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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 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.

M: (361) 648.0805

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David Cook

Chapter Treasure

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, at26, 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


John served over 29 years in the United States Navy, as the 15th Fleet Master Chief. He was the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Commander US Pacific Fleet, the largest fleet command in the world. He led over 140,000 Sailors, Marines and Civilians before retiring with honorable and faithful service in 2013. For the last seven years, John has worked as a Project Manager and Coach for a consulting company, leading projects throughout North America for world-wide oil and gas operations.

He was recognized as “Coach of the year” among his peers due to his leadership and coaching skills. He is known for his guidance to get inside organizations and improve their leadership development. He incorporates how to fine-tune operational methods. This saves millions of dollars in valuable equipment, property but most importantly saving lives. John is a graduate and was a four-year veteran Instructor at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School “TOPGUN”, As an alumnus of the US Senior Enlisted Academy and the National Defense University’s Keystone Course, his passion is assisting individuals and teams achieve their goals to become successful in business and life.

M: (361) 249.00559

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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. Ryna 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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Chapter Event Sponsors

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Chapter Event Information


Scheduled Chapter Events

OCI Seafood Boil Cook-off
Seafood Boil Cook-Off benefitting Wheelchairs for Warriors. Enter up Boil Team. Industry Networking. Live Music. Team Entries, Sponsorships Opportunities, Donate a door prize: Contact Ashley Walk at 361-354-0953 Team set up on-site at Noon. Mixer 4-8pm.
Apr 20, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lou's Saloon,
5101 Leopard St, Corpus Christi, TX 78408, USA

Monthly Chapter Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities

Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

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