Shelby Halverson, Account Director – Permian Basin, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, is a graduate of Energy Workforce’s Executive Leadership Program. She recently shared her insights on the energy services and technology sector.
ENERGY WORKFORCE: What is your role with the company? What does a typical day look like?
Shelby Halverson: My role is the Account Director for the Permian Basin. I am located in Midland, and my core responsibilities involve managing all the current accounts in the Permian along with seeking new customers.
EW: Why did you join the oil and gas industry? Was there an individual who influenced your decision? Was there an event or piece of technology that got you excited?
SH: I’m the third generation in my family to work in the oil & gas industry. While growing up, I was always interested in what I would hear my dad talked about — from drillings rigs to cementing to completions. I found it all very interesting and when it came time to pick a college and major, I knew I wanted to be in this amazing industry. After completing my degree in petroleum engineering, I grew very curious and intrigued with hydraulic fracturing. The technology that surrounds these operations is fascinating, and I love that it is constantly evolving as the industry changes.
EW: What has surprised you most about the industry?
SH: The people. Everyone who works in this industry is so proud to work in oil and gas, and is very passionate about what they do. Not many industries have many people that have the same goals and passion towards their industry.
EW: Where do you hope to see the industry develop over the next five years?
SH: I hope to see more young people, especially women, continue to join the industry, as well increased technology and automation.
EW: How has your involvement in Energy Workforce supported your career goals?
SH: Since getting involved in Energy Workforce, I have gained confidence in my communication skills, which has helped me perform my job better and become a better teammate.
EW: Who are one or two individuals you’ve met while working in the industry who have impacted your thinking?
SH: Through my time in the industry, I have been fortunate to meet many people. I have had the pleasure of working with some great people who have been in the industry for a long time and have taught me to approach situations with positivity and confidence, along with always seeking to be better.
EW: What advice would you give someone just getting started in the oil and gas industry?
SH: Don’t be afraid to get out there and spend some time in the field. The core of this industry is in the field, and you will learn a lot of life-long lessons about people and the basic operations of the industry.
EW: What do you wish other people knew about oil and gas?
SH: This is a great industry; it deserves a lot more respect than it gets. This industry is what makes our modern life possible in a lot of aspects, not just producing the gasoline you put in your car.
EW: What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?
SH: My idea of a perfect vacation is relaxing on a beach with clear blue water and my family.
EW: What’s a fun fact people would never guess about you?
SH: I am an avid hunter. I have traveled the world hunting big game.