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Former ARCO and Vastar colleagues met in The Woodlands in January and North Dallas in February. We hope you will RSVP for Fratelli’s in Houston and enjoy networking on Wednesday, April 5.
Careers have broadened post ARCO and below are members looking for opportunities and some of the stories of what members are doing. If you are consulting, log on and make sure you have checked the box to share that you are available for consulting opportunities.
Kris Carpentier Wise is in her fifteenth year of real estate with Keller Williams. She did not make it to Pappadeaux as she teaches a real estate class on Thursdays in Denton.
ARCO played a huge part of my professional career because I joined right out of college. It set the bar high as to what a high functioning team felt like and I have yet to duplicate that. Good times.
Kris Carpentier Wise
Meredith Jones took a package from Hunt Oil and is looking.
Paula Wertman shared that she is looking for a full-time Administrative Assistant job in North Dallas. Contact her at PaulaW2014@outlook.com.
Howard Shearer was in IT at ARCO and when the function was outsourced to IBM with the BP acquisition, he mostly moved to supporting Financial Services.
Bob Anderson was at Crush Bar in The Woodlands and then drove North to Dallas. He used to work in the downtown ARCO office and knows any of the ARCO people who worked in Dallas. He and Gary McKiddy, now with Premier Nationwide Lending, worked together. Then Gary left ARCO, and Bob moved into a position with ARCO International. When Gary retured to Texas, Bob hired Gary back. The two were at the happy hour and planned to golf the next day.
J David Clyde accepted a position for one year with ExxonMobil and while they did not believe it, he kept his word and went out on his own after the year. David is President and CEO of Spinnaker Medical Consultants International, LLC. He provides Occupational Medicine advisory services for global oil and gas companies. David has a special interest in planning, organizing and evaluating medical support for companies beginning operations in developing countries.
Tom Dolence is looking for his next opportunity. He has over 25 years of drilling and completion engineering experience in the Gulf of Mexico with 14 of the those years performing drilling and completion turnkeys for ADTI (Applied Drilling Technology, Inc).
John Gillespie was consulting for Chevron in petroleum engineering, well engineering, operations and production and is now consulting with Sierra Energy. He enjoys working remotely and can take calls and log onto his computer in the passenger seat as his wife Barbara drives to their weekend get-away. Life is good!
Tom Maunder is back from his second ‘80s music themed cruise and available for petroleum engineering and well engineering consulting.
Becky Olsen is seeking a geophysicist position in the Houston area. Becky was with SWN (Southwestern Energy) 2010 - 2016, working the Fayetteville and Marcellus Shales. After ARCO, I went from Seagull (now Devon), to UNOCAL (now Chevron), and to Blackpool (part time consulting, BecTech Geophysical Consulting, LLC) and finally to SWN. www.linkedin.com/rebeccabeckyolsen
Around the world
While Tony Lawrence has authored numerous technical publications over the years in his career as a petrophysicist, he shares that he has a series of eBooks annotating “his amazing personal life experiences while traveling the world”. “Much like the path of a dragonfly, from one place to the next, this is the story of my life”, says Tony. Follow Tony as he integrates business with pleasure during his career in fulfilling many items on his "Bucket List.” The stories found inside are based on true life events that are often ironic and funny and which, occasionally, border on the "believe it or not" category.
Much like the path of a dragonfly, from one place to the next, this is the story of my life.
While Tony was unable to attend the DFW Happy Hour because he is working in Indonesia, he shared that his second eBook, The Single Dragonfly Book 2 – California Alaska and More Here I Come is currently hot off the Lulu press at the following link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tony-lawrence/the-single-dragonfly-book-2-california-alaska-and-more-here-i-come/ebook/product-23078716.html
“There are several interesting stories in Book 2 about ARCO people with whom I have worked over the years in California, Alaska, Plano, Dallas and Houston,” said Tony.
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Norman Nadorff shared with us that the ARCO International Legal Department produced several lawyers who made their mark. In this story we talk to Harry Sullivan, who has an interesting career spanning private and public work.
Harry Sullivan currently works at Kosmos Energy in Dallas, and since 2013 he has also taught oil and gas law specific courses at SMU Law School and Texas A&M Law School in Fort Worth.
“When I went to law school,” said Harry, “you picked up writing and contract negotiations skills once you were practicing. Now the firms want the applicants to arrive with these skills. I am teaching basic oil and gas law this semester at Texas A&M Law School and International Oil and Gas Negotiations at SMU Law School. Oil and Gas Negotiations is a hands-on course where students negotiate oil and gas specific issues with one another using different simulations such as joint operating agreements or contracts with the government of Tanzania. Students play the roles of government and oil companies,” said Harry.
Harry brings in guest speakers at different times. He finds that students like guests, and team teaching and seminars allow for some great chemistry. “It is nice too,” shares Harry, “if people disagree on an approach. That is real life. It is good to see these different approaches. I like teaching a lot, but I don’t wish to be a pure academic. I like bringing some real life experience into the classroom setting. You can get rusty very quickly out of industry. For people like me teaching from a practical perspective, you must keep your hand in the business,” said Harry.
I see teaching as a way to help the next generation of oil and gas lawyers and to give back some of the great experience and learnings from my careers at ARCO and COP
“The main complaint companies have of new graduates is that they don’t write well,” continues Harry. “Texas A&M has taken that on board and has specific courses to make sure graduates can write a contract. Course offerings now include an oil and gas contracts drafting course, a real estate drafting course, intellectual property drafting courses, and other courses which focus on practical teaching.”
Universities are focusing on the idea of experiential learning. Harry has found a niche teaching students to draft agreements, clauses in agreements, tailoring agreements, and writing letters. “Frankly,” finds Harry, “most law schools teach you about disputes, but they don’t teach much about doing transactions, which is where most of the real-life negotiating occurs.”
Harry has been doing gas work throughout his career. He was with ARCO from 1984, and then he transitioned to Phillips about six months after the BP acquisition of ARCO. Harry travelled frequently, and has had his home in Dallas since 1989. With COP, he commuted from Dallas to Houston and travelled frequently and for long periods of time. COP graciously allowed Harry to work from home while teaching at SMU. In 2014, Harry retired from COP to teach more and joined Kosmos on a part-time basis, ending his commuting lifestyle.
The change from COP to Kosmos was "night and day".
The change from COP to Kosmos was “night and day” said Harry. “Kosmos is 200 employees or less worldwide. Kosmos is focused on exploration and creativity. Their initial success was in Ghana. That was phenomenal. I joined them right before they drilled a significant gas discovery well in Mauritania and then in Senegal. I am supporting the effort to monetize the gas discoveries in Mauritania and Senegal. Steve Sills (ex-ARCO) is our engineering expert and in addition Kosmos hired Greg Beard (ex-ARCO). I did gas sales contracts with Greg in Indonesia and China in the ARCO days. Greg left Noble in 2015 and helps Kosmos with gas marketing which has been his expertise since the ARCO days.” remarks Harry.
Harry’s ARCO memories include the many international projects in Indonesia and China., as well as LUKARCO projects. Harry was involved setting up a joint venture in 1995 between LUKoil and Arco called LukARCO. LUKARCO had an office in Moscow and Amsterdam. ARCO sold its LUKoil stock before BP took over, but the LUKARCO enterprise stayed. BP acquired the joint venture when it bought ARCO and gradually sold out to LUKoil. COP did almost the same thing as ARCO and bought LUKoil stock in the early 2000s, and had a seat on the board.
Looking at his role, Harry finds that the challenges have definitely changed. With the downturn people are looking much more carefully at contracts and ways to get out of contracts. It is also an interesting time in the LNG long term sales business as it faces a number of significant challenges, including the emergence of a shorter-term commodity business. “Contract drafting is not a static thing.,” explains Harry.
People dream up new ideas all the time. You have to be on guard all the time and understand what contracts are doing and any unintended consequences
“While I was at ARCO, I took a great course at SMU when working on my law master’s degree,” remembers Harry. “It looked at science, technology and law. Law is always behind technology. The law relies on principles which often have to be adapted to meet evolving technology. As an example, when oil was first discovered in the mid-1800s, the law was behind in addressing this new technology. Courts adapted existing principles to create the rule of capture. This empowered the oil industry.” shares Harry.
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On the morning of Aug. 25, 2016, Steven Massey passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Steve was born in Frederick, Okla., on Sept. 16, 1949. He was the first born of Clarence and Ann Massey. Steve served honorably in the United States Marine Corp from 1970-1974, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and in the Reserves from 1974-1976. He was awarded the Purple Heart for meritorious service in Vietnam.
Following his military service, Steve pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University, graduating in 1976. There, he met his wife, Pamela Jeanne Picquet. They were married in 1976, and at his passing were 10 days shy of celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They have three beautiful children together: Robin, Catherine and Alan.
Steve found success in the oil industry and began his 25 year career with Atlantic Richfield Company in Channelview, Texas. He then transferred to the North Slope in 1984; to Midland, Texas, in 1991; and to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1993; returning to Alaska in 1996. He retired in 2001, following the sale of ARCO. He started at ARCO in 1975.
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Paul Fairchild and his wife Carol have lived in Anchorage since 1991. Paul worked for ARCO from 1973 until the BP purchase, at which time he was hired as a BP employee. He then worked for Phillips and then ConocoPhillips. Paul retired from CPAI in August 2007 after 34 years of service.
I worked as a Consulting Engineer until this most recent oil price crash. When oil prices rebound sufficiently, I look to return to active consulting work.
Carol and Paul enjoy traveling, halibut harvest and shrimping from their boat "Sweet Disposition," and wintertime cross-country skiing. Paul is also working on renewing his private pilot medical license and returning to private aviation. Their two sons are married and live out of state. They have an eight year old grandson and another on the way.
Steve Freeman relocated from Nigeria this summer and is now Chevron's China Country Manager, based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Steve joined Unocal in June 2000, and after stints as GM Strategic Planning and VP, Production and Reservoir Engineering, he worked on the merger integration team with Chevron. Since joining Chevron, Steve has held several posts including Principle Advisor, GM, North America Reservoir Management, GM, Global Upstream Organizational Capability, GM Southern Africa Gas, Gas Director, Nigeria/Mid-Africa (resident in Lagos) and as of July, his role in China. On a personal note, Steve married Cristy Nelson on January 1, 2001, and their son Carter will start sixth grade in China.
I moved with my family to China where I am Chevron's China Country Manager. It's been a wild ride since ARCO - I have no complaints.
Mike Haas shares that he has been with Saudi Aramco since February 2004. "Nothing has changed other than I am getting older! I enjoy reading and seeing pictures of the different ARCO events," says Mike. "Saudi Aramco appreciates gray hairs and experience."
I always tell my boss I would leave tomorrow if I did not like the job or people, but so far it has been great on both accounts.
Paul Tucker works in Midland for Occidental Petroleum on a 5x5 schedule and has a home in New Mexico, where he hopes to one day retire. Before Midland, Paul was Construction Superintendent with Oxy Oman in the Mukhaizna Field, heavy oil project.
Chris Lunsford is working pipeline issues in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey for BP.
Gary Light has been Founding Partner at a firm in Lubbock, TX since 1995. He enjoys jogging and biking and competed in the Hotter-N-Hell Hundred bike ride in 2006, and ran the San Antonio half marathon in 2007.