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Mark K. Miller is a native of North Carolina and obtained his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He began his career in the petroleum landman business in 1981 after leaving John E. Chance and Associates as an offshore instrument man. Mark obtained his Certified Professional Landman’s certification in 1987 and then his Environmental Site Assessor (ESA) certification in 1991. In 1992, he co-authored a field manual for the ESA curriculum for the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL).

Mark has provided expert testimony in federal, state, and municipal court proceedings pertaining to Petroleum Land Management as well as oil and gas lease exploration. He has also worked on cases involving 3-D seismic acquisition along with Phase I ESAs.

From 2015 to 2017, he served as Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and the Foundation Board at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). He also works with the Professional Land Resource Management Program (PLRM) at ULL and has been since its inception in 1983. In the past, Mark has served as President of the Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen as well as on the AAPL Education Committee.

In 1989, Mark co-authored the Louisiana Courthouse Directory – an informational book on Louisiana parishes’ courthouses, histories, and locations.


GIS Specialist

Darlene is a Geographic Information Systems Specialist. Her specialty is ArcGIS, and Auto Cad pertaining to geo-referencing photographs, raster images, and well information.  Mrs. Touchet has 19 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry, through seismic acquisition, lease acquisition, environmental site assessments, and state leasing. She has worked with MKM & Associates, Inc. for the last 19 years.


Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Shelly has been with MKM & Associates, Inc. for 12 years. She provides professional administrative support for the President of the company as well as assist all brokers. Shelly manages the office by overseeing all accounting functions, such as payroll, invoicing and financial reporting. She also coordinates all jobs by instrumenting MSA’s, insurance requirements, opening accounts and other various duties involved with multiple projects. Shelly has an Associate Degree in Business Administrative and has over 25 years of experience in working in a fast-paced office environment, which has provided her with strong, organizational, technical and interpersonal skills. Shelly is married with 3 kids and resides in Youngsville, La.