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Ken Thompson Talks About What Made ARCO So Special: The Exceptional People

Sep 25 2014 Be the first to comment!

ken pat photoKen shares that he splits his time serving on a few boards and being happily “semi-retired.” “Our family company in Alaska, Pacific Star Energy LLC, teamed with independent AVCG/Brooks Range Petroleum and had a North Slope oil discovery, the Mustang Field, adjacent to ARCO’s Kuparuk River Unit. We recently closed the sale of 90% of our interest in this field to others for cash, a development capital infusion and an overriding royalty. Pacific Star Energy will continue investments on the North Slope,” shares Ken.

Ken Thompson serves on the corporate board of directors of Alaska Air Group (Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air), Coeur Mining (silver & gold mining), Tetra Tech (environmental engineering) and Pioneer Natural Resources (oil & gas independent). Ken is also the chair of a non-profit organization called Provision Ministry Group with various ministries providing direction, leadership and support services to Christian churches and organizations in seven countries.

“With this board work not being full-time, I get to spend more days with my exceptional wife Pat (13 years with ARCO, mainly Dallas HR), our three sons, daughter and four grandchildren in Texas and California. Pat and I spend most of the year in Anchorage, but we “snowbird” in Santa Barbara during the winter,” said Ken.

Ken’s fondest memories from ARCO? “The exceptional people…employees extremely good at what they did but also people with good hearts. ARCO people often accomplished the amazing…at work and in the community. Pat and I both still miss ARCO after all these years but are thankful that the exceptional people from ARCO have made so many other companies better, improving their performance but also the core values of how others are treated and lead.”

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