AOGA Annual Awards
ANCHORAGE—The Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) will honor individuals and companies/organizations for their achievements working in the oil and gas industry at its annual conference on May 30, 2019, at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage.
The four AOGA Industry Awards winners are:
- CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR SAFETY PERFORMANCE
Sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance
Peak Oilfield Service
The Contractor of the Year Award for Safety Performance was created to recognize an oil and gas support company that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to safety. Peak Oilfield Service truly epitomizes the highest standard of safety, evidenced by their “Safety Step Back Program,” designed to create a holistic safety culture with proactive engagement in safety on a daily basis. The implementation of this program has created a culture of safety-oriented, empowered employees and opened lines of communication for all. Peak Oilfield Service employees worked more than 156,000 hours in 2018 supporting the Marathon Petroleum, Kenai Refinery and its adjacent assets, with zero lost time incidents and zero recordable incidents.
- ALASKA OIL & GAS PROJECT OF THE YEAR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND INNOVATION
Sponsored by Stoel Rives
BP Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) Wells Wireless Monitoring Project
The Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation honors an Alaska oil and gas industry project that demonstrates superior environmental stewardship in its area of design, construction, or operation, and/or an innovative approach that sets a new standard for industry design, construction, or operation in Alaska. A six-year endeavor, BP Alaska’s PBU Wells Wireless Monitoring Project has modernized and transformed the way in which wells are monitored year-round, in all weather, reducing response time required to address potential well anomalies. With safety for people and the environment of primary importance, the project’s fieldwide installation of “wireless” gauge technologies (~6000 end devices) allows for remote pressure monitoring and fast response, directly decreasing risk to people and the environment in America’s largest oilfield, and our home state of Alaska.
- THE RISING STAR AWARD
Sponsored by Leonardo DRS
Clay Beethe, BP Alaska
The Rising Star Award honors a young professional oil and gas industry employee, under the age of 35, who has made an immediate and definitive impact on the oil and gas industry in Alaska. Originally from Colorado, Clay Beethe received his Bachelor’s in Business from UAA and M.B.A. from APU. Clay began his career working at BP as a Financial Analyst, supporting Prudhoe Bay activity. After a few years, he joined the team supporting Alaska LNG negotiations and commercial analysis. In 2017-2018, Clay was asked to spend six months in Oman, supporting the gas negotiations there and developed a reputation as a keen commercial mind, and an advocate for Alaska tourism. Currently, Clay is the Executive Assistant to BP Alaska President, Janet Weiss. Clay is active in organizations like Challenge Alaska for Paralympic skiing where he serves on the board and volunteers his time on weekends.
- MARILYN CROCKETT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sponsored by Chevron
Thomas K. Williams, formally with BP Alaska
The Marilyn Crockett Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the former AOGA Executive Director who dedicated her entire 41-year career to, as she stated, “growing Alaska’s economy through a vibrant oil and gas sector in the state.” This award honors the dedication Marilyn displayed during her career: exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought, and action consistently shown in his/her work for the betterment of the oil and gas industry in Alaska. Thomas K. Williams’ career in the oil and gas industry began in the 1970s and spanned five decades. He began his career as an attorney for the State of Alaska, rising to Commissioner of Revenue in 1979. Thomas joined BP in 1987. He worked in a variety of departments before being named the company’s senior royalty and tax counsel, a position he held for 24 years. Thomas also served as Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Tax Committee for 29 years. Words fail to adequately express how great an impact Thomas K. Williams has made on Alaska’s oil and gas industry.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.