National Leadership Team
National President / Board Member
Lowell became president of the Katy chapter in February 2020 and began helping OCI grow and establish new chapters. He was recruited to the national leadership team in March 2020, and was named National Senior Vice President. In November of 2020, Lowell became the National President of OCI.
Lowell was born into an oil and farming family and has always been close to the oil patches of North Central Texas. He currently works at Omni Air & Nitrogen near Houston, TX (Sealy). His current role requires him to draw upon every life experience to be successful. Beyond the business of meeting clients, Lowell enjoys the fact that he gets to make new friends and make lasting relationships.
Chapter President / Board Member
With over 25 years of experience, Marc specializes in energy, telecoms, maritime, nuclear and infrastructure. He currently serves as an Ambassador to Scotland’s department of trade, serves on the board of a few PTSD foundations, Business Development for Fe Demolition and Remediation and a Flotilla Staff Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Pastor Robert Burdett
National Vice President / Chaplain
Robert Burdett serves as the Senior Pastor of PowerHouse Church in Katy Texas. PowerHouse Church has been in Katy since 1996 and is active in impacting the community through various social outreaches such as food drives and neighborhood family outreaches. PowerHouse has church plants world-wide including Peru, Namibia (Africa) and Sri Lanka and is committed to preaching the Gospel to all nations. Robert has been with PowerHouse Church since 2000 and has been the Senior Pastor since 2016. Robert also has a background in manufacturing. He spent time running an automotive electronic manufacturing factory and a corrugated paper factory prior to being called into the full-time ministry. Robert is married to his wife Yolanda for 30 years and has 3 daughters.
National Vice President - Career Enrichment
As an HR professional with over 25 years of experience, Melanie’s areas of expertise include HR consulting, talent management, strategic planning, developing human capital management systems, cross functional team building and coaching management teams at all levels within an organization.
Melanie founded CGL Recruiting with the intention of creating an HR consulting and recruiting firm focused on developing a true business partnership with the organizations they work with. She believes the best way to build a top performing company is by selecting the talent which best aligns with the short and long-term goals of the corporation to accomplish their strategic business objectives. Melanie has a degree from UT in Applied Learning Development, holds several HR certifications including a GPHR, SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
National Vice President - of Communications / Board Member
Amy Wood is a marketing strategist with over 20 years of international experience in product and service marketing and strategic planning. Her background is primarily in Energy and Technology industries, servicing global brands with content development, design, and delivery. Amy is the Founder and CEO for Flint Avenue Marketing, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas with offices in the Gulf Coast and Offshore. Amy serves several organizations including Texas Women in Business, Association of Women in Communications (AWC), Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, 1MillionCups and the Kauffman Foundation, and is a Startup Mentor at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Guest Lecturer at Texas Tech University.
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.
National Vice President - of Innovation and Technology
Darrell Ortiz, CEO & Founder of CDM Software Solutions, Inc.Professional BiographyCDM Software Solutions, Inc. ∙ 2591 Dallas Parkway ∙ Suite 300 ∙ Frisco, Texas ∙ (972) 469-3082Over three decades ago, the planet was set on its axis. From a time when computers were not a staple of how we function and those that existed utilized the elemental PC-based DOS, technology became the driving force impelling the reshaping of society. On the cusp of such transformative change, Darrell Ortiz, a 19-year University of Texas at Austin student, had an idea. Founding CDM Software Solutions, Inc., with a vision and a handful of employees, he leapt into the software technology revolution, and with subsequent unparalleled growth in logistics, Homeland Security and Oil & Gas asset tracking sectors, he has assumed a global leadership role serving an international clientele ranging from small home businesses to top Fortune 500 titans, as well as working with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and Major League sports franchises. The recognition for CDM spans a ranking among the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers by Inbound Logistics magazine to being named as the third-fastest growing private company in the region.by Houston Business Journal. It has also been designated as a CERTIFIED U.S. CUSTOMS software provider since 1990. The company has also notably grown, with 100 top professionals around the world with global alliance partnerships with Roanoke Insurance Group, Omni-ID, IBM, Impinj, GT Nexus, and Descartes When asked to describe his approach as a leader, Darrell is characteristically humble, identifying personal strengths of an adaptability depending on the project and the timeline to completion. When a customer describes what they see as insurmountable challenges, he consistently demonstrates the ability to expertly apply technology, business rules, and therein, deliver a software product that meets the needs of operations through management. This goes far to explain CDM’s growth and extraordinary 99 percent customer retention rate or as Darrell explains, “by staying agile, we’ve been able to see our customers through the dotcom bubble, energy crises, the energy boom, an increasingly connected global marketplace and much more,” The innovations pioneered by the firm with Darrell at the helm include Cargo Intelligence, a product enabling mission critical global asset tracking utilizing GPS, RFID, IoT and Barcode technologies with On-Demand Tracking and Exception Notifications, offering comprehensive shipment compliance and regulatory solutions for the United States, European Union, Canada, Japan, Singapore and China and CDM Asset Tracking, one of the first tablet and web-based asset tracking software solutions designed to enable Oil & Gas service providers/producers, Utility Contractors, airports, professional sports teams, broadcasting and manufacturing companies to effectively manage their assets utilizing that the latest in data capture technologies.