Frosty Gilliam, Jr. '80
Occupation: President, Aghorn Energy, Inc.
Frosty Gilliam, Jr. earned his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980. Frosty began his career with Amoco Production Company in 1980 as a Production Engineer in Odessa, then with Amoco in Houston as a Reservoir Engineer until 1984. At that time he left to work for Oxoco, Inc. in Houston as the Production Engineering Manager and remained there until 1987. He left Oxoco in May 1987 and worked until March 1988 as the Acquisitions Engineer for an independent oil producer in Dallas immediately prior to founding Aghorn Energy, Inc., an independent oil producer focused on building the company through acquisitions, in April 1988.
Frosty is a Texas Registered Professional Engineer, a member of the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board, was inducted into the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 2009, and recognized by the Dwight Look College of Engineering as an Outstanding Alumni in 2012.
He and his wife, Rhonda, have supported A&M through the funding of the Forrest “Frosty” Gilliam, Sr. Endowed Professorship in Petroleum Engineering in memory of his father. The Gilliams have endowed two scholarships for Petroleum Engineering students and made a significant contribution to the Association of Former Students Alumni Center remodel project. They have also generously contributed to the 12th Man Foundation capital funding projects, namely the Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam, Jr. '80 Indoor Track in the McFerrin Athletic Center, and the Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam, Jr. Plaza in the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball, as well as a lead gifts for the Olsen Field renovation project, Kyle Field Redevelopment project, the Player Redevelopment Center through the Next Step Campaign, and the Bright Complex renovation. Frosty served on the Olsen Field Renovation Committee and Kyle Field Redevelopment Committee, and previously served as Captain of the West Texas Champions Council.
Locally, Frosty is active at First Baptist Church as the Director of the High School Youth Department. He serves on the Boards of the Permian Basin Mission Center and Lone Star State Bank. He and Rhonda actively support organizations that promote and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” by the Permian Basin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2008.
Frosty enjoys time with his family, working with youth, fishing, golfing and attending A&M events. Frosty and Rhonda have two children, Matt '09 and Laura, and one granddaughter, Jaiden.