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Enter O&GA’S Annual BIG Raffle and Win!


O&GA’s BIG Raffle gives participants a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes donated by our wonderful vendors and supporters!   Proceeds will go toward O&GA programs and scholarships with a portion to Autism research.

Purchase 1 ticket for $10.00 or 5 6 tickets for $50.00 – purchase five and get a bonus ticket free! 

You may make your ticket purchases below or by contacting O&GA International at  O&GA Leadership team members may also have tickets for purchase.  Online ticket sales end at 12:00 PM June 14th!  Winners will be announced LIVE at the 4th Annual Oil & Gas Admins International Conference and Vendor Exhibition.  Be sure to bookmark and like our Facebook page to be a part of the action!  Ticket purchasers do not have to be present to win.  

Want to be a part of the action?  DONATE A RAFFLE ITEM >>

We sincerely appreciate our raffle sponsors and encourage you to support their businesses.  Thank you very much for supporting Oil & Gas Admins International!


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THANK YOU for Helping Us Celebrate Our Outstanding Supporters at the O&GA Vendor Appreciation Event – an Old Hollywood Affair!

This past Friday was a BLAST!  Everyone came out Old Hollywood style to help Oil & Gas Admins International celebrate outstanding vendors!  We truly thank everyone that attended and appreciate you for sharing your Memorial Day weekend with us!  Congratulations to all the award recipients!  Check out the award recipient and event photos below! ⇓

Attendees were WOWED by the beautiful decor!  Tables were adorned with roses and crystal with beautiful gold table cloths and chair covers.  Large old Hollywood photos covered the rooms, setting the perfect scene.  A walk down the red carpet led to hand-carved Oscar inspired statues and even a hand-carved Lion’s head – all courtesy of Imagine That!

Along with the mingling and enjoyment, My Event is the Bomb provided an interactive photo booth that gave attendees an opportunity to let their hair down and have a lot of fun.  To top it off, P’s & Q’s Beverage Services served delicious champagne, wine and other beverages to go with the theme of the event.


As the ceremony drew near, attendees enjoyed a DELICIOUS food spread of Ahi tuna, White Cheddar Grits topped with braised beef, and a fabulous salad bar provided by Bailey Connor Catering.  The desserts of strawberry shortcake and flaming S’more shooters nearly stole the show!

The entire exceptional event was hosted by HSR Event Center.  We sincerely appreciate their hospitality and their phenomenal facility.  The room they provided for our award reception was appointed with a giant screened wall that displayed the logo of each honoree and was the talk of the event!

Every aspect of the event was wonderfully captured by MIM Television.

We encourage you to partner with our fabulous event sponsors.  Please see their contact information below.

HSR Event Center Elise Sartwelle 
Buffy Scott 
Bailey Connor Catering Veronika Millstid-Levine
Imagine That! Peggy Mejia Courtney | 281-444-9022
P’s and Q’s Beverage Service Karan Johnson |
My Event is the Bomb Malik McGhie |
MIM Television Nick Jones |

Thank you once again for joining us and we definitely missed you if you could not attend!  

O&GA Leadership Team



A Sincere THANK YOU to Courtyard by Marriott Houston Westchase for Hosting O&GA International’s Networking Event!

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We are sending out a huge THANK YOU to Courtyard by Marriott Houston Westchase for hosting O&GA International’s networking event May 9th!  Our hosts gave our attendees a treat when they surprised us with a fun photo booth provided by My Event is the Bomb!  There were many new faces in attendance and many new relationships were formed!

A sincere thank you to Thuy Pham, Dual Sales Manager, and Kendra Ketter, Director of Sales at Courtyard by Marriott Houston Westchase for making the event a great success.  We encourage you to partner with Courtyard by Marriott Houston Westchase.  To learn more about their wonderful hotel and services, please contact Thuy at or call 713.576.5541.

Thank you to everyone that joined us!  See event photos below.

We’re Stepping Out Old Hollywood Style! O&GA International is Celebrating Outstanding Vendors May 26th!

Oil & Gas Admins International is celebrating Outstanding Vendors and it’s an old Hollywood affair!  Get ready to call upon your inner Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Dandridge, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier, Humphrey Bogart and the like as we honor vendors that have shown tremendous support to the administrative and support professionals in the oil and gas industry.

Friday, May 26th

HSR Event Center – 2401 W. Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX  77054

6:00 – 10:00 PM

Old Hollywood

Nominate your outstanding vendors for well deserved appreciation awards.  If you are a vendor, we want to see you there so we can show you lots of love!  Register below ⇓

The host venue is generously sponsored by HSR Event Center with delicious food sponsored by Bailey Connor Catering, beautiful decor sponsored by Imagine That!, and beverages sponsored by P’s and Q’s Beverage Service.

For questions, contact Sherry Grantham

Happy Administrative Professionals Day from Oil & Gas Admins International

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Today we celebrate the office heroes.  The backbone of oil and gas companies.  The ones that work tirelessly and sometimes thanklessly behind the scenes.  The Administrative Professional.

Oil & Gas Admins International was formed to celebrate those heroes.  In 2013 after researching and finding that there were no trade organizations or associations in the oil and gas industry that focused specifically on the career and personal development of administrative and support professionals (and after the initial shock), Oil & Gas Admins International was established to provide those opportunities.

The oil and gas industry had long recognized the importance of developing their employees and providing places to network, share best practices and lessons learned and to create industry standards through organizations like SPE (established in 1957) for Petroleum Engineers, AAPG (established in 1917) and SEG (established in 1930) for Geologists and Geophysicists, and IADC (established in 1962) for Drilling and Completion Engineers, but had missed an opportunity to create those same avenues for support professionals, thus O&GA was formed!

O&GA works to expose oil and gas administrative and support professionals to industry information and technologies to develop the necessary skills required for career advancement and to most effectively support the global and diverse oil and gas industry. The O&GA Professional Certification ensures oil and gas administrative professionals produce outstanding results for industry corporations and professionals.

The annual Oil & Gas Admins International Conference and Vendor Exhibition offers information, connections, inspiration and motivation to help oil and gas professionals succeed and excel in a challenging and demanding industry. It is a one-day conference scheduled to be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM with a vendor exhibition during lunch from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

The world operates in no small part thanks to the oil and gas industry.  No oil and gas company works well without a good foundation and a strong and solid support system. Today, we recognize that support system.  The unsung heroes.  The Oil & Gas Administrative and Support Professionals.

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Mary Alaniz, Lead Admin Career Path & Mentoring Ambassador

Mary Alaniz is the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Surface in GE Oil & Gas.

Mary’s background encompasses Upstream, Downstream and Midstream Oil & Gas C-level Executive support. She began her Oil & Gas career in 2005 and has since worked for companies such as Tejas Power Corporation, VetcoGray, ConocoPhillips, BP and GE Oil & Gas.

Throughout her career, Mary has seen the evolution of the Oil & Gas business transition with spinoffs, acquisitions, mergers and Newco startups. Her ability to adapt to change has been instrumental in her professional growth from receptionist to Senior Executive Assistant to a company Officer.

Mary has made a successful career in the administrative field and advocates the importance and value of Administrative Assistants in the workplace as well as the need for mentoring and continuing education to administrative employees.

She holds an Associates in Secretarial Science from Texas Southmost College and has earned both the CPS (Certified Professional Secretary and CAP-OM (Certified Administrative Professional- Organizational Management) accreditations and most recently the OGAPC (Oil &Gas Admins Professional Certification).

Mary and her husband, J.D. live in Katy, TX with their two sons. She is an avid soccer fanatic and enjoys volunteering at the local high school’s booster club for the National Honor Society and the Fine Arts Theater Company.

TopGolf in Spring Hosted O&GA International’s North Houston Networking Event and it was a BLAST!

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TopGolf hosted O&GA’s networking event Tuesday, April 4th and it was a BLAST!  Attendees filled their bellies with delicious chicken and beef fajitas with all the trimmings, nachos, donut holes and drinks.  They had the chance to work off a few pounds and have a lot of fun by hitting some golf balls in the golf bays reserved for the event.  

Marc Williams, TopGolf’s Event Sales Manager, gave a great overview of TopGolf’s fantastic meeting and event options.  Patty Inzana, O&GA’s Lead Ambassador for ExxonMobil, echoed Marc’s overview by sharing that when she’s partnered with TopGolf, their services were nothing short of spectacular!

We truly appreciate everyone that joined us and we encourage you to reach out to Marc Williams at or 281.602.3358 to schedule a tour and/or to plan your next event!  


Make the Most of Attending an O&GA Networking Event!

Oil & Gas Admins International is dedicated to providing fantastic networking opportunities for our members and supporters.  Each month we partner with outstanding venues to host our events.  Attendees from varying oil and gas companies and backgrounds as well as vendors and supporters attend these events in hopes of establishing new relationships, cultivating old relationships, discovering new venues and having lots of fun.  

Take a look at the infographic below to discover how to make the most of O&GA monthly networking events.  Click the image to view and print.