Assumes DPA Presidency
results are in for DPA officers, who comprise the DPA Executive
Committee. They are:
President-elect (serves as president for 2004-2005) - J. Michael
Party, Wagner & Brown, Midland, Texas.
president - Rick L. Ericksen, State Board Registration
of Professional Geologists, Jackson, Miss.
(two-year term) - Casey F. Clawson II, Samson Resources,
on this year's DPA executive committee:
President - Robert C. Shoup, Hilcorp, Houston.
- Daniel J. Tearpock, Subsurface Consultants & Associates,
President - Tom Mairs, consultant, Dallas.
announced its awardees for 2002-2003. They are:
- Robert D. Cowdery,
W. Sabaté, New Orleans.
H. West, Bakersfield, Calif.
Past President's Award
P. Carr, Pentad Oil & Gas, Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Best Paper Award
I. Howell III, Houston, for "Implementing Portfolio Management:
Integrating Tools, Process and People."
for a moment that you are standing among a group of people,
most of them familiar to you. You hear them talking about you, but
they act as though you are not there. That is when you realize that
you are a guest at your own funeral.
it that people are saying about you now that you are gone?
I ask this
question not to be macabre, but to get you to think about your core
values. Aside from the question, "How did he manage to live so long
and still look so good?"
like to have said at my funeral that I was a good husband and father,
a contributing member of my church and community, a good geologist
and a true professional. Those are my core values.
one of the premier geologic associations in the world, is one tool
I use to help me to be a good geologist. The BULLETIN articles,
the EXPLORER, short courses and annual and section meetings
offer a variety of means for me to stay current with the science.
of Professional Affairs is the tool I use to help develop and maintain
is professionalism? Webster's New World Dictionary does not actually
define professionalism - it does define a professional, but not
professionalism. To me professionalism is a term that encompasses
integrity, honesty, responsibility, commitment and adherence to
does being a member of the DPA help develop and maintain professionalism?
the process of certification, which is how one becomes a DPA member,
is an affirmation by your peers and the professional world at-large
that you are an individual of personal integrity, responsibility
and professional ability, with a "sustained record of adherence
to professional and ethical standards of the Code of Ethics of AAPG."
member of the DPA, you have access to a variety of publications
and courses that are principally focused on career and business
development, ethics and professionalism. You also have the opportunity,
through the DPA Government Affairs Committee, to help shape energy
are still undecided about becoming a member of the DPA, lets look
at the bottom line; it is easy to find oil and gas - it is quite
another matter to make money finding oil and gas.
As an AAPG
member, you have access to some of the tools you need to drill discoveries.
As a DPA member, you will have access to some of the tools you need
to make money.
close with a few questions:
Is professionalism one of your core values?
not, why not?
so, are you certified?
not, why not?
time to become certified, and let your employer or clients know
that you are an individual who values professionalism. Once a member,
we really can help you make money.
Not so long
ago, it was common for the older geologists and geophysicists to
sit together with the younger employees for morning coffee, or on
occasion, an afternoon beer. During those times together, we would
often hear tales of how this or that prospect got drilled, or what
happened to so and so while he (back then it was almost always a
he) was sitting on a rig.
companies, this getting together of old and new does not seem to
happen much any more, which is truly a shame. Those stories, shared
over coffee or beer, not only helped to build a level of camaraderie
not seen much in the industry today, they helped us learn, to gain
experience from those who had been there and done that.
So - for
those of you who miss those shared experiences, or for those of
you who have never had the opportunity to hear some of the "old
timers" stories from the oil patch - here is your opportunity.
the publication of the book Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist,
which contains a number of anecdotes and advice from over 40 industry
the book is $5 plus shipping (one free copy is being provided to
all DPA members). At that price you should purchase two copies,
one for yourself and one to send to your mentor, along with a note
of thanks. Contact the AAPG Bookstore for details.