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Energy Workforce Graduates Largest Cohort from Training Programs

Energy Workforce CEO Leslie Beyer and Dan Romito, Pickering Energy Partners

The Energy Workforce’s largest executive training cohorts to date graduated last week in ceremonies highlighting accomplishments and focus areas for the upcoming year.

Based on the Energy Workforce’s mission to advance the industry and those within it, these programs educate, empower and elevate its individual members and Member Companies. The programs include the Executive Leadership, Inclusion & Diversity Business Champion and ESG Certification. Congratulations to all the graduates!

During the ESG Certification Program graduation, keynotes included Dan Romito, Pickering Energy Partners; Brandee Fernandez, Baker Hughes; Gary Childress, Oil States International; Kembre Roberts, Lockton Dunning, and Scott McCurdy, Encino Environmental Services. ESG Committee Chair Marie Caekebeke, Baker Hughes, facilitated the event.

Romito addressed the Anticipated 15 ESG-Related Trends Influencing Strategy, providing his insights on what energy companies will be focusing on in 2023.

“Your disclosures and your reporting should tell the story. But you should also take the time to educate the marketplace on energy. It involves active communication and outreach. Your report should tell the story of where you’re going.”

Dan Romito, Partner, Pickering Energy Partners

Leadership building within the energy industry continues to be an area of expertise for the Energy Workforce. The Executive Leadership Program, the longest running program from Energy Workforce, graduated its eighth cohort with representatives from more than 25 companies.

Advisory Board Member Kyle Ramachandran, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure

Emerging Executives Committee Chair Chris Berrie, Caterpillar Oil & Gas, facilitated the Executive Leadership Program graduation, kicking the day off by introducing Energy Workforce Advisory Board Member Kyle Ramachandran, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure.

Ramachandran shared his 2022 Reflections and Leadership Perspectives, highlighting what he hones in on as a leader.

“What resonates with me when it comes to leadership is slowing down to speed up, being more relational versus transactions and remembering that work should be fun.”

Kyle Ramachandran, President & CFO, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure

Energy Workforce Board Member Chuck Chauviere, HMH, spoke to the graduates about the importance of vulnerability, the value in continuous learning and why the people around you matter.

“Your world is moving at a very fast pace. If you are not learning and applying new things, you need to start,” he said. “And remember, the people you surround yourself with matter”.

He also discussed the significance of continuously focusing on yourself within your role. “It matters how you are investing in yourself,” he said. “Mentoring and coaching is key.”

The Emerging Leadership graduation day ended with a speed mentoring exercise, a real-time opportunity for leadership to offer instant feedback and guidance to the program graduates. The one-on-one mentoring sessions created an intimate environment to discuss growth, leadership and development.

Energy Workforce President Molly Determan, Victoria Beard, Piper Sandler, Lamonica Spivey, TechnipFMC

Lamonica Spivey, TechnipFMC and Chair of the I&D Engagement Committee facilitated the I&D Program graduation as well as presented on Employee Resource Groups. Additional highlights from the I&D Business Champion graduation program included advice from keynote speakers Shanta Eaden, Leader’s Edge Consulting, Victoria Beard, Piper Sandler and Energy Workforce Advisory Board Member Dave Warnick, Anthropont.

Warnick discussed Maximizing Mentor and Sponsor Opportunities, noting that mentors “talk to us and with us,” while sponsors talk “about us.” “It’s important to have internal and external mentors and to be very open to advice,” he said.

With regard to sponsorship opportunities, Warnick said we need to have the conversations, demonstrate the progress while keeping the sponsor updated and aware. “You must find ways to add value to the relationship in conjunction with continuously showing appreciation.”

Warnick wrapped up his presentation by noting when picking a mentor, pick someone who looks and thinks differently than you.

Participants discussed reinforcing inclusion and diversity strategies as integral parts of their company’s business strategy and demonstrating this culture – as opposed to statements without clear actions.

Pat Lipovski, CEO and Founder, Envision Group, and his team joined the cohorts on each day to celebrate the graduates’ achievements.

Graduates throughout the programs expressed strong desires to champion their gained knowledge within their companies and create learning opportunities for others. Equipping current and future leaders with tools in leadership, inclusion and diversity and ESG evolves the energy industry and enhances its position as a driver of the global economy.

“Not only has this program motivated me to implement the tools I now have at my disposal, but it has inspired me to become more involved in the Energy Workforce & Technology Council moving forward”.

Program Participant

Enrollment in the 2023 program cohorts is open, and the Energy Workforce encourages its Member Companies to engage their workforce with these programs. Early bird pricing ends January 31. Participants who complete two of the signature training programs will be recognized as an Energy Workforce & Technology Council Certified Executive. The designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and build knowledge essential to the oil and gas industry.

Contact Vice President Programs & Events Peggy Helfert if you would like to be enrolled in the Energy Workforce Leadership programs or ESG Certification Program, or register below:


GD Energy Products


NexTier Oilfield Solutions


Jason MannBorets US
Ben KokojanBrigade Energy Services
Billy UnderwoodBrigade Energy Services
Jimmy LopezBrigade Energy Services
Sam HuntBrigade Energy Services
Tim KoppiC&J Wells Services
Mark AndersonCaterpillar
Aashish ChristianCertarus
Amy JenningsCertarus
Wilse DiminoCertarus
Richard ChengCertarus
Marshall ZurovecCertarus
Chandler CrusanEvolution Well Services
Brian YoungFox Metals & Alloys
Eric BiggersGD Energy Products
Amber McCalebGD Energy Products
Andy MuckGD Energy Products
Pankaj PatelGD Energy Products
Lance EngbergGO Wireline
Jeremy BrownHMH
José Colón-SantiagoHMH
Julia ValleyHMH
Erik ChristensenHMH
Viral ShahHMH
Josue HernandezHMH
Remy HallamHMH
Helen FoxHunting Energy Services
Joe HittHunting Energy Services
Rodney BordenHunting Energy Services
Ryan BradleyHunting Energy Services
Sridhar RajaramHunting Energy Services
John AcostaHunting Energy Services
John PitreHunting Energy Services
Dusty SchulzeIntegrated Well Services
Chris SavoieK&B Industries
Christopher HengstKey Energy Services
David DunnKey Energy Services
Shelly NiemeierKey Energy Services
Jacob JenningsKimray
Jaime HalfmannMilestone Environmental Services
Andreas VincentMRC Global
Andrew HenkelMRC Global
Tommy BalezNextier
Zach WilburNexTier
Aaron HilberNexTier Completion Solutions
Pravin PatelNexTier Completion Solutions
Kenny PucheauNexTier Completion Solutions
Casey StoneNOV
Wesley WheelerNOV
Andrew HansonOil States Energy Services
Nicholas JosephPRT Offshore
Aissa BoyaalaShawcor
Al YousefShawcor
Hunter EckholmShawcor
Ivy KolquistShawcor
Jayna JeffersonShawcor
Lisa GouldenShawcor
Mansi YuShawcor
Matt LetvenukShawcor
Rommel RasquinhaShawcor
Shannon GloverShawcor
Victoria TacShawcor
Emily BoltrykSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
John LykesSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Lindsay BourgSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Satjit GrewalSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Jesse EgelerSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Jose SagasetaSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Angelle EsparazaSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Suzanne RahmanSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Alex GramsSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Jonathan CrumpSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Bryan ClementsSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Jorge NunezSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Jose EstradaSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Tim SoucySPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Bradley OklandSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Brandi EnglishSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Collin GarnerSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Connor DochertySPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Doug CroopSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company
Robert GibbonsStage Completions
Grant FarrellyStewart & Stevenson
Johnny ZavalaStewart & Stevenson
Brandon DunlapStream-Flo USA
Glenn EisenbergStream-Flo USA
Rick MikoStream-Flo USA
Sarah BrennanStream-Flo USA
Jason SarrafianStream-Flo USA
Joel RogersStream-Flo USA
Chris BarnoU.S. Well Services
Neal KroneUnited Engines
Aurelien Le LeaVallourec
Renata NogueiraVallourec
Tegan ClarsonVallourec
Don TaglioliVallourec


Nick PeroArtera Services
David EtchelecuBerkley Oil & Gas
Phillip CrawleyBerkley Oil & Gas
Kim Pham-TranBJ Energy Solutions
Patrick TowerBJ Energy Solutions
William NieuwenburgBJ Energy Solutions
Huei-Ren “H.R.” PanBrigade Energy Services
Rich PlagemanBrigade Energy Services
James BarnettCDI Energy Products
Felicia MuznyEvers & Sons
Shana RackelEvers & Sons
Stacy GoldsteinFirst Horizon
Leon BradberryGIS
Iliana StroudHMH
Carol ConomosHorizon Consulting
Landon PriceHunting Energy Services
Timaree HumphreyHunting Energy Services
Jill BestKey Energy Services
Turner PhippsKey Energy Services
Shanisha SmithLyondellBasell
Jessica ClementsMilestone Environmental Services
Richard LeaperMilestone Environmental Services
Monica BroughtonMRC Global
Lydia MabryNOV Inc.
Stephanie WallaceOil States International
Amy BirminghamOil States International
Nicholas FrosiniOil States International
Randee GirardOil States International
Mark HaubertRanger Energy Services
Dahlia SalazarSavage Brands
David IriasSavage Brands
Doug HebertSavage Brands
Sarah HaasisSavage Brands
Melissa MascarenhasShawcor
Eduardo ProcaciSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Chris BarnoU.S. Well Services
Amy PaffVallourec
Jeannie HillVallourec
Dhugal HantonVertex Resource Services


Nicole WaffordCaterpillar
Vanessa BaconDistributionNOW
Yolanda TezanoDistributionNOW
Liese BordenHunting Energy Services
Angela PeixotoNOV
Antony HutchingsNOV
James OriabureNOV
Hayley ConstantineOil States International
Melissa StevensonOil States International
Sigfrido  EsperanzaSPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company

Peggy Helfert, Vice President Programs & Events, writes about the Energy Workforce’s events, workforce development training and more. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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