Hall of Distinction Class of 2001-2002

William H. Stone, co-founder and president of Main Energy, Inc., received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in petroleum engineering in 1966. Stone was born in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont; was raised in Ocala, Florida; and currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Upon graduation from LSU, Stone was employed with Union Oil Company of California where he held various drilling and production positions from 1966-1981. In 1981, he became General Manager of Oilfield Consultants International in London, England. Two years later, he founded Star Oilfield Services, Inc., an international oilfield consulting company in London, which provided technical drilling expertise and personnel to operating oil companies.

In 1987, Stone, and his partner Don Hecker, who is also a LSU petroleum engineering graduate, founded Main Energy, Inc., an oil and gas property acquisition company in Houston, Texas. They quickly led the company to become a profitable enterprise using funds from managing properties for overhead and using innovative deal-making to acquire assets. By tending to all aspects of the business, Stone and Hecker drove the company’s growth in value. The company has had production in 13 states and has operated more than 900 wells.

Stone is a member of the Society of Professional Engineers, for which he was a distinguished lecturer on deep water subsea completions in 1978-1979. In 1980, he taught cementing and casing design in an Advanced Drilling course in petroleum engineering at the University of Texas. He has been a member of the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Committee since 1993, and previously served as chairman. In 1994, Stone co-founded the Houston LSU Petro-Tigers, an organization for LSU petroleum engineering alumni living in the Houston area, and he has served as president since the organization’s inception.

He was appointed Honorary Colonel by former Louisiana Governor David Treen, and has also served as a four-time delegate to the Texas Republican State Convention.

Stone is married to the former Connie Martin, and they have two sons: Scott and Kevin.