We had our largest gathering to date at O'Malley's in Anchorage. A combined event with ARCO and BP Alaska Alumni, we ranged in age from under a year old to, oh maybe our 40s??!! Friends gathered for drinks, appetizers and a good time. Door prize winners were Jenny Sutton, BP Alaska, Diane Carson, ARCO, Rysa Locke, BP Alaska and Linda Petrie, ARCO.
Great event, once again, and the turnout was tremendous!;- Tom Walsh, President, PRA and sponsor
Out of towners included Russ Bone, who was in town teaching a gas injection class at COP. Pat and Ken Thompson, Kirk Barker and Louise Osborn continue spending summers in Anchorage and wintering 'down under'. Sponsors PRA were represented by Tom and Chantal Walsh and Patricia Lobel. ConocoPhillips has a number of ARCO alumni working in Anchorage including Jed Chamberlain, Kathy Godsey, Paula Harris, and Eric Pierson who was there with wife Bobbi, Anca Paskvan who is married to Frank who is now consulting. Santos was represented by Bruce Dingeman and Mark Ireland.
After 19 years working for ARCO in Plano, primarily supporting Alaska gas injection projects, Russ Bone went to work for Phillips 66 (now ConocoPhillips) at their research labs in Bartlesville. "In 2016 they shut down the upstream labs and I was laid off with the rest of the group," said Russ. "I then worked for two years for the start-up company that bought the lab equipment, Premier Oilfield Laboratories. Premier also bought NSI, the frac modeling company that Carl Montgomery works for, so I officed in Tulsa with them. While working for Premier, I was doing a lot of consulting for ConocoPhillips, so they made me an offer to come back part-time and I took it. I am now mentoring the next generation at COP, especially about PVT and gas injection. As luck would have it, I will be teaching an EOR school at the same time as the Anchorage alumni event and hope to see some familiar faces there. My wife is not ready for me to retire and be home all the time, so who knows how long I will be doing this."
Alumni who attended for the first time include John and Kristina Hentges, David and Betsy Rees and Marian and Mark Riley. John and Kristina are living in Anchorage, where both their adult children are working in the industry. John retired from ConocoPhillips Alaska.
Great seeing everyone last week and a great happy hour! I always enjoy seeing the photos from that happy hour - Ken Thompson, Pacific Star Energy, event sponsor