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Robert L. Read, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series

2nd Annual
Robert L. Read, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series

"Disconnection: Energy Fantasy is Colliding with Energy Reality"

Keynote Speaker, Mark Mathis

President, Clear Energy Alliance

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:00p - 9:00p

Petroleum Club of Midland, 501 West Wall Street, Midland, Texas 79701


6:00p - Cocktail/Networking Hour

7:00p - Dinner

7:45p - Keynote Talk by Mark Mathis

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Energy Fantasy is Colliding with Energy Reality"

keynote speaker

Mark Mathis

For more than twenty years Mark Mathis has been an advocate for good energy policies for America and the world.


Mark is creator of Clear Energy Alliance videos, short-form animated explainers on important energy topics that are misunderstood and often misrepresented in the mainstream press. He is the Producer/Director of spOILed, a 2011 film that examines the vital role oil plays in our daily lives. In 2016 Mathis released Fractured, a documentary that makes the case that the words and phrases we use in describing energy are dangerously deceptive—sometimes intentionally so. Mark is author of Feeding the Media Beast: An Easy Recipe for Great Publicity. His book is published in the U.S., China, Russia, Korea, and India and has been used in several universities as a textbook in journalism and communications classes.


Mark was the Founder and Executive Director of the energy education non-profit organization CARE, Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy. In 2005 he testified before Congress on the dangers of environmental extremist groups. Over the years Mark has been a featured speaker for such varied and distinguished organizations as the National Football League, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association, the Department of Justice, Saudi Research & Marketing, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and many others.

Check out Clear Energy Alliance's YouTube Channel

Documentaries Produced and Directed by Mark Mathis

spOILed (2011)

Fractured (2016)

Sponsorship Opportunities

PBS-SEPM graciously asks for your help to make our Robert L. Read, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer Series fundraiser a success. By supporting this event as a sponsor, you will receive recognition before and during the event. However, most importantly, your support demonstrates your commitment to helping make a difference in the geologic community, especially as it relates to continuing education for professionals as well as supporting students in their studies of the earth sciences. Your sponsorship will be advertised via direct email to hundreds of Permian Basin Operators, Management, Geologists, Geoscientists, and Decision Makers. We are highly active with our promotion and marketing on social media. The sponsorship levels are outlined below.

Thank you for considering a sponsorship opportunity for our second annual Robert L. Read, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer Series.

  • Exclusive to One Sponsor

  • 2 VIP Tables (19 Guests)

  • Dinner with Mark Mathis

  • Special Recognition as Diamond Sponsor

Platinum: $1,500

  • 1 VIP Table (10 Guests)

  • Logo Displayed on Table

If you're unable to attend or fill an entire table, but would like to support the event, we have several sponsorships with the option to receive tickets at an open table.

Gold: $1,000

  • Optional: 8 Tickets at a Shared Table

Silver: $500

  • Optional: 4 Tickets at a Shared Table

Bronze: $250

  • Optional: 2 Tickets at a Shared Table

All Sponsorships include Name/Logo on:

  • Robert Read Webpage

  • Social Media

  • Email Advertisements

  • Special Signage at Event

Sponsorship Commitments must be received by February 28, 2023, to guarantee logo on printed materials.

The Permian Basin Section-SEPM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible under IRS rules.

Diamond: $5,000

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Robert L. Read, Jr. was a bright, young geologist who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2005. Robert was born in Houston, Texas, on June 19, 1980. After moving to Midland in 1987, he attended Midland Public Schools and graduated from Lee High School in 1998. He attended Midland College and graduated from UT-Permian Basin with a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology. He was employed by Unit Petroleum in Midland, Texas. He was an active member of the Permian Basin Section - SEPM, West Texas Geological Society, and the Gem & Mineral Society. At the time of his death, Robert was working on his Master's Degree and planned to continue with doctorate studies.

The Robert L. Read, Jr., Distinguished Lecture Series and the Robert L. Read, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer Memorial Fund was established by PBS-SEPM in 2009 to honor and memorialize the life, spirit, and contributions of the late Robert L. Read, Jr..

All proceeds will benefit the Permian Basin Section - SEPM, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation focused on promoting the science of geology through luncheons, core workshops, field trips, scholarships, and more. Sponsorships are tax deductible under IRS rules. Reach out to us for more information if you or your company would like to sponsor this event.

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