May 26, 2016



Walk ins are welcome! See you there!

Join the SPE Gulf Coast Section as we celebrate another year of student success, emerging professionals, established industry leaders and long-time members and supporters! As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Gulf Coast Section, our theme is "The Value of Versatility in Today's Oil and Gas Industry."

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 2016 SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 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, Communities In Schools – Houston, or SPE Auxiliary scholarship for the 2016-17 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.

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,



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.




Entertainment: Ben Jackson

Finally we would like to welcome Magician Ben Jackson to our annual event. Forget the top hats, big boxes, and furry woodland creatures. The ancient art form of magic is getting a face lift and Ben Jackson is leading the forefront with just two hands, more than a decade of practice, and some serious digital dexterity.

In 2010 Ben Jackson became one of the youngest magicians to win the World Magic Seminar’s International Close-up Magic Competition in Las Vegas, NV. He had a lot in common with the presenter, Lance Burton, a former World Magic Seminar winner 30 years prior. He has appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, in MAGIC magazine, and in the newly released book, Magic’s Most Amazing Stories. 

Ben’s past clients include British Petroleum, Hewlett-Packard, Lincoln Financial, Dave Lesar, the current C.E.O. of Halliburton, and celebrities such as Tom Colicchio, star of the Food Network.

Most recently Ben won 1st place, the People’s Choice Award, and the coveted Medal of Merit from the 2012 Society of American Magicians’ National Close-up Magic Competition at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, NV. With an unprecedented“triple win” from the oldest and most prestigious magical society, it’s safe to say that Ben Jackson is taking the magic world by storm.


Items to Note:

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




Letter to Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of this well-attended event.

Letter to Scholarship Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of 2016-17 SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarships

Letter to Internship Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of Internships for SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship Students


SPE-GCS SPE Scholarship Fund

This year's SPE-GCS Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet & 80th Anniversary Reunion Celebration is also a scholarship fundraiser to help the section establish a scholarship endowment fund that will generate enough money for scholarships 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!


Click here to view Past Awards Banquet photos and files!

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Janeen Judah
Speaker Janeen Judah

Janeen Judah has been selected by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as the 2017 president of the international professional society. Judah, who is based in Houston, took office as president-elect in September at the close of SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston.
She currently holds the position of …

Janeen Judah has been selected by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as the 2017 president of the international professional society. Judah, who is based in Houston, took office as president-elect in September at the close of SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

She currently holds the position of General Manger for the Africa Business Unit and has previously served as President of Chevron Environmental Management Company and General Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering for Chevron Energy Technology Company. Before joining Chevron, she worked for Texaco and ARCO in various upstream petroleum engineering positions, starting in Midland in 1980.

Judah holds BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.


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Jeremy Viscomi

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Date and Time

Thu, May 26, 2016

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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