• Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - December 2017

    I hope everyone has enjoyed a nice holiday.  SPE in Oklahoma City has a lot happening as we kick off 2018.  Our upcoming events include a pistol league as well as a sporting clays league that we have hosted for many years.  If you have a chance to participate, the proceeds from these leagues help fund the scholarships that we award to high school seniors each year.  You can always ask if your company reimburses for participation in these industry events.  Many companies recognize the value in networking and will cover the registration.  If you are at all interested in participating, it never hurts to ask.  In addition to the sporting events we have our Mardi Gras Gala on February 10th.  I remember when I first took my wife to this event she was a little upset with me.  I said “what’s wrong dear” and she said in return “we have been in Oklahoma for all these years now and this is the first time we have attended this event!?!”  Don’t be like me, take your significant other to the Mardi Gras.  The event includes a nice dinner at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club followed by entertainment including casino style games and a silent auction to benefit Willow Springs Boys Ranch. In addition to these social events, we will be kicking off our study groups for the year.  Keep a lookout for events from our 5 study groups (Drilling, Completions, Production, Reservoir, and Environmental).  If you have any recommendations for topics/speakers we are all ears.  Please contact a board member and be prepared to provide the topic, abstract, bio and a headshot of the speaker if they are available.  We can also provide special study group meetings that don’t fit into the categories above.  These could be on soft skills, business development, whiskey tasting (wait, what!?!), etc. I wish everyone a safe and prosperous start to 2018. Best regards, Chad Senters More
  • Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - November 2017

    ​​Several of our section officers, including myself, were able to attend the ATCE in San Antonio last month.  The conference was well attended and had an excellent technical program as always.  There were many opportunities to network with students and members from around the world and to share our knowledge and experiences.  One of the things we continue to receive positive feedback on is the free webinar we are providing to our members in Oklahoma City.  We also learned of some of the changes coming in the structure of SPE. One of the exciting changes announced is a newly created regional award for service.  The winner of this award will be a member who performs outstanding service to the community.  I am sure we all know someone that is applicable to receive this award.  Nominations are now open for all regional and international awards.  It is surprisingly easy to fill out an awards nomination.  A couple of sentences is all it takes to get the process started and the nominee will then provide the requested details.  If you know someone that deserves to be recognized on a regional or international level and don’t feel you have the time to fill out a nomination or would like to avoid talking to a potential nominee directly we can help.  Just email me or any of our section officers with the name of the person you would like to nominate and why and we’ll take care of the rest.  The deadline to submit an international award nomination is February 15th and the deadline for regional awards is March 1st. The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference will start January 23rd of2018.  The conference is held in the Woodlands each year and showcases fracturing and completions technical content as well as networking opportunities.  In addition to our OKC oil and gas bi-annual symposium (formerly known as the POS) the HFTC, URTEC, and ATCE are great conferences to showcase your technical skills.  There are additional technical events that can be found on spe.org under “call for papers” as well.  We are always pleased to see how many of the OKC SPE section members have written and presented papers at these conferences.  Have you considered writing a paper for a conference or technical journal and have any questions on where to start, what it requires, etc.?  Let one of our officers know and we can pair you with one of our paper writing mentors to guide you through the process.  There is no charge for the mentorship but BEWARE, we might call you up and ask you to present your topic at one of our local technical events. Please be safe as we continue to increase activity and train employees who are new to our industry and have a great week. Chad Senters  405-312-9239 (c) Chad.senters@corelab.com More
  • Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - September 2017

    As we enter the month of September many SPE sections are now resuming monthly meetings and events.  Another great thing about the OKC SPE section is the fact that we don’t take a vacation.  As a matter of fact we continue to host excellent technical and social events throughout the summer.  We have historically had a small drop in attendance but it really does not seem to correlate to vacation season.  By keeping the summer months active with events the students from the SPE chapters we support who intern in Oklahoma City have an opportunity to attend over the summer months so that alone is a good reason to continue working hard year round. Last month I went into detail on soft skills training and appreciate all of the feedback that we received on aiding in the improvement of this important skillset.  I wrote about intrinsic motivation and we have since had our 2nd Annual Awards Banquet (please read the article on the banquet in the newsletter).  I am excited to be a part of this process and I hope that we have encouraged many of the award winners to continue to do what they do with renewed enthusiasm.  Time management is a soft-skill is another “not so soft” skill that each of us have to practice whether we want to or not.  Time only runs in one direction and we can’t get more than 24 hours in a day (believe me, I have tried).  Many SPE volunteers are required to “make time” for activities related to section operations and continuous improvement.  We all have things that we value in our life and have to prioritize our schedules around these values.  The concept of “making time” is really stealing time from something we value and shifting it to something we value a little bit more.  We have to take great care not to accept too many commitments and leave little time for what we value the most.  It is difficult to remember the last time that I really had “ample time”.  For many of us, our industry has a tendency to take away any excess time or boredom.  While things are booming there are many projects to be completed and can’t seem to hire support quick enough.  Then unfortunately when things slow down we are left with less resources to accomplish the workload at hand and have to do more with less.  I think an important aspect of an effective time management strategy is to take a look at what you are spending your time on and evaluating how much value these activities provide in your life.  The most difficult, but possibly the most productive component of time management is learning to say “no”.  I would like to think each person has a certain “eagerness to please” and reluctance to disappoint.  When making a commitment that requires your time you are making a promise.  One thing we often fail to realize is if we break a commitment or deliver less than expected results we are breaking a promise.  Breaking that promise can result in a loss of internal and external integrity and the negative effects can be far worse than the perceived negativity ... More


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