Board Spotlights

Dick Schremmer

NSWA Immediate Past Chairman

Bear Petroleum, LLC | Haysville, KS

How long have you been a member of NSWA?

Richard “Dick” Schremmer has been a member of the National Stripper Well Association since 1996 and on the board of directors since 2018. He became the NSWA Chairman in April 2020.

Dick’s Motto:
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

When did you begin your career in the oil industry?

Dick’s oil field career started while he was in high school. In 1970, at the age of 15, he went to work for Chase Tank Service cleaning out the bottoms of oil tanks and other prestigious jobs.
After graduating high school in 1972, he decided to get an education rather than go to school and he took a job with Kewanee Oil Company. Oil was still $3.00 per barrel and he was only the 2nd man the company had hired in 18 years. With over 50 years in the oil industry, Dick has seen, experienced and worked through many ups and downs.

Tell us about your company.

In 1985, Gulf Oil was purchased by Chevron USA and Dick struck out on his own forming Bear Petroleum. 35 years later the company operates 531 wells in Kansas.
In 1988, Dick also acquired Gressel Oil Field Service, a 2 rig well servicing company in Burrton, KS. The company has expanded to a full-service company with locations in Burrton, Great Bend, Hays, and Haysville. Services include well service rigs, supply stores, acid and cement services, down hole tools, wireline, tank trucks, propane, roustabout, and electrical services.

Dick’s Family.

Dick and his wife, Janice, have enjoyed 44 years of marriage and have three grown children. Their oldest is Dr. Bobby who specializes in emergency trauma pediatrics and works in the emergency room at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Joe is an oil & gas professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Traci has her MBA and works with Dick in the business. She has a 3-year-old girl and is expecting her second baby in January 2021.

Dick’s Hobbies:
Golfing, bowling, shooting sporting clays, and bird hunting.

Have you been a part of other associations or non-profits? 

He has served as President of the Wichita Petroleum Club, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, and Association of Energy Service Companies out of Houston, TX.

He currently serves on the board of:

  • Association of Energy Service Companies
  • Kansas Oil and Gas Resources Fund (better known as Kansas Strong)
  • Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
  • Liaison Committee of the Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations
  • National Stripper Well Association

Memberships include:

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Domestic Energy Producers Alliance
  • Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Association
  • Independent Petroleum Association of America
  • Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
  • National Stripper Well Association
  • 4th degree Knights of Columbus

Awards include:

  • Independent Petroleum Association of America: Meritorious Service to the Association Award (1993)
  • National Stripper Well Association: Distinguished Leader Award (2014)
  • AESC: Golden Rod Wrench Award (2017)
  • KIOGA: Legend of the Industry Award (2017)
  • Barber County Conservation District: Grasslands Award (2018)
  • Kansas Oil & Gas Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2020
  • The Lord’s Diner: 18-year volunteer 

As of 10/22/20