Carrie D. Colbert

carrie colbert

B.S. PE 1999, MBA 2009
Senior Reservoir Engineer, Hilcorp Energy Company

A native of the small Texas Panhandle town of Perryton, Carrie Colbert is the first college graduate in her family. Colbert graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering with highest honors. In 2009, she earned her Master of Business Administration from UT Austin while continuing to work full time. Colbert’s business passion begins at the intersection of technical analysis and business strategy.

Colbert began her career at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where she held several production and reservoir engineering positions. Subsequently, Colbert accepted a position as the senior corporate reserves manager at Hilcorp Energy Company, which ranks seventh on Fortune magazine's 2013 "100 Best Places to Work For" list. In this capacity, Colbert oversaw oil and gas reserve estimations, reserve report preparations and reserve-based valuation of the company.

After earning her MBA, Colbert worked on the financial side of Hilcorp’s business. As head of investor relations, she facilitated interactions with the company’s bankers, bondholders and rating agency analysts, skillfully telling the Hilcorp story from both a technical and financial perspective. She was also very instrumental in developing the company’s five-year strategic growth plan. Colbert has recently transitioned back to the technical side of the business as a senior reservoir engineer, actively finding additional oil and gas production and reserves, while optimizing cash flow from these fields.

Colbert, who resides in Houston, serves on the UT Austin Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering External Advisory Council, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is involved in the Houston chapter of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. Her personal passions include fashion, travel, photography and Houston-based philanthropic endeavors.

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