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.
Chapter Vice President
My name is Laura Stadler. I am the VP of Global Business Development at Invictus Gurus, an Independent Innovation Consultant, and an Emerging Entrepreneur in the Oil & Gas Industry. I grew up all over the Midwest and found my way to Texas for college. Soon after I began my Oil & Gas career in Pennsylvania. Now back in Houston, I have continued my passion in the Energy Industry alongside raising two young boys who are my whole world. I am well known for my innovation and strategic mind in business. look forward to connecting and collaborating with everyone as we push forward with Oilfield Connections!
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.
Marketing and Media Director
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 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 Corporate Sponsors
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
Veteran's Affairs Officer
Frank Svejda is a Technical Sales manager at Deep Down Inc (DDI). DDI supports subsea engineering, installation, commissioning, and maintenance projects through specialized, highly experienced service teams and engineered technological solutions. Prior to DDI, Frank acted as a Product and Installation Engineer with TechnipFMC, specializing in Subsea Drilling, Wellhead, Completion and Distribution equipment. During his time as an engineer, he worked in a customer facing role and as a technical lead on projects. He supported operations from onshore and has extensive offshore experience. Previous to the oilfield, Frank was a Non-Commissioned Officer (Corporal) in the United States Marine Corps and a combat veteran. During his service, he acted as a Forward Observer in 1st Battalion, 6th Marines and deployed to the city of Fallujah, Iraq in 2005.
Jason Flaum was born in East Islip, NY where his parents still live in the house he grew up in. After spending 14 years moving around the country in the pursuit of his education, Jason moved to Houston in 2008. He has been married to his wife Gina since 2006 and has two wonderful boys aged 13 and 9.
After receiving his PhD in Geology from Northwestern University, Jason began his career in the oil and gas industry as a Geoscientist at ExxonMobil in 2008. There he quickly became a corporate expert in the assessments of Source Rocks and Unconventional Reservoirs. His expertise was critical in the evaluation of multi-billion-dollar acquisitions around the world in both conventional and unconventional opportunities. In June of 2019 Jason was hired by TOTAL as their Unconventional Geological Advisor for their Research and Technology Team. In the short time he was there Jason led efforts to re-evaluate all methodologies for the determination of landing zones for all of the company’s Unconventional assets.
Following being laid off in December of 2019 Jason recognized the need for providing a community focused on the needs of Geoscientists attempting to make their way through the current downturn. From this he has dedicated his time and efforts towards providing a community for Geoscientists resulting in the formation of the G&G Transition Zone group on LinkedIn.
He is now seeking to expand this success and the ideals that have been developed towards the wider oil and gas community. From his connection with Sarge he has recognized his fit within this wonderful organization.
Bio coming Soon
Upcoming Chapter Luncheon Speaker
May Luncheon - Guest Speaker
Earl J. Crochet, PE
SME on Storage and Midstream - "The Tank Whisperer"
Earl has over 32 years’ experience in pipelines and terminals in various roles in Engineering, Operations, Business Development, EH&S, and Management. He is currently the Director of Business Development Oil & Gas for Perceptive Sensors Technologies and Owner of Crochet Midstream Consulting. Until November 2020, he was the Director of Engineering for Asset Regulatory Support for Kinder Morgan Terminals.
Previously Earl was General Manager of the largest liquid terminal complex in North America with approximately 300 tanks, over 30 pipelines, 5 ship docks, 9 barge docks, 8 bay truck rack, and dozens of rail racks. Earl also built a crude by rail and water facility that had 35 loading/unloading spots, multiple tanks, barge and ship docks and the largest land based VRU in North America at the time.
Earl has been active in the API since 1994: Subcommittee of Aboveground Storage Tanks (past Chairman); recent co-chair of API 2350 Tank Overfill Prevention Committee; and serves and has served on several other API committees. He also served on the Board of Directors of the ILTA from 2009 to 2015, including a term as Chairman.
Earl has spoken at Conferences in North America and Europe on topics ranging from technical issues about tanks and pipelines to topical issues such as the Shale Oil revolution, Operational Excellence, the Great Crew Change and the Lack of Common Sense. He also teaches Pipelines 101 and Terminals 101 at the EPA OSC academy.