Farewell From Our Outgoing President Mark Gjovig

This is my final letter as president of the AESC. My year had a promising beginning in July 2019. I made a few trips and met many people that make up the heart and soul of the AESC. I saw outstanding leadership and great support in Oklahoma City at their 25th annual golf tournament. Kenny and I made a road trip to the Panhandle Tri-State chapter meeting and the Permian Clay Shoot. Once again, the leadership and support at those chapters was outstanding. It would be impossible for me to name everyone. I can guarantee you they are well known locally. Many of those chapter leaders attend and are active at the national meetings as well.

We had some headwinds in the 4th quarter, but everyone was positive and expecting 2020 to strengthen the oil and gas business. What the heck happened to the energy industry in 2020? Where should I start? Covid 19 and an immediate worldwide economic shutdown, the likes of which history has never seen, rocked our world to its core. As I write this, we are not out of the woods yet, but we will definitely survive. A vaccine will be developed. I believe this economy

Will catch fire as it’s distributed.

Meanwhile, the liberal media and environmentalists are trying to write our obituary. As I write this, the Dakota Access Pipeline is shut down by a rogue judge. A major natural gas pipeline has been shelved. The Left is looking for new ways to stop us. To those that are in the fight, I applaud you. To our members, your contribution of time and capital are used in the wisest ways possible. Please give something else up to pay your dues. We are battling on multiple regulatory fronts for Well Service, Wireline, Pressure Pumping and Trucking. We are developing a Well Control Curriculum that is unique to Well Service. In the Wireline arena, we are a voice at the table for orphan sources, source ID and source tracking under Kenny’s expert leadership. We influenced the decision to delay driver’s training, an area that affects everyone.

The time for sitting on the sidelines watching others carry the torch and bear the load for this industry has to be over. I understand times are really tough, but they will get a lot tougher if we do not pull together. Please give something else up to pay your dues. If you are reading this and are not a member, jump in and engage. We need every oar in the proverbial water.

Gay Wathen is coming in as our first president from the associate’s membership. Please join me in congratulating her on this historic event. I personally pledge my support to help her succeed. Please join me and let her know you are here.

Finally thank you to everyone for your support. Thank you to the executive committee, Joyce Ryel, our treasurer, and all the committee and chapter officers for their commitment to the association. Thank you to my wife, family and GO Wireline family. I want to especially thank Kenny Jordan, Roni Ashley and Susan Dudley. They are the glue that binds us.

We live in the greatest country in the world. God Bless each of you.

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