A Message from Eric Danos

21-May-2020

By: Eric Danos

In the last few months, it feels as though we’ve lived through a lifetime of changes. Our teams throughout the company have had to make some tough choices. It can be fearful and distracting when we don’t know how all these things will impact us. But I am proud of the way all of you responded and remained focused.

In just the last two weeks, it feels as though the pace of change has slowed a little, giving us space to catch our breath. We have begun to look forward again and are expecting to win because we will take advantage of shifts in ways of working and even who the key players will be in our industry.

A few seeds of opportunity are beginning to emerge. We have three significant projects we are preparing for with McDermott, BHP and Shell. Activity in our production business is creeping back up. The price of oil climbed above $30. We are in Phase I, and hopefully soon to be Phase II, of the re-opening of our country.

It has felt really good to have some good news lately. But we should not be lulled into thinking that all tough times are behind us. Our industry still faces significant headwinds because of the oversupply of oil, along with demand that needs to recover significantly. Many of our customers and peers are challenged with reducing costs and optimizing productivity to remain financially stable during this time of historically low oil prices. Our success at Danos is tied to that of our customers and the energy industry. We must be a part of the solution toward more cost-effective and efficient production of energy, so we are asking our people to work even smarter and be as creative as ever to do more using fewer resources. We are a strong and resilient company in a resilient industry, so we will work through this.

The key to our resiliency is updating our organizational structure and team members’ roles to ensure we are positioned to provide the best service to our internal and external customers. Here are a few of those changes:

Renee Piper: has transitioned from marketing manager to vice president of marketing, strategy and community affairs, and executive director of the Danos Foundation. She is responsible for leading the company’s marketing initiatives, strategic planning and execution and building community engagement in Danos’ key markets.

Reed Pere: in addition to his role as vice president of business development, Reed has assumed additional responsibilities as the vice president of Permian. He is responsible for overseeing all Danos service lines and operations in the Permian Basin as well as leading the sales and business development efforts for the entire organization.

James Callahan: along with Danos’ vice president of projects, James now also serves as the general manager of energy systems.

Clay Carter: Clay joined Danos in 2013 and has served as Danos’ coatings operations manager for the past four years. He will now also serve as the company’s construction operations manager.

Sonny Orgeron: A 22-year employee of Danos, Sonny will add facilities operations and maintenance to his existing responsibilities managing Danos’ IT functions.

Randy Bourgeois: Danos’ job cost manager since 2015, Randy will add payroll and accounts payable processing functions to his existing job cost and billing responsibilities in his new role as assistant controller.

As you settle into our current organizational structure, be thinking about new ways of working. Some of you are taking on new roles or new responsibilities. We cannot be successful if we simply have fewer people do more work, and that is not our goal. We need to be more effective by improving processes and using technology. Our executive team is working on what this means and how it fits with our longer-term strategies. We are committed to remaining focused on our long-term strategies while we respond to today’s crises.

Our communities and our customers need us now more than ever. Let’s not retreat from any part of our Purpose simply because things are tough. Instead, let’s focus on our future, one in which Danos will play a stronger role in a changed industry because of our Purpose. I am glad to be working beside you today.

 

Eric Danos

Eric Danos oversees the company’s finance, safety, human resources and land activities. A third-generation owner and member of the Danos Board of Directors, Eric began his career at Danos in 2004 as an operations manager for the international labor division. Eric has a B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Comments


Charles Mathews || 22-May-2020 06:27 PM
I pray that God protects our company, our costumers, all employees and there families. I have heard great things about Danos over the years while working for other companies. I now work for Danos, I hold my head up high, and feel respect and love when I explain who I work for. I have been with Danos for only a short time, and it is a blessing to me and my family. Thank you for the opportunity to for such a big hearted and amazing company.
Howard Edwards || 22-May-2020 01:17 PM
All this covid19 situation will to pass. Having patience during this pandemic and following protocol goes a long way in protecting yourself and those you work with.


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