• Stratford High School - 1987
  • Texas A&M University – College Station, B.S. in Chemical Engineering

I have been a SPE member for over 25 years. Receiving the SPE-GCS scholarship inspired me to search for summer internships within the oil and gas industry, which put my college classes in context, and effectively seeded my career path. Coincidentally, my first 'real job' in the industry was working in the same group as one woman who interviewed me for the SPE-GCS scholarship, in the same building where the interview was conducted, where I then worked for 8 years of my career!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the industry… from swing ropes onto platforms as a facility engineer in the GOM, falling in love with the subsurface as a reservoir engineer, managing fields through various life cycles, getting a birds eye view of different businesses and exploring strategic options in corporate roles, stretching and growing in countless ways co-leading a start-up company, doing a myriad of deals, learning new tools and perspectives with private equity exposure; and, building and repositioning businesses through booms and busts.

The highlight through it all has been partnering with smart, fun, hardworking people and teams along the way, including at ARCO, Vastar, BP, Newfield, RPM, KKR and many others…working inside E&P companies, side by side with private equity and management teams; and, now as I am enjoying board roles with private and public energy companies.

My advice to SPE-GCS scholarship students is to do college internships, always be curious and inquisitive about the business; and, raise your hand to try new roles regularly. Constant learning and new exposure will enrich your experience, broaden your network, and prepare you for bigger and better opportunities on your journey. Best wishes!