Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."
Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.
This information will also be provided as hard-copy in the January issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG Web site through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of 2012. Results will be posted mid-May 2012.
Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.
2011-12 Treasurer Candidate
Deborah K. Sacrey Learn about Deborah Sacrey
Auburn Energy - Houston, Texas
Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office ...
As a consultant for the last 20 years, I am very cognizant of the importance of the cost benefit of expenditures that a business has to make, be it software, hardware, continuing education or travel. Not just understanding but also communicating the cost and tax implications of AAPG programs with the Executive Committee is one of the fundamental tasks of the Treasurer.
I have been a volunteer in geological societies throughout my career. SIPES (Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists) and HGS (Houston Geological Society) have played pivotal roles in my career through networking, educational events and leadership roles. The HGS and local SIPES chapters have worked together to host events for the mutual benefit of both organizations. This is a role that AAPG could play on a larger or smaller scale.
The HGS and Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists have hosted financially successful technology focused events for a number of years. AAPG could forge an alliance with local societies to help build current technical programs into something on the scale of OTC. Working with the VP Sections and VP Regions would be key in recognizing where synergies exist with other organizations.
With AAPG expanding their presence in the international community through the opening of satellite offices in London, Bahrain and Singapore, it is important that we bring cost/benefit efficiencies to the foreground. AAPG must make sure the offices are self-supporting while maximizing services and benefits to all of the membership.
Finally, as AAPG expands its services, budgets become a concern. The Treasurer can provide guidance on budget implications on a rolling three-year average so that low income years are balanced by high income years. As a current member of AAPG’s Investment Committee and as Treasurer, I would continue to work to maintain fluid investments, while trying to realize stable investments that capitalize on the market.
The voyage through my career the last 35 years has been guided in large part by my participation in AAPG, not only as a member receiving services, but as a participant in the growth and activities of this organization. It is for this reason that I am honored to be a candidate for the office of Treasurer.
Owner, Auburn Energy, Houston
Born 1953, Oklahoma City
1976 B.S., geology, University of Oklahoma
- 1991-present Geological and geophysical consultancy, Auburn Energy
- 1987-90 Geologist, Peko Oil/Weeks Exploration
- 1982-87 Consultant, working Mid-Continent Area
- 1980-82 Geologist, Old Dominion Oil Corp.
- 1978-80 Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline Co./ANR Exploration, senior geologist - Arkoma Basin
- 1976-78 Junior geologist, Gulf Oil Co. - Oklahoma City
- 1973-76 Oklahoma Geological Survey, student assistant on survey projects
Joined AAPG 1976
Member DEG, DPA and EMD
Foundation Trustee Associate
- 2007-12 GEO-DC Governance Board
- 1996-present HoD delegate
- 2010 DPA Conventions Committee chair
- 2009 DPA Governmental Affairs Committee chair
- 2008 Investment Committee
- 2004-06 Houston Convention co-vice chair
- 2005 DPA president; Advisory Council
- 2004 Visiting Geologist
- 2002 DPA secretary; HoD Rules & Procedures chair; Geophysical Integration Committee vice chair
- 2001-02 Houston convention co-vice chair
- 2001 Trustee Associate member
- 2000 HoD Nominations & Elections Committee chair; DPA vice president
- 1999-2000 GCAGS treasurer
- 1999 HoD Ad Hoc Committee-Operating; HoD secretary/editor; Summit on Committees co-chair
- 1998 HoD Credentials Committee
- 1997 HoD Newsletter Committee
- 1996 Treasurer HGS
- 1992 Public Outreach Committee chair
AAPG Honors and Awards
- 2011 AAPG HoD Certificate of Service, 15 Year Award; HGS Gerald Cooley Award
- 2007 DPA Past President's; AAPG HoD Certificate of Service, Nine Year Award
- 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000 and 1994 AAPG Certificate of Merit
- 2004 AAPG Distinguished Service
- 2003 HoD, House Recognition of Service
- 2011, Webinar on "Reducing Risk Using Kingdom Attributes"
- 1999, Two- and Three-Dimensional Seismic Methods: Effective Application Can Improve Your Bottom Line (published by Oklahoma Geological Survey and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council)
- Numerous articles in SIPES Quarterly Newsletters
AAPG Treasurer Responsibilities as defined by AAPG Bylaws, Article II, Section 7.
The Treasurer shall supervise the receipt of all funds and, under the direction of the Executive Committee, be responsible for all disbursements of funds of the Association; shall serve ex officio as a member of the Committee on Investments; shall give bond, the amount of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee, shall make the annual report as Treasurer, and perform such other duties as directed by the Executive Committee.