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Houston East - Facilities

Houston, TX

Meeting Schedule - (Check the Schedule)
Meeting Location - Battleground Golf Course, Deer Park, TX

Chapter Leadership

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Gabe Jackson

Chapter President

Gabriel Jackson is from Pearland, Tx. He is a 16-year veteran in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has experience in Telecommunications, Security and Access Control for remote harsh environments. Working for BlackHawk Datacom as an account manager.


He served in the U.S. Navy from 2003 to 2007 with deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 


My Passion is assistance and management of PTSD in combat veterans. We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide and even one is just too many. My spare time is spent volunteering for combat veterans with PTSD and equine therapy for children with special needs. 

Gabe’s life Motto is “Love, Serve and Remember” Love Everyone, Serve Everyone and Remember God.

M: (281) 813-8235

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Justin Van Sant

Chapter Vice-President

Justin began his career in Oil & Gas over 10 years ago as a hotshot driver at his family’s trucking company. It was a way to make ends meet as he was chasing the neon rainbow on country music stages across Texas. His experience as a truck driver opened the door to an opportunity in the industrial equipment rental market. For the last 7 years he has made a name for himself along the Gulf Coast as someone you can trust to get the job done safely and efficiently. Over the last year he was promoted to Vice President of Sales at Epic Tool & Rental located in La Porte, TX. The success of those around him continues to be his driving force and that will be no different as the V.P. on the Board of Oilfield Connections.


Family. It is really that simple for Justin. From his wife and two little kids, his Team at Epic Tool & Rental, the leaders of Camp Hope and the PTSD Foundation of America where he donates his time, the kids he coaches in youth sports or the folks he worships with on Sundays, they’re all family to him. The decisions he has made throughout his life in business and beyond have centered around the very ideal that we will grow, we will face challenges and we will succeed as family.

M: (832) 265-0412

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Melissa Wolkenhauer


Melissa is a Chicago transplant that moved to Houston after college to start a career in the Oil & Gas industry. With her father and brother-in-law in the industry for most of their careers it gave her a nice perspective. The opportunity to work for Enterprise Pipeline and Genesis Energy and their data integrity teams gave her an in-depth knowledge of the midstream sector. With a passionate personality and motivation to interact with customers she transitioned to a sales role in the waste packaging space.


In her everyday life Melissa is always with her family and friends. If she can help you or connect you to a need you have then she will drop anything to help. With a competitive edge if you ever need a partner to attend an event she will show up and hopefully help you win. At work Melissa is the Client Strategy Manager for BIC Alliance, which distributes BIC Magazine- the largest multi-industry, multi-departmental energy publication in the US. Melissa loves to interact with BIC’s partners and connect people in business and industry with one another to help grow everyone’s business.

M: (832) 431-7463

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Jason Perry

Chapter  Social Media & Communications 

Jason Perry

Jason currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology for Ranger Energy Services. Previously, Mr. Perry served as Ranger Energy Services Director of Application Development after serving as Senior Manager of Application Development from 2014 to 2022. He brings with him over 17 years of experience in Oil and Gas.


M: (832) 495-8473

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Brittany Jones

Chapter  Director of Corporate Events 

Brittany Jones,


A resident of Deer Park, TX, is a seasoned HR professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. Her journey has been predominantly shaped within the dynamic landscape of the Oil and Gas support services sector, Known for her strategic mindset and adept people management, She is strongly committed to fostering a positive and productive environment and possesses a keen understanding of the unique challenges in the Oil and Gas support services industry.


Beyond the professional realm, Brittany finds the most joy in spending quality time with her family during her free moments. Her dedication to work-life balance not only reflects in her professional success but also underscores her belief in the importance of family bonds.


M: (832) 414-6279

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Ryan McGuire

Veterans Affairs Officer

Ryan Mcguire, based in Pearland, Texas, is a US Army combat veteran, an 80% service-connected for PTSD and TBI, and a family man with a wife and daughter. His military service in Iraq in 2003 set the stage for a career marked by leadership and innovation.


After his military service, Ryan founded Third Coast Grappling, revolutionizing the grappling scene. He then made significant strides in the corporate world, excelling in recruitment roles at Viking Life Saving Equipment, Crane Companies, and as Houston Area Market Manager for Randstad USA.


Later, as the founder of and co-founder and VP of Chief Talent Group, Ryan showcased his entrepreneurial flair. Currently, he's expanding his expertise as a Senior Account Executive at Procom Services.


Passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ryan's commitment extends beyond the professional sphere. He is deeply involved in supporting the veteran community, drawing from his personal experiences to make a positive impact. Balancing family, career, and community service, Ryan embodies resilience, dedication, and the spirit of giving back.

M: (832) 285-6342

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Cornelio Gonzales

Chapter - Chaplain

Cornelio Gonzalez:

Is called to serve the universal church energized heart positioned and guided by the Holy Spirit. Cornelio’s transformative ministry continues to grow in Houston and surrounding areas, impacting many people’s lives, promoting healing through biblical guidance, teachings and principles. Serving Veterans and First Responders with PTSD Suicide a role in which he provides spiritual ministry, counseling and Critical Incident Stress Management with Mental Health Integration. Inspired by sharing the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dedicated to building foundational aptitudes through the Word of God. He believes in a good marriage; we learn to grow and heal from our brokenness as we learn more deeply how to take care of each other and work on changing ourselves to be a better partner to our spouse.

Core values of faith, hope and Love!

M: (832) 689-7725

Upcoming Chapter Luncheon Speaker

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March 12th, 2024 - Guest Speaker

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Michael Johnston
Howard Energy

With over three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, Michael Johnston's expertise spans from East Texas refineries to the North Slope of Alaska's oil fields. He has dedicated over six years to leading the San Antonio Pipeliners Association & the Midstream America Scholarship Fund, fostering professional relationships and awarding over $300,000 in scholarships to aspiring oil & gas students since 2012.


Currently serving as Howard Energy Partners' Director of Community Engagement, Michael brings eight years of diverse experience, having contributed in roles such as Sr. Mechanical Design Manager and United Way Campaign committee chair, alongside his commitment to family, church, and leisure pursuits like shooting sports, hunting, woodworking, and travel.

Michael Johnston

Director of Community Engagement

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Scheduled Chapter Events

Houston East - Facilities OCI Luncheon
Houston East - Facilities OCI Luncheon
Membership Offer
Speaker: Michael Johnston - Howard Energy Bring lots of Business Cards!
Mar 12, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Battleground Golf Course,
1600 Georgia Ave, Deer Park, TX 77536, USA

Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

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