J.D. Smith began his career in 2002 in drilling and offshore completions until transitioning to leasing in the Permian Basin in 2007. In 2009, Smith was the exclusive landman for a $3 million, 42,000+ acre prospect which was later purchased by Petrohawk (backed by PE firm PineBrook Partners) for $42 million, a 5% Overriding Royalty, and carried Working Interest considerations. In this same capacity, Smith transacted on over 150,000 acres of Permian leasehold and generated a net profit of $100 million between 2009 and 2012. Smith also founded a non-profit, clean water initiative, the John 4:14 Foundation, that has completed over 250 projects (www.j414.org) and serves over 1 million people in Uganda.