LAGCOE Looey 2017

Introducing LAGCOE Looey 2017: Mr. Don Briggs

Founding Member and President, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Born in 1940, Don Briggs enjoyed the warm weather and sunny beaches of Miami where he was raised by his mother and father, Anna Mae and Gifford Briggs. Completing Miami Senior High in 1959, Mr. Briggs headed to Tallahassee where he would attend Florida State University on a football scholarship. He affirms that his contribution to the team had little to do with the success of the Seminole’s football program.

After a couple of years at FSU, Briggs headed to Louisiana for what he thought to be just a summer job. Little did he know that that summer working on a drilling barge would not only make him fall in love with Louisiana but with its oil and gas industry. Mr. Briggs would go on finish his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Just 4 years after graduating, at the age of 28, Mr. Briggs started his first company that would eventually grow into the conglomerate known as the Aztec Corporation. Aztec serviced the oil and gas industry from pipeline supplies to drilling fluid. One of Mr. Briggs’ proudest moments in his professional career was reading in The Wall Street Journal that Newpark Resources had acquired the Aztec Corporation.

In 1990, Briggs became the Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Association of Independent Producers and Royalty Owners (LAIPRO). Due to hard financial times, LAIPRO was dissolved, and Mr. Briggs would go on to start the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association, LIOGA, with just 12 members. LIOGA has since changed its name to the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) where it now represents 1,300 members in the independent exploration, production, and servicing sectors of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

Under Briggs’ leadership, the association has worked with governors, legislators, and members of congress - from both sides of the aisle - to ensure that the culture of the oil and gas sector remains in Louisiana. Mr. Briggs is on the frontline of this issue, fighting to protect our industry and promote its importance to Louisiana and the entire nation.

While Mr. Briggs’ professional accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, he considers his greatest accomplishments in life to be those done in his community. When Katrina ravaged south Louisiana, Briggs, along with the help of the industry, was able to aid in the recovery to the tune of over $1 million. In the recent devastating floods of 2016, Briggs dispensed funds to families and individuals who were affected.

If you talk to Briggs about his life and purpose, he would tell you that we are here to love our fellow man and to help those that are less fortunate. In the Lafayette community, he serves as a Eucharistic minister for the St. Pius X Catholic Church and is a founding member of the Acadiana Outreach Center that houses and ministers to mothers and children who have been victims of domestic abuse, among others. Briggs still holds the title as President of LOGA, where he remains committed to fight for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and serve in his community.

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