Mark A. Fischer graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree with honors in Aerospace Engineering. He began his career with Humble Oil Company, now Exxon Company USA, in the Permian Basin of West Texas where he held various positions as production engineer, reservoir engineer, field superintendent and Supervising Production Engineer.
From 1977 until 1980, Mr. Fischer served as the Drilling and Production Manager for the West Texas and then Mid-Continent Divisions of TXO Production Corp. From 1980 until 1988, he served as the Division Operations Manager over the Mid-Continent and Panhandle Divisions for Slawson Exploration Company.
In 1988, Mark founded Chaparral Energy, Inc. as a privately held, independent oil and gas production and exploration company with headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK. He served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until he retired on January 5, 2017. At its peak in 2014, the company operated in 13 states with nearly 800 employees, an EBITDA of $450 million and enterprise valuation of $3.5 billion. With the downturn in oil price over the last several years, the company resized, restructured and refocused itself as a pure-play, Mid-Continent producer with operations in three states. Under Mr. Fischer’s guidance, Chaparral Energy was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and has won eight Oklahoma City Metro 50 Awards and four Texas A&M Aggie 100 Awards.
Being the entrepreneur that he is, Mark acquired Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream in 2012. The company averaged double-digit revenue growth under his stewardship and grew to operate in 13 international countries. Its revenue in 2019 was approximately $80 million.
Mark was a national finalist for the Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute and served as a director of the API from 1984-1986. He is a recipient of the Aerospace Department Distinguished Alumnus Award, the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2022 of Texas A&M University in 2014. He is the benefactor and sponsor of the Texas A&M CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Facility.
Mr. Fischer is also the sole owner, acting manager and Chairman of the Board of Pointe Vista Development, LLC and its related entities, Skybridge Development, LLC and its related entities, Skysource, LLC and its related entities, 164th and May, LLC and its related entities, SuMark Pharmacies and Doc Popcorn, LLC.
Mark has served on several nonprofit organization boards, including the Boy Scouts of America, and he currently serves on the Texas A&M Look College of Engineering Advisory Council. He was Chair of the Board of the Association of Former Students for Texas A&M University and is a member of the Texas A&M Legacy Society, Eppright Distinguished Donors Program and Diamond Champions Council. He also served as a campaign chairman for Texas A&M University’s $4.0 billion “Lead by Example” comprehensive campaign, to which he was a major donor.
President and Chief Investment Officer
Grant Speakes is the President and Chief Investment Officer for Pointe Vista Holding Company, LLC. Since joining the PV team in 2017, Grant has focused on developing the long-term plan for the development, project financing and forging strategic partnerships for the company.
Prior to joining PV, Grant was a graduate student at Texas A&M and earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Real Estate from the Mays Business School. As a student, Grant served as MBA Class President and was a founding member of Mays Vets, a Veterans’ affinity organization designed to support Veterans as they transition from the military to the MBA program and private sector. In 2016, Grant was recognized by the Texas A&M Association of Former Students in its 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight.
Grant’s final assignment in his 11-year Army career was serving as an ROTC instructor at Texas A&M. Grant was the MS IV program director responsible for coaching, teaching and mentoring senior cadets on the principles of leadership and military operations. He was recognized by the Office of the Commandant at Texas A&M as the Outstanding Military Advisor. Previously, Grant served as a Company Commander of a 150-person company task force in combat in Afghanistan that was responsible for securing and connecting the population to the Afghan government. During his three-year long tours in combat, Grant received the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and is a three-time recipient of the Bronze Star.
In Grant’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and championing Veterans’ causes.
Chief Operating Officer
Shawn Wiley currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Pointe Vista (PV). He focuses on the day-to-day operations of the PV companies and integrating and planning future PV properties and amenities. In 2004, Shawn graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Prior to joining the PV team, Shawn spent 13 years in the oil & gas industry on both the operator and service side. He led various functions, including Health Safety and Environment (HSE), Environmental Engineering, Procurement and Operational Quality.
Before entering the private sector, Shawn was a Captain in the United States Army. His final assignment was serving as the Intelligence Officer with the 1-9 Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division in southeast Iraq along the Iranian border interdicting lethal aid from Iran. Just 14 months earlier, he deployed to Baghdad as a Scout Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer with the 8-10 Cavalry of the 4thInfantry Division. Shawn spent two years deployed to Iraq and was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice.
Shawn’s passion is spending time with his family and supporting his children’s sports teams. He also serves on the boards of several youth sports nonprofit organizations in the greater Oklahoma City area.
Ryan Chapman is the Operations Manager for Pointe Vista Development and serves as PVD’s onsite representative, coordinates public relations in the area and oversees the day to day operations of Pointe Vista Golf (Chickasaw Pointe) and Pointe Vista Marina (Catfish Bay Marina).
Ryan graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Business Management. While spending his entire business career in the golf industry, he became a Class A PGA Professional in 1999. In 2001, he became the Head Golf Professional at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club and Lake Texoma State Park Golf Course. After a few short years, he was promoted to the Director of Golf position for Oklahoma State Parks overseeing the operations of the 10 state park golf courses.
When Pointe Vista purchased the property in 2008, Ryan was brought on to be the Operations Manager for all the businesses owned within PVD (at this time includes Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club and Catfish Bay Marina).