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 Vice President - Sections Candidate
Kenneth E. Nemeth Learn about Ken Nemeth
Schlumberger Seismic Reservoir Characterization - Houston, Texas
Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office ...
I agreed to run for the office of Vice President of Sections because I believe that my experience as a committee chair and an officer in AAPG Sections and local societies has prepared me for this task. I understand what it takes to keep an organization running and what it must do to achieve even more. In addition, I have gained an informed perspective about the AAPG Regions through my deep involvement and committee service in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award, our flagship student exploration competition.
I have been privileged to witness how other geologists that I respect actively give back to their societies and profession. Over the years I have developed that same passion to actively participate in AAPG at all levels. Actively serving has given meaning to my Active membership and it is my method to repay my profession for the mentoring, advice and encouragement that I received from my colleagues.
AAPG has been guided by leaders who had a passion to give back to their profession and their society. If elected, I will do my best to serve AAPG by leaving it better off than when I start as Vice President of Sections.
I will strive to communicate with and to represent the Sections and convey their thoughts and desires to the Executive Committee as AAPG moves forward and becomes a truly global organization. With input from Section leadership I will work within AAPG’s structure to see how AAPG might best assist Section growth while responding to the unique needs of each Section. I will continue to encourage communication between Sections so that best practices can be shared; to promote increased participation by affiliated societies in their Section as a means of making their professional society membership more rewarding; and to build the leadership experience that AAPG needs for 2035 and beyond. As our organization evolves, we can use what the Sections have learned and provided to AAPG to benefit the Regions as they grow and develop.
Our recent presidents have inspired us with themes such as building bridges, promoting science, encouraging young professionals, and looking to our future and our changing of the guard. I will carry the goals of these themes with me as I strive to promote the themes of Presidents’ Weimer, Beaumont and their successor.
I ask for your support so that my passion to serve can be put to use in guiding AAPG in the next years as we continue to expand our position as the preeminent professional and scientific society for geologists involved in energy, the environment and the world.
Look out 2035, here we come!
Senior reservoir geoscientist, Schlumberger Data and Consulting Services, Houston
Born 1951, Hamtramck, Mich.
- 1976 M.A., geology, University of Texas at Austin
- 1973 B.A., geology, Albion College, Albion, Mich.
- 1998-present Schlumberger
- 1991-98 Browning Oil Co. Inc.
- 1987-91 Contract employment
- 1982-87 Adobe Resources (Adobe Oil & Gas Corp.)
- 1981-82 BlueSky Oil & Gas
- 1980-81 Louisiana Land & Exploration
- 1976-80 Shell Oil Co.
Joined AAPG 1976
Member DPA, EMD
- 2009-present Vice chair, Imperial Barrel Award Committee
- 2007-08 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, president
- 1998-2000 Dallas Geological Society, AAPG alternate delegate; Dallas Geological Society, AAPG delegate vice chair
- 1998-99 Southwest Section AAPG, secretary
- 1997 Employment Committee chair, AAPG Convention, Dallas
- 1996-98 Dallas Geological Society, AAPG alternate delegate
AAPG Honors and Awards
- 2008 AAPG Certificate of Appreciation
- 2007 AAPG Certificate of Appreciation
- Numerous Schlumberger Internal Best Practice documents for software usage
- Fifteen articles in Schlumberger external Software Support Bulletin
AAPG Vice President, Sections, Responsibilities as defined by AAPG Bylaws, Article II, Section 3.
The Vice President, Sections, when elected earlier than the Vice President, Regions, shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to serve. The Vice President, Sections, when elected earlier than the Vice President, Regions, shall assume the office of President in case of a vacancy for any cause in that office; and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President. The Vice President, Sections shall, with his or her other duties, concern himself or herself with the activities of the Association in respect to United States Sections. A Vice President, Sections elected pursuant to the provisions of Section 12 of this Article II shall be presumed for the purposes of this Section 3 to have been elected on the date of his or her predecessor's election.