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Dan Frey , THG Energy Solutions, LLC, PROfile
Dan Frey , THG Energy Solutions, LLC, PROfileTulsa based THG Energy Solutions, LLC was started by Daniel M. Frey in April of 2011. THG provides systems and support to understand, manage, and reduce energy-related costs for their clients. Tulsa Energy Now sat down with Jayne Meyer, THG Energy Solution's Manager of Business Development for the first of our featured Five Question Interviews.

1. Tell me about THG Energy.
THG helps initiate, educate, organize and empower our clients to achieve energy savings by becoming more informed energy users with THG’s Energy Management portal. Managing energy cost starts with measurement. We work with industry partners to promote market-based energy solutions and help implement sustainable programs for achieving energy savings. THG employs dedicated software developers and IT professionals, data management and energy management consultants with decades of experience.

2. What sets THG apart from others in the field?
THG Energy Solutions has tapped into the knowledge of hundreds of researched reports and experienced staff to develop a process to allow a business owner to quickly grasp their energy profile. This process allows THG to take a comprehensive approach to reducing client's energy-related costs.Our top of the line energy management web portal technology and integrated automated demand response program makes THG stand out above other companies within our industry. Additionally, our customer support is superior. We really care for our clients and help them to achieve optimal results.

3. Do you have an anecdote about THG that summarizes what you are all about?
One of our clients is a large hospital. The hospital’s executive management developed a corporate-wide mission to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and operate using more sustainable practices. With buy off from the top, they still struggled with a plan of action. With the help of THG’s energy management consulting and energy management portal, we were able to provide them with a host of reports, including benchmarking. The benchmark allowed facilities and executive management to see areas of energy saving opportunities as well as ROI’s on recently implemented energy saving programs. Additionally, they were able to change the culture of this 5,000 employee organization by identifying “Green Leaders” who became trained on lean and green practices as well as learned how to best utilize our energy management web portal. Successes are continuously celebrated and communicated to executive management. The hospital agreed to roll all savings energy efficiency and cost cutting programs into a “Green Fund” to help pay for future energy efficiency programs, including ENERGY STAR Certification. This success story is a perfect example of how going green can actually shift the “status quo” corporate mindset. THG is proud to say that we’ve been helping them all along the way.

4. What about THG makes you the most proud?
I am proud to know that we are working with national and international corporations save money while reducing carbon emissions through energy reduction.

5. Where do you see THG in 5 years?
THG will be the leading provider of automated demand response solutions and services in the US. Our EMS portal will provide the most comprehensive data analytics services of all products available as hosted solutions. THG will have partnerships in place with Utilities/Suppliers/Brokers that give us an operating presence in all 50 states with comprehensive programs in all deregulated markets. THG Energy will be the only provider offering automated demand response, energy management analytics, and a thermal storage product for load shifting all integrated into one web-based solution. This will provide their customers a one-stop energy management solution.
Robert Johnston, Apache Corp, PROfile
Robert Johnston, Apache Corp, PROfileROBERT V. JOHNSTON, 58, was named region vice president of Apache Corp Central Region in 2009. He held that position from 2002 until 2006, when he transferred to Argentina as the country's first region manager. Johnston joined Apache in 1982 as a geologist in the Mid-Continent Region, before transferring to Cairo as development manager in 1996 and to Calgary as exploitation manager in 2000.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Tulsa.

1. How did you get into the business?
While attending the University of Tulsa, I became friends with a geologist. “A what?” I said. “What’s a geologist do?” He took time to show me and I was fascinated. Soon I changed my majors to geology. During my junior year I learned of a job opening for a geology tech with some company named Apache. That was 31 years ago.

2. Tell me about Apache Corp, and what sets them apart from others in the field?
Apache has grown rapidly for the past two decades. Today we are one of the largest independent oil and gas companies in the world with a significant presence in six countries. We deliberately decentralize our operating regions to provide enough autonomy to compete head to head with most capable local independent.

3. Can you share with us some highlights of your career path?
Although I have worked for Apache for over 30 years I’ve moved around enough to avoid any boredom. In addition to Tulsa (to which I’ve returned twice) I have worked and lived with my family in Cairo, Egypt; Calgary, Alberta and most recently Buenos Aires, Argentina.

4. When did your company come to Tulsa? Can you give us a little background on your company's history in Tulsa?
Apache may be the only energy company to originate in Minnesota. Our first successful well was drilled near Stillwater in 1954. The following January, we opened an office in “The Oil Capital of the World”. Until the 1970’s virtually all of Apache’s oil and gas was operated out of Tulsa. Today Tulsa is home to Apache’s central Region, which oversees operations in Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

5. Can you tell us your impressions of Tulsa as a place to live and work?
Apache regularly relocates professionals from our other offices to Tulsa. Our biggest selling point is the affordable housing and one of the shortest commutes in the country.

6. What do you like most about living and working in Tulsa?
As home to the country’s oil and gas industry from the early 1900s through the late 1960s, very few cities the size of Tulsa have as rich an architecture or as wonderfully preserved neighborhoods.

7. What advice would you have for Tulsa Civic leaders to make the city a better place?
While affordable housing and short commutes and are good selling points, they alone cannot offset the most important factor to young families – the educational opportunity for their children. As long as Oklahoma’s public school system ranks near the bottom nationally, transfers to Tulsa from outside the state will continue to be a hard-sell.

8. Can you tell us about the prospects for growth of your company and how your Tulsa operation plays into your company's future plans?
Apache’s goal is to achieve one million barrels of oil equivalent per day in the next few years. To reach that objective, in 2013 we will spend over ten billion dollars company wide. Tulsa’s Central Region currently represents about one tenth of Apache’s current production. But Oklahoma and the Central Region represents Apache’s best chance to achieve that million barrel per day goal. For 2013, the Central Region doubled last year’s budget to $1.8 billion, with expectations that it will likely surpass $2 billion. To achieve that objective, we need more qualified people. Last year we hired 50 new employees in Tulsa and another 60 throughout the state. So far this year we’ve added another 30, with numerous positions yet unfilled. We plan to continue our expansion for the next several years.

9. What's the best career advice you've received?
Find a career which can exploit your unique talent. Few schools or businesses even acknowledge talent because it is so intangible. But each of us have certain talents and lack others. If you don’t believe it, just think of the many bright individuals you know that barely get by. Then think about the folks you know that aren’t nearly as smart as you, but everything they do seems to work. By design or by luck, they’ve found their talent.

10. Any words-of-wisdom for those entering the industry?
The energy industry has always paid well because it is a capital intensive industry. It costs vast amounts of money to explore for, drill and produce hydrocarbons. Salaries represent a very small percentage of the capital budget. Less than a decade ago we “knew” oil production had peaked and we were all wondering what we would do once the sun sets on fossil fuels. Today oil and gas production is again on the rise and there is very real talk about US energy independence. I am proud to say my son is studying Petroleum Engineering and my daughter is studying Petroleum Geology. If I am still around, I hope to someday to encourage their children to also pursue what I believe is one of the best businesses there is.

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