Houston North - Chapter
Kingwood / The Woodlands
Meeting Schedule - 4th Thursday
Meeting Location - Italiano's Restaurant, 217 FM 1960 East By-Pass,
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.
Steven Spradley has been a part of the oil and gas industry since the late 1990’s where he has served on the contractor side, inspection side and the client side of the industry.
Steven’s most recent role was as Manager of Construction Management, but he is currently looking for new opportunities.
Steven is the proud father of twin 15-year-old girls and he is married to his wife, Heather Spradley, for 17 years.
Steven and his family reside in Kingwood, Texas where he is active in many groups including the Houston Pipeliner’s Association.
As the Director of Corporate Sponsorships of the Kingwood Chapter of Oilfield Connections International, Steven is honored to serve clients, members and fellow Energy Professionals and bring new ways to network and meet others within the same industry.
Thanks to Sarge Summers for the fantastic opportunity to help give back!
M: (601) 498-2125
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 worked in the oil and gas industry for 6 amazing years at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. I can honestly say, those 6 years have been the best thus far in my professional career.
I worked in Operations, both on and offshore, and loved every minute of it! Witnessing the acreage being found, reserves calculated, all the regulations that must be abided by, land issues, drilling the well and the excitement when TD is reached, the completion stages, bringing it online, and midstream working to refine and get it to the buyer.
I left Anadarko after the acquisition with Occidental and that is when I met Sarge. A friend connected us and let's just say, after we spoke the first time, this was something I wanted to be part of! Sarge pretty much "voluntold me" that I needed to be part of the OCI. People are my passion! I love meeting new people and learning about them, what makes them tick and building a relationship.
I live in The Woodlands area and always seem to be busy with my Anadarko peeps, a bond that will never be broken! I am into health and fitness and enjoy trying new workouts, connecting with people, and spending time with my family. I love traveling and seeing all of God's beauty
Director of Social Media
Jon Giesbrecht is based in Houston, Texas as a Technical Sales Engineer within the oil & gas department at CARBO Ceramics & Technologies. He is currently responsible for sales and business development opportunities across North America. Growing up near Vancouver, British Columbia, Jon began his career in oil and gas at the Canadian Oil Sands in Northern Alberta. His education path started at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in September 2013. He then went on to graduate with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering Degree from Montana Technological University in December 2017. Jon continues to stay active with his passion for playing music, photography, skiing, and mountain biking.
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.
Upcoming Chapter Luncheon Speaker
June Luncheon - Guest Speaker
Sapphire Gas Solutions
Laura Stadler has recently joined Sapphire Gas Solutions to continue to drive them into the Energy Transition! Sapphire is a virtual pipeline company with a CNG, RNG, and LNG fleet with turnkey solutions. Over the last year Stadler has put together a large scale vertical integration of hydrogen into existing infrastructure ranging from the production of hydrogen from oil & gas, the transport of renewables via virtual pipelines, blending, the alternate use of offshore platforms for energy transition, and how to utilize/store the CO2. Stadler has been captivated by the Oil & Gas world since the day she stepped foot on a rig and has a strong appreciation for the industry. She understands the value in the Oil & Gas professionals who need to be utilized in every way to make the energy transition economic, safe, and efficient.
She looks forward to presenting next week to discuss Energy Transition and how oil and gas professionals are vital to the transition! She will also dig into how Sapphires experienced team of professionals help make energy transition developments a reality!
Stadler is also determined to weave in awareness about Human Trafficking and PTSD with REDM the Movement.