DPA: Professional Value and Relevancy
Fellow delegates, it was wonderful to see so many of you at the annual meeting in Pittsburgh. And it was great to see so many DPA members stand to be recognized during the Annual Delegates meeting on Sunday morning May 19! DPA supports AAPG’s mission of science and professionalism. It was exciting to be a part of the vote that established the Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division, and what we hope will be a content engine for all AAPG members (and perhaps a prototype for more technical groups?).
I recently had a distinguished member of the HoD and longstanding DPA member tell me he wasn’t sure how DPA helped him in his career. He continued to be a DPA member because “it was the right thing to do.” I asked him a few questions. Didn’t you attend the AAPG Playmaker Forum last January in Houston and sit in the front row? This forum was organized by the DPA. “Why yes, it was wonderful. We need to do more programs like that.” Didn’t you tell me that you enjoyed reading the DPA Publication Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist? “Why yes, I’d never seen it before and there are some great stories, professional advice, and anecdotes ... Great publication, I read it cover to cover.” Have you attended a Discovery Thinking Forum on a Monday afternoon of an Annual Convention (which DPA co-hosts with AAPG and the 100th Anniversary Committee)? “I have attended many of these. Try to never miss them. Great stuff!” Are you starting to see the value of DPA?
Folks, for many (perhaps most) of us the value and relevancy of DPA is not about the rubber stamp with our global certification number. I am not even sure I can find my ink pad any more. DPA’s great value is in people, events, courses, publications and web resources. DPA affords opportunities to network with AAPG leaders and some of the best oil finders in the business. As David Curtiss has said very well, it’s all about value and relevancy.
I want to remind you of some relevant and valuable resources available to you due to DPA efforts:
- Playmaker Forum (Inaugural event had 225 attendees, 50 YPs, videos are online!!!)
- Discovery Thinking Forums (ongoing, 15,000 web hits, many presentations online!!!)
- Video resources on DPA website
- Heritage Petroleum Geologist publication and new updated global edition in the works
- Continuing education courses
- Reserves courses planned for the fall in Houston and Cartagena ICE
- Young Professional outreach
- Plans for Playmaker 2.0 in Houston, Jan. 23, 2014 (don’t miss this one!)
- Plans for Playmaker Forum associated with an AAPG Region outside the U.S. (going global)
Web resources include download links for the Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist publication, model forms and contracts, career development, news and legislation. All of the Playmaker Forum videos are posted, some on the member only site. You also can download AAPG historical documents. I find the historical volume by Ed Turner 1965 to 1991 informative on events and traditions that shape AAPG today. In particular, the chapter on the origin and need to create DPA by George Bole (Past DPA president and past chair HoD) is enjoyable and enlightening. It states the “8 Purposes of DPA” and tells why the Division was formed back in 1968. It includes the quote: “Between the Amateur and Professional … there is difference not only in degree but in kind …” Bernard De Voto DPA’s hallmark for the past 45 years continues to be “pride in professionalism.” DPA empowers geologists to discover energy and succeed in business. As we plan for the future and DPA’s 50th anniversary in 2018, there are some lessons we can take from our DPA/AWG luncheon speaker in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Leach talked about “Everything we know is wrong.” In short, corporate metrics are geared for short term results. Decisions based on present value may not see value contained in the big picture. As I listened to Patrick, I thought: the best way to make tough decisions, delay short term gratification for long term benefit, is to have a plan. DPA supports AAPG’s strategic plan. DPA is also reinvigorating our own long range planning committee to stay focused on our mission and long term goals. I am pleased to report that I’ve appointed Rick Fritz and Mark Gallagher to chair and co-chair this important committee.
I hope you benefit from the resources. I want to share a story from Pittsburgh about the value of global certification. One of our DPA Executive Committeemen told how during a competitive job search, he was offered a job. He asked his new employer what made the difference, “why was I hired?” The employer said, “You were the only one who had a professional certification number on your business card.” So maybe there is some value to the rubber stamp after all!
Congratulations to all for a productive year. Special thanks to Randy Ray, Karen Glaser and HoD organizers. Congratulations to Pittsburgh ACE organizers, with special tip of the hat to Mike Canich, Dan Billman, and Bob Trevail for their leadership in both AAPG and DPA. Best wishes to incoming DPA officers and our future president(s) Val Schulz and President-Elect Rick Fritz. Heartfelt thanks to all DPA councilors, committee chairs, and officers many of whom are shown at our Annual Meeting (right).
HoD leaders, you belong in future photos like the one below as a DPA councilor, committee chair, or officer. In my assessment it’s not about the awards we receive, the offices we hold, but what we do while in office and the friends that we make. As incoming DPA nominations chair I am looking for creative, energetic doers. Contact me.