General Meeting – October 17, 2017

General Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (January through October) at the Petroleum Club in Bakersfield, 5060 California Avenue, 12th floor. Technical Sessions start at 6:30 p.m., and the Dinner Sessions start at 7 p.m.

Dinners are $30 for pre-paid RSVPs and $35 at the door.  Dinners can be prepaid on our website at Pay On Line or by contacting David Budy. Those who pre-pay are eligible for the door prizes following the guest speaker’s presentation.  In order to guarantee your seat and dinner choice (steak, chicken, salmon, or vegetarian) for the meeting, please send in your RSVP to no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, October 13th.  (This is the last general meeting for 2017.)

Guest Speaker: Todd A Stevens
Topic: State of Energy Industry

Todd is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of California Resources Corporation, California’s largest independent oil and natural gas producer. As CEO, Mr. Stevens focuses on strengthening the balance sheet, enhancing margins, and operating CRC’s resilient asset base. CRC’s entire workforce is Californian, and he drives the company’s commitment to the communities where employees live and CRC operates.  Prior to CRC, Mr. Stevens worked for 20 years in various management positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Development. During his career with Occidental, he led most of Occidental’s growth initiatives and his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, evaluating and developing finance-related strategic and business opportunities, restructuring alternatives and asset dispositions, land management activities and worldwide exploration activities. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Mr. Stevens serves as a Director on the following boards: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation,
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation, Val Pac (San Fernando Valley Business Political Action Committee), Southern California Leadership Council, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Advisory Board, and the Board of Counselors, Master of Business for Veterans Programs at USC.

Technical Speaker: Linda West
Topic: Building  A Strong Workforce through Partnerships

Linda is from Kansas City originally and went to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, then moved to Bakersfield and completed a  final year of studies receiving a Bachelors’ Degree at Cal State Bakersfield.  She began raising a family having two sons, one is working as a Marketing Manager at Sparkle and another works for Weatherford as a Coil Tubing Product Line Manager. Linda began her career by doing freelance artwork and eventually landing at an in-house advertising agency.  She worked for one of the largest independently owned local corporations with 6 hardware stores, an office furniture store, a canvas shop and a garden center in the valley, Floyd’s Stores, Inc. for over 15 years.  As time went by, Mr. Burcham, the owner of Floyd’s  Stores passed on and the business was sold.

Linda moved on and found herself participating in the Job Search program at Employers’ Training Resource (ETR).  In doing so, she was offered a position at ETR wherein it was required to formally apply with the county, list my qualifications, have a panel interview at the county office downtown and then a panel interview at ETR with management.  This was very stressful for someone who was working when she wanted and where she wanted.   It has been almost 21 years starting from a temporary Computer Lab Instructor to a Program Supervisor, with similar hiring practices each step of the way.  Linda now oversees Employer Services staff at the Back to Work Center of Employers’ Training Resource specializing in On-The-Job Training Contracts, Rapid Response/Layoff Aversion and overseeing Job Developers.