Dave Banko

Principal, Banko Petroleum Management, Inc. Registered Petroleum Engineer

Banko’s Founder and Principal, Dave’s entire 36-year career has centered in the petroleum and energy-related industries with the majority devoted to establishing and growing his client-focused consulting company.

Since 1982, when Banko Petroleum Management was launched as a one-person operation, Dave’s tenacity, business acumen and “get-er-done” philosophy have driven the company’s long-term success. Under his direction, Banko Petroleum Management skillfully guides oil and gas projects with an emphasis on regulatory and operations engineering. This path includes all facets of well lifecycle from inception through execution.

Dave’s extensive accomplishments in the areas of strategic planning and operations engineering, combined with his sterling reputation, have earned him the respect and repeat business from his clients – some of whom he has worked with for 25+ years.

Dave’s great talent lies in merging ideas and tactics from multiple sources into a cohesive approach, thus ensuring a project’s successful execution. As he says, “I especially enjoy taking an idea from a 30,000-foot view and turning it into reality.”


  • Registered Professional Engineer (Petroleum & Civil) ‑ State of Colorado
  • MBA Coursework, University of Denver, 2001
  • Mediation Fundamentals, 1992 – C.D.R. Associates, Boulder, Colorado Energy and Economics, (Graduate Seminar), 1987 – University of Colorado
  • Hard Choices in Public Policy, (Graduate Seminar), 1986 – University of Denver
  • I.E.D. Economics of Petroleum Ventures School, 1985
  • H.K. Van Poolen Reservoir Engineering School, 1982
  • Preston Moore Drilling Practices School, 1981
  • I.E.D. Logging Fundamentals School, 1981
  • USGS Blowout Prevention Systems Certificate (surface & subsurface), ongoing
  • Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering, 1974 – University of Colorado


  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Western Energy Alliance (formerly IPAMS)
  • Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
  • Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL)
  • Energy Finance Discussion Group (EFDG)
  • International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED)
  • US Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)-Denver Chapter President, 1995-present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)
  • Government and Community Relations Committee