Publisher’s Note Mar/Apr 2014
As America continues to produce greater amounts of oil and gas for our nation’s energy needs, we at SHALE magazine are excited to provide our readers with an insight into why that’s important, how it is happening and who the individuals are who do this work every day. The subject of our cover story, Paul Sheppard, Southeast Area vice president for Halliburton, is just one example. We are so thrilled to have Sheppard featured in this issue of SHALE, and I know you will enjoy reading the article, along with all of the others included.
When I founded this magazine, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was needed, and I knew it was a good idea, but I had no way of knowing how people would react. I am so pleased at the overwhelming response to this publication, and it inspires all of us at SHALE to work diligently to improve with each issue. SHALE magazine has quickly become the most respected and professional business magazine in its class, and this is truly inspiring to me and to our team.
We are very unique in that we have an active advisory board comprised of some of the most distinguished and well-respected individuals in the industry. Our newest board member is Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D., who serves as the research director for the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also the lead researcher of the annual Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact Report. This report explains not just to the industry, but to the community, the significant positive impact that we all receive from the Eagle Ford Shale.
We are extremely proud to welcome him on board and look forward to his contribution as we continue to raise awareness about energy topics to further help businesses, elected officials and the community have a better understanding of the industry.
I would like to thank everyone who attended our cover party and made it such a huge success, and I would like to extend a special thanks to Commissioner Porter for his attendance. Be sure to check the Scene section in this issue for pictures from this exclusive event. If you are not attending our events, you are truly missing out on great opportunities to network with industry insiders and decision-makers.
On a final note, I am extremely excited about several new plans on the horizon, but one that is extremely important to me is our LinkedIn group, “Oil and Gas Community Speaks” (www.linkedin.com/groups/Community-Speaks-Oil-Gas-Be-7459341). Please join us on LinkedIn and be part of the conversation.
It is not an overstatement to say that the oil and gas industry is the most important industry we have. Energy is the product of your efforts, and without that product, no other industries could thrive. This is a message we all need to repeat. It’s time to take control of the message and bang the drum loudly.
One final thank you to our advertisers, to our sponsors and to our readers for your continued support and patronage. We will always work hard to earn your business and your respect.
CEO/Publisher of Shale of South Texas Oil & Gas Business Magazine
SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine Mission Statement:
Shale Oil & Gas Business Magazine is a publication that showcases the dynamic impact of the Texas energy industry. The mission of SHALE is to promote economic growth and business opportunities and to further the general understanding of how the energy industry contributes to the economic well-being of Texas and the United States as a whole. Shale’s distribution includes industry leaders and businesses, service workers, entrepreneurs and the public at large.