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 finally 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, Oklahoma. He served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from
its inception to his retirement on January 5, 2017. The company at its peak in 2014,
operated in 13 states, had an employee base of just under 800 people, an EBITDA of $450 million and an 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 3 states. Chaparral Energy, under Mr. Fischer’s guidance, was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and has been an Oklahoma City Metro 50 award winner 8 times and Texas A&M Aggie 100 Award Winner 4 times. Mark, being the entrepreneur that he is, acquired Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream in 2012 and owns 90% of the Company and is currently serving as its Manager and Executive Chairman of the Board. The company has averaged double digit revenue growth under his stewardship since 2012 and currently has over 25,000 points of presence in the U.S. and operates in 13 international countries. 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 both the Aerospace Department Distinguished Alumnus Award and the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M University in 2014. Mr. Fischer is the benefactor and sponsor of the Texas A&M CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Facility. He is also the sole owner, as well as serving as the 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, 164 th and May, LLC and its related entities, SuMark Pharmacies, and Doc Popcorn, LLC. He has served on several non-profit organization boards including the Boy Scouts of America and he is currently serving on the Texas A&M Look College of Engineering Advisory Council. He has served as the Chair the Board of the Association of Former Students for Texas A&M University. Mr. Fischer is a member of the Texas A&M Legacy Society, the Eppright Distinguished Donors program, the Diamond Champions Council and is currently serving as a campaign chairman for the Texas A&M University’s $4.0 billion “Lead by Example” comprehensive campaign to which he was a major donor.
Chief Operating Officer
Grant Speakes is the Chief Operating Officer for Pointe Vista Holding Company, LLC. Since joining the PV team in 2017 Grant has focused on the day to day operations of the company, project financing, and forging strategic partnerships for the company.
Prior to joining PVD, Grant was a graduate student at Texas A&M and earned his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Real Estate from the Mays Business School. As a student, Grant served as the MBA Class President and was a founding member of Mays Vets - a Veteran’s affinity organization designed to support Veterans as they transition out of the military into the MBA program and the private sector. In 2016 Grant was Recognized in 2016 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. Grant 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 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 Veteran’s causes.
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).