Sam Hammons left the Oklahoma City law firm which he had founded in 1987 to devote more time to Sequoyah Capital. Sequoyah specializes in advising clients with respect to energy projects, technology and financing. Mr. Hammons has been engaged by oil and gas companies, electric generation firms, environmental concerns, and companies and individuals holding or developing innovative energy-related technologies. Prior to its sale, Mr. Hammons worked as a Colleague with COSCO Capital Management of New York. He owns Gas2Power, LLC of Edmond, Oklahoma and serves as an advisor to Penn America Energy, LLC of New York. In addition, he chairs the Express Services Political Action Committee, a multi-state PAC, and, along with his staff, coordinates government affairs activities on behalf of Express Employment Professionals.
Mr. Hammons has represented various companies and financial institutions in international transactions in numerous countries in Eastern and Western Europe, Central and South America, China and Japan.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Hammons founded and later sold Clinton Gas Transmission, one of the nation's first natural gas marketing companies. He was a partner in the RAM Group, an energy consulting firm, where he managed the Natural Gas Contracts Division. Prior to joining the RAM Group, he was the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Energy while serving on the Governor’s cabinet.
He served on staffs of two Oklahoma governors, first as Assistant for Energy and Natural Resources to Governor David Boren (later Oklahoma’s U.S. Senator and President of the University of Oklahoma) and then as Assistant to Governor George Nigh. Mr. Hammons has often represented Oklahoma energy and tax interests in Washington, D.C. including presenting testimony before Congressional Committees as well as working with individual Congressmen and Senators. In 1980-1981 he helped author the Report of the Energy Task Force of the Future of the South Commission.
A graduate of Clinton High School and Oklahoma Baptist University, Hammons received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Hammons returned to the University of Oklahoma and received a Master of Arts in International Relations in 1998. While in graduate school he conducted a special study related to implications surrounding the breakup of the former Soviet Union, including the ability of terrorist organizations and rogue states to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Hammons has twice served as chairman of the Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees and received the Alumni Achievement Award, the University's highest alumni recognition, as well as the Profile in Excellence Award. He has served as President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, the world’s largest Rotary club, and Chairman of the Rotary Club 29 Foundation. He is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Hammons has also served as President and Director of Committee of One Hundred-Oklahoma City, Inc. Hammons served as the first Scholar in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma and also served on the Meritorious Executive Review Board at the request of President George W. Bush.
For six years Mr. Hammons served as Oklahoma’s Official Representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which is the Congressionally chartered organization that monitors oil and gas production in the various producing states. He has also served as Chairman of the Energy Council of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the 17-state Southern States Energy Board based in Atlanta, Georgia. Hammons has served as a director on the boards of both public and private energy companies. He has appeared frequently on Oklahoma City television and radio as a commentator on energy matters and has testified frequently before state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies.