How did you come to be in the energy industry?
After graduating from Stanford with a Petroleum Engineering degree, I went to work for Amoco’s drilling department in Houston. It turned out to be a wonderful spot for developing operational skills and experience.
What is your proudest work-related achievement to date?
Getting the Zama well spudded and drilled as quickly as we did
Where do you see the greatest opportunity in the energy market? Globally, there still are a tremendous number of conventional exploration opportunities to be tested
Where do you see the greatest challenges?
Global nationalism and protectionism threaten to limit opportunities for global industry players
Who had inspired you to join or develop within the industry?
A group of Stanford professors, Jane Woodward, Warren Kourt, and Bob Lindblom, were instrumental in showing me the possibilities within the industry.
What was the wisest advice you received from a mentor?
“It’s all about the people”
What advice would you pass onto a recent graduate wishing to work in your line of business?
Focus as much on developing interpersonal skills as technical skills and take responsibility for your own development
If you could wave a magic wand over the global industry, what would you change and why?
I would create a global marketing/PR group to work on behalf of all upstream operators to effectively communicate to the public and governments the critical nature of this industry, how it benefits the lives of everyone on the planet, and how it is addressing key global challenges.
What’s the one interesting fact about you that no one would suspect?
In High School, I was captain of both football teams: my soccer and American football teams.
How do you prefer to spend your spare time?
Reading and working in my yard
What is your hobby or an achievement outside of career?
I love to snow ski
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
U.S. Virgin Islands
All-time favourite book?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
All-time favourite film?
“A Few Good Men”
What three items would you take with you to a desert island?
A big plastic tarp, a big knife, and a Bible.