Speaker John Farina, Ron Hinn, Susan Howes, Ken Arnold, Marty Stetzer, Dr. Terry Gardner
John Farina provides petroleum engineering consulting and technical training services to the international and domestic petroleum industry. He has over 30 years experience in production and reservoir engineering, working on projects in Texas, Oklahoma, the North Sea and Siberia. John has a BS in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University, and …
John Farina provides petroleum engineering consulting and technical training services to the international and domestic petroleum industry. He has over 30 years experience in production and reservoir engineering, working on projects in Texas, Oklahoma, the North Sea and Siberia. John has a BS in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University, and has previously worked for Shell Oil and Sneider and Merkel Associates. John was a distinguished lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1989 on the subject of formation damage and its effect on well evaluation and performance and is an active member of SPE, serving on the Gulf Coast Section Continuing Education Committee.
Ron Hinn is a Vice President of PetroSkills, a worldwide leader in training and development of E&P Technical Professionals. He specializes in the area of knowledge management, competency development and technical training. Through his career, Ron has held various supervisory, consulting and engineering positions with Oxy, Altura Energy, Amoco and Mobil. A petroleum engineering graduate of Tulsa University. Ron is very active within the SPE, having served in positions at the worldwide, regional and local levels. Ron, a veteran instructor of the GCS Oil Patch Orientation, has a strong interest in sharing unique insights and facts associated with the E&P industry -- giving particular emphasis to its importance within the worldwide economy.
C. Susan Howes is a reservoir management consultant in Houston. She was formerly a reservoir management consultant at Chevron, with a prior role as learning and organizational development manager at Anadarko. She has coauthored several papers and articles on the topics of uncertainty management, risk management, and talent management for SPE conferences and publications. Howes is chair of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, previously served as SPE Regional Director for Gulf Coast North America, is a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award, and is an SPE Distinguished Member. She holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas.
Ken Arnold is a Senior Technical Advisor at WorleyParsons with fifty years of experience in projects, facilities and construction related to upstream oil and gas developments. He spent 16 years at Shell in engineering, and engineering research management. He formed Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which had a staff of 600 when it was acquired by AMEC in 2005. Ken is the author, co-author or editor of several textbooks and numerous technical articles. He taught production facility design at the University of Houston and currently teaches in the MS program at Israel's Technion University. He has been the Technical Director of PF&C and VP Finance of SPE and is Currently president of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. Ken received Houston's 2003 Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and is the recipient of the SPE Production Engineering and Public Service Awards and the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal. He has been elected to membership in both the National Academy of Engineering (2005) and the National Academy of Construction (2014).
Marty Stetzer leads EKT Interactive, Inc. in Houston, an e-training company specializing in design and delivery of large-scale, customized safety and technical content training programs. His career included 18 years of P&L experience with Schlumberger, Superior Oil-Mobil, Wilson industries and Exxon, in a variety of USA and international assignments. Marty also has 13 years of energy consulting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers in projects across upstream, midstream and downstream. He has worked with national and international oil & gas companies in the Middle East, Russia, India, Italy and Europe. Marty has a BSME from Kettering Institute in Michigan, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. He is active in the SPE and often presents at other industry forums.
Dr. Terry N. Gardner is a mechanical engineer who spent over 35 years with Exxon and BP working to advance deepwater technology. He led research on deepwater riser VIV; development of a high-current Riser Centralizer System, which was installed in the GoM; development of one of the earliest TLPs, which was installed in the Norwegian North Sea; and numerous riser and production platform innovations for deepwater. He has taught undergraduate engineering at Cornell and Rice and leads tours about oil and gas technology in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He received a PhD from UCLA and an MS and BME from Cornell in Engineering Mechanics.