John S. Richardson
Distinguished Business Engineer
Inducted in 2013
John S. Richardson is an outstanding example of the benefits derived by blending an engineering education with business skills and outstanding communication abilities. Whether in the board room, talking with a group of Wall Street analysts or visiting with employees in the field, Richardson is a distinguished business engineer. Throughout his remarkable career with Energen Resources Corp., Richardson has been a key player in the company’s growth from a small, niche player in coalbed methane development in Alabama to one of the top 25 independent oil and gas producers in the United States and the largest onshore producer in Alabama.
Richardson graduated from The University of Alabama College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in mineral engineering in 1980 and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1983. Following graduation, Richardson worked as an engineer with Jim Walter Resources, Shell Western E & P Inc. and AmSouth Bank. In 1985, Richardson began at Energen Resources Corp. as a production engineer and quickly progressed within the company, serving as manager and general manager of operations, vice president of acquisitions and engineering, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Currently, as president and chief operating officer of Energen Resources Corp., Richardson is responsible for directing all aspects of the company, including acquisitions, exploration, exploitation and production activities, as well as playing a chief role in determining company strategy. He has recommended and executed the investment of more than $1.9 billion in acquisitions and was instrumental in the subsequent investment of more than $3.5 billion in development capital.
Energen Corp., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is a g rowing oil and gas exploration and production company complemented by its legacy natural gas distribution business. The driver of Energen’s long-term growth is its oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary, Energen Resources Corp., headed by Richardson. Energen Resources Corp. has a vested interest that goes beyond the financial aspect to protect the environment and minimize the impact of their operations on the land, water and air. Energen complies with all applicable laws and regulations and cooperates with local, state and federal agencies in their inspection and enforcement activities. With every business decision made, Energen considers the environmental impact of their actions.
Richardson is active in several professional organizations, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Capstone Engineering Society, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and the Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama. He is a member of The University of Alabama College of Engineering Leadership Board, the Rotary Club of Birmingham and a past director of the downtown YMCA Board of Directors. He also serves as a maturity leader at the Hunter Street Baptist Church. In 2009, Richardson was proclaimed a University of Alabama Distinguished Engineering Fellow and a Distinguished Departmental Fellow of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.
Richardson resides in Hoover with his wife, Suzanne. They are the proud parents of two children, Kristen and Tyler.