Starting in January 2011, we held our first BBX field-wide monthly safety meeting. Partners and vendors were invited and encourage to attend. The meetings were attended by an average of around 80 participants, representing several companies within the Oil and Gas Industry. Each month we share key topics on SAFETY in presentation and open forum discussion. This new and innovative approach has brought forth valuable information in a setting where so many can benefit from it. BBX believes in the family approach to building the TEAM that carries out the daily tasks of BBX Operations, putting great value in safety. This would include all BBX personnel and many others who partner to get the job done and get it done safely. BBX deeply appreciates and values all those that have stepped forward to sponsor a safety presentation. We look forward to many more in the future.  Needless to say, being on the border of Texas and Louisiana, we have and will continue to enjoy outstanding cooking by the many lunch sponsors. 

We have instilled a better sense of safety in East Texas, and it is very clear industry-wide where BBX stands in regards to safety: We are committed to getting the job done with safety being the number one priority. We are committed to being a leader, with innovation, in raising the bar in industry standards on safety. We welcome and appreciate all those that will join us in the effort to raise safety awareness, striving daily to know more, do more and be more when it comes to protecting life and the quality of it. SAFETY, mine and yours should never be REQUIRED! SAFETY, mine and yours should always be DESIRED!


“Safety is first and foremost in every job we do”

Our personnel all wear fire resistant clothing at locations where flammable materials are stored or produced. Our personnel are trained to respond in case of an incident. We have instilled an ethic of being prepared.


Jack Alexander Ltd., represented by Randy Alexander and Katherine Ingle did a tremendous job on presenting valuable information on safe oilfield travel. One of the most dangerous aspects of our profession is vehicular operations. As our industry grows to meet the needs of the oil and gas demands of society today, transporting equipment, personnel and product will be become more prevalent on our roadways. “Professionalism” is of the utmost importance in the area of transportation when comes to performing our jobs in the oil and gas industry. Thank you Jack Alexander Ltd., Randy and Katherine for an excellent and much needed presentation.

Coupled with very rewarding information on safety within our industry and life as a whole, is the time we get to share in fellowship and great meals provided by our vendors. Randy Alexander of Jack Alexander Ltd. did a great job of orchestrating and providing a wonderful meal for all in attendance. Thank you very much Randy.


FESCO will be presenting the next safety meeting and XCHEM will be sponsoring lunch. Meeting will be held September 25th, 2013 at the VFW on Hwy 59 in Livingston Texas. Please try to attend.


Are You a Professional?

How you look, talk, write, act and work determines whether you are a professional or an amateur. Society does not emphasize the importance of professionalism, so people tend to believe that amateur work is normal. Many businesses accept less-than-good results.

Schools graduate students who cannot read. You can miss 15% of the driving-test answers and still get a driver license. "Just getting by" is an attitude many people accept. But it is the attitude of amateurs.

"Don't ever do anything as though you were an amateur.

"Anything you do, do it as a Professional to Professional standards.

"If you have the idea about anything you do that you just dabble in it, you will wind up with a dabble life. There'll be no satisfaction in it because there will be no real production you can be proud of.

"Develop the frame of mind that whatever you do, you are doing it as a professional and move up to professional standards in it.

"Never let it be said of you that you lived an amateur life.

"Professionals see situations and they handle what they see. They are not amateur dabblers.

"So learn this as a first lesson about life. The only successful beings in any field, including living itself, are those who have a professional viewpoint and make themselves and ARE professionals" — L. Ron Hubbard

A professional learns every aspect of the job. An amateur skips the learning process whenever possible.

A professional carefully discovers what is needed and wanted. An amateur assumes what others need and want.

A professional looks, speaks and dresses like a professional. An amateur is sloppy in appearance and speech.

A professional keeps his or her work area clean and orderly. An amateur has a messy, confused or dirty work area.

A professional is focused and clear-headed. An amateur is confused and distracted.

A professional does not let mistakes slide by. An amateur ignores or hides mistakes.

A professional jumps into difficult assignments. An amateur tries to get out of difficult work.

A professional completes projects as soon as possible. An amateur is surrounded by unfinished work piled on top of unfinished work.

A professional remains level-headed and optimistic. An amateur gets upset and assumes the worst.

A professional handles money and accounts very carefully. An amateur is sloppy with money or accounts.

A professional faces up to other people’s upsets and problems. An amateur avoids others’ problems.

A professional uses higher emotional tones: Enthusiasm, cheerfulness, interest, contentment. An amateur uses lower emotional tones: anger, hostility, resentment, fear, victim.

A professional persists until the objective is achieved. An amateur gives up at the first opportunity.

A professional produces more than expected. An amateur produces just enough to get by.

A professional produces a high-quality product or service. An amateur produces a medium-to-low quality product or service.

A professional earns high pay. An amateur earns low pay and feels it’s unfair.

A professional has a promising future. An amateur has an uncertain future.

The first step to making yourself a professional is to decide you ARE a professional.

Are you a professional?


I often wonder if people realize the difference in being “professional or amateur” in any given task in life. I would dare say that most would say it is the difference between the “hard” way to do things and the “easy” way to do things. I have learned over the years, especially in the field of safety, it is simply a choice between doing it the “right” way or the “wrong” way. The piece of the puzzle that completes this sometimes complex, but mostly simple question is “knowledge”. A person who enters into a task and has the knowledge to complete the task and does it accordingly, the right way, would be doing it in a professional manner. Unfortunately for the amateur aspect of this question there are more examples; One who has the knowledge but deviates from that knowledge to complete the task would handle it in an unprofessional or amateur way. One who has no to little knowledge of a task, but yet enters into that task has one hope of completion of that task in the right or professional way…that would be LUCK. Professionals are not lucking, they are knowledgeable individuals who apply skill, confidence and competence to the task by which they dedicate themselves to. As our industry changes, we as professionals must change with it…I would rather say grow with it. Continuing to educate and inform ourselves as to always be able to balance knowledge and professionalism in a harmonious way. “That is the way we have always done it…it worked for 20 years”…is a phrase that should never give us confidence in that something is being done the “Professional or Right way”. Infact there is very little about our industry that mirrors the way things were done 20 years ago…what we do now as professionals will be obsolete in 20 years. DON’T STOP RESEARCHING –KNOWLEDGE IS POWER…is written at the bottom of my task board in my office. It reminds me that I should know more today than I did yesterday and should continue to hunger for more knowledge tomorrow than got me through today. BBX strives daily to be a professional presence within the oil and gas industry. Please take the time to educate yourself and others on the “right way” or “professional” way of doing things. Lives depend on professionalism.  

  Professionals always strive to be better.

Our business is very complicated and full of pitfalls.  Our jobs are not just a series of tasks to perform; it also involves solving problems and overcoming adversity.  It includes uncertainty.  It includes a legal system and a government that can work for you or against you.  Professionals have to position and prepare themselves properly whether they are breaking a bolt or getting ready to go public.   


Quote…Matt Telfer, Chief Executive Officer, BBX Operating, L.L.C.   

Rising Stars

What was done in the “yesterdays” of our industry helps us build our industry today. What we do today will help others build our industry of the future. BBX is very passionate and proactive in supporting the “Rising Stars” of our industry leadership for the future. Listed below are a few of many “Rising Stars” that BBX has had the pleasure to interact with during their journey into leadership of the Oil and Gas Industry.


  I had the opportunity of meeting Katherine Ingle at the last BBX Safety Meeting. Partnered with Randy Alexander of Jack Alexander, Ltd., Katherine gave a tremendous presentation on Safe Oilfield Travel. She was able to captivate an audience of seasoned oilfield representatives with detailed statistics, relative information, confident presentation and just the right mixture of humor to leave us all wanting more. Katherine has been working with Jack Alexander, Ltd. as an Intern in the field of accounting. Katherine is 23 years old and a Senior at SFA in Nacogdoches, Tx. She made it quite clear in our conversation, of her desire to work within the financial end of the oil and gas industry, that one of her passions is being a devout “TEXANS” fan. BBX, Jack Alexander, Ltd. and our local Oil and Gas Industry are proud to have been a part of this BBX Rising Star’s journey into the financial world of the Oil and Gas Industry. Job well done Katherine and best of luck in your journey.      


Appreciates all who partner with us in striving to build a better and safer Oil and Gas Industry. Let’s all strive to make Operations and Safety a one effort approach based on “Safety, yours and mine should not have to be required”, but instead, “Safety, yours and mine should always be DESIRED”!


Have a SAFE and PROFITABLE Day from the BBX Safety Department.