Jim Suydam, PhD

Geologist and President

Jim was raised in the oil industry from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. A love for the Rocky Mountain region led him to the University of Wyoming where he received a BS in geology in 1986 and then an MS from Montana State University in 1988. Summers were spent “getting oil on his shoes” as an intern with National Oil Company and Mobil Exploration & Production in Denver. Refusing to re-enter society he pursued doctoral studies at Washington State University, graduating with a PhD in Geology in 1994. Fresh out of school but coming into an industry slump he consulted on several small projects on the Sweetgrass Arch. In a twist of circumstance, Jim spent the next 10 years in retail management for Kinko’s in Billings, Montana. In 2004 he returned to his true vocational love and joined Sunburst Consulting as a contract well site geologist, working wells in the Williston Basin, Utah and Nevada. In 2006 Jim became a managing partner and VP, helping the company grow rapidly with the evolving Bakken Play. On July 1st, 2014 Jim succeeded Wayne Freisatz, retiring founding member, as President of the company.

Jim lives halfway down the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana. He can be found during spare time casting a fly, playing golf, travelling and spending time with family. He has active membership in: AAPG, GSA, RMAG, MGS, WGA and PAPG.