Neil Matthews was born and raised in Lafayette, LA, but spent his last two high school years in Kingwood, TX. His oilfield roots run deep as his father is a 35-year engineer at Hess. He attended LSU, but ultimately received his petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M. After a few internships in Houston, he quickly realized that this is where his future lay, and transferring to A&M made the most sense.
Upon graduation, he took his first position as an offshore drilling engineer with Apache Corporation. He ended up spending six amazing years at Apache, rotating through reservoir and production engineering positions from offshore to inland water and onto land in Texas and Oklahoma. Apache proved to be a wonderful place to work, and he received great experience from talented individuals. He, eventually, flew the nest and landed at Energy XXI, where he spent three years as a drilling and completion engineer. Finally, he landed as an engineering consultant where he has worked in that capacity for three years.
He has worked for Castex, Wagner O&G, and EnVen Energy Ventures mostly on the Gulf Coast or GOM.
Neil: It means adjusting and improvising to keep moving ahead and progressing.
Neil: Yes, I’ve had a few.
Neil: It means being happy first off. Also, it means being in a position where you are confident with what you are doing and that people respect you in your capacity.
Neil: 24/7, rewarding, challenging.
Neil: Do it! We need you. Gain as much experience as possible in your first few years.
Neil: Leaving Apache.
Neil: Every day is a challenge.
Neil: It’s fairly impactual, but I haven’t really seen anything in the last few years that has really changed what I do though.
Neil: I see a small-company management role or continuing to consult. Both would be great situations.
Neil: Yes, as long as I can remember.
Neil: It’s all I know, and I like it.
Neil: Yes, I have many, but my father would be #1.
Neil: It means opportunity.
Neil: Google maps.
Neil: It will bring an infusion of new talent and perspectives.
Neil: I’m not much of a social-media guy, but relationships count in this business—anything that facilitates that is helpful.
Neil: Because I am in a specialized field, recruitment typically is based on established reputations.
Neil: There is a new challenge every morning.
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