Most of my career as been spent in the energy sector either in administration or as a business owner. I have also been in real estate, ranching and retail sales. My organizational skills, ability to communicate, teach and navigate difficult situations with tact and imagination have enabled me to move up through the ranks and in many cases, start my own businesses.
Over the years, through exposure in my own companies and through dealing with the oil and gas activity on the ranch, I've learned better communication and negotiation skills. Having with worked with numerous attorneys over the years, I'm familiar with legal instruments and understand the language in documents and am comfortable with information contained in them.
Having worked in business for over thirty years, I'm quite comfortable with generally accepted accounting practices. I can read financials, general ledgers and journals. I understand budgets. My knowledge and understanding of business is very well rounded. I understand the structure of a business from the front desk to that of the CEO. It is with pride and humility that I say, I've served time behind every one.
I am currently the owner/CEO of 2 Ruidoso Redheads, LLC, a high-end nightly rental company created to bridge a gap we found in this sector by offering a 3-5 star experience providing consistently well appointed and maintained luxury homes that are locally owned and managed. It is my job, as primary investor, to find properties that fit our criteria, oversee renovation and completion, track budget costs and finalize the remodel. At that point, we "Redhead" them (which means we decorate them to our specific taste), have our staff input the information into our data base, and put them into rental.
Cowboy Beverages, LLC manufactured Cowboy Up and Cowgirl Up Energy Drinks and Shots, which were all natural energy products created to provide an alternative to the drinks that were on the market at the time. We saw young people in our own family drinking unhealthy products and wanted to give them and others something better. We were ultimately in over 800 stores in Texas, NM, OK and CO. We were asked to sponsor such events as the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association as their exclusive energy drink sponsor as well as the Tuff Hedeman PBR with Donny Gay. Rob Smets, 5-time World Champion Bull Fighter, was our advertising sponsor. In 2014, we were asked to attend the pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles. We sponsored over 100 rodeo and agriculture-related events in 3 years, were on a nationwide food/wine cable show as exclusive energy drink sponsor, received calls from Shark Tank and West Texas Investor's Club. In 2013, we were filmed by RIVR Media from California for a potential television pilot about Cowboys with Cowboy Up as a sponsoring drink. Cowboy Up was one of the most popular booths at the NFR Cowboy Christmas in 2014 (where there are over 600 booths!). We are proud of the impact we had on the market and extremely proud of the product we produced. Knowing we accomplished what we set out to do by producing a quality product, maintaining our integrity in a tough marketplace and impacting people in such a positive way is a legacy of which we can be proud.
I began working for Willow Creek part time in the summer of 1996 to help them organize their office and catch up their regulatory filings. It soon became apparent that they needed more help than I could give them part time so I ended up working full time and mostly for the drilling engineer and attorney, who also served as landman. As most of my previous experience was in oil and gas, I fit in well with the small group and I worked for the company for ten years. Willow Creek was able to develop a very large play in east Texas with a group in Houston and brought its net worth to over 10 million dollars in less than 3 years. My job duties included regulatory filings, preparing leases and operating agreements, working with the drilling engineer on well reporting, investor relations, payroll, office administration, etc.
As women were able to break through the glass ceiling and take on more responsibility in office environments, my partner, Jan Sellars, and I saw an opportunity to create a business that offered training to women in the oil and gas sector. We opened Secretarial Consultants and launched the business by publishing a book called "The Oil and Gas Secretary's Handbook". This books was a "how to" for any woman who worked in the administrative field in oil and gas. Our publisher was Larksdale Press in Houston, TX. The book sold well in TX, NM, OK and LA. Secretarial Consultants offered both in house and off site seminars for support personnel and our classes were well-attended and supported by the male dominated oil industry.
This business evolved into a company called Petroleum Management Consultants. We believe this to be the first female owned and operated business of its kind in the Permian Basin. Our business offered administrative/accounting services specific to the oilfield for every aspect and need except on the ground field operations. We had the first IBM System 23 computer in Midland, which was very state-of-the-art. We later added some field operations (such as pumping services) to our offerings and later partnered with another consulting firm who offered the field services we could not provide. In the late 80's, I sold my part in the business to my partner to move on to other ventures. Jan is now a CPA and still maintains some of the original clients relationships.
I began at TXO as administrative assistant to the head of the drilling department. I worked in that department for about five years and helped to train 5 or 6 employees (in that department) as they built the company from a fairly small independent to over 200 employees. In this position, I was responsible for regulatory filings, drilling reports, AFE's, drilling contracts, working with the geologists, landmen, etc. I was then offered a position as human resources manager working directly under the vice-president. It was my responsibility to work with employees regarding benefits, insurance, paid leave, etc. I also kept up with employee fleet vehicles. As the company grew, there was a social element that evolved. Therefore, I managed the company parties, picnics, weekly meetings, etc. I was required to train on policies, employee law, made sure we were in compliance, field employee grievances, etc.
My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I made the choice to take some time off to be with her. I was her primary care-giver and advocate for 18 months.
Oil and Gas Secretary's Handbook - Larksdale Press
Sunset Love (album produced by Tommy Alsup c 1969) Song excerpts have been used on TV shows such as Aquarius - David Duchovny
Where the Heart Is (album of original work produced by Eddie Kilgallon-Montgomery Gentry c 2014)
A View From the Ranch (Photography Exhibit - Lea County Museum 2012)
Cattle Drive of the Century - State Sanctioned Centennial Event 2012
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