Fort Worth, TX Chapter

Fort Worth, Texas

The Fort Worth, TX chapter of Oilfield Connections is a great way for oil & gas professionals to network on a monthly basis. This group is a perfect place to meet like minded oil & gas professionals to develop business relationships and create friendships for life. 

Meeting Schedule - 2nd Thursday Of Every Month
Meeting Location - Blue Mesa Grill, 612 Carroll St.
                               Ft. Worth, TX 76116

Chapter Leadership

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Julie Richardson

Chapter President 

Julie Richardson, works nationwide  in Business Development, Networking & Marketing for Aries Building Systems - an award winning manufacturer of Modular Buildings, Classrooms, Offices, & Workforce Housing. She previously served the Oil & Gas, Energy Services area as Aries’ Regional Operations Manager. Julie is relatively new to the oil and gas industry as a whole, but in these last few years she has definitely made a name for herself with her Sales, Marketing, personal branding and networking skills. If you haven’t connected with Julie yet, be sure to follow her on LinkedIn, she’s a networking powerhouse!
   Julie started off with Aries managing their Aries Ninnekah Lodge in Oklahoma, that takes care of their valued oilfield guests passing through the Scoop Stack. Today she can be found out networking as the face of Aries at numerous Oilfield, Construction Industry and Education events and trade shows.

Julie was born right here in Fort Worth, at Harris Hospital, to Gary and Kayla Wear of Roanoke and Rhome. And that area is still considered home to her and her family even today. She grew up surrounded by the oilfields of West Texas living out in Abilene, on Dyess AFB as a child. She was a very competitive high school and college athlete Julie was proud to have cheered and played soccer for both the Abilene Cooper Cougars during High school, and the HSU Cowboys while attending at Hardin Simmons University,  Her family has over various periods of her life, traveled and lived all over the world, so much so that she jokingly refers to herself as a traveling gypsy at heart, being that relocation is in her blood. Having stood at the top of the Eiffel Tower, viewed the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, stood on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, crossed the Ngoro Ngoro Crater, been on Safari in the Serengeti, and been open water diving in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar, Julie has truly lived a full and exciting adventurous life.

Julie is a 4 generation military woman. Veterans are very near and dear to this young lady's heart and rightfully so. She is a Army WWII Purple Heart recipient's granddaughter, a USAF daughter having lived in West Germany before the wall came down, a USAF Firefighter and decorated Congressional Medal recipient's wife who served in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Fox, and then also very proudly a US Army National Guard's mother. She has vicariously earned her stripes and learned to be the boots on the ground in every situation be the one who is able to pull herself up from the bootstraps and get things done.

  Julie's passion and drive are irrefutable, her success credited  to her sincere and genuine love of people and unfailing determined spirit (self admittedly just a bit stubborn). She has a business background in Office Management, AP/AR, Customer Service, and Project Management. She has served as an elected official City Clerk for the town of Ryan, Oklahoma, she has served as the Court Clerk and Utility Department CSR for the City of Azle and she was a CSR for Phillips Medi-size a multimillion dollar Plastics Molex Company up in Medford, WI.

Julie prides herself on being a people person and a problem solver. Raised in a Christian family Julie says her most rewarding work experience as she reflects back was that of her and her husband, Brent Richardson's, four years serving as missionaries with the TZ2000 project in Tanzania, East Africa working with the ACSOP teaching in Arusha and living down in Moshi, helping build a primary school from the ground up, fund-raising, teaching, staffing, serving on the School Advisory Board, blogging, learning to speak conversational Ki-Swahili, reporting to supporters, and then volunteering at several area orphanages while also homeschooling her beloved children.
Julie and her husband Brent have been married for 25 years, they have 3 adult children - Emily Richardson of Halton City, TX, Garrett Richardson of Medford, WI engaged to Kelli Lueck and Gracie Friton who is married to Ty Friton of Chickasha, OK. They have partnered in life and in their ministry throughout the years, counseling, teaching Sunday school, leading youth activities, and served together in many community volunteer roles, coaching little league, developing and holding fire safe houses, raising livestock animals with their children in the barn, and working with the local FFA, MDA, OHH, and now the OCI. Both super competitive, together they enjoy playing golf, traveling, hunting, camping, fishing, and spending time together with family and friends. Julie has a passion for Photography and has ran and operated on the side of everything else, her own Photography Business, called Jewels Photography for several years, as her way of capturing the memories of all the amazing faces and places along their path.

Now residing together in Cleburne, Brent is a welder by trade  and Julie is busy working to promote the Aries Building System Sales Team in every state and is thrilled  and honored to be joining us on the Leadership team of Oilfield Connections International as the new President of the Fort Worth Chapter.

M: (405) 544-7068

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Milycia Rodriguez

Chapter Vice President

Milycia Rodriguez works as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment with Souders Safety Services, LLC.  Souders Safety Services is a minority woman owned business established in 2005. Souders is a full-service safety company. Their Safety Consultants are a staff of highly trained, and seasoned Certified Safety Professionals with proven experience in developing safety programs for all types of industries nationwide.


Milycia has been working in the Safety industry around ten to twelve months on the construction side (large Data Centers on the East Coast) and is now tackling the oil and gas industry.

In the short time she has worked in the construction industry she has marketed Souders Safety full throttle. She has successfully obtained Preferred Vendor status with multiple well known General Contractors.

Connect with her on LinkedIn to follow her amazing journey and growth in construction and oil and gas.


Milycia’s experience has been in corporate America, but she has embraced the blessing she has been given to work in these new industries and is ready to share all of skills and knowledge.

Her background consists of over 20 years of Marketing Communications, Specialist, and Consulting. Her second duty she excelled at while in Corp America is Event planning and executing. She is a people person and never meets a stranger. These attributes alone make her an asset to any organization.


Milycia is from and still lives in Fort Worth, TX. Cannot imagine being anywhere else.

She has two daughters who mean the world to her. They are both out on their own and doing wonderful. They make her enormously proud! Milycia’s next step will be to take on the position of GiGi in December 2021 as her youngest will be blessing the family with the first grandchild.

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Leslie Slade-Powell

Chapter Treasurer 

Leslie began her career in in Oil and Gas at EOG Resources in June 2005, as a temp hire receptionist. Shortly after joinging EOG, Leslie was tasked with editing daily drilling reports and helping other departments with various jobs.


Leslie went on to work in Accounts Payable, and in 2008, she became a permanent employee, eventually  being promoted to Lead of Accounts Payable.


From Accounts Payable, Leslie rose through the ranks as AFE Supervisor and eventually Senior Operations Assistant.


Leslie left EOG in 2015 and took a break from the corporate world, and in 2019, joined Chisholm Energy Operating, LLC, where she serves in accounting and supervises accounts payable.

M: 817-944-3532

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Brandon Dageford

Membership Chair

Brandon Dageford is Co-Founder and Vice President of Land Operations at Inked. Prior to Inked, Brandon was a Senior Land Agent at XTR Midstream, LLC. At XTR, Brandon was charged with cradle to grave project management of several trunk and gathering lines. Included in this charge was general routing, preparation of line lists, acquisition of survey permission, coordination of routing adjustments, drafting of contracts, negotiating of contracts, permitting of crossings and encroachments, coordination of environmental contractors, provision of construction support, and reporting. Before Inked, Brandon worked as a Consulting Senior Land Agent for Tallgrass Energy Partners, where he was tasked with acquisitions and permitting for several lengthy pipeline projects. Brandon has worked in many oil and gas basins throughout the United States and brings a tremendous amount of experience in routing, acquisitions, permitting, and project management to Inked. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys being around his wife and his dog Frankie boy, fishing, hunting, golfing, and watching Nebraska Cornhusker football. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Peru State College in Nebraska. Brandon is an active member of the Oilfield Connections International, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, International Right-of-Way Association, the Louisiana Pipeliners Association, Permian Basin Assocation of Pipeliners and the Pipeliners Association of Houston. #faithfamilyfriends

M: (402)  239-1064

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Jeff Nelson


Jeff Nelson, Jr. is Vice President of Brightline Insurance Services. Brightline is a Commercial Insurance Broker that specializes in Transportation, Energy, Construction and Real Estate based in Texas. Brightline Insurance Services was formed with the vision to be nimble, and client focused without the encumbrance of corporate bureaucracy.

We pride ourselves on gaining a deep understanding of each individual clients risks and we build a risk management program that fits their needs as well as their appetite for taking on risk.

Jeff has been in the insurance brokerage business for 20 years and has been focused on Transportation risks specifically Oilfield Trucking and Energy related companies since the beginning of his career. He has a deep understanding of the Energy Industry and the issues that Energy related companies face.

Jeff believes that trust is what builds long lasting successful relationships. His grandfather taught him that if make a commitment by shaking a person’s hand and looking them in the eye that’s the only contract you need and it’s something that he embodies and lives by both in his professional and personal life.

Jeff lives in Waxahachie Texas with his wife of 16 years and 4 boys ages 12, 9, 7, 3. He graduated TCU Ranch Management and has a passion for the cattle business. Jeff spends his time away from his professional life with is family raising his sons and is an avid outdoorsman.

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Misty Watson



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Larry Stone, PE, RPLS


After graduating from Texas A&M in 1973, Larry began working as a civil engineer for Schrickel, Rollins and Associates (SRA) in Arlington. While there, his focus was on the design of municipal infrastructure, residential subdivisions, parks, and athletic complexes. He was elected to the Board of
Directors in 1994, but was soon led to help with a start-up church in Southlake. For the next 13 years, he worked in developing and managing small groups and other ministries for three different church families.


In 2008, he was asked to return to SRA to help mentor young engineers and assist with client relations and business development. SRA merged with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper in 2018 and is now one of its ten regional offices. Larry serves as Team Leader for Site Development and Branding Coordinator for the DFW region.


When it comes to volunteer efforts, Larry has worked with a small hillside barrio on the outskirts of Saltillo, Mexico, for the last 12 years and helped establish a community center that provides spiritual and educational support for over 130 children and their families on a daily basis. Currently, he serves as Spiritual Advisor and Co-Director of the ministry and its four full time employees.


Larry also is a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army in Fort Worth. His leisure time is spent with his grandkids, trying to keep balls in the fairway, and attending A&M athletic events.

M: 817-896-7986

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Jack Doak

Chairman of Golf Tournaments

Jack has 45 years of sales and marketing, communications, and R&D experience in multiple industries including oilfield services, media, and sports marketing working for a range of companies including small startups, regional companies, and global organizations.

Jack started his oilfield career in 1976 with BJ-Hughes in their R&D facility located in Arlington, Texas, as a Field Engineer in BJ’s frac department. In 1979, Jack move to Denver with BJ as a Regional Sales Representative covering the Rockies. Jack also worked with The Western Company of North America and Smith Energy Services through most of the turbulent 1980s.

In 1989, Jack left the oilfield and moved into a sales and marketing position with The International Golf Tournament, a PGA Tour annual event in Castle Rock, Colorado. Starting as Sales Manager, Jack continued with the tournament until 1997 as the Director of Marketing and returning to the event as Director of Communications from 2001-2003. It was often said that although Jack was in the business of golf, he had NO business playing golf.

In 2004, Jack joined Weatherford International in Denver as a Technical Sales Representative for drilling tools, casing repair, and fishing and re-entry services. Jack transferred to Weatherford’s Fort Worth office in January of 2013. In 2018, Jack joined TitanLiner, a secondary/environmental containment company that provided temporary containment for frac, drill out and flow back services, as well as building permanent tank battery structures.

Jack is a member of the DFW AADE and SPE (Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters). In 1995 he was Chairman of the Denver Advertising Federation and honored as Advertising Professional of the Year in 1996. Jack is a USCCA Certified Instructor in Texas for Conceal Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals training.

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John Robertson

Chapter Veterans Affairs / National Vice President Veterans Affairs

John Robertson is a 45-year veteran in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has experience in the Equipment and Services industries as well as Exploration and Production. John has owned and operated his own oil and gas company, been on the boards of many industry organizations.


John is a 2019 Honoree of “25 Impactful Veterans in Energy”


He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1973. John attained the Rank of Captain, AH1G(Cobra) Pilot in Vietnam-received Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards.


I want to help people and veterans connect with each other with the help of this organization.

M: 817-917-3010

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Dave Harris

Chapter Advisor

David E. “Dave” Harris started his Sales Career focusing on Oil & Gas Clients in 1980. He moved to Katy TX. (West of Houston) where he lived for 38 yrs.

Dave moved back to the Fort Worth area in 2016 and lives in Weatherford TX. with his wife Debbie.


Dave’s career encompassed 17 yrs. In the Advertising Business developing Safety Programs for Exxon, Abela Catering, Texas Process Equipment and Travis Body & Trailer.

The next 17 yrs. Dave was Channel Power Mgr. for BGA an Emerson Network Power Rep., where he trained VARS and sold Industrial UPS Systems into Chemical Plants throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.


Dave has had the honor of working with Dart Energy Services, Andon Specialties, UTC Construction SA and Superior Construction & Machine.


Dave never met a stranger and would give his last dollar to someone in need.

Dave is a Master Mason, 32nd Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner with Moslah Temple in Fort Worth TX.


His motto in Life; “People don’t Care how much You know, until they know how much You Care”

M: 817-629-0335

Chapter Event Pictures

November Guest Speaker: John Robertson


Scheduled Chapter Events

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Fort Worth Texas - OCI Lunch
Membership Offer
Nov 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Blue Mesa Grill - Mexican Restaurant,
612 Carroll St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA

2nd Annual Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities