By now it’s safe to say that Tony Straquadine Jr. was destined for a career in the energy industry. His education and global experience bear that out. He has just finished his first year as executive director of the INGAA Foundation Inc. replacing the irrepressible Richard Hoffmann, who retired last year.

Before we discuss his role and plans with the foundation, we need to look at how Straquadine got into the oil and gas business in the first place?

“From an early age I was interested in the geology and geophysics side of things; I have a degree in both from the University of Hawaii,’’ he told Hart Energy. “My first interest was to return to Hawaii, and I knew I needed to build a career to get back there. My first job was in the Middle East on seismic exploration crews.

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