Ray W. Payne, SPE, has joined BNK Petroleum as vice president, US operations. Payne has extensive experience with unconventional resources and has held various engineering and management positions in north, south, and east Texas; north Louisiana; the Permian Basin; and the Rocky Mountain region; as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico. Before coming to BNK, he worked in senior-level positions at independents Devon Energy and El Paso. Most recently he was manager, drilling and operations at Marathon Oil, where he focused on operations in the Eagle Ford shale. Payne holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.