With the equity backing of Natural Gas Partners, HighMark was formed to acquire, develop and produce upstream oil and natural gas assets.

HighMark’s principal strategy is the acquisition and exploitation of high quality producing and nonproducing assets. Management has the skill set and experience to undertake a broad range of negotiated and competitive transactions including leasing, acquisitions, mergers, and equity and debt participations.


Dickie D. Hunter

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hunter began his professional career with Diamond Shamrock Corporation in 1980 where he spent seven years primarily as an analyst working in all segments of the multinational corporation including oil and gas, refining, chemical, coal and agriculture.

Ali Ahmed


Prior to joining HighMark Energy in 2014, Mr. Ahmed was the CEO of Woodbine Acquisition LLC from May 2011 through February 2014.

Stephen C. Pugh

Chief Operating Officer

With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Pugh has a wide range of skills and experiences.

D. Clayton Flurry

Vice President of Land – Business Development

In 2007, Mr. Flurry joined SM Energy Company (formerly St. Mary Land & Exploration Company) where he served on several different Asset, Exploration and A&D Business Development teams in Shreveport, Louisiana and Tulsa, Oklahoma.