On today’s episode of the podcast, Eric Werdin, SherWare’s sales director, discusses the oil and gas industry in Kentucky with two leaders from the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association (KOGA), Ryan Watts, Executive Director, and Mark Hughes, President. They chat about the history of KOGA, the founding members of the organization and what KOGA does for the community in Kentucky. They also discuss the current state of oil and gas in Kentucky and their predictions on the future of the industry.
2:20 What Ryan and Mark do at KOGA
3:46 The history of oil and gas in Kentucky
6:09 The first well that was drilled in Kentucky
7:42 Who contributed to starting KOGA
9:15 The services that KOGA provides to the community
10:51 The current state and the future of oil and gas in Kentucky
13:07 The operators’ current concerns
17:15 The perception of oil and gas
The Kentucky Oil & Gas Association was formed in 1931 to represent the interests of Kentucky’s crude oil and natural gas industry, and more particularly, the independent crude oil and natural gas operators.
Our goals include promoting, protecting and advancing the interests of the oil and gas industry; opposing any unfair and unjust legislation which may adversely affect the oil and gas industry; and, disseminating reliable publicity to further and protect the oil and gas industry.
The Kentucky Oil & Gas Association is dedicated to the responsible production and conservation of Kentucky’s natural resources, while ensuring that its members are provided fair regulations, are educated on oil and gas issues, while protecting individual property rights, health, safety, and the environment.
Today on the podcast, Phil chats with Mark LaCour, a former market researcher who now produces some of the top podcasts in oil and gas. They chat about how he got started with the first podcast and how this led him and his team to create a number of other podcasts about the oil and gas industry. He shares what he has learned from the younger generation in the workforce about learning and networking. Mark also discusses a new AI technology he is developing to make recruiting the right employees for oil and gas much easier.
2:05 How Mark got started in oil and gas
4:57 Why the different sectors of the industry are so compartmentalized
6:39 The root of inefficiencies in the oil and gas industry
7:44 What ModalPoint is
9:43 How he got started with the first podcast
11:47 The current podcasts he runs and upcoming podcasts
13:07 Why a small, niche podcast is better
13:42 The hardest part about running his podcasts
15:02 What the Oil & Gas Global Network is
16:21 What Mark speaks about to other businesses
17:53 Mark’s happy hour events and how the younger workforce learns and networks
21:52 A software that Mark is developing
24:04 Challenge for the industry to change the negative public perception
Mark has lived at the intersection of Oil and Gas and Technology for over 20 years. Later he started his own market research company and has a well-earned reputation as an industry “insider” and independent 3rd party researcher. This led to him becoming a part of the new media, where he has the top podcasts in the oil and gas industry. He is a sought after public speaker, author, sits on several oil & gas boards and has one of the top oil & gas presences in social media.
All successful businesses have this in common: they hire the best people to work for them.
On today’s episode Tom Wierman, executive director of COPAS and Phil, discuss how to make a career in the oil and gas industry and what makes the difference between a job, and someone is the best in their field.
Tom Wierman is in his seventh year as COPAS Executive Director. Prior to that Tom worked as an E&P accountant for nearly 30 years. Tom held assignments in Wichita, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Calgary Alberta (Canada).
Tom has served as a society president and a board member for both the Kansas and Canada societies. At the COPAS level, he served as Tax Committee Chair and was a board member for six years. In 2009 he served as COPAS president.
Tom was also a major contributor on the COPAS 50th Anniversary celebration in 2011. He was awarded the COPAS Eagle Award in 2013. Tom is married and has three children. Tom is involved in many different things. He is active in his church, directs a choir, is a past member of the school booster club, completed two terms as President of the Wichita Swim Club, and recently participated in several Habitat for Humanity building projects.
When he finds the time, he enjoys do-it-yourself projects around the house. He has found lifting weights to be an enjoyable activity and devoting more time to that whenever possible, especially now that he is retired from officiating soccer.
A decade ago the industry was looking bleak by many standards and the talk was spreading of reaching peak oil.
Fast-forward to today, and Jerry James, president of Artex Oil Company, is at the forefront of an American revolution of natural gas that’s taking the world by storm.
On today’s episode, Jerry James and Phil discuss how technology has turned the East Coast into a huge player for the Shale Crescent and what’s coming next for the industry.
• Which states collectively make-up 30 percent of the country’s natural gas supply
• Why natural gas is such a hot topic these days
• What global industries are moving into the Shale Crescent
• Find out how profit margin actually works in the oil and gas industry
Listen now to get the inside scoop on the hottest destination spot for companies worldwide.
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Jerry resides in Marietta, Ohio. He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering and has served as President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) and chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP).
In addition, he is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.
Jerry has served as President of Artex Oil Company since 1995. Prior to assuming his current role, he held positions with various major oil companies in Texas, Louisiana, and Wyoming and served as a petroleum engineering consultant for James Engineering, Inc. based in Ohio.
Jerry is a founder and vice-chairmen of Shale Crescent USA. an economic initiative to bring manufacturing jobs to the OH, WV, and PA region.