William C. Ade is an independent petroleum geologist specializing in international new ventures. He was born and raised on a small family farm in Indiana where he worked his way through school earning degrees in geology (B.S. honors), physics and geology (M.S.) and an MBA, at Ball State University. In 2008 he received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from the Department of Geology. Mr. Ade also serves on the BSU Geology Alumni Board.

Mr. Ade began his career in 1975 as a field geologist and geophysicist for Phillips Petroleum in the western US. Since 1978 his work has been mostly in Asia. In 1986 he founded his own consulting company in Singapore generating 'wildcat exploration' prospects, new ventures, and also mergers and acquisitions for publicly held companies and private investors. He holds royalties on several of the oil and gas fields that he has discovered.

Mr. Ade is a past-president of the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX), former long-time member of the Singapore Scout Check, and also served as a delegate to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is author of papers on exploration for oil and gas in Southeast Asia published in SEAPEX, GSM, IPA, AAPG and other journals. He has spoken at many industry conferences, and his comments have appeared in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Barron's.

Mr. Ade was given the University's Founders Alumnus Award in 2013 and funds several scholarships and ongoing research projects at BSU. He also contributes to the Boy Scouts of America and the Milton Friedman Educational Choice Foundation.

Mr. Ade divides his time between international travel, and homes in Indiana and Florida. He is a member of the Tiger 21 Investment Group (South Florida and Chicago), The Columbia Club of Indianapolis and the Hazelden Country Club.

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