2018 Ballot

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Candidates for Three Year Terms on SPEE Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Floyd Siegle, presents the following members as candidates for the three positions open on the Board of Directors. All members and associate members may vote. The candidate receiving the most votes for each position will be elected. Each Director will serve for a three-year term beginning in January 2019. SPEE Board members do not represent a region, but rather the Society as a whole. You are urged to consider the qualifications of all candidates, not just those in your own local chapter or area.

In accordance with SPEE Bylaws, Article VII Section 5, voting shall remain open until close of business November 10th, 2018.

Thank you for participating in this very important privilege.

Candidates for Three-Year Terms beginning January 2019

Article VII, Section 5 of the Bylaws refers to “two candidates for each of the three director positions”. Please cast your vote for one candidate in each position.

  • Position 1 – Chuck Boyer and Antony Corrie-Keilig
  • Position 2 – Stephen R. Gardner and Farhad Ghassemi
  • Position 3 – Richard Smith and Douglas M. Wright

Please read all candidate biographies and vote using the form below. You may vote only once.

Position 1 Candidate Biographies

Chuck Boyer

Chuck Boyer joined Schlumberger as a Senior Geologist and is currently Scientific Advisor – Unconventional Reservoirs and the HUB Manager for the Pittsburgh Consulting Services office.  His primary responsibilities focus on managing and operating the Pittsburgh consulting practice which focuses on reserves/A&D, gas storage, and unconventional hydrocarbon evaluation and assessment.  

Chuck started his career at the U.S. Steel Research Center initially as a palynologist and coal petrographer, eventually becoming manager of methane control research which included the Oak Grove 23-well grid - the first commercial coalbed methane production field in the world.  Following this, in 1986 Mr. Boyer co-founded the Unconventional Energy Group, which concentrated on unconventional gas exploration/development; joined ICF Resources in 1988 as Vice President and managed the gas consulting services; co-founded Advanced Resources International in 1991 and as Senior Vice President managed the conventional and unconventional gas consulting practice; founded Dominion Energy Advisors in 1994, serving as a private consultant to domestic and international companies and public institutions; and joined S.A. Holditch & Associates in 1998 following their acquisition by Schlumberger.  

Chuck is one of the few (11) SPEE members located in the eastern US and would like to grow membership in the area such that a section could eventually be formed.  Toward that end, he assisted Joe Young in coordinating the Monograph 4 short course in Pittsburgh in 2017, a first for the region.  Chuck has served as Section Chair of the Pittsburgh Petroleum section of the SPE, as Treasurer of the Energy Minerals Division of the AAPG, was awarded the SPE Regional Service Award, the AAPG Gordon H. Wood, Jr. Memorial Award and the Potential Gas Agency Distinguished Service Award, was recognized as a Centennial Fellow of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and was an SPE Distinguished Author.  He received a BSc in Geological Sciences from Penn State and is a Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Petroleum and Coal Geologist of the AAPG.  

He and his wife Suzanne currently reside near Pittsburgh while their daughter Anna, a recent petroleum engineering graduate of UT Austin, attends the University of Houston Law School.

Antony Corrie-Keilig

Antony has been an SPEE Member since 2014 and has actively led the forming of the Asia Pacific Chapter of the SPEE and is currently the Vice Chair. Rather than take a back seat, Antony would welcome an opportunity to serve on the SPEE Board of Directors and assist the SPEE grow internationally and become the key professional forum on reserves and resources estimation and valuation in the Asia Pacific. Antony values the exchange of ideas, ongoing professional development and championing of ethics that are the hallmarks of the SPEE.

Antony is based in Perth Australia, where he is a Principal Petroleum Engineer with RISC Advisory which has offices in Perth, Jakarta, Dubai and London. The firm specializes in due diligence, reserves and resources evaluations, competent persons’ reports and economic evaluations. He has worldwide experience in reserves and resources estimation to SEC, COGEH and PRMS requirements including advising on compliance. Antony’s particular forte is regulatory compliance within Asia Pacific having signed off as Qualified Reserves Auditor and Evaluator for the ASX, TSX, KLSE and SGX Bourses. 

Antony is Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) in Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Management. He is an Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) Registered Petroleum Engineer (IntPE Aus) and a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). He is also an SPE Certified Petroleum Engineer (SPEC) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Antony is a past chair of the SPE’s Engineering Professionalism sub-committee and has been on steering committees, presented and chaired session in various SPE Applied Technical Workshops (ATWs) on the PRMS and Reserves and Resources Evaluation in the Asia Pacific region.

Antony started his career in Schlumberger and spent 10 years as a well services and completions engineer in various international positions. After leaving Schlumberger he joined Gaffney, Cline and Associates in their Singapore office for four years. Upon returning to Australia he subsequently headed up Senergy’s Asia Pacific Reserves and Asset Evaluation Group before joining RISC Advisory in 2016.

Antony earned a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales, and an M.Sc in Project Management from the University of Adelaide.

Position 2 Candidate Biographies

Stephen R. Gardner

Stephen R. Gardner joined BBVA Compass Bank in 2012, bringing four decades of petroleum engineering experience in domestic and international upstream project evaluations.  He previously worked for El Paso E&P (now EP Energy), DeGolyer and MacNaughton, Williams Energy, and Schlumberger.

Stephen has reservoir and project management experience domestically and internationally and is skilled in economic and government reserves reporting.  He has led diverse personnel groups that have included engineers, geologists, business analysts and IT professionals.  

Stephen earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston.  He is a 35+ year member of SPE and served on the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee on the 2017-18 update to PRMS. Steve is a member of SPEE and is a registered PE in Texas.

Dr. Farhad Ghassemi

Dr. Farhad Ghassemi has over three (3+) decades of oil-field experience in a wide variety of Reservoir Engineering staff and managerial roles and Reserves Audit in Conoco, ConocoPhillips and Shell. He possesses a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and certification as a Registered Professional Engineer in the USA. Farhad has a proven track record of teaching and transforming Petroleum Engineers and Finance staff to become SEC reserves evaluation and reporting experts, making sure the SEC reporting numbers are up to par, defendable, and compliant with the SEC requirements.  He is the author of several SPE and SPEE papers and US Patents. Farhad is a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and a 40-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Farhad started his career with Conoco and spent 25 years working as a reservoir engineer staff in USA, Dubai and Aberdeen.  Recruited by Shell in 2005 as Reserves Audit Manager in The Hague.   He managed a team of 16 professionals from Shell and Ryder Scott Company with the goal of executing independent reserves audits by the Shell Internal Audit function directly reporting to the Shell EP/GP Audit manager and Chief Internal Auditor and Royal Dutch Shell Audit Committee.  The purpose was to provide assurance on the year-end external disclosures relating to Reserves.  He established reserves Audit program and reserves audit standards and followed with travel to all Shell businesses on an annual basis.  Farhad prepared comprehensive audit reports for each audit. He prepared the year-end close out assurance report submitted to the Royal Dutch Shell Audit Committee.  Farhad dramatically improved the status of proved reserves compliance as evidenced by the results of the audits.  

In 2009, Farhad joined the newly created Reserves Assurance and Reporting group in Shell as a Sr. Consultant.  The primary role of RAR organization was to create SEC reserves reporting Requirements, provide global staff training and provide independent compliance of proved reserves and Resource compliance for RDS for external reporting to SEC and internal business use in The Americas and Africa Regions.  The assurance included reservoirs in unconventional plays in USA and South America, giant gas plays in South America, deep water in the Gulf of Mexico, mined oil sands and thermal operations in Canada.  Farhad retired in 2018.  

Farhad and Amy live in Houston and have two sons.  Ramean is a lead Pharmacist for HEB in Houston and Kevin is a marketing manager for BNSF in Philadelphia.  They are both married.  Farhad recently became a proud grand parent of a beautiful baby girl.  His hobbies include bicycle riding, golf, hunting and cooking.  He is a master Chef!

Position 3 Candidate Biographies

Richard Smith

Richard is an independent consultant and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.  A graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in petroleum engineering, he has more than 45 years of worldwide experience, including 25 years in South America, Europe and the Middle East.  He was the Reserves Manager for Maersk Oil in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he initiated and developed a corporate petroleum resource reporting process and system providing 1P, 2P, and 3P SEC compliant corporate reserves reports.  He established a PRMS compliant contingent and prospective resources portfolio management system that was dynamically linked with corporate business and strategy functions.  Richard also is experienced in interfacing with financial and reserves auditors and financial institutions. 

Richard’s first experience with the SPEE Annual Conference was in Amelia Island, Florida. He quickly recognized the value of the society's expertise and focus on reserves economics, the PRMS and SEC standards and an established worldwide standard. Richard served as secretary/treasurer of the European Chapter of the SPEE until he left the UK in 2017 and joined the SPEE Denver Chapter upon his return to Denver after working abroad for 25 years.  He has been a frequent SPEE and SPE speaker on PRMS and SEC compliance issues and particularly enjoys the interactive reserves “puzzlers” presentations of past annual meetings.   

He is a reservoir engineering expert and a published author in integrated studies, simulation and PVT.  Experienced in litigation, equity evaluations and Project Management, his career includes all aspects of operations and subsurface in many of the petroleum basins in the USA, South America, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including tight clastic and carbonate reservoirs, horizontal wells in the USA and internationally with reserves and economics as the common business denominator. 

Richard is fluent in Spanish and continues to try to learn Danish.  Biking to work for six years in Denmark changed his preferred method of transportation and has led to week-long cycling holidays in Europe.  When time permits, he indulges his lifelong passion to play guitar.

Douglas M. Wright

Since 2012, Doug has held a variety of roles within the Calgary Chapter. Starting as Vice-Chairman in 2012, he moved up to Chairman in 2014 and Past Chairman in 2016. Doug has continued to be active at the local chapter level having just completed chairing the committee updating the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook, which was released in early September 2018. Doug is looking forward to serving on the SPEE board of directors and continuing to contribute to SPEE.

Doug is currently working as an independent consultant, providing evaluation advice to various companies and banks.  He has worked at several companies including Texaco, Imperial Oil, Ocean Energy, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Perpetual Energy and Strategic Oil & Gas.  Because of this varied experience, Doug has become well-versed in both NI51-101 and SEC Disclosure over the years.

Doug graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. Doug has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta since 1985. In 2005, Doug received his Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University’s Centre of Innovative Management.

Doug’s father, Walter Wright, founded the Calgary Chapter of SPEE and introduced him to many of the members very early in his career.  Doug became a member of SPEE in 1998.  Early in his tenure as a member, Doug served as Treasurer of the Calgary Chapter and also helped coordinate the SPEE Annual General Meeting in Whistler, BC.


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