Houston North - Chapter
Kingwood / The Woodlands
Meeting Schedule - 4th Thursday
Meeting Location - See Event Posting
I am a Fighting Texas Aggie graduate class of 1997 with a degree in Industrial Distribution. I have spent the last 7 years at Tuboscope (A Service Division of NOV.) At Tuboscope I was the product line manager for NDT Inspections for all OCTG product lines. In this time, I served as one of the Tuboscope representatives to API. I sat on many API committees including SC-5, RGNDT, TGDSE, TGLP. I enjoyed getting to know many subject matter experts and helping to write the codes that govern the industry. Before coming to NOV at was at Clocksping for 3 years. Clockspring is a permanent composite sleeve repair for long haul transmission pipeline repair. I love the fact that be it Upstream, Midstream, or Down Stream the Energy Sector is a big industry, but the people in it always try to look out for each other and make you feel like family. In the Energy Sector we truly have some of the kindest, hardest working, honest, loyal, and innovative people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. It is my sincere hope this industry always maintains that character and I plan to work hard daily to do what I can to help maintain it.
Chris Trana Bio:
Born in Kalamazoo, MI, Chris moved to Houston at the age of 15. A 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University (and a 1990 graduate of Kingwood High School) Chris began his career at a teacher and coach at Westfield High School in Houston and then entered into pharmaceutical sales with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
After 7 years at Novartis, an opportunity to enter oilfield services presented itself at Baker Hughes in the Drilling Fluids group. Subsequent companies that followed were NOV, Vallourec and presently DNOW as a Strategic Sales Executive.
Chris is married to his wonderful wife, Ali and has two daughters, Alexis and Kathryn. Through family, Chris stays active in the local community in the support of church, schools and local charity events. Understanding how lucky he is in having great mentors in the industry, Chris’ belief is to pay it forward by helping those in the industry set and achieve their goals, as well as to represent the industry in the best way possible.
A transplant to Texas, I grew up around the oil patch & farming in Canada. One of my earliest memories is walking onto a drilling rig when I was 6 or 7 years old.
After completing my engineering degree from the University of Alberta, I went to work for one of the independent wireline companies in Canada, eventually ending up with Weatherford. While at Weatherford, I have had opportunities to travel the globe, lead and develop businesses and best of all, develop life-long friendships.
I am currently in transition, but have no doubt that in time things will come back around. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting with everyone.
Director of Corporate Events
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Houston in 1982. I attended Alvin Community College and completed 63 credit hours majoring in Fine Arts. I became a full time Dental Assistant until I landed my first job in the Oil and Gas industry in 1989.
I worked as a receptionist, accounts payable and receivable specialist, and Administrative Assistant. Two and a half years later, I accepted a position working in downtown, Houston at Torch Energy Advisors as an accounts payable and receivable specialist. I was promoted to material analyst where I worked on the purchasing and procurement team buying and selling oil field equipment, purchasing and disposition and of company vehicles and conducting field equipment inventories.
In 1997, I moved to South Africa for 13 months. Upon my return, I got married and we had our beautiful daughter who is now 21 years old and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado where she attends Colorado State University studying Biomedical Sciences. She is also working at HP for the summer as a Material Science intern.
I chose to stay at home for 9 years to raise my daughter and returned to the Oil and Gas industry working as an Executive Assistant in 2007 for a small startup company in Spring, Texas.
In 2008, I accepted a contract assignment working as an International Project Assistant at Anadarko Petroleum on the Ghana Jubilee FPSO project. Once the FPSO project was completed, I migrated over to the Mozambique project. The Project Assistant position turned into a permanent role 4 1/2 years into working at Anadarko. I was then promoted to Executive Assistant and spent the last 11 years of my career at Anadarko. Occidental Petroleum Corporation purchased Anadarko then the Mozambique project was divested to Total Petroleum (now TotalEnergies). I left Anadarko/Oxy November 1, 2019 then decided to take a sabbatical from work and travel for approximately one year.
In May 2020, I accepted a 2-month contract assignment working at The Global Edge Consultants as a SharePoint Specialist, then participated in volunteer work with them on the Doyenne Initiative program. Doyenne Initiative is an International nonprofit organization focused on cultivating female experts to take on leadership roles in industry, education, government, and beyond.
After a few conversations with Alisa Standley, she encouraged me to become involved with Oilfield Connections International and to start attending the network luncheons. After my first OCI meeting, I was convinced I needed to become regularly involved. I am grateful to have met Sarge Summers, Doug Taylor, Lowell Millican, Jess Brassington and many additional OCI members and look forward to serving and helping others.
I am now seeking my next career path and looking for another great company to call home.
My interests include spending time with family and friends, serving as a greeter at The Ark Church in Conroe, volunteer work and helping others, travel, music, playing pool and riding my motorcycle.
Director of Social Media
Michael has been in the Logistics market for 11 + years. He has been exposed to many areas in his years, including operations, pricing, projects, and sales. As a professional in the market, he has extensive experience with exporting and importing cargo from many countries. He has worked with many of the leading oil and gas companies to find the best cargo logistics solutions. He currently holds a role with Perimeter Global Logistics as a Global Sales Executive for the Gulf Coast region and is based in the City of Houston.
PGL is one of the world’s fastest-growing Minority / Women-owned logistics companies in the world. PGL specializes in end-to-end design, implementation, and operational capabilities in freight forwarding, contract logistics, as well as transportation and distribution management. Our knowledge and experience in various market sectors allow us to offer our clients custom-tailored solutions to fit their specific needs. Perimeter is the logistics solution for all types of companies--business-to-business and business-to-consumer. PGL operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This means our customer service specialists are available for a consultation anytime.
Oscar Ramirez grew up in a small town east of El Paso, TX and after graduating high school, he joined the US Army that summer. He was also deployed to Iraq for 15 months during the surge from 2008 to 2009. After being honorably discharged after 7 years of service, he moved out to Midland, TX to work with Stallion Oilfield Services. Midland would become home for the next 8 years as he moved up the corporate ladder and raised a family. Realizing he missed the comradery he experienced in the Army, he joined the Texas National Guard for 3 years, after a 5 year break in service. He was recently transferred to the corporate office in Houston to assist in taking the Starcomm product line into new verticals.
I am honored to get the opportunity to stay active in the veteran community. Thanks again!