2016 SPEE Election Results: SPEE BOD 2017-2019

The 2016 SPEE BOD election has concluded and the results are in!  The membership has elected three new Board Members who will take their seats in January 2017 for a three year term, concluding in December 2019.  The new Board Members elected are:

  • Paul Taylor (Local Chapter Affiliation: Europe)
  • Andrew Forcina (Local Chapter Affiliation: Denver)
  • Joe Young (Local Chapter Affiliation: Dallas)

We wish to thank all of the SPEE Members who ran for election.  SPEE Board members represent the Society as a whole, generating, defining, executing and supporting various initiatives for growth and progression of the Society.  It is the active participation of the membership at large, and especially, the elected leadership of the SPEE, who continue to make this society highly respected across the industry.  This year, 38% of the membership voted in the election.  If you voted, we are grateful for your participation.  If you didn't vote this year, we encourage you to participate in the voting process next year.


Thank you for your consideration,

SPEE Executive Committee
Gary Gonzenbach, 2016 Past President
Dee Patterson, 2016 President
Floyd Siegle, 2016 Vice President
Simon McDonald, 2016 Secretary/Treasurer



Paul Taylor

Paul was actively involved in forming the European Chapter of the SPEE in 2009 and subsequently served as Chair in 2011.  Rather than take a back seat, he then returned to the chapter committee in 2014 as Treasurer and is currently serving as Vice Chair.  Paul believes that no other organization has the collective knowledge and experience that the SPEE brings to the subject of reserves evaluation and as such has a vital role to play in the wider industry.  Paul would welcome an opportunity to serve on the SPEE Board of Directors and support the running of this great organization.

Paul is based in the UK and is president of McDaniel International Inc. which has offices in Calgary, Canada and Guildford (near London), UK.  The firm specializes in geological studies, reserves evaluations, resource assessments, economic evaluations and petroleum engineering studies.  McDaniel International is a subsidiary of the Canadian based McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. and works exclusively on properties outside of Canada.  Paul is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and a Professional Engineer (Foreign Licensee) with APEGA in Canada.

Paul started his career with Shell International and spent 15 years working as a reservoir engineer in the UK, Brunei and Oman.  After leaving Shell, he then went to work with a number of different independents based in the UK: Enterprise Oil; Canadian Natural Resources, PetroKazakhstan; and Pioneer Natural Resources.  In 2006 he joined McDaniel International.

Andrew Forcina

Andrew has been an active member of SPEE since joining in 2009 and is running for the board to help further SPEE’s mission of advancing the profession of Petroleum Evaluation Engineering.  He has led the Denver Chapter’s discussion on Ethics and is currently the Chairman of the Denver SPEE Chapter.  In light of low commodity prices, for the 2016 campaign the Denver Chapter took on the theme of “Feeling The Pain” which involved sponsoring a Spring Soirée and a short term reduction in cost of meeting attendance to give back, enhance professional development, and build up the local membership.

Andrew began his career with Texaco North American Production in California’s heavy oil steam floods as a production engineer.  He then worked as lead petroleum engineer for a small private company in the Williston Basin implementing carbonate development projects with water-floods and horizontal drilling.  In 2005 he moved to Denver and began working on various unconventional plays throughout the Rockies in coal bed methane, tight gas sands, and shales with WPX and Encana providing reserves, reservoir analysis, and economic modeling.  He has provided Expert witness testimony in North Dakota and Wyoming and is well versed in SEC reserves reporting, rate transient analysis, and oil and gas economic evaluations.  He has conducted numerous evaluations of rank wildcat prospects, provided development planning solutions, and generated resource play development strategies as an employee and consultant.  Andrew currently works as Director of Business Development for Solutions Energy LLC and as an independent consultant.

Andrew earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999 and has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1996.  He is a registered Professional Engineer licensed in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. He and his wife Sarah have three sons and live in Denver, CO.

Joe Young

Joe’s career covers 34 years, starting as a Reservoir Engineer for Mesa Petroleum.  There he prepared reserve estimates, economic evaluations, capital budgets, revenue and deliverability forecasts, acquisition evaluations, and special projects.  This reservoir engineering and evaluation work covered the Permian Basin, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain and Canadian properties.  He performed field studies and designed and implemented projects including pressure transient testing, infill drilling and waterflooding. 

Joe then joined Matador Petroleum Corporation as Acquisitions Manager where he prepared reserves on all of the company’s properties and identified, evaluated and submitted offers for all reserve acquisitions.  As Vice President, he was also responsible for oversight of the third-party engineering firm for independent estimate of company reserves.  As Executive Vice President, Joe was responsible for reserve evaluations for borrowing base updates and internal investment decision making as well as performing reserve analysis, economic feasibility, geologic review, and risk assessment determinations for all drilling locations.  His responsibility included the analysis and selection of wells to be drilled from internally generated prospects and outside submittals.

In 1994, Joe founded Blanco Energy, Inc. to generate and implement drilling and workover opportunities in the Permian Basin and Mid-Continent areas. He also performed property evaluations and reservoir studies on a consulting basis for clients in an associate evaluator’s role with firms LaRoche and NSAI.

Joe joined LaRoche Petroleum Consultants in 2000 and is currently a Senior Partner.  At LPC he prepares and oversees preparation of reserve estimates, economics and reserve reports for clients.  Evaluations include SEC-compliant filings for public companies, reserve and economic evaluations, fair market value estimates, field studies, acquisitions and divestiture studies, reservoir studies and deliverability studies for plants and pipelines.  The assets analyzed in these studies include both unconventional and conventional reservoirs in basins across North America.

Joe has served as a Chapter officer for the Dallas SPEE Chapter for the last four years and is currently Chairman.  He is a member of SPEE, SPE, AAPG, SIPES and IPAA.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from West Texas A&M University.  Joe is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.