2020 SPEE Election Results

The 2020 SPEE BOD election has concluded and the results are in!  The membership has elected three new Board Members who will take their seats in January 2021 for a three-year term, concluding in December 2023.  The new Board Members elected are:

  • Steve Gardner (Denver Chapter)
  • Dean Sergent (Oklahoma City Chapter)
  • Gregg Birrell (Europe Chapter)

We wish to thank all of the SPEE Members who ran for election.  SPEE Board members represent the Society as a whole, generating, defining, executing and supporting various initiatives for growth and progression of the Society.  It is the active participation of the membership at large, and especially, the elected leadership of the SPEE, who continue to make this society highly respected across the industry.  This year, approximately 39% of the membership voted in the election.  If you voted, we are grateful for your participation.  If you didn't vote this year, we encourage you to participate in the voting process next year.

Thank you,

SPEE Executive Committee
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Robert Green, 2020 President
Charles Boyette, 2020 Vice-President
Joe Young, 2020 Secretary/Treasurer


Steve Gardner

Steve Gardner has approximately 20 years of on and offshore experience in petroleum engineering.  A member of SPEE since 2012, Steve served four years as an officer for the Denver Chapter, concluding in 2018 as Chairman.  Then in 2020, he began working as Internet Committee Chair for the Society and looks forward to continuing in that capacity.  Always ready to do whatever he can to invite, encourage, and sponsor new members, Steve believes that membership in SPEE comes with the opportunity and responsibility to strengthen the organization by volunteering one’s time and effort.  Serving as a Board member would be another way to give back to an organization that has been such a great benefit to him and the overall petroleum industry.   

Steve is currently a Managing Senior VP for Ryder Scott Company, an internationally recognized leader in petroleum consulting.  Steve manages the company’s Denver office, where he conducts and supervises petroleum evaluations, audits, and process reviews for both upstream and midstream assets.  He is an expert in assessing reserves and resources using U.S. SEC and SPE-PRMS definitions and guidelines to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and industry standards.  He frequently performs economic evaluations for use in annual SEC filings, bank and/or investor reports, IPO filings and acquisition-and-divestiture transactions.  With particular emphasis in unconventional plays over the last several years, he is proficient in applying reliable methodologies, including techniques presented in SPEE Monographs 3 and 4, and in generating type well profiles.  Prior to Ryder Scott, Steve worked for ExxonMobil in Houston as a production and completions engineer assigned to numerous properties in the mid-continent and western U.S.  Steve is a member of SPE as well as a licensed professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Texas.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University.  

Steve lives in Denver with his wife and four children and enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors, no matter what the season.  When not evaluating reserves or attending one of his kids’ many activities, you’ll find him cycling, camping, snowboarding, or longing for such.  

Dean Sergent

Dean has over 35 years of experience as a Reservoir Engineer with an emphasis in acquisitions and data analytics. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in 1985, he began his career with Tenneco Oil Company in Oklahoma City. Following the sale of Tenneco in 1989, he returned to school and earned an MBA from the University of Texas.

Dean launched a consulting practice in the early 90s and assisted companies with acquisitions and field studies. In 1995 he was hired full-time by Devon Energy and later served as Reservoir Engineering Manager for their Barnett Shale assets in the mid-2000s. In addition to overseeing the budget and reserves of the Barnett Shale business unit, he worked with former Mitchell engineers and geologists on a research team to study the producing characteristics of shales. From 2007-2019, Dean was a Managing Partner of Canaan Resources, LLC – a single portfolio private equity-backed company located in Oklahoma City. Dean helped raise the capital for two funds and led the investment strategy and development of statistical models in the evolving US resource plays.  

Currently Dean is President and Founder of North by Northwest LLC. Using Machine Learning and Data Analytics techniques, North by Northwest has developed new tools to predict Initial Production, forecast future production, and rigorously quantify the risk and return of wells to be drilled in all of the US resource plays.  

Dean has been a member of SPEE for over 20 years and has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman/Programs for the Oklahoma City Section. He is also a member of SPE and the Society of Decision Professionals. Dean currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma.

Dean and his wife Amy have 3 sons and enjoy the arts as well as hiking, biking, swimming, and playing golf. They have been active in their local public schools and were instrumental in the successful turnaround of their local inner-city public elementary school where Amy and their three sons attended. Under their direction, the school’s PTA won a national award for parent involvement.

Gregg Birrell

Originally from Calgary, Canada, I have been living in the UK for almost 20 years and am presently working for Oxy in their London office as Senior Reservoir Engineering Advisor on assets in Africa. I have over 20 years of experience in field development, numerical simulation, production forecasting, reserve reporting and international arbitration gained in a mixture of operating and consulting roles. My specialties include deep water appraisal/development, SEC reserve reporting standards and thermal recovery.  I have held development roles at Devon Energy, Tullow Oil, Anadarko Petroleum and now at Oxy. I have an entrepreneurial predisposition which led me to own and operate a small consultancy firm and to serve as the director of a private oil and gas operating company in Canada. 

I am a Chartered Petroleum Engineer and a member of the United Kingdom’s Energy Institute, the SPE and SPEE. I currently serve on the board of the SPEE European Chapter and have been active in developing content for our chapter meetings and managing communication with the European membership. Recently, I have been working to improve the experience for members dialling into our chapter meetings. The European Chapter is geographically extensive and not all members can attend London meetings in person. We have also been working to move our meetings online while virus related restrictions are in place with our first online meeting in October.   

Personally, I am a father of a two-year-old and we have another on the way- expected early in the new year. When I used to have time for hobbies, I enjoyed growing vegetables and black and white photography. Now, I spend my time protecting seedlings from determined little hands.