A 1973 graduate of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and member of the college’s
Dean’s Advisory Council, Hirsch is a 44-year veteran of the petroleum industry. He
has provided leadership and direction to untold ventures, initiatives and activities.
Hirsch was a member of American Association of Professional Landmen for his entire
career. He has held a Certified Professional Landman – the highest professional designation
available in the petroleum land industry – since 1980. In addition to serving as a
past president of AAPL, he served on the board as chairman of NAPE – the world’s largest
upstream exploration and production expo – and president of the Petroleum Landman’s
Association of New Orleans.
Hirsch was also the co-founder of the Louisiana State University Petroleum Land Management
program. The recipient of many industry awards, he was honored with the AAPL Lifetime
Achievement Award as well as both AAPL and PLANO Landman of the Year awards. He also
earned the distinction of being considered Houston Business Journal’s top 100 most
influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry.
He was the vice president of land and business development of Woodside Energy (USA),
Inc. in Houston, and previously the co-founder, partner and vice president for Explore
Enterprises LLC. Prior to Explore Enterprises LLC, he was the manager of land and
negotiations for Amoco and BP’s Gulf of Mexico Offshore Business Units in New Orleans
and Houston. He also served as senior land negotiator for The Superior Oil Company
in New Orleans. He has also served as geographic director for the Amoco Foundation,
BP Foundation and Woodside Regional Community committees.
Hirsch is also a member of the Professional Landman’s Association of New Orleans,
Houston Association of Professional Landmen and Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church in
The American Association of Professional Landmen unites more than 15,000 landmen and
land-related persons throughout 43 affiliated local associations in the United States
and Canada. AAPL serves as the voice of the landman profession to encourage fair trading
terms that work in the best interest of all parties, wise utilization of natural resources
and responsible employment of the land’s surface.
About the OCS Advisory Board
The AAPL OCS Advisory Board is a nonprofit organization that focuses on Outer Continental
Shelf issues related to oil and gas exploration, development and production. The OCSAB
established an award in the memory of C.M. Van Zandt to commemorate his outstanding
contribution as a pioneer in the Offshore Land Management profession and for his commitment
to help mentor, support and encourage offshore land negotiators.
About the E. J. Ourso College of Business
Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously
improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college
has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further
research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for
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