John A. Brock
2005 Outstanding Entrepreneur
Chairman, Brighton Energy LLC, Owner
Rockford Exploration Inc.
As the current owner of Rockford Exploration Inc., the previous owner of Medallion Petroleum Inc., and co-founder of Southport Exploration Inc., John Brock is an entrepreneur – and a successful one.
The Durant, Oklahoma native graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 with a degree in geological engineering. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Brock went to work as a division reservoir engineer at Shell Oil Company until 1964 when he left to direct exploration and production at Associated Oil and Gas.
In 1966, Brock began pursuing independent opportunities as an oil and gas operator and for a short time served as executive vice president and general manager at LVO Corporation (formerly Livingston Oil Company) before starting Southport Exploration in 1974. In 1981, after selling Southport, Brock started Rockford Exploration where he still serves as president and CEO. While operating Rockford Exploration, he also owned Medallion Petroleum for eight years before selling it in 1992. He is also the chairman and a principal of Brighton Energy LLC.
Brock’s innovation and leadership in the oil and gas industry have created exploration departments and the institution of exploration programs for four companies. He has been associated with several oil and gas discoveries, including the East Thomas, Alex, and Grand Fields in Oklahoma; the Hope Field in Texas; and the Arapaho Field in Colorado.
In the community, Brock founded the Tulsa Innovation Center to help entrepreneurs start new businesses. He is director and former chairman of the Sutton Avian Research Center, serves as board member of the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a former board member of Camp Fire USA. He was president of the Tulsa Club and Tulsa Ozark Club and actively supports the Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Philharmonic, Nature Conservancy, and the Tulsa Zoo.
With his wife, Donnie, Brock established the Brock Community Foundation to fund the Brock International Prize in Education, recognizing an individual who has made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education. The Foundation is administered by the University of Oklahoma in partnership with Oklahoma State University and The University of Tulsa.