MARK BOZICH, SPE, was appointed Houston engineering manager at SIGMA3. He will develop and direct the company’s new, Houston-based engineering division. Bozich has 34 years of industry experience and expertise in the design and 3D modeling of hydraulic fracturing programs. He most recently served as a completion consultant for FTS International, where he designed hydraulic stimulation projects for clients in Latin American, China, and Saudi Arabia. Bozich has also held positions with Fractech Services, Flint Energy Services, and Halliburton Energy Services. He serves as chair of SPE’s Public Service Award Selection Committee and is former chair of the SPE Continuing Education Committee. Bozich earned a BS in engineering from New Mexico State University and an MBA in finance and management from the University of Houston.
JEFF MILLER, SPE, was promoted to president at Halliburton, where he has served as chief operating officer and executive vice president since 2012. He began his career at Halliburton in 1997 and has held various senior management roles within the company’s global operations and business development divisions. A certified public accountant, Miller is a member of the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council. He holds a BS degree in agriculture from McNeese State University and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
TODD STEVENS, SPE, has been appointed president and chief executive officer at Occi dental Petroleum. Stevens has worked at Occidental for 19 years, serving since mid-2012 as vice president–corporate development. From 2008 to 2012, he was vice president–acquisition and corporate finance, and vice president–California operations. Before joining Occidental in 1995, Stevens was an investment banker with Hansen Capital, where he evaluated mid-market companies for possible mergers, acquisitions, or other potential capital restructuring. He has also worked for Safeco Insurance and the US Army National Training Center. Stevens received a BS degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
JAMES LEE RIKE, SPE, of Tickfaw, Louisiana, died on 3 August 2014. He was 87. An SPE member since 1949, Rike played a key role in the development of new completion concepts, directional perforators, sand control using plastics, coiled tubing rigs, concentric tubing workover/completion operations, and advanced offshore completion practices. He authored patents and papers on these developments, as well as on cementing, perforating, wireline operations, workover economics, and worldwide industry practices.
As chairman and chief operating officer of Rike Service, he consulted and delivered training sessions for major and independent producing companies, national oil companies, drilling contractors, workover contractors, service companies, universities, and professional organizations. He previously worked at Exxon for 22 years. As a result of detached retinas and cataracts, Rike was legally blind. A registered engineer in Louisiana and Texas, he held a BS degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Rike received many honors, including the SPE International Production and Operations Award (1990), SPE Distinguished Membership (1991), the SPE Delta Section Service Award (2004), and SPE Honorary Membership (2007). An active member of the New Orleans-based SPE Delta Section, he was a voting officer of its board until the time of his death. For 18 years he served either as a member or as chairman of the SPE Well Completions Committee. During 1973–1974, Rike served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (DL), speaking on the topic “How Well Do We Know What’s Happening in the Well or How Dumb Can We Get (About Completions and Workovers)?”
A wide mix of managers, engineers, researchers, young engineers, and field supervisors from all over the world gained insight and understanding through Rike’s ability to tie many ideas together—clearly and logically—and approach subjects from a practical, straightforward viewpoint.
“Jim happened to be one of those excellent industry instructors who provided me with inspiration to think outside the box—but ensure the approach is technically sound,” said Dennis Hahn, SPE, manager–completions and well performance at Talisman Energy and a region member of SPE’s DL Committee.
“I looked up to Jim and admired his industry commitment,” added Rick Stanley, SPE, region technical manager at Baker Hughes and chair of SPE’s DL Committee. “I told myself that giving back to the industry through involvement in associations like SPE was what I wanted to do.”
David S. Anderson, Bishop, Texas, USA
Harvey S. Price, Sugar Land, Texas, USA