Category: People

Community colleges leading the charge to educate the next generation of oilfield workers

This past week I had the privilege of speaking at the Spring Summit for an organization called UPSTART 360, which aims to bring together HR professionals in the oil & gas industry to tackle some of the toughest staffing problems companies face today. I spoke at one session, giving some outlooks for hiring trends in the field of petroleum engineering, but the session that really made an impact on me was one I chaired that same day, on partnerships between the educational system and industry to train the next generation of oilfield workers.  More »

Nabors yields to investors on severeance pay limit, chief roles

U.S. land driller Nabors Industries will split the role of chairman and CEO after its current chief Anthony Petrello relinquishes his post, one in a series of moves announced Monday to yield to shareholder demands.  More »

Genesis Energy president to resign, keep advisory role

Steve Nathanson will resign April 30 as president and COO of Genesis Energy, a Houston midstream partnership, but will retain an advisory role for three years.  More »

Four attributes young professionals should develop to become leaders in the oil & gas industry

Becoming a recognized thought leader in the oil & gas industry is a long-term goal of mine, and I think that if the industry is to earn more goodwill from the general public, it will require the work of honest, dedicated leaders, so the topic of leadership is important to me personally.  More »

3 month update for my “One Year Challenge”

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly 25% done with 2014; pretty soon they’ll have the Christmas decorations out…kidding (but probably not…)! As they say, time flies when you’re busy or having fun, and I’ve been both:  very involved at work, and having fun pursuing my “One Year Challenge”. For those of you who […]  More »

Former Energy Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Schlesinger, who died Thursday at the age of 85, built an impressive national-security resume under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as the nation’s first energy secretary under Democratic President Jimmy Carter during the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  More »

Juggling family and field work when considering how to start an oil & gas career

Achieving proper work/life balance is tough. Achieving that balance when your life involves a family you have to take care of and when you your career involves long trips to remote field locations is even tougher. To the extent that field work is in my opinion necessary for any young technical professional starting out their career in oil & gas, how does one weigh up the future benefits of this work with the current personal costs?  More »

Fracking activist wants back on Houston driller’s land

A high-profile anti-fracking activist says an order barring her from stepping foot on land owned or leased by a leading natural gas driller has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes.  More »

People making moves in Houston’s energy world

Houston is home to one of the nation’s fastest growing workforces, fueled largely by the expansion of the energy industry. Check out who has capitalized on the booming business with recent job changes and promotions.  More »

Offshore drilling regulator moves up at Interior

Tommy Beaudreau, the Obama administration official who oversees offshore oil leasing and helped shake up federal agencies after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is now joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s inner circle.  More »

Former Nabors chief Eugene Isenberg dies

Eugene Isenberg, who stepped down from his long-held posts as chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries in 2011, died Sunday.  More »

MBA or MS: which one will help a reader pursue their dream of working in upstream oil & gas in the US?

This column is not the place to make a statement about the general immigration debate that is going on now, but I will say that while some may view the oil & gas industry as a negative contributor to society, I would argue that it actually does play a very positive role in bringing extremely skilled, highly motivated people into the US, who in turn give back a lot to their local communities (for instance higher than average levels of spending which supports local businesses, and volunteerism sponsored by their employers).  More »
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