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Vincent Benoit. Celebrating 15th year with Crosby Energy Services!

This Month Vincent Benoit is celebrating 15 years with Crosby Energy Services.  I am grateful for the hard work, loyalty, and dedication Vince has shown for the past 15 years and we(Crosby) are glad to have him on our team,” stated Valerie Villion, Crosby Energy

How did you get started in this business?
After graduation from Nicholls in 2005, I began working as a dispatcher and purchasing agent for Major Equipment and Remediation in Amelia. In March of 2006, I was hired by Crosby (then known as C&D) to create requisitions for Shell using their global SAP enterprise software.

What was your first job?
I was a student employee for the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Bayou Boeuf Lock in Morgan City.

Do you remember your first day at Crosby?
I’ve been a Shell contractor for my entire tenure with Crosby. I believe on my first day, I sat behind Mr. Roy Donaldson and began learning the SAP Requisitioning process.

What is your best work memory?
I think the MCT SPU (Morgan City Terminal – SAP Processing Unit) crawfish boils would rank pretty high in this category!

What has been your biggest challenge?
Keeping up with SAP system upgrades and updates. Learning how to manage new workflow processes and figure out best practices to ensure that things continue smoothly for our customers and stakeholders.

What skills are you most proud of?
I’m pretty proud of my SAP expertise mentioned above. I have a knack for spotting and preventing errors. I don’t catch them all, but my teammate Jarrod Leblanc and I have a pretty good track record so far. I’m also proud of my ability to interface with folks from all facets of the organization to help get the job done. I’m also pretty good at troubleshooting computer issues before we have to call the helpdesk!

What were the greatest challenges you faced at work?
As an SAP Requisition specialist, the greatest challenges have been in this realm. SAP is a very temperamental piece of software, and you have to adapt to change to keep the procurement of goods and services going smoothly.  

How did they help you grow as an individual?
These challenges have taught me to try and have patience with myself and others and that nobody is perfect.

What advice would you have for other employees facing similar challenges?
Have patience with yourself and others, and nobody is perfect. Keep showing up every day and chip away until you get it right. Take good notes!

What were you working at when you most enjoyed work? What was the work environment like then?
I think the time I most enjoyed was when we had the big team over at the MCT SPU trailer complex. We were all together in one building and worked as a cohesive unit.  

Is there a colleague from work that has inspired you in your life?
Jarrod Leblanc. I consider him a friend as well as a coworker.

What do you regret most in your tenure?
I’ve been fortunate enough to say that I have no regrets in my tenure. I keep looking ahead and take it one day at a time.

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned from your coworkers?
Slow down and be patient, and keep going.

Can you describe your career in one word?
Dedication.

Add additional comments?
I appreciate the recognition here. It’s been an honor to serve for these last 15 years, and I look forward to the next…

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Michael Berly: Retiring after 37 Years!

On February 17th Michael Berly retired after 37 years in the Oil and Gas business. We are so proud to have been part of his journey. In this post, we ask Michael a few questions about his career…

How many years in this industry?
37 years in the oilfield since I took an eight-year break while I was in the army at age 30

How did you get started in this business?
My dad put me to work one week after graduation. At the time, it was best.

What was your first job?
My first job was painter sandblaster.  

What skills are you most proud of?
Most proud of my troubleshooting skills and knowledge of P&ID’s. 

 What were the greatest challenges you faced at work? How did they help you grow as an individual?
My greatest challenge was making it through numerous oilfield crunches. And my time in Africa planning shut down turn arounds.
This helped in improving my P&ID skills and my cultural knowledge of other countries. 

What advice would you have for other employees facing similar challenges?
The advice I would give is never to be afraid to ask questions, find your P&iD’s and start tracing lines.  

What were you working at when you most enjoyed work? What was the work environment like then?
I most enjoyed my Overseas work; it was fast-paced and multicultural. Some of the stories you would hear of their countries were awesome. 

What is your best work memory?
 My best memory should have been my last day of work. But wow, the weather made it truly difficult.

 Who and what will you miss most?
 I will miss Crosby, for they have probably been the best company in caring for the worker and taking care of any matter they had control of.

What was the best thing about this industry?
The industry’s best thing is finding and working with a crew that supports each other without hiding knowledge of growth.

 Can you describe your career in one word?
 “interesting”

Any comments that you want to add?
I want to thank Crosby for allowing me to work for them and always being there and taking care of their personnel. May God bless your company in growth and prosperity.
Thank you, Megan and all of Crosby, for always being there and helping to the best of your abilities. Over and beyond.

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Congratulations, Roger Kearnes. Celebrating 11th year with Crosby Energy Services!

Roger Kearnes is celebrating 11 years with Crosby Energy Services. 

I asked Roger if I could interview him about his career, and with Roger’s classic northerner response, he said
‘You Betcha”…

What are your hobbies?
Golf weather permitting, visiting new places to paddleboard, spending as must time Face timing with my three grandchildren. And of course, spending time with those friends with boats or snowmobiles, I am always up for a good time. And now that the gyms are open again, I’m getting started back into that.

How did you get started in this business?
I was working as the Operations Manager for Lowes home improvement (worked my way up from the bottom “17 years”), but I wanted to move my life in another direction, so I applied for a position with C&D Production. I did a skype interview with Rob Juul and Mike Crosby, and after maybe a week, I was hired. I started as an HSE Manager/Payroll/Assistant Manager/Accounts for our area. Not long after, my Operations Manager resigned, so I took advantage of the opportunity and proved to everyone in the Cutoff office that I could do this job and not fail. Obviously, they had the right person for the job.

Do you remember your first day at Crosby?
I do. At first, I was overwhelmed, but when things started coming into play, and with a lot of help from the office, I quickly got a handle on things.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Weather-SNOW is about my biggest challenge. If you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes, and it will change. I have been in some very hair-raising situations throughout my career with Crosby driving on various highways, especially Interstate 80. The wind blows here all year round, and with snowdrifts 3 feet high.
Another challenge is making sure we hire people looking for long-term employment and not just here to collect a paycheck. I guess these days, this is a universal problem.

What advice would you have for other employees facing similar challenges?
Take your time selecting the right person for the job. Ask yourself if you would want this person working for you directly or if you owned this business would you spend all this money to hire, train and develop this person.

What is your best work memory?
Meeting my wife, Tammy !! We had operators working for shell in Colorado when they were doing exploration there. While staying at the Holiday inn for weeks on in, she would always be my waitress. She knew I had an Ice tea with lemon, and as soon as I sat down at the table, she would bring it.

Well, I kept on telling myself I would never date someone working in a Bar/restaurant, but as fate would have it, we started dating. However, she still had to make it through the process of approval. The first would be my Daughters, of course. Next is my personnel Manager Jayme. I bet you are asking why Jayme? Since Jayme started ten years ago, we have been in each other’s corners ( the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing). Then we had a golf tournament in Pinedale, WY, that Mike Crosby, his wife, Rob Juul, and his wife attended, so they got to meet Tammy first hand. They both really liked her, and later on, Rob Juul attended our wedding in Colorado. Tammy and I have been married for five years. So it is obvious… we are all family here at Crosby.

What do you like best about working here?
Everyone throughout the company is like family. You are not just a number. The Crosby Family knows how to treat their employees and retain them.

What advice do you give someone starting out in this business?
Work hard and have a vision for success, even through challenging times. Never tell a customer NO because somebody out there is willing to tell them YES. Always have a plan. Treat your employees with respect, as you would want to be treated. Lastly, get to know your employees and build your inner circle.

 

Add any additional comments:
I would like to say THANK YOU, Jayme. She has been a big part of our business out here. Jayme has done many things behind the scene. We have worked together for ten years with ups and downs but have always managed to pull it all together.

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Congratulations, Ed Thomas. Celebrating 15th year with Crosby Energy Services!

This January, Ed is celebrating 15 years with Crosby Energy Services and 54 years in the Oil and Gas business. “Ed Thomas has been an essential part of our organization’s journey and success. I am eternally grateful for the dedication and passion he has shown,” stated Mike Crosby

In this post, we ask Ed a few questions about his career…

Can you tell me a few things about you and your family?
Sarah and I celebrated 54 years of marriage this past October. We are thankful that the lord has granted us these years together. We have been blessed with two children, Dee and Dajuan, additionally. We have 5 grandchildren of which we are so proud.

What are your hobbies?
Golf has been my only Hobby, however: due to back problems, that’s not an option. I also enjoy spending time with family and traveling.

How did you get started in this business?
I began working in the Oilfield for Kerr McGee in 1967, then went to work for Shell Oil and retired after 31 years. This was great training grounds.

Do you remember your first day at Crosby? What was it like back then?
Very interesting question; C&D/Crosby did not have any onshore operations. I was asked by (Bobby St Pierre) if I was interested in working for C&D back then. My immediate response was, “Work” I had been retired for 6years, and I really wasn’t interested in working. I asked what the job expectations were. They said to call on Shell out in Granbury, Texas, take them to lunch and play a little golf with the customers. So I am thinking I play golf every day because I was marshaling at a golf course and was definitely eating. So you are going to pay me to do that. When I started calling on other companies, it was a challenge because most of my career, I was on the other side of the desk where people were calling on me. But it did not take me long to catch on.

How many people in the office back then?
I was initially a one-man show, and I worked out of my house, used hotel rooms to conduct interviews, and hired people. Years later, as the business grew, Mike wanted to set up an office. We had a total of 3 people to handle recruiting, hiring, buying trucks, tools, and HSE. It has come a long way.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Trying to cover a large region and keep up with clients that change constantly.

What do you like best about working here?
It’s hands down the family and small company environment. It doesn’t take long to get decisions made.  

What advice do you give someone starting out in this business?
Be patient, build relationships, maintain those relationships, and operate ethically. Note: If you don’t like what’s happening today, it will change tomorrow.

Crosby is a good family-owned company, and they care about their people. I can tell you; I have been treated like family for years. It was not an easy task growing the onshore business, and it took a lot of help from the Larose office staff. Mike Crosby spent a lot of time with me traveling to North La, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico; most of it was driving. We really got to know and respect each other.

The question I often get is when will I retire; the answer is when I become non-productive.

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An Interview with Stuart Edmondson: Retiring after 46 Years!

In August Stuart Edmondson retired after 46 years in the Oil and Gas business. We are so proud to have been part of his journey. In this post, we ask Stuart a few questions about his career…

How did you get started in this business?
I got a summer job in 1974 after high school at Shell and got hired after.

What was your first job?
I was hired as a maintenance c roustabout with Shell.

What skills are you most proud of?
My ability to work with others and be a mentor to the younger guys.

What were the greatest challenges you faced at work? How did they help you grow as an individual? What advice would you have for other employees facing similar challenges?
Shut-ins, they helped me be calm in a critical situation. Don’t panic when something happens. Think about what is going on and go from there.

What were you working at when you most enjoyed work? What was the work environment like then?
When I was operating at GI 22L was the most enjoyable job. It was the best group of guys who worked well together, which created a great environment.

What was your best work memory?
It was a bonding experience when we stayed for a hurricane and maintained the generator and caring for ourselves. We really created a bond.

Is there a colleague from work that has inspired you in your life?
Andrew Carr the lead at GI 22L. He was the most inspiring person I worked with. His people skills and calm manner and patience as he assisted with problems and showing you the right way to do things.

What do you regret most in your tenure?
I regret that I never really got the hang of pneumatics and troubleshooting panel problems.

Who and what will you miss most?
I will miss all the guys at GI 22L. They were all a great group of guys especially the young guys I was working with.

What was the best thing and worst thing about this industry?
The best is you only work 1/2 a year. The worst thing is you miss your family and important family events. It’s important that you get along with those you work with because that’s your other family.

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned from your co-workers?
My co-workers at GI 22L showed me that if everyone works together the work atmosphere is better, which leaves everyone with a better attitude and work is easier, less stressful and safer because you are focused on the job at hand.

Can you describe your career in one word?
Gratifying.

What were some of the unexpected challenges that you faced in your current position, and how did you overcome them?
The shut-ins because it involved so many components. I overcame them with the help of the lead operator. I slowly learned the steps to get it back online.

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Did you really expect your supervisor to be so awesome?
The two foremen were great, they never barked even had hands-on when things went south. I enjoyed working for Eric Jester and Grant Guinn, two great guys. Megan Hebert was always there for any need and always responded quickly. I also enjoyed working with her.

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An Interview with Ouida: 15 Year Work Anniversary!

This month Ouida Plaisance is celebrating her 15 year anniversary working at Crosby Energy Services. In this post, we ask Quida a few questions about the last 15 years…

Please tell us a few things about you and your family?
I have been married to my husband Ronnie for 45 years.  With Ronnie being a musician we were able to tour the country for several years before we started our family. We have two daughters Kristie, now 43 and Paul 29, a big gap I know, I don’t know what we were thinking. We’ve lived in Houma, Cut Off, Murfreesboro, TN, and Pensacola, Florida.  We go to Memphis, TN every chance we get to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters, Jillian -11 and Allison -9.

What are your hobbies?
I have also been called a “Roadie/Groupie” for most of my life, a job that has provided me with so many wonderful experiences.  Being a wife, mom and “Nana” takes up most of the time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My greatest joy is undeniably my family.

Do you remember your first day?
My first day was overwhelming as most first days are, however, everyone at the company offered me any help they could give me from their areas.

What were you first hired to do?
Initially, I was hired to handle all aspects of Benefits as well as Billing.  I would do everything from calculating and paying our insurance provider portions to sit down with each new hire and going over each page of their benefits package with them. A great opportunity to get to know employees.  I also did all the billing for the company, at that time we provided contract labor for 5 vendors.

How many people in the office back then?
If memory serves me correctly, C & D Production as we were called had 8 employees in Accounting and Production.

How has your job changed over the years?
As the company grew I was given the opportunity to choose Benefits or Billing and I chose Billing.  Since that time the billing department has grown from being a 2 1/2 day a week job for one person to a department of 6.

What has been your biggest achievement/success?
Challenges – With the growth of the company we were expected to learn and execute countless different Billing Programs and different Billing Styles per each customer.  With challenges comes accomplishments and success.

What do you like best about working here?
I love my “Work Family”!  I have a support system that over the years, has shared my joys and helped me through my lows.  I absolutely love being able to start my day off with devotion, what a privilege.  I am thankful for the growth and the knowledge I have acquired, and if I am completely honest the fact that I live down the street from the office has been a big plus.

 

 

 

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Congratulations Omar Olivo!

Shell awarded Omar Goalie of the month and the quarter for identifying a potential hazard.

Omar was at a well doing a separator cleanout. He noticed an operator doing the LOTO had a green hat, he called the lead operator and verified that the operator was not certified to perform the LOTO. The lead operator went over to the location, and step by step went over the process and all the permits with the green hard hat EE.

Omar received $500 from Shell and $500 Crosby match, for a total of $1000.00

Great Job, Omar!

 

Goalie award Omar Olivo

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CES Award Recipient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Bean

Congratulations, Aaron Bean! BSEE has recognized him with one of their coins for outstanding performance during an annual inspection. The inspectors were very impressed with his knowledge and hands-on experience. In addition, he has received the CES Safety Award for excellence in safety, along with a $50 gift card and CES Excellence shirt. Aaron works at Cox-SMI 236, Tiger Shoals


 

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Press Release

NEWS

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Crosby Energy Services launches a new safe driving campaign
“Safe Driving Matters”

Kermit, TX November 2018– Crosby Energy Services launches a driver safety awareness initiative called Safe Driving Matters, aimed at reducing incidents and saving lives. Ed Thomas, General Manager at Crosby Energy Services will play a key role in promoting the campaign throughout the region. “I spend most of my days on the roads and highways in the Midland/Odessa area, and I know that getting back to the basics will save lives”

“This campaign is a wake-up call to our employees that safe driving matters,” said Rick Koch HSE Director for Crosby Energy Services. As a safety professional, Rick has seen firsthand the devastating impact of unsafe driving. “Traffic accidents and fatalities affect everyone in the community. It is the responsibility of everyone that gets behind the wheel to take into account the safety of themselves and others.”

Rick has responded to many emergencies throughout Crosby Energy Services locations – many related to impaired and distracted driving. As the spokesperson, he will promote and share important safety messages with employees through internal email platforms, social media, and the Crosby Energy Services HSE web page.

About Safe Driving Matters
Safe Driving Matters is a Crosby Energy Services internal awareness program aimed at saving lives by changing the culture of our employees’ driving in the Midland/Odessa area. The program is a self-sustaining driver safety awareness program in Midland/Odessa area. To learn more about Safe Driving Matters, please visit our page at
http://www.crosbyenergy.com/hse/

About Crosby Energy Services
Founded as C&D Wireline in 1968, Crosby Energy Services is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council member (WBENC) that has established itself as an industry leader, providing exceptional service to oil and gas producing companies across the Gulf of Mexico and North America. We strive to hold ourselves to the highest standards of conduct in all aspects of our business and remain vigilant toward safety, health, and the environment. For more information, visit www.crosbyenergy.com

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Congratulations Bobby McLaughlin

Bobby works in PA and won the Personal Best Award for saving our client money on parts for 2” motor valves. He researched and implemented them buying seal kits (for rebuilds) for $200 instead of them buying the entire motor valves for $800–saving them $600 each time.

Great Job Bobby!

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