About David Bleakley

David Bleakley- Chairman of Board of Directors

Executive Vice-President of Colt Energy, Inc.


David has been employed for over 31 years with responsibility for the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas producing and nonproducing properties, new leasing activities, coordinating land, legal, and title along with landowner relations. From 1980 – 1989, he was President and Owner of Bleakley Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration, development, and production company he founded in 1980. Prior to forming Bleakley Energy, Inc. he was employed by the Charles E. Bleakley Investment Company and served as manager of the land, oil & gas, and farming operations as well as Co-Manager of their Crosstie Angus Farms. In addition, he served as Treasurer of Bleakley Development Co., Inc., a residential and commercial real estate development company in Kansas City.


David currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA 2019-2021), served as the Eastern Vice-Chair of KIOGA from 2015-2019, and as a KIOGA Board Member for twenty years.  David is past President of the Eastern Kansas Oil and Gas Association (EKOGA 1994-1996) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He was the EKOGA representative to the Kansas Corporation Commission Oil and Gas Advisory Committee for 21 years (1998-2019), served as Chairman of both the EKOGA Legislative Committee and the EKOGA Environmental Committees for over 20 years, provided many industry testimonies to the Kansas Legislature throughout his 20 plus years of service, helped establish the Washburn Law School Energy Scholarship Fund in honor of Professor David Pierce, served as EKOGA Annual Convention Chair, and as Tri-Chair of the 1998 IOCC (Now IOGCC) Annual Conference held in Kansas City.

Bleakley is a founding member of the Missouri Independent Oil and Gas Association (MIOGA) where he served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He also served on the Missouri Oil and Gas Council as MIOGA’s Representative and was named Vice-Chairman of the Council. David was the lead industry negotiator for the current Missouri Oil and Gas Rules and Regulations which direct the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as the primary oil and gas industry regulator. As representative from the Missouri Oil and Gas Council, David was invited to speak on the outlook for energy at the 2014 Inaugural Main Meeting in North America for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum sponsored by the Federal Reserve in St. Louis.


Prior to involvement in KIOGA, EKOGA, and MIOGA, David served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute (API).


He is a long-time member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL) and the National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA). He received a BS in Animal Science and Industry in 1978 from Kansas State University.


David serves outside the industry as an Advisory Board Member of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, was a past delegate to the Kansas Episcopal Diocesan Convention and is an active member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.