The announcement of the Houston Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 Award recipients brought great excitement for the Apache community as two of our young leaders were honored for both their exceptional professional accomplishments and enthusiastic volunteerism.
Omon Aburime, a senior reservoir engineer, was selected for the 2015 class based on his consistently high level of productivity that has caught the eye of executives and driven his rapid advancement to becoming a trusted advisor and key resource for senior management.
Aburime joined Apache in 2007 as part of the highly competitive engineering development program. In 2010, he earned a position in the Improved Recovery group where he worked on numerous projects and lead technical teams in the United States, Argentina, Canada and Egypt. The Keystone Field project in the Permian Basin remains an excellent example of both his engineering skills and his tenacity for seeing a project through to implementation. This field, formally making 50 BOPD, is now producing over 2,600 barrels of oil per day based on the work that Aburime recommended. During his time in the group, he became recognized as a very effective mentor, training other young engineers in reservoir engineering software and operating practices. Despite his full workload in the Improved Recovery group, Omon also managed to find time to complete his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2014, CEO and president John Christmann, who was serving as COO of North America at the time, asked Aburime to work directly for him after noticing his ability to cut through technical data and define key messages.
Aburime’s path has taken him from his birthplace in Houston to Nigeria, where he spent his youth, to Iraq, where his courageous service in the United States Army earned him a Bronze Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom, to College Station, where he earned his petroleum engineering degree, and back to Houston. Today, Aburime is Apache’s lead petroleum engineering recruiter at Texas A&M.
Also noted were his efforts to give back in the community, including his volunteer work at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the Nigerian-American Multicultural Council in Houston. For all that he’s done, this recognition is quite fitting.
Valerie Chase, whose accounting policy & controls manager position was developed specifically to take advantage of her unique abilities, was one of 22 individuals recognized as an Honorable Mention this year. She made a lasting impression in the judges’ minds thanks to the impressive achievements in both her professional and volunteer endeavors.
Beyond her expertise in accounting policy and compliance, which allows executive management confident when signing off on quarterly certifications, Chase has helped mold Apache’s culture by leading or founding many of our signature volunteer activities. From overseeing the introduction of the Genesys Works program, which places at-risk youth in company internships, to her leadership in TEAM Apache, to co-founding both the Apache Young Professionals’ Network and the Apache Women’s Network, Chase has made a major difference for many coworkers and others.
Aburime and Chase will be recognized at a HBJ 40 Under 40 gala on Oct. 27.
Congratulations, Omon and Valerie.