He served as president of The International Society of The Energy Advocates, 2003-2009.
Stansberry landed his first job in the Oklahoma energy industry in 1977 as a landman for an oil and gas properties company headquartered in his original hometown of Elk City. A few years later, he and a friend started their own petroleum land management company, also focusing on the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma. In 1988, he founded The Oklahoma Royalty Company, an acquisition, mergers and divestitures firm, and served as its president through 2008.
In 1991, Stansberry co-authored his first book, an energy industry handbook called The Acquisition Process and Due Diligence: Minimize Risk/Maximize Return! His second book, The Braking Point: America’s Energy Dreams and Global Economic Realities, was released in 2008, sparking a public speaking tour of universities and energy conferences.
Stansberry is also an independent film producer of award-winning films. In 2001, he co-founded a film production company with Academy Award-winning producer Gray Frederickson (The Godfather II). The duo’s most recent project: “The GET (Grand Energy Transition),” is a documentary film about the future of energy based on the book by Oklahoma energy leader Robert A. Hefner III.
“The GET” was released spring of 2012 and shown throughout the country including a PBS affiliate. The “GET” was funded by Stansberry along with Ted Turner, Boone Pickens and a few others. He served as one of the two producers of the film.
Stansberry is an accomplished singer-songwriter. He serves on the advocacy committee of the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy. Two of his songs have nationally charted.
In 2010, Stansberry concluded a nine-year term on the nine-member Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges/the Regional University System of Oklahoma, appointed by Governor Frank Keating, which is comprised of six universities, 3000 faculty/staff, and over 40,000 students. He has also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1988 to 1993, appointed by Governor Bellmon.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges/the Regional University System of Oklahoma, 2006-2007 and Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1990-91.
The University of Central Oklahoma honored him for his service supporting higher education in Oklahoma with an annual endowed scholarship in his name. He currently serves on the Board of the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, (Advisor).
Stansberry currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Christian University, 2006 to present, and has been a board member for various organizations including: The Fund for American Studies, Oklahoma Heritage Association/the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. He has served on the Board of Visitors, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University and Board of Advocates, Oklahoma Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma. He was chairman of the Governor’s International Team (Oklahoma) in 2007.
Stansberry served as Chairman of the 14 member international governing board of People to People International, a Kansas City-based nonprofit founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote world peace through cultural, education and understanding from 2009 to 2013. Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Eisenhower, served as CEO/President.
Stansberry currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife, Nancy. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.