Raymond James Welder is the President and CEO of Welder Exploration & Production, Inc., an oil and natural gas production company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Raymond is currently the Chairman of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), Board Director of WellAware Oilfield Monitoring, Chairman of the Rockford Institute, President of the Post Cambrian Log Library Association, a member of the St. Mary’s Hall Board of Trustees, a member of the American Swiss Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the San Antonio chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Raymond was featured in the August 2012 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine for his TIPRO Top Producer Award as the “Best CEO of a Midsize Company.” In 2010 Raymond was one of 25 young Americans and Swiss chosen to participate in the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference in Basel, Switzerland. In 2008 Raymond received the Boss of the Year Award from the San Antonio Desk and Derrick Association. Raymond is also the former Treasurer of the South Texas Geological Society, former Chairman of the St. Anthony’s Catholic School Board, and former President of the Washington and Lee University San Antonio Alumni Chapter. Raised in Bee County, Texas, Raymond holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology and European History from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.