An Interview With the Delta Section Chairperson

Bevan Stansbury attended Louisiana State University and earned a BS degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army infantry in Georgia for more than 4 years before becoming an oilfield recruiter in New Orleans.

How long have you been a member of SPE and what do you think is its significance?

I have been a member of SPE for about 2½ years. I feel that SPE is important because it spans all spectrums of the oil and gas industry. More importantly, it is one of the largest international organizations that facilitate new technologies, ideas, networking, and business and personal relationships.

What do you hope to accomplish for the Delta Section during your term as chairperson?

I would like to see our YP group continue to grow and expand with traditional and nontraditional membership. We want to maintain a strong monthly meeting or social/networking event. So no matter what is going on, the membership knows that some sort of event will take place each month. Lastly, I want to grow the “voice” of the young professional—we are the future of this business.

How has life in the petroleum industry changed in New Orleans since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005?

Since the storm season of 2005, there have been some ups and downs. Some companies have moved, and some people have relocated, so there has been change. But New Orleans continues, and it will continue to be a major hub for the oil patch for years to come.

The Delta Section has contributed to some inspiring charity work in the past. Do you plan on continuing?

Yes. In fact there are two such activities that come to mind. One was in July, where we participated in helping to rebuild a New Orleans city garden. Another outreach event is the Building Louisiana Science and Technology event, which helps promote educational initiatives in the state.

Regarding the success of the Delta Section, what advice would you give a newly formed YP section?

A new section needs strong leadership. It will need individuals who think outside of the box, who will find guest speakers and sponsors for lunch or networking events. You must have a recurring monthly meeting and event. Most importantly, you need to have strong support from the local SPE section. As we say in Louisiana, “Laissez les bon temps roulez”—Let the Good Times Roll!


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