Nat G CNG Solutions Opens Natural Gas Vehicle Center Near San Antonio – Press Release

New Center Will Convert New and Existing Vehicle Engines to Natural Gas
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Nat G CNG Solutions has opened a new natural gas vehicle solutions center in Converse, just outside of San Antonio.

The center will provide natural gas vehicle upgrades for both new and in-service vehicles, as well as fueling solutions for both private and large commercial fleets. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Opportunities Bring International Companies to San Antonio – Video

30+ Japanese Companies Recently Visited To Evaluate Bringing Businesses to San Antonio

The Eagle Ford is no stranger to international companies and San Antonio isn’t either, but together the two are an economic hotbed. Opportunity attracts investment, so expect to see more foreign companies investing in the region.

Halliburton Opens San Antonio Office & Operations Center – Will Service the Eagle Ford

The Company Spent $70 Million To Construct the Facility
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Halliburton has officially opened the company’s $70 million San Antonio office in southern Bexar County.

The new operations center will serve the needs of the Eagle Ford and the surrounding area. The company’s South Texas operations have grown in stride with the Eagle Ford.

Halliburton has hired 550 employees and expects to add another 450 oilfield related jobs by the end of the year. The facility was designed to support as many as 1,500 employees. [Read more…]

AMGAS Launches Full Service H2S Treatment Operations in Texas – Eagle Ford – Press Release

H2S Treatment Program Launched In Response To Growing Unconventional Shale Production
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AMGAS Service Inc (AMGAS), a full service H2S and noxious emissions treatment company, has commenced operations in Texas in response to increases in the levels of sour shale production. AMGAS’ innovations and expertise will help ensure producers are better able to safely haul and transport crude laden with H2S by truck and rail.

AMGAS will officially launch their services at the Developing Unconventionals DUG Eagle Ford Conference in San Antonio, Texas September 17-19, 2013 and representatives from the company will be on hand at booth 2085. [Read more…]

5 Tips for Making the Most of an Oil & Gas Conference & Expo

Conferences Are Hard Work, But Don't Shy Away From Maximizing the Value of Attending

Let’s be honest. Conferences are expensive. Very expensive – Registration fees, airfare, auto rental, food – and maybe most of all your time and associated opportunity costs. The list goes on.

Both DUG Eagle Ford in San Antonio and the South Texas Oilfield Expo in Corpus Christi are September 18-19, and I know some of you are going to attempt to attend both. Make the most of it.

How much business comes from a conference won’t be known until months down the road, but you can make sure you get the most out of the event with the following tips.

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1. Take Notes (It’s obvious. You know it and still don’t do it.)

Some people call it paralysis by analysis. Conferences are packed full of content and you’re meeting new people.  It’s easy to overlook the fact that you’ll forget most of what you learn before the day is over.

Smart phones make this easy. Use the notes function on your phone or download an app like Evernote that makes taking notes and sharing them across devices very easy.

2. Don’t Make Every Conversation & Presentation a Page of Notes

If you are there to learn, write down 1-3 takeaways from each presentation or conversation.

Seriously. For a lot of people, this is why they don’t take notes. It’s overwhelming and it shouldn’t be. If it’s more than you can read in a glance, it is too much.

If you are there to meet business contacts, get their business card and write 1-3 things about your conversation on the back of it.

It’s amazing how a lead can seem hot at a conference and a few days later you don’t even remember their face….err, or they yours.

In your notes, star or highlight the most important things you don’t want to miss a week later (your top 10%).

3. Create a Plan & Don’t Follow It

It sounds crazy, but most conferences have a structure you should plan around. With that, the conversations in the coffee line or at lunch are often the best.

When you see people wearing a company logo or standing at a company booth you are interested in, introduce yourself.  Serendipitous, unplanned meetings are one of the often missed benefits of a conference. Miss the next presentation if the person is a potential business contact.

Two tips:

  • Quality contacts will last longer and be more valuable than any piece of information learned in one of the presentations
  • Go to the breakout rooms after the presentations you’re most interested in. It’s a less intimidating setting for the presenter and is where they will let down their guard. The result is you get real answers and not prepared remarks (the company line).

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4. Follow Up With Contacts In Real Time

My experience is that people only follow up with a fraction of the people they meet. It is hard to remember every person and every conversation. Add a time element to a fuzzy memory and we don’t act or we send a canned (copy and paste) email that isn’t personal and it’s hardly effective.

Use an app like LinkedIn’s CardMunch to take a picture of business cards and have information automatically imported into your contact list. You can add the person as a LinkedIn contact straight from the app.

Send a follow up email when you are on a break or when you get to the hotel. If you don’t, the statistics indicate you won’t.

5. Use Social Media At The Conference

I’m not a natural at social media, so don’t expect anything revolutionary from me. What I can say is that the world is on social media and the oil & gas industry is too.

Let me repeat that another way. YOU are on Facebook and use social media in some capacity, so it’s not just people that have too much time on their hands.

I’ve seen everything from small transactions to major business leads come through the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. These connections are happening every day.

My top three “getting started” social media tips are:

  • Use LinkedIn and Facebook status updates to tell professional contacts and friends you are going to a conference. You’ll be surprised. Someone you went to high school or college with is in the oil & gas industry and will comment.
  • Use Twitter to get real time updates at the conference. The event sponsor and many of the attendees will use Twitter while they are there. There is no reason you shouldn’t learn from them in real time.
  • If you’re naturally social (a salesperson) or you handle marketing for your company, you should be using social media at the conference. Share photos, details about events you are involved in, and interact with the other people at the conference.

We hope the tips above make your next conference the most valuable to date. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments below.

Let us know if you plan to attend an Eagle Ford Conference soon (Contact Us Here). We’ll be sure to stop by your booth to introduce ourselves.

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Calfrac Acquires Eagle Ford Assets With Mission Well Services Deal – $147 Million

Calfrac Gains Offices In Fairfield, Houston, and San Antonio
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Calfrac Well Services has agreed to acquire Eagle Ford service company Mission Well Services for $147 million.

Mission Well Services is a privately held hydraulic fracturing and coiled tubing service provider in Texas. With the acquisition, Calfrac gains locations in Fairfield, Houston, and San Antonio. [Read more…]

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