Simmen graduated from the University of Texas in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business degree. Since his graduation, he has been involved solely in the oil and gas industry working in South Texas, the Gulf Coast and Louisiana, initially as a landman with Ballard Exploration in Houston, Texas.
From 1988 to 2003, Simmen served as Vice President of McCarthy Oil and Gas Ltd., a Houston-based oil and gas company, where he was in charge of operations and production. In 2003, he applied his broad knowledge of leasing, drilling and production to form Jackson and Simmen Drilling and Wolf Island Oil and Gas, L.P., to concentrate his efforts in the Fort Worth Basin seeking production and exploration opportunities.
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