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Corpus Christi Chapter

Corpus Christi, TX

Meeting Schedule - 3rd Thursday of each Month
Meeting Location -  See Event Details

Chapter Leadership


Andy Bennett

Chapter President 

Andy is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry, engineering, procurement and construction. Skilled in Petroleum, Gas, Process Control, Project Execution and Management, and Refining. Strong business professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


M: 361-550-9849

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Amanda Marbach

Chapter Vice President  / Director of Social

Amanda has experience in working with

multiple industries and has been in

Business Development since May of

2017. Her wide range background and

hunger for knowledge helped her to

excel in making many business

relationships. Amanda is always taking

on tasks, setting goals, meeting new

people, and looking for growth and

business opportunities within and

between organizations. 

Currently Amanda is the Business Development Specialist for South Texas for NVI - Nondestructive & Visual Inspection.


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David Cook


David has been an entrepreneur at heart his whole life. He had great mentors that instilled in him early on to own a business. So, at 24, David started driving commercially, hauling sheet metal and large steel bar joists. Then, at 26, he went into business with his dad to build roof and floor trusses for Texas’ residential and commercial market.

Over the years in construction, he worked in the marketing of foundation solutions where soil conditions cause damage due to expansive soil movement. These solutions provided new ways to isolate the foundation from the high-pressure clay soil. His recent work includes an alternative construction method using Insulated Composite Concrete Forms (ICCF) to replace wood framing. This technique resists fire up to 4000 degrees (would work great in wildfire areas) and holds up to 250 MPH winds (CAT 5 storms in the coastal area). We should always strive to build back stronger, not the same.

He moved to the Corpus Christi area in 2013 to help his son purchase an existing Corrosion Protection Services company. Since then, he has worked in Business Development in the oil and gas industry and developed fantastic working relationships with several partners in the field. Currently working for Mirage Industrial Group – see our SOW @ that includes civil, site development, structural foundations and steel, fireproofing, mechanical, industrial coatings, and maintenance.

M: (361) 944-8441

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Sandra Lara


A South Texas native, Sandra has over 16 years of combined experience in the municipal and oil & gas industry. Her experience is comprised of Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting. 


In 2013, she became a member of the Tuloso Midway Education Foundation Board and has served as the Executive Assistant for the Coach Jackie Sherril’s 12TH Man Kickoff Team Foundation.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching competitive sports, visiting area beaches and volunteering with children.

M: (361) 249-0059

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Ryan Lynes

Team Leader

Ryan began teaching 7-12 grade Technology Education in a small rural town in SW Oklahoma. During this time, he served on the volunteer fire department having completed both Firefighter 1 and 2 from Oklahoma State University and was a National Register EMT for almost 10 years.  After finishing his M.Ed. in Counseling, he moved to Bartlesville, OK. where he served as a counselor to both high school and adult learners at a vocational school.  Shortly after finishing his second M.Ed. in School Administration, Ryan was hired to become a Sr. Technical Trainer for ABB Totalflow in Bartlesville. Ryan held custom training sessions on the ABB flow computers, gas chromatographs, and wellhead automation.  Ryan found his way to Corpus Christi in 2016 when he joined the ABB Analytics division and was sent to do startup and commissioning for the Oxy Ethylene and Cheniere facilities. Here Ryan became experienced with process gas chromatographs, RVP analyzers, TDLAS analyzers and IR and NDIR analyzers.  Since that time, he has been in business development for chemical distribution, flow measurement and since March 2022 has been with Allesco based in Corpus Christi.

M: 361-425-7588

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Ashley Walk

Director of Marketing

BIO Coming Soon

M: (361) 354-0953

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Jon Warren


Jon and his wife Meggan have three children, Jake, Heath, and Audrey. He grew up in Lamesa, Texas, near Lubbock, working in the family business raising cotton and grain. He met Meggan in the third grade, and they were married in 1987. After giving his life to Christ at the age of 17, Jon attended Texas A&M University in College Station. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. Jon has served as GracePoint’s lead pastor since the church’s inception.

M: (361) 643-2000

Chapter Event Sponsors

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Select Mat
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Bay Midstream

Chapter Event Information

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Scheduled Chapter Events

Corpus Christi - OCI Networking Luncheon
Membership Offer
Start planning for 2023! Ben Lopez, CFP®, CRC®, QPFC, Financial Advisor, will be giving energy update/outlook and how it relates to personal investments.
Jan 19, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Brewster Street ICEHOUSE,
1724 N. Tancahua St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Monthly Chapter Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities

Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

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