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LAREDO, Texas – The magazine Oil and Gas Investor has named Radcliffe “Cliffe” Killam II, president of Laredo-based Killam Oil, as a 2020 honoree in its Forty Under 40 program. 

Selected from among hundreds of nominations, Killam was recognized for his “entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and visionary thinking.” These skills have helped transform his family’s 100-year-old company into the innovative, efficient organization that it is today, the magazine states.

The magazine noted that Killam’s commitment to supporting future generations in the oil and gas industry was evident in his decade-long effort to establish a Petroleum Engineering degree plan at Texas A&M International University, which was formally approved in April 2020.

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Killam is also president and CEO of Killam Development, a private, family-owned business. The company has acquired around 3,400 acres in Mission and McAllen for a master-planned development that is expected to include walkable neighborhoods and trails, park space and connections to entertainment, commercial districts and education centers. He also sees opportunities for commercial industrial development on the property, due to its proximity to Anzalduas International Bridge.

“I am humbled by this recognition and hope that it brings attention to Texas A&M International’s new Petroleum Engineering program,” Killam said of the honor bestowed by Oil and Gas Investor.

Killam Oil is a private, family-owned business started by Oliver Winfield Killam in Laredo in 1919 that has since maintained a sterling reputation in South Texas and throughout the industry. Today, the Killam Family Office focuses on oil and gas exploration, real estate development, investments, and ranching.

Cliffe Killam was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He obtained an Executive MBA from the McCombs School of Business and a Master’s degree in Energy & Mineral Resources from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Boston University.

“I am and honored to be a part of our family legacy and am focused on the future of Killam Oil,” Killam said. “Our achievements both in the industry and in the community make me proud of our organization.”

Killam said that over the past decade he has been focused on building on his company’s strengths while also addressing areas in need of improvement. 

“My focus has first been on the culture of the organization, which is based on family first, team work, listening, asking questions, data-driven analysis, and decision making guided by economic scenario analysis and qualitative considerations,” Killam said.

“Throughout the journey, it has been a team effort, resulting in a strong culture that is results driven. I am deeply honored by this award and look forward to all that we will continue to achieve in this industry in the years to come.”

Oil and Gas Investor magazine is produced by Hart Energy. 

Editor’s Note: Click here to watch a video interview with Cliffe Killam by Hart Energy.


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