The Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) and the Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC) announced Feb. 1 they will combine to create a new organization—the Energy Workforce & Technology Council.

Where will the new combined organization focus? What are the advantages for members of both associations? What will be different? Will the merger strengthen the industry’s representation and influence on the energy transition?

Leslie Beyer, former PESA president who will now serve as CEO of the merged association, answered these questions and more during a recent discussion with Hart Energy Editorial Director Len Vermillion. She touched on a wide range of topics, including the benefits of the merger for the 600 energy technology and service companies the Council will represent.

The Energy Workforce and Technology Council will be headquartered in Houston and include 15 regional chapters across the U.S. and two international chapters in Dubai and Buenos Aires. Former AESC Executive Director Kenny Jordan will serve as the Council’s vice president.

Additionally, Andy Knapp, former senior director of U.S. federal government affairs, upstream and other businesses at BP America Inc., will join the Council as senior adviser of sustainability and ESG. Tim Tarpley, senior vice president government affairs, will continue to lead all domestic and international policy issues for the group. Molly Determan, COO, will oversee daily operations of the organization including the Council’s certification, standards and training programs.

Jump to a topic:

  • Energy Workforce & Technology Council (0:48)
  • Safety and technology resource (3:20)
  • ESG and sustainability (5:27)
  • Future of innovation and technology (10:05)
  • Behind the PESA, AESC merger (11:44)
  • Member benefits (13:01)