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CONNECTING LEADERS IN ENERGY

Energy Advisory Board spotlight on member John Gibson

08/16/2017 | By Claire Andersen

One of the founding members of the UH’s Energy Advisory Board (EAB), John Gibson continues to promote the university’s energy initiative with his unique viewpoint and passionate curiosity. Gibson currently advises Tudor, Pickering Holt, & Co. on energy technology and serves on the board of directors of Orocobre, the world’s first commercial, brine-based lithium operation constructed in approximately 20 years. Gibson received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology and has diverse experience in the energy industry, from upstream oil and gas and the environment to digital and power storage.

 

UH Energy: How did you get connected with the Energy Advisory Board?

John Gibson: I met Dr. Khator when she first came to town, and suggested the advisory board and offered to introduce her to several senior executives in the city. She then took the initiative and created it and put it together. I was very impressed in my first meeting with Renu, and felt that anyone I introduced her to would also succumb to her charm and drive. I was not incorrect. She’s a force to be reckoned with. And so I’ve been there since the very first day. 

UHE: How has the EAB changed or developed since its foundation? 

JG: The quality of the people continues to be outstanding. The people involved are very high caliber, they want to give back to the community and invest in education and the city. So we have a very community-minded, education-minded gathering of quality individuals in business in Houston that I think are thought leaders in our industry. 

UHE: How do you define your role as an EAB member? 

JG: I guess I bring a multidimensional perspective of energy, having experience in upstream, research, environmental, technology, and the emerging battery industry. I have an appreciation for all of the different components that make affordable energy possible. I try to add a completely different viewpoint.  I don’t want to be just like everyone else. Actually all of the advisors bring different perspectives.

UHE: What do you attribute your success to? 

JG: I feel incredibly blessed. In my career I’ve had opportunities for promotions and have taken those. The success in each one of those roles has been the result of someone helping me. I’ve sought out experts, people with greater knowledge about the issues that the industry and market faced. Their advice and counsel and my willingness to take it has produced a pretty good career.

UHE: What advice do you have for students pursuing a career in the energy industry? 

JG: Don’t be afraid to ask, have the courage to ask people for help and have the courage to take advice. Be infinitely curious. No matter how trivial or complicated it might be, I love making the investment in learning about things I don’t know. There’s nothing that if you get excited about it there’s not opportunity to learn.