Jeff Hume had no intention of staying in his hometown of Enid
after he finished high school; instead, he went off to work.
He had a part-time job at a filling station and wanted to go
someplace new, but decided to make his way without college. He took
a job in the oil field in western Oklahoma.
"I graduated from Enid High in 1969 and went out and got a job,"
he said. "I didn't think I needed college. The oil industry was a
big part of Enid. Champlin Petroleum was huge here and every major
oil company had a field office in Enid."
Hume was doing fine, he thought - starting pay was $1.75 an hour,
he was his own man and life was good - until he spent a winter in
"That was pretty much when I decided that college wasn't such a
bad idea," he said.
Hume did an about-face and enrolled at Oklahoma State University.
"I started out wanting to be an architect, but I discovered I
didn't have the artistic bent needed," he said.
But Hume liked things mechanical; he liked new ideas and he liked
"I still read magazines like Popular Mechanics," he said. "I like
seeing the new ideas people come up with."
It was that love of machines and his early exposure to the oil
industry that pushed him to a new direction. In 1975, he earned
bachelor's degree petroleum engineering technology. A month after he
got his degree, he married his wife, Francee.
A short time after that, he left Enid for the second time: This
time, he thought, for good.
"I finished at OSU in 1975, and moved to Midland, Texas, to work
for Sun Oil," he said. "I spent three years there, left then to work
for the Monsanto Company. They had a small E and P unit."
He didn't stay gone.
"I went back to Enid," he said. "I went to work for a small
independent, the FCD Corp. My wife is from Enid too and, since we
had children, we wanted to be closer to family, so we came back. The
company I worked for sold in 1982 and I stayed with it for about a
year. Then Mr. (Harold) Hamm approached me and I went to work for
Continental in 1983."
That decision changed Hume's life.
Now, a little more than 26 years after he returned to his
hometown, Hume was named the president of Continental Resources - a
position he said he's humbled and honored to have.
"I've been at Continental for 26 years," he said. "I started
taking the upward path and about a year ago. Mr. Hamm and the board
moved me out of the operations group to the position of chief
operating officer. I spent a year growing into that role."
Hume's work with former Continental president Mark Monroe has
prepared him for his new position, he said.
"I had been working closely with Mark, our prior president," he
said. "I'd been doing a lot of the investor relations on the board
and learning more of the business end of the company."
On Wednesday, his work paid off.
"Mr. Hamm made the recommendation to the board," Hume said. "They
notified the staff on Wednesday and the new position became
And while Hume will tell you he's honored to be Continental's
president, he'll also say the staff at Continental is a team and how
well that staff works together.
"It's really a reflection of the company," he said. …