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Meet Sylvia Garcia of Oilfield Production Consultants USA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sylvia Garcia.

Sylvia is a native Houstonian who doesn’t confirm to “normal” boundaries. While attending school and after college, she worked in various roles at the Houston Business Journal — Assistant Editor, Production Director and Classified Sales Manager – no one had crossed into leadership in so many departments. In 2002, Sylvia made a career change and went into the staffing business.

After about two years with creative/marketing/IT staffing, she landed a huge Oil & Gas client and never looked back! Her passion for the O&G industry has never wavered despite the ups and downs — and consistently dealing with a male dominated environment. With her extensive global experience, Sylvia has started O&G business units within staffing companies, built O&G teams and helped mentor and develop countless people throughout her career.

She joined her current employer, Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) based out of London, in 2014 and is the Consultant Services Manager. Established in 1988, OPC is a global technical services consultancy providing fully integrated geosciences, subsurface engineering, production technology, reservoir surveillance and management expertise to NOCs, IOCs and Independents in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

They have offices in London, Houston, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Atyrau, Astana, Doha, Nigeria and Dubai with representative offices in Kuwait, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Algeria. They have staff, consultants and technology deployed in-house at OPC and externally at their clients’ offices and well sites.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Very few (ok, maybe no one) people manage to find success on a smooth road. There are always struggles, challenges and obstacles along the way. I had to first become knowledgeable about the industry, reading and talking to everyone I could to learn up the upstream, midstream and downstream areas of O&G. And then I had to build trust with clients and consultants that I could help them. Doing what I say I will, having urgent follow up and follow through have all helped to build loyal clients and get referrals.

Oilfield Production Consultants USA – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When OPC was started in 1988 by Piers Johnson, our CEO, it was a struggle getting his foot in the door. But being a hand on technical expert, Piers understood the needs and challenges clients faced. Once they were able to see the results of his work, business began to building and grow. In 2003, OPC opened their US office based in Houston and lead by Bill Roberts.

Bill faced a similar struggle getting a virtual unknown company to be considered for critical reservoir engineering work. When Bill did get an opportunity to do technical work for his first OPC USA client, they realized the expertise and money saving insight he brought. The business blossomed from there with Bill being one of the top well testing experts in the world. Sylvia, as Consultant Services Manager, has put her business development, recruitment, management and networking savvy to good use running the Americas business.

She has been instrumental in building and growing the staffing side of OPC, as well as promote the Technical Services and the Training business units. OPC is proud of the fact that we have top technical experts in the areas of reservoir and petroleum engineering, geoscientists and petrophysicists, well testing services, drilling and completions engineering, and subsurface managers. With all the years of hands on experience, OPC is very well respected, provides high quality services and are invariably more cost effective for our clients.

Our flexibility, high personal service and work results make us the partner of choice for many international and national oil companies. We all have a total commitment to excellence in everything we do.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, the definition of success is defining the results required and then doing the best I can to achieve it. This always involves going above and beyond. The specific criteria and markers vary (revenue, number of placements, profit, etc.) but the bottom line is achieving the results defined and knowing that what you are doing is helping you and others lead a better life.

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