2016 Speakers
O&GA International Conference and Vendor Exhibition extends sincere appreciation to the following conference speakers.

Keynote Speaker
Jim ClaunchJim Claunch is currently Vice President of Operational Excellence for Development and Production USA/Mexico in Statoil. He joined Statoil in 2009 as Vice President of Global Business Services in the Houston office and subsequently held VP of HR positions in Norway and in Houston.
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Keynote Speaker
Elizabeth Schwarze
Liz Schwarze is general manager of Exploration for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, a position she assumed in June 2016.
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Keynote Speaker
ganesh-thakurDr. Ganesh Thakur is Director of Energy Industry Partnerships and Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston.  He is a world-recognized leader in reservoir engineering and management and an established leader in the interdisciplinary practice of RM and waterflood management.
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Proactive, Positioned and Prepared:
Creating a Standout Professional Profile

Karthik RajanKarthik Rajan considers himself a hybrid – a left brain geek and a right brain communicator.  He has 15+ years experience in energy industry, and is a thought leader and LinkedIn expert.

Karthik is one of top bloggers from Houston on LinkedIn and is regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Entrepreneur.com with interviews in Forbes.

For presentation information, please contact Karthik Rajan or visit his LinkedIn profile.  

The Devil Wears Prada……Dental Floss?!
A lighthearted look at an Admin’s career path and the amazing cast of characters encountered along the way.

Julia Melendez_CroppedJulia A. Meléndez is the Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Lee M. Tillman, President and CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation. She joined the company in November 2008.

During her tenure with Marathon Ms. Meléndez has supported the Vice President of international and offshore operations and the Vice President of onshore conventional and resource play operations. Prior to joining Marathon Oil she served as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of AmREIT, a Houston-based Real Estate Investment Trust, and for 22 years as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of The Dinerstein Companies, a Houston-based real estate development and management company. Ms. Meléndez began her career at British Steel Corporation in her native England. She has also lived in Southwest Africa and now proudly calls Houston home.

Ms. Meléndez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of Houston, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Houston Community College.

She is married with 2 adult children and one grandchild, and is willingly owned by her rescues – yellow Labrador Marley-Grace and silver tabby Moose-Oliver.

PANEL SESSION:  A Little Sand Will Make Your Path to Excellence Smoother

2016 OGA CVE PANEL SESSION SLIDERPlanning meetings and events is a job function that requires skills and knowledge of the meeting management industry. In today’s oil and gas economy and within many organizations across the globe, both corporate and association meeting planning is a job function that is frequently being seen as a task that an administrative professional can take on in addition to their other workload.

Come visit with the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau and San Luis Resort, Spa & Convention Center as they answer your questions on negotiating your next meeting or event.
For presentation information, please contact Karin Greene or Allison Vasquez.