I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to a promising new year. The oil price forecast may look bearish, but our 2016 SPE Luncheon speaker lineup is extremely bullish. We will kick off the 2016 luncheons at the Summit Club on January 13th. Nate Allman will be presenting his topic entitled “"Innovation in the Oilfield: How Best Management Practices Have Reduced the Impacts of Unconventional Development.” Please take advantage of the early bird signup which offers a reduced luncheon price. Some of you may be wondering why we have changed the fee structure for the luncheons, so I want to take a second to explain. The Mid-Continent SPE board works hard to put together these luncheons for our members. In doing this, we must book venues and speakers months in advance and typically have to have a head count turned in to the venue one week prior to the luncheon date. The past strategy has been to overestimate the head count when reporting it a week in advance; however this has led to issues with overpayment due to overestimation of the head count. It has also led us to have to turn people away (who hadn’t pre-registered) due to inadequate seating. In order to better enable us to mitigate these issues, we have offered an incentive to pre-registering. You can find these details on page 6 of the newsletter.
Our next YPE Event will be January 14th, at the Dustbowl in Downtown Tulsa. The event will start at 5:30 and last until 7:30pm. I encourage all YPE members to come out for fellowship and networking with your colleagues.
It is still not too late to renew your SPE membership. Please take the time to do so if you have not already.
As a graduate of LSU, I am proud to say that I will NOT be rooting for the SEC in the NCAA football championship game. May the force of the Tiger mascot be with the little tigers from the East. GEAUX Clemson.