2018 SPE-GCS Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Norris Center

City Centre

Red Oak Ballroom


Thanks to all who attended the 2017 Awards Banquet

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Join the SPE Gulf Coast Section in 2018 as we celebrate another year of student success, emerging professionals, established industry leaders and long-time members and supporters!  
Every year the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS) holds a banquet to honor SPE Scholarship recipients, Young Professionals, the SPE Legion of Honor, and the recipients of the SPE Gulf Coast Section North America Regional awards and SPE Gulf Coast Section awards. 
The 2018 SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Red Oak Ballroom at the Norris Convention Center, City Centre Houston near the Sam Houston Tollway at I-10 from 6pm to 10pm. 

The SPE- GCS gives over $350,000 annually in scholarships.  The annual SPE-GCS Awards Banquet recognizes the high school seniors and college students who have received an SPE-GCS or Communities In Schools scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. 

The scholarship recipients and their parents are invited to attend.  This is a great opportunity to welcome outstanding students into the petroleum industry and to make a positive impression on members of the community.  In addition, this event also recognizes our Legion of Honor award recipients as well as our SPE Sectional and Regional award winners.  Members of the Legion of Honor have served SPE for fifty years and will be honored for their long-standing commitment to our professional society.



Emcee: Marc Vandermeer - Voice of the Houston Texans

Additionally we look forward to the return of our emcee Mark Vandermeer, the Voice of the Houston Texans. Marc Vandermeer co-hosts the Drivetimeplayers show with Rich Lord and has worked as the play-by-play voice of the Houston Texans since the franchise began play in 2002. Vandermeer previously worked as the play-by-play voice of the Miami Hurricanes, UMass and Central MichiganUniversity calling National Championship seasons in Football (2001), Baseball (2001) and a Final Four in 1996. He also appears as a guest commentator on the weekly show Texans Huddle on Fox Sports SW and Sports Sunday on KPRC. His extra play-by-play work includes NCAA Tournament games on Westwood One Radio. He graduated from Boston University in 1985. Vandermeer works regularly with many regional charities including Junior Acheivement, Child Advocates, Candlelighters and the VanderTeam.


 The Gulf Coast Section is SPE’s largest section, with the most members of all SPE sections worldwide. This night is your chance to show your support to those of us who are entering the industry, those of us who are leading the industry, and those of us who have spent their lives in the industry.

Sign up to attend or sponsor today! Let everyone know that you support the continued success of the Gulf Coast Section.

*Vegetarian options of pasta and vegetables will be available with the buffet.  Please note any other dietary concerns in the "Comments" section of your registration form.

*Please note in the "Comments" if you prefer to be seated with anyone in particular, and please mention their name(s)..

For more information, please contact our committee chair: Jeremy Viscomi,


Items to Note:

Attire for the event is business.
Valet parking is available for $10.
Garage parking is available.




2017 Sponsors










SPE-GCS SPE Scholarship Fund

This year's SPE-GCS Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet is also a scholarship fundraiser to help the section establish a scholarship endowment fund that will generate enough money for scholaships in perpetuity.

To find more information about our scholarship fund campaign or read testimonials from many of our past SPE-GCS scholarship recipients, please visit the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund website.

To support our local high school students and make a tax-deductible donation towards the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund please visit our donation page.

Thank you for your support!

For more information, please contact the organizer: Jeremy Viscomi - 785.864.7396

Position Name Phone
Chair Pavitra Sainani 785-760-3640
Program Coordinator Susan Howes
Program Coordinator Robert Woodroof
Networking Chair bruce goldfaden
Program Coordinator Shivkumar Patil
Program Coordinator Sunil Lakshminarayanan
Chapter Liason Membership Team