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Tuesday, May 8th 2018

Minimizing Lifting Costs to Maximize Economic Efficiencies
Dan Alvillar
Vice President Sales, Black Gold
Black Gold Pump & Supply, Inc.


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Archive of Petroleum Luncheon Extras

AMAZING LASPE APRIL - Successful WRM, Awards for LASPE Members, Successful and fun Golf Tournament!

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

Wow! What an April we had at the LASPE. It started out with our monthly luncheon speaker Liz Percak-Dennett. Her talk on Subsurface DNA Diagnostics was absolutely fascinating. Then, the LASPE hosted the annual SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) at the Hyatt Regency near Disneyland. It was a great event. Ted Frankiewicz and Baldev Gill chaired the meeting. Thanks to an outstanding committee, the WRM was a huge success. The 2019 SPEI President-Elect, Sami Al-Neaim, who is Manager, Petroleum Engineering Application Services at Saudi Aramco, attended the WRM and was impressed with all the activities.

We had 3 of our fellow LASPE members receive awards at the WRM. Brian Tran, LASPE Board Member and former ViceChair was honored with the Regional Service Award. Brian has been a tremendous contributor to the LASPE as well as the entire oil industry in Southern California. Francois Florence was chosen for the Drilling Engineer Award. Besides being our Treasurer and LASPE Board member, Francois did a great job running the registration for the WRM. Francois has been involved in many of the challenging activities in the Long Beach Port area. Dr. Donald Paul of USC won the Regional Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award. Dr. Paul was Chief Technology Officer at Chevron. After his successful career at Chevron, he is now the Executive Director of the Energy Institute and holds the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California.

Finally, the LASPE Annual Charity Golf Tournament immediately followed the WRM. With a full course of golfers, everyone had a great time. I want to especially thank the sponsors and golfers for making this a truly fun day. I also want to give recognition to Ryan Kwong of CRC and JR Smoyer who led the golf committee that coordinated the tournament.

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