Welcome back and Happy New Year!

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, a moment of reflection, gratitude, and anticipation emerges upon us. Before we embark on the exciting journey that awaits us in 2024, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to each one of you for your dedication and hard work throughout the past year.

As we bid farewell to Russell Thibodeaux and welcome the opportunities that the New Year brings, I extend my gratitude to Russell for his commitment throughout the past several years. Russell, your leadership has been a guiding force, and we sincerely appreciate your dedication. Best wishes for your future endeavors.

Looking ahead to an exciting 2024, I am thrilled to share our ambitious plans and initiatives:

Quality Guest Speakers:

  • We have lined up a roster of insightful and inspiring guest speakers who will share their expertise, insights, and aspirations for the new year. Notable speakers include:
  • Mr. Brent Illot, Vice President Operations, AERA Energy
  • Mr. Omar Hayat, Executive Vice President of Operations, California Resources Corporation
  • Many others whose perspectives are sure to impress.

Fun and Exciting Events:

  • Get ready for a calendar filled with enjoyable and engaging events!
  • Bourbon & Wine Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Golf Tournament
  • Oil Can Dunk It
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Fall Fun Shoot
  • Oil Baron’s Ball

As we navigate the challenges that 2024 holds, let’s also take time to celebrate our achievements together. With our collective efforts, we will make 2024 an outstanding and rewarding year.

Our January event will be held at Imbibe Wine & Spirits, 4140 Truxtun Ave in Bakersfield;

I would love to hear your feedback, comments, Ideas, and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me at apibakersfieldchapter@gmail.com.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you on January 16th, 2024.

John Chafin

2024 API Chairman

20FEB2024 General Meeting



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The San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is a non-profit organization comprised of petroleum related professionals. We strive to foster a spirit of cooperation among those directly or indirectly engaged in the production of oil or gas by encouraging a free exchange of ideas among members. We support several community organizations as well as educational programs each year, and we are proud to award API Scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the petroleum industry or a closely related field.

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