2017 Hall of Fame

Perry Elders (’83)

Perry Elders worked for 20 years in international public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant, an Audit Partner and as head of Arthur Andersen’s Gulf Coast Energy Service Team. For a year following the Andersen liquidation in 2002, Perry transitioned staff and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He then worked as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Vetco International Ltd., an international oilfield service company, after which he served a few months as Director and Financial Consultant for Sirius Solutions. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Bristow Group Inc. from 2005 through 2009 with responsibility for mergers, acquisitions and major investments.

Perry was named 2008 CFO of the Year for Investor Relations by the Houston Business Journal. From 2010 to 2014 Perry was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for McDermott International with responsibility for ventures, mergers, acquisitions and all financial areas.

Throughout his 30 years of professional experience he has worked around the world in 30 countries and served 8 years as CFO of two multinational public companies, 20 years in public accounting, including eight years as an audit partner.

Throughout his career, Perry has volunteered extensively with the Second Baptist Church of Houston, and became an Ordained Deacon in 1995 and a Bible Study Teacher. He has served in various missions and ministries at the church; he and his wife, Alane, host church groups and pastors at the Elders Ranch around 25 weekends a year. He has served fulltime on the church staff over the last two years.

Perry graduated from NMSU with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1983 with a 3.95 GPA, fourth in a class of 362. He and Alane have a son, daughter and two grandchildren.

Phil (’84) & Sandy Cook (’82)

Philip W. Cook has over 20 years of financial experience in the oil and gas industry.

He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Primexx Energy Partners, an industry-leading private-equity backed independent exploration and production company focused in the Delaware Basin in West Texas. He previously worked at Samson Resources, a privately held independent exploration and production company.

Prior to that, he worked as Executive Vice President and CFO of Quicksilver Resources, a publicly traded Texas-based natural gas and oil exploration and production company.

Philip also served as CFO for other private energy companies and held various executive positions at Burlington Resources, including serving as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer, before it was acquired by ConocoPhillips.

Beyond his service as a NMSU Foundation Board member, Philip recently served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Area United Way. He also served from 2006 to 2012 as a board member for the Fort Worth Opera Board of Trustees, served from 2005 to 2012 in various director roles and ultimately President of the Alliance for Children, Inc., and as the Director of the Children’s Advocacy Network of Tarrant County whose mission is the well-being of children.

Philip also served on the Fort Worth Board for the Boy Scouts of America from 2009 until 2012 and is an Eagle Scout.

Philip received his Bachelor of Accountancy from NMSU in 1984.

He is married to Sandy Janssen Cook (Bachelor of Accountancy, ’82). They have two children and currently reside in Dallas, Texas.

Sandy Cook (’82)

Sandy Cook received her Bachelor of Accountancy from NMSU in 1982 and subsequently became a CPA. Her career began in El Paso at the public accounting firm of Peat Marwick & Mitchell which eventually became KPMG. She then switched firms to Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Sandy left public accounting to work for Franklin Land & Resources, a subsidiary of the El Paso Electric Company. She and her husband, Philip, moved to Seattle for five years where they started a family and Sandy worked at Seafirst Bank, now Bank of America. After ten years of accounting experience, Sandy retired to focus on her two daughters.

She and Philip moved to Houston and Sandy became extremely involved in the community. Sandy served in major capacities at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School as PTO president and treasurer, gala and auction co-chair, and school board member as well as on the finance board for the church. Sandy was active with the Junior League of Houston as billing treasurer for several years.

Her volunteer service continued after she and Philip moved to Fort Worth. Sandy twice chaired a major fundraiser for the Alliance for Children — a children’s advocacy center for sexually and physically abused children — and also delivered Meals on Wheels for six years. She was heavily involved Fort Worth’s cultural community, holding several positions for the Fort Worth Opera Guild and Fort Worth Opera, especially as Chair of the Opera Ball Event for two years.

Sandy served on the Diocesan capital campaign for Bishop Vann, and was the softball team mom for the Nolan Catholic High School girls’ team. She was a member of the Fort Worth Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and served as a mentor for Texas Christian University Pi Phis for many years, continuing to volunteer with the Tulsa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae club as treasurer and VP of Philanthropy after relocating to Tulsa in 2012.

Sandy served nearly four years as a tutor for Reading Partners, an educational non-profit providing literacy tutoring to students struggling with reading in Tulsa Public Schools. Sandy and Philip recently moved to Dallas, Texas.

Corporate Traders Award


Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.

Our success is driven by our people and their commitment to getting results the right way — by operating responsibly, executing with excellence, applying innovative technologies and capturing new opportunities for profitable growth. We are involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry.

We explore for, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute transportation fuels and lubricants; manufacture and sell petrochemicals and additives; generate power and produce geothermal energy; and develop and deploy technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations.

In 2012, Chevron U.S.A., Inc., established the Chevron Endowed Professorship at New Mexico State University to facilitate program activities and high quality productivity in the Domenici Institute at the university. The current holder of the Chevron Endowed Professorship is Dr. Jim Peach, Regents Professor of Economics and International Business in the College of Business, due to his extensive research.