NAPE was launched by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) in 1993 with one purpose in mind: To create a venue that brings prospects and purchasers together. Our first event was a modest affair, with 80 booths and 800 attendees. But our novel idea was destined to grow as more and more oil and gas professionals realized that NAPE addressed a critical need that no other organizations adequately addressed. NAPE has grown to house more than 1,600 booths and 15,000 attendees annually.
Over the years, AAPL attracted additional partners who are leading forces in the world of oil exploration: The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Today, we currently host two annual expos that are recognized throughout the industry as “must attend” events for those who are serious about doing business.
In the years ahead, we will continue to serve the industry by remaining true to our original vision: To provide the best and biggest gatherings of the people and selections of prospects needed to make deals happen.
1993AAPL launches the NAPE concept
1995Investment community is invited to the NAPE show via capital markets exhibits
1998International Forum concept is introduced at NAPE, and the show is moved to the to George R. Brown Convention Center for more space
2002Inaugural NAPE Charities Luncheon is held
2005NAPE expands, adding a second expo in Houston
201243rd President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, attends NAPE as the Charities Luncheon keynote speaker
2013NAPE expands to host expos in Pittsburgh and Denver, in addition to the two Houston events
2015NAPE launches its global brand
2017Due to market conditions, NAPE reiterates its focus on two Houston events - a global expo in February and a regionally-focused expo in August