Category Archives for Future of Oil & Gas in US

#017: How Podcasting Changes the Conversation in the Oil & Gas Industry

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.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to in this episode:

  • What happened that led Mark to the oil and gas industry
  • His first company and how it has changed
  • Why he started the very first podcast
  • How his podcast network has grown since the initial launch


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

About Mark LaCour

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.

Connect with Mark:

Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | ModalPoint | ModalPoint Facebook

Connect with Oil & Gas Global Network:

Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter

Oil & Gas Global Network podcasts:

Oil and Gas This Week Podcast
Oil & Gas Startups Podcast
Oil and Gas Industry Leaders Podcast
Red Wing’s Oil and Gas HSE Podcast
Oil And Gas Legal Risk Podcast
Oil & Gas Onshore Podcast

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#007: Successful Businesses All Have THIS in Common (even in the oil and gas industry)

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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.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to in this episode:
  • How both Phil and Tom’s accidental start in the industry led to life-long careers
  • The oil and gas industry’s secret sauce that no one talks about
  • How to become the best in your role, even when the industry is downsizing
Connect with Tom Wierman

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.

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#005: How Three US States Are Changing the Industry for the World

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Download This Episode!

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.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to in this episode: 

• 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.

Connect With Jerry:

Learn more about the Shale Crescent
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.