The James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 2011 by James and Lois Archer.
James Archer built Multi-Chem Group, LLC into one of the largest oil and gas service companies in the world prior to selling to Halliburton in 2011. Believing that their own lives were greatly enriched by giving, the Archers share their wealth with many charitable causes benefiting youth and the aging population. The Archers established James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation so that their philanthropy would continue in perpetuity, under the guidance and direction of family members and trusted advisors.
Since its inception in 2011, the Foundation has committed and distributed more than $25 million in grants to various non-profit organizations across the United States.
Board Of Directors
James B. Archer, Chairman
Mr. Archer has over 35 years of experience in oil and gas production chemicals, and six years of experience in production and natural gas processing. He has considerable expertise in foam assisted lift (FAL), using liquid foaming agents to produce marginal wells in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas plays, and he is recognized as a leader in technology for gas enhancement. Mr. Archer founded Multi-Chem and under his leadership grew his company into the third largest specialty production chemical company globally and successfully sold Multi-Chem to Halliburton in 2011. Mr. Archer holds dual associate degrees in Management and Marketing from Midland College and continued his education in Business Administration at the University of Texas Permian Basin, and is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
Lois R. Archer, Director
Ms. Archer has been active in the Archers’ various businesses since co-founding Multi-Chem Group, LLC in 1993 with James. She played various roles with Multi-Chem until the company sold to Halliburton in 2011, including designing and decorating more than 90 of the company’s locations. Ms. Archer is passionate in supporting programs focusing on the children and the aging population. Ms. Archer is active in the West Texas community. She involved in the Sonora Women’s Club and sits on the Board of Directors of West Texas Rehabilitation. When not involved in community events, Ms. Archer dedicates herself to her family and friends.
Jorge Velarde, Director
Mr. Velarde, a CPA, has over 30 years of finance and accounting experience and was most recently CFO of Multi-Chem. Mr. Velarde joined Multi-Chem in 2001 and successfully managed its financial operations and significant year-over-year CAGR. Prior to Multi-Chem, Mr. Velarde was CFO of the second largest international Pepsi bottler and Budweiser distributor, BAESA (NYSE listed), responsible for operations in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. From 1995 through 1999, Mr. Velarde was Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration in Colombia and Venezuela for Panamco (NYSE listed), the largest international Coca-Cola bottler, and was previously partner at Deloitte & Touche with a focus on cross-border finance, taking companies public in the U.S.
Marcus Lopez, Executive Director
Mr. Lopez represented Multi-Chem between 2003 and 2009 as outside counsel and joined the Multi-Chem executive team in 2009 serving as Vice-President & General Counsel overseeing the entire company’s legal affairs in 17 countries until selling to Halliburton in October 2011. Prior to joining Multi-Chem, Mr. Lopez was a partner with the law firm Jackson Walker, LLP, where he serviced clients in oil and gas, oilfield related services, energy, and heavy machinery industries and gained extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and international commercial law. Mr. Lopez is a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated various white collar and public corruptions violations. Mr. Lopez received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 1993 and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996.