Josh Hickman is the Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of American Energy Partners, Inc., (stock symbol OTC:AEPT), which owns both Hickman Geological Consulting, LLC and Gilbert Oil and Gas. Mr. Hickman is the President of both of these companies. AEPT is a growth-oriented stock that has the goal to acquire complimentary companies in the energy and water spaces. Hickman Geological provides expertise to financial institutions, startup oil and gas companies, landowners, and the construction space. Gilbert Oil and Gas is an oil and gas operator of shallow oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. In the public eye, Mr. Hickman has been featured as an expert on Oil and Gas Industry matters in regional news publications, radio broadcasts, and speaking engagements.
Mr. Hickman began his career with Consol Energy in 2003 and was responsible for the company’s 1.6 million acres of oil and gas rights across the Central and Eastern United States. After participating in the Consol spinout of CNX Gas, Mr. Hickman moved to Cabot Oil and Gas in 2008 as lead geologist for their West Virginia assets which included 630,000 acres of land and 3,500 active wells. During this time, Mr. Hickman was also tasked as the lead Utica Shale geologist at the company. This position included the creation of a geologic model with over 10,000 wells and oversight of exploration activities in this shale. In 2012, Mr. Hickman accepted the position of Chief Geologist at Edgemarc Energy Holdings where he oversaw the technical due diligence and communication of value required to select 60,000 acres to build the foundation of the company’s position.
In addition to these accomplishments, Mr. Hickman is the Founder and Chairman of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) Pittsburgh, which is transitioning and rebranding in 2020. He graduated Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Geology from Radford University in 2001, earned a Cum Laude M.Sc. degree from the University of South Carolina in 2003, and received a Cum Laude MBA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. In 2011, he earned a Professional Geologist certification in the State of Pennsylvania. Also, Mr. Hickman has received notable awards in the region that include Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2011 and the Energy Leadership Award by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2013. In his spare time, Mr. Hickman donates his time to the Boy Scouts of America.