Corpus Christi Chapter

Corpus Christi, TX

Meeting Schedule - 3rd Thursday of each Month

Meeting Location -  Brewster Street Ice House

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

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. 

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Sandy Kuchler

Director of Events 

Sandy has 20 year of experience in the oil and gas industry.  With experience in construction, completions and midstream her relationships are expansive in these industries.  Sandy enjoys volunteering her time and energy for different organizations in the industry.  Her eagerness to network and stay busy while helping others makes her a great fit for Oilfield Connections International.

M:  ​(361) 815-7554

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’s 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. It provides 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 with the purchase of 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. Some of the partners include a 3-D Lazer Scanner service that makes expanding an existing facility easier and provides more accuracy saving time and money. It converts info gather to AutoCAD or Revit to provide a base set of plans. Our current Fire-Proofing services partners with others in the field to offer complete firewater and fire suppression system for a wide range of uses.

M: (361) 944-8441

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

Simone McClaugherty

Manager of Records

Simone was born and raised in Germany and received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2011 before moving to Texas. With experience in a wide range of industries including power generation, mechanical and the asphalt industry she has worked in Engineering and Project Management. She is now applying her knowledge in serving a broad spectrum of customers as an outside sales and Account Manager since 2019.Simone enjoys volunteering her time and heart in different organizations in the industry and currently serves as the chair of the Healthy Portland Committee at the Chamber of Commerce in Portland. Her relationship to God, as well as being an active member at her church, take priority in her and her family’s life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her husband and 4 children. Especially exercise and outdoor activities.



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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

Deluxe Welding Supply
Deluxe Welding Supply
Sol Schwartz and Associates

Upcoming Chapter Luncheon Speaker

March Luncheon - Guest Speaker

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Matt Garcia

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Matt Garcia has been the Texas Oil and Gas Association's Regional Director for Texas' Southern Gulf Coast since August 2019. In his role, Matt serves as a resource for the community, advocates for the industry through strategic stakeholder outreach, and creates vehicles for communication between the public, the Association, and the greater oil and natural gas industry.

The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) is a statewide trade association representing every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry including small independents and major producers. Collectively, the membership of TXOGA produces in excess of 80 percent of Texas’ crude oil and natural gas, operates over 80 percent of the state’s refining capacity, and is responsible for the vast majority of the state’s pipelines. 

Previously, Matt served as a key member of the Port of Corpus Christi’s External Affairs team for the Port of Corpus Christi, a premier export port of U.S.-produced energy products and the 3rd largest Port in the United States in total revenue tonnage.

In the community, he currently serves as the Executive Committee Secretary of the Texas State Aquarium Rising Tide Society; Speaker Series Chair of the Young Professionals of the Coastal Bend; and has served as the past Co-Chairman of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable Millennial Committee.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

March Luncheon - Guest Speaker


Jim Wright

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Jim Wright is a life-long south Texan, and as a fifth-generation Texas rancher he understands the important relationship the energy industry has with the state, and its ability to revitalize and rejuvenate the economy.

He was elected to the Railroad Commission in November 2020.

Wright is no stranger to the energy industry; his first job was at a hazardous waste facility when he was 19. It was there he began building his understanding and knowledge of the energy sector.

Since then, he has successfully used his hands-on experience to create a group of environmental services companies that service the energy industry.

As a commissioner Wright is committed to fighting for fair standards to allow

compliant companies to keep operating and growing the economy, while cracking down on those who skirt the law.

He understands that the Commission must evolve, and that should be done by bringing more people to the table, including stakeholders and the public to fully inform the Commission. This will ensure consistent regulation of the energy sector, improved transparency, and stronger ethics standards.

Wright is a Texan through and through. He was in the national finals of the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) when he attended Calallen High School in Corpus Christi. He rode bulls competitively for more than 20 years and was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).

He believes in public service and giving back to the community. He has served on the board for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Coastal Bend and the Robstown Area Development Commission.

A devout Christian, Wright attends many of Texas’ Cowboy Churches, where his son, Luke, is a well-known speaker. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Orange Grove and have five children.

Scheduled Chapter Events

Membership Offer
Guest Speakers: Matt Garcia, Director of Community Relations - Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend at Texas Oil & Gas Association Jim Wright - 51st Railroad Commissioner
Mar 18, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Brewster Street Ice House,
1724 N Tancahua St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, USA
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