I am a dedicated professional with a proven track record of delivering and executing powerful and diversified strategies for a broad group of employers including a Fortune 5 corporation, middle market companies, federal and local government agencies and non-profits. With each of these assignments I was quickly promoted to positions of increasing responsibilities and authority.
Developing a Task-Role Based Competency Assurance Management Systemâ€ Presented at Petro Skills Alliance Annual Conclave, 2013, London.
Strategic Analysis of Militant Activity in Nigeriaâ€™s Niger Delta Regionâ€ Overseas Security Advisory Council: International Oil Companies Study Group, November 17, 2010, Washington, DC.
Simmons, Stephen and Jenney, Robert, â€œTransforming Security into a Core Business Practiceâ€ International Petroleum Technology Conference, 3-5 December 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Simmons, Stephen and Robb Al, â€œSecurity is Everybodyâ€™s Business: Transforming Security into a Core Business Practice in the SH&E Modelâ€ Society of Petroleum Engineers, Exploration and Production Environmental and Safety Conference, 5-7 March 2007, Galveston Texas.
Identifying Sector Assets and Prioritizing Assets, chapters in Energy Sector-Specific Plan: National Infrastructure Protection Plan, co-authored with Energy Sector / Oil and Natural Gas Working Group, Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC), U.S.
of Homeland Security 2006.
Oil and Regional Relationships in the Caucuses in the Post-Soviet Periodâ€ In Oil and the New World Order, (Gillespie, K.
and Henry, C.
eds), University of Florida Press, Tallahassee, FL.
History, Prevailing Problems, and Future Prospects for the Petroleum Industry of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Dissertation written in partial fulfillment of requirements for Master of Arts degree, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Director, 01/2011 to Current Tesco Corporation
Developed and deployed global Competency Assurance Management System, fully aligned with ISO 9001 Quality Management System, for all technical, leadership and professional training- resulting in 70% decrease in service quality incidents related to training/worker competency.
Served as Chief Learning Officer for international corporation employing over 3000 individuals in 28 countries.
Primarily responsible for all strategic human capital management engagements corporate-wide.
Successfully petitioned and awarded IADC accreditation for global Competency Assurance Management System.
Recognized in successive audits, over four years, with no findings and numerous "notable observations." Expanded existing technical Competency Assurance Management Program for field and shop workers to include competency assurance for manufacturing personnel.
Obtained API Q1 certification (manufacturing) for two Houston facilities.
Primary architect of global leadership/management competency program.
Established protocols for all aspects of the life-cycle including: 1) Strategic workforce planning based on ongoing talent assessments; 2) Recruitment and on-boarding; 3) Performance evaluation and employee development; 4) Succession planning; and 5) Measurement and evaluation of effectiveness and impact.
Created and orchestrated management system to identify gaps in competency, learning and performance; developed business unit gap closure plans and individual development plans to eliminate these gaps and achieve key business results and objectives Instituted culture of accountability and situational leadership through foundational managerial philosophies and managerial coaching.
Utilized enterprise-wide systems of goal-setting, coaching and employee development to foster accountability culture while increasing employee engagement and efficiency.
Initiated organizational capabilities/development strategies to include managed training programs for HSE&S, sales and marketing, leadership and regulatory/compliance.
Design and deployed strategic workforce planning initiative consisting of highly aligned talent assessments, succession planning, high-potential / high value programs, performance management, and leadership development programs.
Increased internal capabilities resulting in decreased dependence on outside consultants/contractors realizing over $750k in annual savings.
Conducted competency and training needs analyses for all technical workers in order to better plan and deliver training; efforts resulted 25% more training delivered on an annual basis with cost reduction of over 30%.
Designed and spearheaded effort to create TESCO global training facility which affords employees the opportunity to receive hands-on training in a realistic "rig-floor atmosphere" while simultaneously generating revenue for business unit profit centers.
Directed day-to-day activities and strategic development of subject matter experts charged with delivering technical and leadership training to over 3500 employees in 28 countries.
Created "TESCO University" branding to market change initiatives through Learning & Development Dept.
Global Operations Coordinator, 01/2003 to 01/2011 ExxonMobil Corporation
Implemented and managed learning management system and associated training initiatives designed to transfer physical security responsibilities from centralized Corporate function to local operating units.
Designed, developed and delivered focused workshops to train global workforce of over 90,000.
Managed projects and directed management of change activities for a wide variety of global training initiatives.
Accurately forecast changing trends in civil, geo-political, criminal and terroristic threats/events with potential consequences for business operations.
Provided briefings to highest levels of management on threats including: changing geographic and tactical scope of West African militancy/piracy, increased threat of "express kidnapping" in Central/South America, and increase in direct action by activist groups such as YesMen, Greenpeace, Exxpose Exxon and Earth First.
Provided impact assessments and expertise of situational management for high-impact/high-visibility corporate events such a evacuation of Libya workforce, Nigeria kidnappings and piracy, nationalization of Venezuelan assets, and other high-profile SHE&S events.
Liaised with US and foreign government agencies and intelligence services to provide ongoing threat characterizations for personnel, operations and facilities globally.
Directed daily activities of global operations and intelligence analysts to ensure timely flow of threat information which may affect facilities, operations, personnel or other interests; delivered actionable intelligence products to operating units and senior management.
Produced weekly operations forecasts based on intelligence assessments and delivered summative presentations to business line presidents and executive management teams.
Created and instituted a training management plan designed to standardize global training for intelligence and operations analysts in order to meet organizational needs and objectives while supporting succession planning.
Implemented stewardship tool to facilitate early identification of anomalous expenses.
Use of tool reversed years of costs exceeding budget and resulted in three years of flat / down expenses.
Instructional Coordinator/Teacher/CharterSchool Administrator, 01/1993 to 01/2003 Teach for America – Houston, TX
Developed and implemented award winning instructional programs with proven effectiveness which led to measurably improved academic achievement of students.
Successfully petitioned State of Texas to open first District Charter School (Eastwood Academy) based on educational philosophy of project-based learning; served as Chief Academic Officer and Instructional Coordinator.
Managed day to day operations and budget of school with over 200 enrolled students and staff of fifteen.
Trained over 1000 teachers on effective use of technology in the classroom.
Selected as first cohort (train-the-trainer) for Houston Independent School District initiative to train teachers on computer-based learning for students.
Authored school-based and district grants; managed implementation/reporting of successful grant proposals.
Served as adjunct instructor at Rice University's Center for Research on Parallel Computing.
Served as head coach for UIL 5A State Soccer Champions (2003).
M.A: Energy and Mineral Resources Engineering, May 1993 University of Texas at Austin - Energy and Mineral Resources Engineering
B.A: Russian Language and Literature International Studies, May 1990 Russian Language and Literature International Studies
University of Pennsylvania: Chief Learning Officers' Roundtable Lone Star College: Global Energy & Manufacturing Advisory Council Petro Skills Alliance: O&M Advisory Board International Association of Drilling Contractors: Workforce Development Committee Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Directions and Assistance Committee Society of Human Resources Managers Houston Golf Association: Shell Houston Open Volunteer Society of Petroleum Engineers Teach for America Alumni Association 100 Club of Houston
AWARDS AND HONORS TESCO Corporation: Team Tescosity Award City of Houston Public Service Award Tufts University: H. Dudley Wright Fellowship for Innovative Instructional Design Toyota TAPESTRY Award for Innovative Teaching Northern Life Educationâ€™s Unsung Heroes Award (2nd Nationally) US Dept. of Education: Foreign Languages & Area Studies Fellow GTE Growth Initiatives for Teachers Fellowship HEB Excellence in Education Award Tandy Technology Scholar Houston Independent School District Master Teacher and Technology Mentor