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Management Team

Gary L. Plotner, President

Gary received a bachelor’s degree in science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1973. He was awarded a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Bakersfield in 1978. He entered the land business in 1979 as a field landman and worked his way up to managing the office by 1982. In November of 1982, he accepted the position of West Coast Land Manager for Hickory Creek Oil Company. In November of 1983, he founded Maverick Petroleum, Inc. with his partner Mark M. Fields. Gary has been a member of the Bakersfield Association of Petroleum Landmen since 1980. During his membership he has been active within the group in various capacities including serving as its President (1985-1986, 2003-2004). He has also been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen since 1982, serving on the Board of Directors (1988-1990, 2002-2003, 2004-2007). Gary performs many aspects of petroleum land work including in-house land consulting, negotiating all types of petroleum land agreements, coordination of large oil and gas leasing programs, directing rights-of-way projects, overseeing and directing complete 3-D seismic permitting programs, and daily monitoring and coordination of projects.

Jamie Banducci, Manager

Jamie is a Bakersfield native. He received a bachelor’s degree in science from California State University Bakersfield in 2002 and has worked with Maverick Petroleum, Inc. since 2001.

Yvonne Hicks, Senior Land Person

Yvonne was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. In March 1999 she decided to leave her profession in retail management to join Maverick Petroleum, Inc. As a retail manager, she worked closely with the public, so transitioning into the Oil and Gas industry was easy because the relationships developed between Lessors and Clients is very similar to those relationships between business associates and customers in the retail industry. Since joining Maverick Petroleum, Inc., she has developed invaluable skills and experience in the oil and gas industry. As a Professional Landman, Yvonne wears many hats; she is a project manager for a number of Oil and Gas plays and works closely with our clients to ensure a successful program, often spending one on one time with both clients and mineral owners. She has also worked on and led multiple 3D Seismic Permitting Prospects. In addition to her many responsibilities at Maverick Petroleum, Inc., she is also a member of Bakersfield Association of Professional Landmen (BAPL), Los Angeles Association of Professional Landmen (LAAPL), and American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). She served as Treasurer (2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2013-2014), Secretary (2009-2010) and President (2010-2011) for BAPL. In October of 2010, she was the Chairperson for the Annual West Coast Professional Landmen’s Institute in Shell Beach, CA. Additionally, she volunteers every year at the annual BAPL Charity Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Working for Maverick Petroleum, Inc. has been a fulfilling occupation for Yvonne and she looks forward to many more years here, learning and experiencing all the different facets this business has to offer.

Thien Ngo, Network Administrator

Thien Ngo is a Bakersfield native who graduated from South High School in 1997. In 2000 he joined the US Army as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. Thien was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA before being deployed to various locations around the world. He served his final year in the army serving in South Korea. Thien was discharged honorably from the US Army in 2004, and in 2007, he received his BA from California State University Bakersfield and is currently working to complete his MBA. Thien has been with Maverick Petroleum, Inc. since 2006.


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