VP of Production Optimization & Services
Ken Collins is an accomplished Manager of Completions and Production, most recently with EP Energy, Inc. He has held multiple positions, in over 25 years, including Completions Technical Advisor, Completions Manager, Production Manager, and many types of Engineer roles. His knowledge and experience are mainly in Completions and Production, engineering and management, with emphasis on design, logistics, safety and economics, while constantly developing staff personnel. He actively seeks to create and strengthen communication amongst intercompany departments toward stronger and more efficient business processes. He began his career with Dowell Schlumberger, where he spent most of his years as a Field Supervisor/Engineer working various types of projects in Stimulation, Cementing, Acidizing and pump rentals in various locations.
His first role Operator role was Completions Engineer with Burlington Resources in NM. He worked various formations in the San Juan Basin and also became a pivotal member of a special project with the State to rewrite Commingling Rules that changed operator performance in the area. While there, Mr. Collins also served as Reservoir Engineer and Production Engineer roles, changing the way the division managed new developments. He later moved to Houston for a Pilot Project to build a 10 year Strategic Sourcing Program within Burlington Resources.
When ConocoPhillips purchased the company he moved on to a Production Engineer role. For career development, Mr. Collins joined El Paso Corp as a Completions Engineer, where he quickly became the key engineer for the Haynesville Completions Program. He was later promoted to Production Manager, where he was responsible for various fields in multiple states. This also entailed managing people and resources through company divestitures.
As well as Production and Completions experience, Mr. Collins’s career has also helped develop a knowledge in other nuance areas like Water Sourcing, Water Recycling, Candidate Selection, Engineer Development, Field Staff Development, Field Analysis of Production and expenses for A&D efforts, Contract negotiating, Vendor Management, Production forecasting, and Expense Budgeting. He has managed groups from 7 direct reports to an organization of over 150. Throughout, he maintains a vigilant personnel development program and prides himself in being an engaging and connected manager. He consistently looks for process improvements and needs for developing staff, both individually and collectively, while pursuing the optimization of well performance.
Mr. Collins completed the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette.