DPA Sets Objectives for the Year

As mentioned in my July EXPLORER column , the DPA continue to build on last year’s business plan that was formulated by Dan Tearpock’s Executive Committee – and to kick-off our 2011-12 term, our DPA EC held a half-day summit in early August along with key committee chairs to brainstorm our objectives for the term.

Our main themes are:

♦ International Presence – We now have councilors representing all of the AAPG’s Regions with the exception of Latin America. DPA President-elect Charles Sternbach is actively recruiting councilor positions for the 2012-13 term for both the Regions and Sections.

I’ve asked Charles to explore ways to get our councilors more engaged in representing their Sections and Regions going forward.

♦ Membership – Rick Fritz is the new chair of our Membership Committee.

The DPA needs to build a compelling case for new members. What’s the DPA value proposition? What is our current state and where do we want to be? What is our purpose and has that changed with time? Does our membership process need to be more welcoming?

What can we do to enhance our diversity – are we underrepresented in various categories?

A subcommittee including Charles Sternbach, Rick Fritz, Dan Billman and Paul Britt are exploring new “revenue growth engines” and will be reporting their findings at the DPA mid-year meeting on Nov. 5.

At Leadership Days in Boulder in mid-August, our Young Professionals showed tremendous interest in getting engaged with the DPA. A DPA “member-in-training” concept was discussed and will be explored by a subcommittee led by Dan Billman and a team from the Young Professionals Committee, who also will report at the November meeting.

♦ Gathering and Learning – Paul Britt is chair of our Conventions programming. Programs were planned for the recent Eastern Section meeting in Washington, D.C. (Energy Policy Forum), and are being planned for the upcoming Mid-Continent meeting in Oklahoma City (short course and luncheon), AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Milan, Italy (panel and luncheon), Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif. (panel – TBD – and luncheon with PROWESS). Unfortunately, no events have been planned for GCAGS due to budget restrictions.

The committee also is working on programs for the 2012 Southwest Section meeting in Fort Worth, Rocky Mountain Section meeting in Grand Junction, Eastern Section meeting in Cleveland, Gulf Coast Section meeting in Austin, ICE in Singapore and the 2013 ACE in Pittsburgh.

♦ Government Affairs – Our presence in Washington is more important than ever. The AAPG’s Executive Committee re-authorized the GEO-DC office in their June meeting.

As you know, David Curtiss has recently been appointed as AAPG’s new executive director (see above) – congratulations to David on his appointment! – but his departure from GEO-DC leaves a big gap in our Washington leadership.

In the interim, the GEO-DC Board of Governors will be responsible for the office until we find a replacement for David.

The GEO-DC office plays a valuable role for the AAPG membership, and our goal is to assure that its operating level of excellence persists.


Those of you who are Delegates will recall that at last year’s HoD annual meeting in Houston legislation regarding the addition of a Certified member category was defeated, as the required 2/3 delegate vote was not achieved.

Through Terry O’Hare, the chair of the Survey Sub-Committee of the AAPG Membership Committee, we will be gathering data for the potential re-consideration of the “certified as a member class” Bylaw amendment proposal for the next HoD meeting in Long Beach.


DPA represents the professional leadership of AAPG, and for years has been the training ground for Association and industry leaders. In addition, we provide the best peer certification in the industry.

If you are a professional geoscientist then you should join DPA.

This will be great for your career!

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Marty Hewitt, DPA President, is an employee of Nexen Petroleum USA Inc.

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Charles A. Sternbach, DPA President.

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The Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), a division of AAPG, seeks to promote professionalism and ethical standards, provide a means for professional certification of petroleum geologists, coal geologists, and petroleum geophysicists, assist in career planning, and improve the professional well-being of AAPG members. For more information about the DPA and its activities, visit the DPA website.

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