National Leadership Team
Founder & President Emeritus / Board Member
Sarge proudly served on active duty in the United States Army from December 1970 until 1 January 1992. He is a Vietnam “Era” Veteran.
When Sarge retired from the United States Army he went to work for MATRIX Service Company in Tulsa, OK. After Matrix, worked for HMT Tank Service for 11 years in operations and eventually moved into sales and marketing.
Sarge has served on the Executive Board of the West Texas Safety Training Center in Midland, TX. Also, he was an active member of the Nashville Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Post where he served as 1st Vice President. In 2009, he served as the President of the post. He is a member of the American Legion, AUSA, Oilfield Christian Fellowship, Oilfield Helping Hands, Houston Pipeliners, Tulsa and Oklahoma City Pipeliners, and a Committee Member of the American Petroleum Institute (API). He is an Active member at North Central Assembly of God church in Spring, TX.
Sarge graduated High School in Nuremberg, Germany and has attended colleges and universities all over the United States including Midland College in Midland, TX and Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN.
He has been married to his wife Sandy (Freeman) Summers for the past 46 years. They reside in Oakhurst at Kingwood in Porter, TX. and have 3 adult children, Misty, Jason & Jeremy, 8 incredible grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, all live in Texas.
Sarge has over 26 years in the Oil & Gas Industry and currently serves his clients in Upstream, Midstream and Downstream.
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.
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 / Board Member
Jeff, A Senior Oil/Gas & Energy Executive, is a 20-year veteran in the industry. He has a successful track record throughout his career, serving major oil and natural gas companies throughout the United States, and around the world. Jeff has a well-rounded understanding of the industry that was gained from his experience turning wrenches in the field to boardroom presentations with the highest C level’s in the business. His ability to effectively communicate to all levels of an organization can be attributed to his passion for people.
Jeff is Vice President of Business Development for ENGlobal Corporation. His company provides Engineering, Procurement and Fabrication services to Upstream, Midstream and Downstream sectors of the oil & gas industry.
After the sale of his chemical injection business in 2014, Jeff dabbled in real estate and firearms for a couple of years. In 2017, Jeff and Gretchen relocated to from Shreveport, La., to The Woodlands, TX, where he now resides.
National Vice President - Career Enrichment / Board Member
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
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 Membership
My experience includes commercial and project management for traditional combined-cycle power and renewable solar power plants for electric utilities, business development and oversight for downstream and midstream construction in the oil & gas industry, with a stint of public accounting at the start of my career. I received my BBA in Accounting from Sam Houston State University in 2010.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sarge Summers at the Drilling Unconventional Gas (DUG) Permian Conference in 2018. However, I wasn’t officially introduced to Oilfield Connections Intl. (OCI) until 2020. I’ve participated in many associations across my professional career, but I’ve never seen an organization that was so driven to promote more than just networking opportunities. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the many mentors I’ve had in my life. I’m excited to be a part of an organization like OCI that provides a unique platform, across numerous locations, that allows for mentorship, community involvement, networking and fellowship opportunities for those in the oil & gas industry.
I look forward to working with our national leadership team as we grow Oilfield Connections International!
Vice President, Heath and Safety Advisor
Jim Maraist (pronounced Ma-ray) is a Senior HSE Manager with over 25 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Started working in the oilfield as a roughneck on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico and most recently was the Senior HSE Manager for Halliburton Wireline Perforating.
An expert in identifying root cause of issues and translating complex processes into clear, understandable, and actionable steps. A passionate leader who consistently meets commitments with integrity. Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette receiving a BS in Business Administration.
Jim and his wife Sue moved from Louisiana to the Houston area in 2013. Jim and Sue have three amazing children and six wonderful grandchildren.
National Vice President, Chapter Operations / Board Member
Kalah Sprabeary is one of the founding members of Oifield Connections, and currently serves as the OCI Vice President of Chapter Relations. Her goal is to meet the needs of the chapters to foster growth and sustainability within each area.
As the owner and president of HUB Funding Solutions, Kalah has been involved in the Oil and Gas industry since 2012. Both as a finance professional, and owner of an Oilfield Service Company with her husband, Jay. The goal of HUB Funding Solutions is to assist their clients with equipment, working capital, and AR solutions that provide 'Funding Beyond the Bank'.
As a graduate of Texas Tech University, and lifelong West Texan, Kalah's passion and experience within the oilfield gives her an inside view to the needs of the industry. Kalah resides in Lubbock with her husband and two sons.