President & Chief Executive Officer
Great Western Petroleum
Location: Denver, CO
Industry: Oil Gas Exploration and Production
Rich Frommer believes that in order to be successful, you must pay attention to detail, embrace constant learning and exhibit enthusiasm. This motto has served him well and serves as an example for his team as the President and CEO of Great Western Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration and production company with a mission to produce energy in a safe and responsible way to improve people’s lives.
Frommer possesses more than 36 years of experience as a leader in the natural gas and oil industry and has a natural talent to take a small team and build it up to be a significant contributor to the industry, according to his staff. After joining Great Western Petroleum in 2013, when the company only had 17 employees, Frommer was dedicated to repositioning the company for growth. “Rich surrounded himself with an excellent team and intentionally placed employees in the right positions where they could execute successfully. He trained his team to work together, be responsive to the needs of the company, the industry and the environment and to get the job done.” said his team.
By 2020, Frommer had grown Great Western Petroleum to more than 150 employees and positioned the company as the fifth largest oil producer in Colorado. At the same time, Frommer stepped into the role of the Western Energy Alliance and was named the Chairman of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.
“Every ounce of Rich’s entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and step leading to where he is now has guided his mission to producing energy in a safe and responsible way to improve people’s lives,” said his employees. “Rich’s culture of conscience and spirit of innovation goes beyond being an emphatic Titan of the natural gas and oil industry; it sets an inspirational example for Great Western employees and becomes a mindset that other industry leaders strive to encompass.”
Under Frommer’s leadership, Great Western’s commitment to the environment included producing some of the cleanest natural gas and oil with the smallest footprint in Colorado. “Rich is a lifelong visionary who spearheaded a continuous air emissions monitoring pilot program, enabling clean and safe operations and supporting Great Western’s stewardship and sustainability efforts,” said his staff.
He believes that the tone you set as a leader has an enormous effect on the people around you. “Leading by example, focusing on people and defining a core set of common values is essential,” said Frommer.
For his continued success as a leader, Frommer has been named a Titan of industry.
"Leading by example, focusing on people and defining a core set of common values is essential."