The 2014-2015 PUG Steering Committee

As a professional organization, the PUG has an open elections process so that our community can elect the members of the board who then serve for two years. Following the elections, the outgoing committee and newly elected candidates meet together for hand over and to plan out the coming year’s activities and to select roles for each committee member. This year we conducted our annual planning meeting and role selection on June 27th at Nexen in Houston.

During the session we review where we are at and where we want to go as an organization, and then agree on the set of roles required to be successful. The roles review and selection process was definitely a challenge this year! With so many committee members wanting to be more engaged and commit time on many of the PUG activities it made it difficult to draw lines around the specific, traditional roles. (These are the kind of problems and challenges a Chairman loves to have!) We also wanted to ensure that priority activities receive more focus and more resources in the coming year.   So the result was to combine several traditional committee roles, remove the “Member at Large” roles, create some duplicate roles (two people leading one area) and create some new roles altogether. These changes would ensure the responsibilities of the Technical and Geospatial Workflows could be shared by two committee members, and a new “Resource Coordinator” role could be created.

And now I present to you the structure of the 2014-2015 PUG Steering Committee! Please congratulate the committee members on their selection to the following roles as shown here and on the PUG Online website: ( ):

  • Chairman: Scott Sitzman
  • Co-Chair: Tarun Chandrasekhar
  • Treasurer & Secretary: Kay Sutter
  • ESRI Liaison: Geoff Wade
  • Regional Liaison: Robert Graham
  • External Relations: Samantha Murray
  • Marketing & Communications: Andrea Le Pard
  • Education: Tom Mueller
  • Resource Coordinator: Gina John
  • Membership: Sam Knight
  • Technical Chairs: Scott Bateman, Jacob Boyle
  • Geospatial Workflow Chairs: Tore Hoff, Sylvain Bard-Maier
  • Professional Discipline: John Sherrill

On a side note, although some may argue that Texas is all that really matters, I am pleased to point out that 6 of the 15 reside in cities outside of Texas! When you consider the committee representation, along with the increase of regional PUGS, it shows that PUG is becoming the global community for GIS Professionals in the petroleum industry.

The Steering Committee is energized and excited about the upcoming year and we are going to be presenting our project plans to the community soon. Once we do it will give everyone a clear idea of what is being done and how volunteers from our community can step up to help with various initiatives. Watch for more information soon!

Scott Sitzman, PUG Chairman

The PUG would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Blueback Reservoir, BP, Coler & Colantonio (a CHA company), Esri, Exprodat, Logic Solutions Group, GeoPropel, Landworks, Schlumberger, TeachMeGIS and Trimble.

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