Meet Our Team ///

John T. Royall

President and Chief Executive Officer

John T. Royall was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Publishing Company on April 28, 2009. Mr. Royall has extensive experience in business-to-business media and events including 22 years in business publishing. A graduate of the University of Texas, he has held executive positions at Reed Business Information and Penton Media. Previously he was Vice President of PennWell’s Offshore Group.

Ron Higgins

Vice President

Ron Higgins is Vice President of Gulf Publishing Company. Ron earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He has been in the oil and gas publishing industry for more than 40 years. His past experience includes working for a major oilfield equipment manufacturer and a major drilling contractor. He is a member of SPE, IADC, IPAA and NOMADS.

Andy McDowell


Andy McDowell is Publisher of World Oil. Andy has been with Gulf Publishing Company for 10 years and has served as the magazine’s Associate Publisher, Global Sales Manager, and District Manager during that time. Prior to working for Gulf Publishing Company, he spent one year in a management trainee program for Clear Channel Entertainment based in London, UK and Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.

Kurt Abraham


Kurt Abraham is Editor of World Oil. He is responsible for day-to-day management of content, heading up forecasting, and developing new products. Kurt has 30 years of industry experience. He earned a BA degree in journalism and business administration from Texas A&M University. His experience includes all four major media, as well as a major trade association. He is a member of NOMADS, the IPAA Supply and Demand Committee, and Offshore Energy Center, and he serves as an expert commentator.

Roger Jordan

Managing Editor

Roger Jordan is World Oil’s Managing Editor. His duties include editing articles and contributing content for both and the monthly print magazine. Roger graduated from Durham University, England, with a BS degree. Prior to joining the World Oil editorial staff, Roger worked as a Communications Officer for a non-profit organization based in the UK.

Emily Snyder

News Editor

Emily Snyder is World Oil’s News Editor. Her duties include editing articles and contributing content to, as well as the monthly print magazine. Emily graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in Communications/Journalism. Prior to joining World Oil’s team of editors, Emily gained several years of editorial experience with a non-profit organization in the Washington DC metropolitan area.