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pic of Dewayne AtwellDewayne Atwell, SPE, was named president of Shores Lift Solutions Pumping Unit division. Atwell brings 15 years of experience at Lufkin Industries, having served in multiple operations, sales, and marketing leadership positions. Previously, he worked 12 years for Occidental Oil & Gas. Atwell earned a BS degree in business management from East Central Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School general management program.

pic of Ben BamfordBen Bamford, SPE, was appointed managing director of Geoprober Drilling, which specializes in innovative engineering solutions. He joined the oil & gas industry in 2006,  first in finance and then in engineering. In 2011, he joined Geoprober to head the business development team, which identifies operator, service company, and original equipment manufacturer requirements and works with the innovations team to generate new concepts for downhole and subsea equipment. He has several patents pending for well control systems and enhanced drilling technologies. Bamford earned an honors degree in theoretical physics from the University of Durham, UK.

pic of Robert BatesRobert Bates, SPE, was named vice president of global business development for Gulfstream Services. Based in Houston, Bates will oversee global business development, account management, and global expansion of all product lines. Bates worked 35 years at Halliburton Energy Services in varying roles, including operations management, sales management, and global account management.

pic of Peter DuncanPeter Duncan, SPE, was recognized as an entrepreneur in energy at the Houston Technology Center’s 10th annual “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” gala. Duncan is the founding president of MicroSeismic. He began his career as an exploration geophysicist with Shell Canada before joining Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary and then in Houston. In 1987, he helped Digicon found ExploiTec, an exploration and production consultancy, and was later named president of ExploiTech when it became a subsidiary of Landmark Graphics. In 1992, he was one of three founders of 3DX Technologies, an independent oil and gas exploration company, where he served as vice president and chiefgeophysicist. Duncan earned a PhD in geophysics from the University of Toronto.

pic of Dean ForresterDean Forrester, SPE, managing director in Accenture’s energy industry group, has been elected to Energistics’ board of directors. Forrester has more than 15 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry at all organizational levels. He worked with several upstream oil and gas operators, including integrated companies, independents, and national oil companies, to develop technical and business architectures for delivering measurable value and return on investment through the intelligent and appropriate use of technology. Forrester earned a BS in physics and instrumentation with a post-graduate degree in IT systems analysis and design and an MBA from Napier University.

pic of Matthias HartungMatthias Hartung, SPE, vice president of technical data for Shell, has been elected to serve on Energistics’ board of directors. At Shell, Hartung is responsible for providing global functional leadership in technical data management and improving the quality and utilization of technical data globally. Hartung served in many leadership roles across Shell, in multiple countries including the UK, the US, Russia, and the Netherlands. Hartung is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, and is an alumnus of the German National Scholarship Foundation. He earned a BS in geophysics from the University of Hamburg.

pic of Steve JacobsSteve Jacobs, SPE, chief marketing officer of Decision Strategies, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Energy Institute, a new high school dedicated to the study of energy, formed in partnership with the Houston Independent School District, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association. Jacobs brings more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry to the advisory board. He began his career as a roughneck for Noble Drilling and now consults with oil companies, oil service companies, and investors to evaluate market opportunities for new and existing technologies and companies around the world. Jacobs earned BS degrees in psychology and education from Oklahoma State University.

pic of Dave JonesDave Jones, SPE, was appointed president of the Shores Lift Solutions Rod Lift Consulting division. He has more than 30 years of experience in artificial lift, specializing in systems analysis and recommendations for optimizing rod-lifted oil and gas wells. Jones has been a member of SPE and the American Petroleum Institute for 25 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Texas Tech University.

pic of Jeff KapustkaJeff Kapustka, SPE, was appointed vice president of CareerSMITH. He has more than 23 years of executive search experience and will be involved in client management and search execution across a wide range of market sectors, including energy and oil and gas, on a domestic and international basis. Kapustka earned a BA degree in English from St. Meinrad College in Indiana.

pic of Stewart MaxwellStewart Maxwell, SPE, was appointed technical director of Aquaterra Energy. He will be responsible for riser systems, offshore structures, and hydraulic systems, based at the company’s Norwich, UK, office. His global oil and gas industry career includes positions in Asia Pacific and the UK.  He spent 13 years with the Acteon Group of companies, first within UWG, where he advanced from senior design engineer to technology manager for risers, and finally to regional manager for the company’s Asia Pacific operations. He then moved within the group to 2H when the companies merged and took on the role of regional director of Asia Pacific and then global manager of conductor systems. He also worked at Nio Petroleum and Enquest as well as his own engineering consultancy in riser and conductor analysis, well integrity, and project management. Maxwell earned an honors (BS) BEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

Member Deaths

Gerald W. Born, Houston, Texas, USA
Harry G. Byars, Dallas, Texas, USA
Patrick J. Collins, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Oliver E. Harris, Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bill H. Ledford, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Richard M. Morrow, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jennifer M. Rotramel, Denver, Colorado, USA
Robert W. Sneed, Engelwood, Colorado, USA