Executive viewpoint ///

As the upstream sector goes through another downturn, it serves us well to remember the vital role that our industry’s associations and organizations play. One example is the National Oil-equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society (NOMADS), for which I am the 2015 president. Established in 1938, NOMADS is one of the oldest oil and gas organizations. We are a nonprofit because of our annual scholarship awards to young scholars. NOMADS’ de facto purpose is to serve as a networking platform for professionals in the energy industry. I find immense benefit in professional and service organizations. These groups educate their members and facilitate networking among those people and other industry professionals. And the biggest, but most forgotten, advantage is that they give one an opportunity to serve something larger than oneself.

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