Driltek Staff






Proven Operations and Engineering Manager demonstrating effective leadership and enthusiasm in all aspects of the job. Excels at problem solving, improving operating costs, capital efficiency and production.




Vice President Thermal Operations, California Resources Corporation, Bakersfield, CA

2014 - 2015

California Resource Corporation spun off from Oxy December 1, 2014.

Profit and Loss accountability for business unit.

Led 180 employees to successfully implement capital program to grow production. Met goal while maintaining positive free cash flow and beating Opex plan.

Operations Manager, Occidental USA, Bakersfield, CA

2012 - 2014

Accountable for forming operations department in new heavy oil business unit with goals of quickly increasing production while meeting strict safety and cost standards. Led team of 80 office and field operations staff to grow production while beating IIR safety targets of 0.8 and 0.7 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Concurrently reduced OPEX as a result of process improvements to water softening, H2S treating, maintenance scheduling and field employee engagement.

Field Operations Manager / Production Engineering Manager, Occidental Oil and Gas, Kingdom of Bahrain

2009 - 2012

Seconded to Tatweer Petroleum, a joint venture of Occidental, BAPCO and Mubadalla Petroleum whose goal was to double production for the Kingdom under a cost and production sharing agreement.

July 2009 to December 2010 - Deputy field operations manager for Tatweer. Accountable for day to day support for both Khuff gas (1.1 BCFD) and oil production (35,000 BOPD and 300 MMCFD associated gas). Beat IIR goal of 1.00 with a 0.7 record.

January 2011 to November 2012 - Production Engineering Manager leading a team of 15 engineers and 6 technicians.

Operations Engineering Lead, Occidental of Elk Hills, Tupman, CA

2005 - 2009

Accountable for effective and safe implementation annual expense work-over budget and capital completion and work-over budget. Led 19 direct reports and 22 work-over service rigs. Performed an average of 800 work-overs and completions per year on wells ranging in depth from 2,000 to 11,000 feet.

Manager of Operations, Aera Energy LLC, Bakersfield, CA

1997 - 2005

Aera Energy LLC spun off from Mobil and Shell in 1997.

1997 to 1998 - Profit and Loss accountability for South Belridge Field's 80,000 BOPD oil treating plant and 800,000 BWPD water treating plant. Led team of 47 hourly and 6 front line supervisors to safely and effectively operate and improve treating processes.

1998 to 2000 - Team lead for reporting segment of a Y2K SAP implementation project with Shell USA and Aera. Brought in project 15% under $4 million budget ahead of time for year 2000 financial and maintenance reporting.

2000 to 2005 - Subsurface Manager South Belridge, Lead 5 engineers and 4 well analysts and 1 subsurface maintenance foreman and 22 maintenance service rigs. Goal was to improve mean time between failure (MTBF) for non subsidence wells. MTBF goal reached with sustained rate of 0.47 in 2005 from 0.7 in 2000 through root cause failure analysis and improved lift design.

Engineering Supervisor, Reservoir Engineer, Operations Engineer, Mobil Oil Corporation, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wyoming, California

1976 - 1997

1991 to 1997 - Operations Supervisor at 40,000 BOPD Belridge field (1991 to 1994) and area Operations Supervisor 10,000 BOPD San Ardo (1994 to 1997). Key team leader for implementation of Mobil's Heavy Oil investment strategy in both engineering and field wide operations.

1986 to 1991 - Reservoir Engineer for Oklahoma water-floods and then California heavy oil projects. Partnered with corporate planning in Fairfax to evaluate and present $1 billion heavy oil project to senior management. Project approved and implementation started 1991.

1983 to 1986 - Production Supervisor Santa Fe Springs, CA. P&L accountaility for 2,300 BOPD operation with 44 hourly employees. Lead team to improve union management relations and cost performance.

1976 to 1983 - Operations Engineer in Guymon Oklahoma, Mason Michigan Lindsay Oklahoma, Casper Wyoming. Performed artificial lift optimization for beam lift and ESPs which improved rate and MTBF. Worked with reservoir, drilling and state agencies to conduct open flow potential tests for Hugoton dry gas, Texas Panhandle deep condensate and North Dakota deep, sour Red River gas condensate wells.




MBA. Business Finance, UCLA, Los Angeles 2000

B.S. Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville 1976



  • OPEX and CAPEX control and efficiency
  • Production enhancement
  • Organization design and development
  • Business analysis and planning
  • Effective Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Collaborative Problem Solving