Ray L. McKim, CPL/ESA


Ray began his oil and gas experience by working as a lease operator in New Mexico for Amerada Hess in 1976. After one year, he left Amerada Hess for the Gulf Coast to gain experience as a petroleum landman. For 2 ½ years he worked in the East Texas/ Gulf Coast area as a field landman/broker for such companies as Texaco and Chevron.

Since 1980, upon returning to West Texas, Ray has performed ownership and leasehold title checks and has acquired thousands of oil and gas leases for such companies as Exxon, Mobil, Getty, HNG/Enron, PG&E/Enserch, UPRC, Altura, Range Resources, Anadarko, Linn Energy and a whole host of smaller independents. He has represented smaller companies and negotiated farmouts, JOA’s, pooling agreements etc.


Ray is a Certified Professional Landman as a member in good standing of the AAPL (#3231) and an EPA qualified site assessor to perform Phase I Environmental Site Assessments of telecom, commercial and oil and gas properties. He has worked many years in association with his father, a retired District Judge (from Ector County) and practicing attorney.

Ray’s father passed away in May of 2011. View obituary »


Ray L. McKim, III has served on the Permian Basin’s Landman Association’s Board of Directors two different terms and was the recipient of the AAPL Landman’s Award for Education in 2013. This award was being the chairman and organizing the PBLA’s Spring Education Seminar. With the hard work and help of Danny Kidwell, Kim Smith, Chris Buck, Courtney Gilvan, Mollie McAuliffe and others, the award acknowledges the best of educational events among all of the AAPL membership chapters in the nation.


Ray graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Business Administration and a Political Science minor.


Read Ray’s AGL Magazine article on page 28 (PDF download)
Landman Magazine 2007

Contact Ray

PO Box 2356
Midland, Texas 79702

Ground mail: 909 Sorrel Lane West, Midland, Texas 79705

Phone: (432) 685-0509
Cell: (432) 296-0091
Fax: ( 432) 686-8382

Email: ray@telecom-esa.com