Lester A. Zitkus, CPL
Lester Zitkus, CPL, is senior vice president of land for Gulfport Energy Corp., a pubic exploration and production company headquartered in Oklahoma City, where he’s worked since 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science in minerals land management, with a minor in business administration, from the University of Evansville in southern Indiana, where he also played four years of Division I baseball.
He started his professional career in the oil and gas industry in 1987 working as a field contract landman for Equitable Resources. After being hired in-house, Zitkus spent the next 19 years in various staff and senior management positions, ultimately as senior vice president of land. In 2007, he accepted a position with Chesapeake Energy Corp. as vice president of land — Eastern Division, where he oversaw land efforts related to the Utica shale and Marcellus shale plays.
Zitkus and his wife and best friend, Sandra Fraley, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he enjoys all things outdoors, including hunting with their two American Brittanys. He has three wonderful adult children — twin daughters Anastasia and Kirsten and son William.
Active with AAPL for many years, Zitkus served two terms on the Executive Committee (2006-07 and 2013-14) and has served on various other committees and task forces, including the Education, Finance, Membership, and Strategic Planning committees. Currently he is assistant chairman of the NAPE Operators Committee.