Nathaniel Harding is Founder & President of Antioch Energy, a private equity-backed oil & gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Nathaniel was named one of the Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma by the Journal Record. In 2013, he and his partner sold their Western Oklahoma assets for $120 million. The company's successes have been chronicled in many publications, including the book "Prospects to Prosperity." Nathaniel has worked across all elements of petroleum engineering for major and independent companies in seven states and Gulf of Mexico. He currently directs the exploration, drilling, production, and general engineering and operations activities. He also develops new talent, investors, and partners for exploration and development projects.
Nathaniel graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with Russian and engineering degrees, and earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University. Before turning 30, he was selected to all three “40 under 40” outstanding achiever lists in the state. He is a decorated Air Force Captain and veteran of Afghanistan, where he was embedded with the US/NATO headquarters in collaboration with the Afghan government. Nathaniel has been published in multiple industry publications in the US and China, the latter as part of his Beijing-based joint venture with major Chinese oil companies.
The Governor recently appointed Nathaniel to chair the Council on Workforce and Economic Development. In 2010 the Mayor of Oklahoma City appointed Nathaniel to the MAPS 3 Advisory Board--overseeing $777M in city projects--and to chair the Streetcar Subcommittee. Nathaniel serves on the boards for the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, Foundation for OKC Public Schools, Downtown Club, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, and others. He has been a Miss Oklahoma judge, track national champion, Russian orphanage translator, political party National Vice Chairman, and local TV talk show host. He and his wife, Amanda, and two daughters live near downtown Oklahoma City.
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