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Basin Strong | Hope & Healing

www.basinstrong.com | hope@basinstrong.com

On August 31st, 2019 in the early afternoon, seven people tragically lost their lives, dozens of others injured, and the families of those victims, and the community as a whole traumatized and impacted forever. Over the past few months, the oil and gas community has come together unlike any other time in its history, as a result of the Permian Basin being such a significant source of oil and gas drilling and exploration, and the home and frequent destination to so many in the O&G family.

Virtually every industry association, local and state governments, first responders, community leaders and activists, will gather on January 16th, 2020 at La Hacienda Event Center joining together for what undoubtedly will be a time of hope and healing. The evening will begin by hosting a donor-sponsored Boots & Black Tie benefit dinner for 500+, followed by a Hope & Healing community concert featuring Rick Trevino, and Clay Walker for thousands. All proceeds from the dinner and concert will be donated to the Odessa Community Foundation’s August 31 Fund, a 501c3 Odessa-based non-profit, formed by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and benefiting the families of seven deceased, and 25 injured.

Shelby Landgraf, and Jay Hendricks from CBS7 news will emcee the dinner and concert, and Dan & Ashley Henderson, and Toby & Sondra Eoff are chairing the event. The benefit dinner is being promoted by numerous industry and trade associations, and the Hope & Healing community concert is being promoted via radio, television, billboards, and social media. The expectation is that the impact from the evening events will have an immediate and lasting impact for the victims and their families, the community, and industry as a whole.

Please join us in participating by sponsoring a table, donating valuable silent and live auction items, and contributing financially through personal and corporate monetary donations. Attached you’ll find a donation form, with the details on sponsorship opportunities, and options on how to give generously.

We are incredibly humbled to have the support of so many people, who by coming together will make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many, and demonstrate that together, we are…Basin Strong.

Special thanks to Toby & Sondra Eoff for their generosity, owners of the new Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Downtown Odessa, TX, and Honorary Chairs of the Basin Strong Hope & Healing dinner and concert. 

To sponsor the dinner, or buy tickets to the concert, go to www.basinstrong.com.

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Change Junkies

change-the-world.jpgI’ve joked about entrepreneurialism being a disease, a curse, and possibly even an addiction.  It’s no joke.  It is involuntary, and wreaks havoc on your body and mind.  At times, being an entrepreneur makes it difficult to be in the moment, or maintain a healthy work-life balance.  It requires that you take risks, which often times include those closest to you taking the same risks, whether they agreed to or not.  Entrepreneurs are innovators, problem solvers, have a high need for achievement, but most of all…are change junkies.  I absolutely love challenging the status quo, and exposing complacency.  I love to disrupt rhythms to find a rhyme or riddle for that matter.  Change is the catalyst to solving any problem, no matter the size, scope, or genre.  But change has a price, and it’s too high for most to consider.  For me, fear remains a constant reminder of my past and potential failures, but my disease is what drives me to change, grow, and repeat.  Life is collection of experiences, not things.  Without change, your collection will remain small.

Recently, I’ve been quite discouraged.  My income is hemorrhaging, I’m lacking in creativity, I’ve got writers block (fun to say that,) and many of my most recent deals have gone South.  But…I feel alive, and as crazy as it sounds, it’s times like these that require a tremendous amount of focus, determination, and work.  And I don’t mean mental masturbation…I mean get on the phone, get in front of the right people, ask for the order kind of work.  With cash reserves diminishing, that time is here for me and my house.

As I prepare to change my situation, I challenge you to do the same.  Let’s be change junkies together!  I promise, we’ll live to tell about it.

Also, if you want to help change the way the world looks at you and others, visitacceptance.org or facebook.com/acceptanceisbeautiful.

It’s Nothing Personal, It’s Just Business…Right!

From the time we are young, most of us are taught to be kind, considerate, respectful of others, and above all honest. In school, we learn to be punctual, responsible, and that there is a direct link between application and results.  Sport teaches us the value of working together as a team. College attempts to prepare us for adulthood by introducing accounting, ethics, psychology, sociology, and politics.  For a lot of us, our first job teaches us something much different.

My first “real” job was with a shipping company; I was 18.  For two weeks I received on the job training.  I learned how to operate the computer systems, drive a forklift, dock safety, and the company history.  My first day on the dock however, I learned about unions.  Over the next two months, I quickly became one of the most efficient workers on my shift.  The union workers hated me, and gave me hell.  I was cursed, threatened, forced to pay dues, and bullied.  I quit not long after a friend of mine was forced to defend himself in a fist fight.  He was unharmed.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be as lucky.

Since that first “real world” experience, I’ve had many more, and have learned that business is mostly a dog eat dog world, driven by the fear of many, and the greed of few.  Where secrecy, silos, and perception reign; and the arrogance and ego of men is celebrated and glamorized.  Where nothing is personal, just business.

Imagine this year’s best selling books with the following titles:

  • The Top Rung: How to Deceive your Way to the Top Through Bribery and Manipulation
  • Bankruptcy as a Business Plan: How to Make and Keep Millions you Don’t Deserve
  • Lawsuits for Hire: Let’s Hope they Settle
Do you think people would buy these books?  Maybe, maybe not, but I can tell you that this is exactly what happens every day in business all over the world.  I wish I was exaggerating, but this is the world we live in.  Thankfully, there are those who still believe in doing the right thing, and that Winners Never Cheat.  I am one of those people, and also one who believes that everything is personal.  We have a personal responsibility to be kind, considerate, and respectful of others.  To do the right thing, even when no one is looking.  To speak up when something isn’t right, and above all be honest.  I’m not sure when and where all of what we are taught as children and young adults gets scrapped for an entirely different set of ideals, but I’m confident if more people refused to compromise their core values, we’d have a lot less corruption, bankruptcies, and bailouts.
I lost quite a bit of sleep last night due to a recent lawsuit that was filed against me and a company I own.  It certainly comes as no surprise, but serves as a reminder of some of the things I’ve pointed out above.  I’ve already experienced a roller coaster of emotions, but must remain calm, and remember that “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” Right.