Peer inside the minds of the Leaders and Legends of Oil and Gas

May 4, 2015

“It became perfectly clear that they were telling Saddam what he wanted to hear…” – Episode 1.

What if you could peer inside the minds of the leaders and legends of the oil and gas industry?

We need energy abundance to continue to grow. Right now, the world relies on our industry to provide the majority of this energy and most of the industry experience is going to retire in the next decade. If we don’t learn from these people, we’re going to let the world down. This is why I started the podcast Crude Conversations.

The goal: to inform and inspire the future leaders of the oil and gas industry so that we can continue to provide energy abundance to the world.

I’m Rohan Irvin, freelance petroleum engineer by day and entrepreneur by night. For the past ten years or so I’ve worked in some pretty interesting parts of the world. From remote India and Qatar to California and Western Australia. In the past 4 years I’ve lived in 5 different cities working with companies big and small, both public and private. I’m also co-founder of Exigo, a tech startup based in Texas with the humble goal of making energy more abundant in the world by empowering those who produce it.

If you looked at my LinkedIn profile, I would not blame you for accusing me of having some kind of commitment phobia. I’ve hopped around like a kangaroo in an ant farm. A fact that has been brought to my attention in more than one interview. But things haven’t worked out too badly for me, in fact I couldn’t be happier right now. I’m building the company of my dreams, with a great team and paying for it all without outside investment (yet). This got me to thinking: What is the right way to manage a career in our industry? And why does changing companies have such a stigma attached to it? After all, wouldn’t a diverse set of experiences make me a more rounded and versatile engineer? (more on these questions in episodes 3 and 4 of the podcast).

While becoming more, ah, “versatile” I had the opportunity to work with some extremely interesting and inspiring individuals. These people taught me so much that has shaped who I am and the decisions I’ve made, including the one to start my own business. This podcast is my way of sharing these conversations so that everyone in our industry can benefit from the experiences, advice and wisdom of those that have come before us. How did your CEO make it through past oil price crashes? I’ll ask her. How did the 32 year old COO of a billion dollar company get to that position at such a young age? I’ll ask him. Thinking about doing an MBA or PhD? I’ll explore the pros and cons with leaders of Industry and Academia.

I opened this post with a quote from my first guest, Bill Arnold. In this episode he talks about his experiences with Saddam Hussein while working for Shell before the first Gulf War and much, much more. My second guest is the most dynamic recruiter in the business, Bodie Nowak from Parkwood International. The main topic conversation – how to stand out from the crowd when you’re in the hunt for a new job. He has some gems of advice and some great stories that can’t be missed.

In each episode I’ll be sitting down with the leaders and legends of the Oil and Gas Industry to deconstruct what makes them tick. What do they do every day to be more effective? What mistakes have they made and what have they learnt from them? Tools, tips and tricks that you can use to advance your career. But to truly be a conversation, I need your input too. I want to know who you want to hear about and what questions you would ask them. You can do this by joining the conversation here then share your unique link with your friends for a chance to earn a bunch of prizes. You can also find me on Twitter @RohanIrvin or LinkedIn.

Thanks for being a part of the conversation.

– Rohan Irvin

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