Christ named ‘Pioneer of Piceance’

The owner of Best Production Inc. in Grand Junction was a strong believer in the potential of the Piceance Basin “even when others fled.”

Rod Christ, who arrived in western Colorado in 1988, was a leader in the development of the natural-gas resources of northwest Colorado and was recognized for his efforts as a “Pioneer of the Piceance” on Friday by the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

“Rod’s contribution to our industry deserves to be celebrated,” said Susan Alvillar, president of the association. “His dedication is an inspiration to us all.”

The Pioneer award is made to recognize contributions to the oil and gas industry of the region that are lasting and profound.

Christ, a Nebraska native, began working in the oil and gas industry in 1967 and by 1976 was a project manager in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Christ became president of Veco Inc. in Alaska in 1979 and went on to become the vice president of Veco International and then president of Veco Drilling in Grand Junction.

Christ has served on the boards of St. Mary’s Hospital and the hospital’s foundation, as well as chairman of the board of Colorado Mesa University.

He also serves on the board of Strive, has received the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Award eight times and is active in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


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