Regional Director's Brief — United States and Mexico

September 2022

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Dear SPE members, 

I hope you have been able to take some time off this summer to recharge and re-energize. In this month’s brief, I will share thoughts on the SPE Board elections, the SPE Strategy Planning process, and a few other event highlights from the region.

A successful petition to add nominees to three open positions for the 2023 SPE Board led to an election. Like in any election, every vote counts. I encourage every SPE member to vote. Visit the webpage SPE Election to Board of Directors and vote. In order to have a representative election, we need all SPE members to vote.

The SPE Board of Directors has approved and published in JPT a slate of candidates for the 2023 open positions on the Board using the SPE Nomination and Board Selection Process. In accordance with SPE's bylaws a ballot election is being held between the three successful petition candidates and the Board approved nominees. This vote is only about each candidate’s qualifications against the Board position description. Please review the position description for each of the Board positions. Learn about each of the candidates' qualifications by reviewing their CVs, record of service to SPE, and their responses to the Board Questionnaire.

The SPE Board of Directors and leaders are currently working on updating the SPE Strategic Plan, and they need your help. What areas does SPE need to focus on in the next 3-5 years to continue to serve members? Your input is very important and valuable to update the strategic plan. There are many ways you can share your ideas or thoughts: contact me directly or your Regional and Technical Directors, reach out to your section leaders or check out additional options shared by 2022 SPE President Kamel Ben-Naceur on the SPE website or complete a short survey.

SPE is holding the 2022 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston, TX on October 3-5 at the George R Brown Convention Center. The theme is “Empower Progress. Empower Energy”. It is a great honor to host SPE’s largest and best industry event in our region and in the energy capital of the world. I encourage all SPE members, affiliates and friends to plan to attend and register.

Last month, the SPE Gulf Coast Section hosted the 2022 SPE-GCS Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet. I had the honor to MC the event as Past-section Chair, see deserving STEM High School students in the area receive SPE Scholarships, hand out SPE Regional Awards as Regional Director, see SPE Legion of Honor members and SPE-GCS Award recipients receive their awards and overall, have a night to celebrate SPE volunteers who dedicate their time and energy serving other SPE members and the industry.

Back in April, I attended the 2022 SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) was in Bakersfield, CA. The event was hosted by the SPE San Joaquin Valley Section, and the section did a phenomenal job organizing the first in-person regional meeting event since the pandemic. Jared Paddock was the Conference Chairperson, and the technical program, panel session and keynote speakers included very engaging leaders like the 2023 SPE President Med Kamal, among other industry leaders representing major operators in California. The topics spanned from regulatory challenges and opportunities, subsurface, surface and energy transition. The 2023 Western Regional Meeting will be in Anchorage, Alaska May 22-23, 2023.

For a list of upcoming SPE events, visit the events calendar on SPE.org or your local SPE section or chapter calendar.

Until next time,

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Simeon Eburi
SPE Regional Director - North America (GC/SWNA/WNA)