About Axis Exploration & First Production

About Us

Axis Exploration, LLC and First Production, LLC have an experienced team that can serve as an outsourcing option for the management of a company or individuals' oil and gas assets. For more than two decades we've provided exceptional support and services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily in Oklahoma and Texas.

Everyone in the company shares in working to provide individual solutions and attention to each party we represent. We have established relationships for decades with all facets of the oil and gas industry and we can easily scale into any project as well as into any long term asset management and/or development.

Our Team

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Kerby Hunt

Owner/Manager

Axis Exploration LLC

Kerby grew up in Tulsa and graduated from OU in 1981. He worked for Reading & Bates as Landman in Houston, Denver, Calgary and Tulsa until 1988. Then, he worked for Samson as a Landman until 1991 and then Plymouth Resources until 1996 when we created Axis and First Production. During this same time, Kerby served as the Vice-president of Land for Plymouth Exploration which we sold to SK Innovations in 2014 and Triumph Energy Partners which was sold in 2020.

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John G. Arthur

Owner/Manager

Axis Exploration LLC

Prior to forming Axis Exploration, LLC in 1996 John worked at Plymouth Resources, LLC as Exploration Manager and has over 40 years of exploration experience. Serving as District Geologist for Reading & Bates Petroleum, and Senior Exploration Geologist for the following companies; Santa Fe Minerals, Ward Petroleum, Plymouth Resources, in vertical wells before working with Petra software and drilling horizontal wells for Equal Energy, Samson Resources, Apache Corp, and most recently Tecolote Energy.

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Jack Kueser

VP of Operations & Engineering

Axis Oil and Gas Management, LLC

Mr. Kueser oversees all engineering functions at Axis. He was co-founder of Triumph Energy Partners and served as COO of Plymouth Exploration, LLC. Prior to joining Plymouth, he managed the Stiles Ranch field in Texas for Newfield Exploration and helped develop their Woodford program in southeast Oklahoma. Mr. Kueser received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is on the Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Tulsa.

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Joel Blake

VP of Geology & Exploration

Axis Oil and Gas Management, LLC

Geoscientist responsible for internally generated prospects and geotechnical advisor for the evaluation of 3rd party generated drilling opportunities. Prior to forming Triumph Energy Partners, Mr. Blake was the VP of Exploration at Plymouth Exploration, LLC. Prior to joining Plymouth Mr. Blake was Director of Exploration & New Ventures for Williams E&P.  Mr. Blake received his BS in the Geosciences from the College of Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He is licensed in the State of Texas and certified as a Professional Geologist by both AAPG and AIPG.

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Dave Culbertson

Chief Financial Officer

First Production LLC

Dave has performed/managed all accounting/financial and back office functions related to the upstream oil and gas industry including financial, operational including joint interest billing and revenue, production taxes, division orders, A&D, due diligence, gas control, payroll and insurance. He had a high level role in taking an E&P company public including the write up of the S-1 registration, 10K’s and 10Q’s. His roles have included Controller, Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He has worked for several companies in the Tulsa area including Samson, Vintage, Williams, Mid-Con, Corterra and Triumph Energy.

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Merritt Hunt

Land Manager

First Production LLC

Merritt grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from OU with a degree in Energy Management. Upon graduation, he worked as a Landman for EQT Production Company based in Pittsburgh, PA. After EQT, he worked at Plymouth Exploration, LLC and later SK Plymouth, LLC overseeing an active four rig drilling program. He then joined Triumph Energy Partners, LLC and oversaw - two rig program and the drilling of approximately 40 horizontal operated wells, 75 non-operated horizontal wells and the management of 100 vertical wells.

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Reider Hunt

Landman

First Production LLC

Reider grew up in Tulsa, OK. He attended OU and graduated with a degree in Economics from OSU. After graduation, Reider worked as a Landman for Superior Title Services in Oklahoma City, OK. He then joined Triumph Energy Partners, LLC as a Landman and primary handled the day-to-day operations of a two rig program, including but not limited to, Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“OCC”) expert testimony, Pre-Pooling Letter Agreements, JOA’s, well proposals and surface damage and right-of-way management.