John, a New Mexico native who began working in the oilfields at the age of 12, has been honored for his leadership in the oil and gas industry. He graduated from Artesia High School, studied economics at Dartmouth College, and began working for Yates Petroleum, his family’s company, in 1951. He has been president of the company since 1988. Yates has had a lifelong passion for exploring for oil and gas, and the awards he has received reflect the prominent role he has played in the industry. He was inducted into the All American Wildcatters Association in 1989 and was selected All American Wildcatter of the Year in 1996. He is an honorary life member of the Roughnecks Club and in 1996 he received the Chief Roughneck of the Year award from the Independent Petroleum Association of America, an honor bestowed annually on only one person in the United States. He has been appointed by the last four U.S. presidents to serve on the National Petroleum Council. Yates and his wife Charlotte live on their ranch near Mayhill, N.M. They breed and race Polish Arabian horses.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: Student Teaching
Required Residency: NM
Other Requirements: Preference given to a graduate from a NM high school.