Petition for Nominations to Board of Directors

The SPE Board of Directors has approved and published in JPT a slate of candidates for the 2023 open positions on the Board. SPE's bylaws allow alternative nominations for the open positions to be made by petition from at least one percent (1%) of the voting members of SPE (as of January 1), provided that such nominees meet the requirements for the position. If the required number of signatures are received for a petition, then a ballot election will be held between the successful petition candidate and the Board approved nominee.  

SPE has received a request to create a petition for three nominations for Board positions.  Information on each of these candidates, and the Board approved candidate for that position, is listed below.  At the bottom of each of the nominations is a link where, if you choose to do so and believe that the candidate meets the requirements for the position, you can add your name to the petition to hold an election for this position.  Signing the petition requires that you be a current SPE professional member.  When you click a link below to sign a petition, you will need to sign in (with your SPEorg login) so that your membership can be verified and your support for the petition can be officially recorded.

North America Regional Director

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Proposed Nominee - Marco Thiele

Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci

Marco Thiele is president and co-founder of Streamsim Technologies, Inc. where he commercialized dynamic flow simulation technology and novel reservoir engineering solutions based on streamlines. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University. He has previously taught short courses for HOT Engineering and served as a technical advisor with Quantum Reservoir Impact. 

He is a Distinguished Member of SPE and recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award, for significant technical achievement before the age of 45. He was awarded the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal for the outstanding peer-approved technical paper authored before age 33. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2011-12. He has been a member of the program committee for the Improved Oil Recovery Symposium since 2014. 

As associate editor of SPE Reservoir Engineering & Evaluation journal 2005-2012, he received several reviewer awards including “A Peer Apart.” He is the author of one book, a chapter in the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, editor of the Getting Up To Speed series on Streamline Simulation, as well as the author of 25 peer-reviewed papers and more than 40 conference papers. In addition, he was on the SPE Primer Book Series Committee for the years 2004 through 2010. 

Thiele holds a BS and MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford, and a business administration certificate from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Board Approved Nominee - Robert C. Martinez


Robert C. Martinez is president and CEO of Titan Rock Exploration & Production and president of Alpine Gas. He has more than 23 years of experience developing and optimizing oil and gas assets throughout the US, including conventional assets, unconventional horizontal development programs, and enhanced oil recovery projects.

Prior to joining Titan Rock and Alpine, Martinez held key leadership roles at public and private operating companies such as XTO Energy, EXCO Resources, and Compass Production Partners. He previously also worked for service companies such as Schlumberger and internationally with Repsol YPF.

He has been part of the leadership of the SPE Dallas Section since 2016, in membership, program, and chairperson roles.  He has authored two SPE papers related to reservoir modeling and completion design in the Haynesville Shale.  He currently serves on the Texas Energy Council Board, Texas A&M’s AggieSTEM Advisory Board, and on the Boy Scouts of America–Circle Ten Council Executive Board.

Martinez holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.


Production and Facilities Technical Director

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Proposed Nominee - Cem Sarica

Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci

Cem Sarica is the F.H. "Mick" Merelli/Cimarex Energy professor of petroleum pngineering at the University of Tulsa, specializing in multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance, oil and gas production, and horizontal wells. He is the director of three industry-supported consortia on fluid flow, paraffin deposition, and horizontal well artificial lift. He is the lead faculty in energy transition at the University of Tulsa. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University (where he was director of the Stripper Well Consortium) and Istanbul Technical University. He has completed more than 40 major company-funded research projects. He has presented/published more than 275 papers (7650 Google Citations and h score of 48), contributing significantly to technology development.

He is a recipient of the SPE International Production and Operations Award and is a Distinguished Member of SPE, and received both the John Franklin Carll Award and Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate. He has served as an SPE Production and Facilities Advisory Committee member. He is one of the founding directors of SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section (FTS) and served as vice-chair and chair of FTS and several SPE conference committees and as a member and chair of two different Technical Awards Committees. He is a reviewer for SPE Production and Operations and SPE Journal, recognized with an Outstanding Editor Award. 
Sarica received a BSc and MSc in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.

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Board Approved Nominee - Hamad Al-Marri


Hamad M. Al-Marri is the manager of Shaybah producing department at Saudi Aramco. He has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began as an apprentice at Chevron in 1990, joining Saudi Aramco the following year. Currently, Al-Marri is handling oil and gas processing facilities in one of Saudi Aramco’s most challenging and high gas/oil ratio fields. During his career with Saudi Aramco, he has provided technical expertise and guidance on an array of topics related to production, reservoir, facilities, and drilling engineering.

He is the recipient of the 2020 SPE Middle East and North Africa Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award, the 2021 Saudi Aramco President’s Award for Safety Excellence, the 2020 Saudi Aramco CEO Operational Excellence Award, and various regional awards related to operational excellence, production optimization, technology deployment, and well intervention.

Al-Marri has been an SPE member for more than 20 years. He has been a member of technical and executive steering committees as well as a member of SPE International awards committees for both production and facilities. He has served on program committees for IPTC and MEOS. He has published five SPE technical papers related to production optimization, technology optimization, and operations.

He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Malaysia with emphasis on talent development and succession planning for subject matter experts.

Drilling Technical Director

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Proposed Nominee - Marc Haci

Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci

Marc Haci is the chief technology officer at Drilling Tools International.  He was previously CEO and founder of WellFence, which offered credentialed wellsite access services that he developed and patented.  He has nearly 30 years’ experience in directional and horizontal drilling, gained through leadership positions with Schlumberger, Smith International, Noble, Welltec, and Drilling Measurements, Inc.  Haci developed, field tested, and commercialized Slider automated directional drilling services.  

Earlier in his career, he served as a research associate at IFP on a slim-hole hydraulics research project, and as an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University, focusing on drilling engineering and drilling fluids. 

He holds 17 patents and has authored 14 conference and journal papers for SPE and others.  A member of SPE since 1981, Haci has served as the program chair and registration chair for the Drilling Study Group in the SPE Gulf Coast Section and was the founding faculty advisor for the I-Tech Student Chapter.

Haci earned a BS in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and an MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.

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Board Approved Nominee - Robin Macmillan


Robin Macmillan is the chief sales officer at Data Gumbo. He was previously senior vice president for business development at NOV, manager of Schlumberger drilling and measurements in Canada, and president at drill-bit company ReedHycalog. In his early career he worked in offshore and onshore drilling operations in several countries across North and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He is the current vice president of drilling services and a member of the Executive Committee at the International Association of Drilling Contractors, where he is also Chair Emeritus of the Advanced Rig Technology Committee and a member of the Drilling Engineering Committee.

Macmillan has published six SPE technical papers focused on drilling technology, chaired an SPE technical forum, and has been a member of the program committee for several editions of the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, and other SPE events.  He has served as vice chair and membership chair of the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section, where he is currently a board member.  

He holds a geology degree from Leeds University in England.