Hula Partners to Showcase How to Effectively Use Competency Management to Enable Operational Excellence at the 7th Annual Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas Summit

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Hula Partners is an Associate Sponsor at the 7th Annual Summit of the Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas Conference and will be showcasing how to effectively use competency management to enable operational excellence in your organization.

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Operational Energy professionals will be gathering in Houston, TX for the 7th Annual Summit of the Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas Conference November 7th through 9th. Due to the current state of the economy and the oil and gas market, energy professionals are focused on increasing productivity and operational excellence while simultaneously reducing costs.

The oil and gas industry is facing unprecedented levels of complexity and volatility. Historically low commodity prices, geopolitical events, disruptive technologies and increased regulation mean that the pressure to innovate (while simultaneously reducing operations costs) is higher than ever.

To survive and even thrive in today’s environment, organizations must put emphasis on their people. The ROI on successfully engaging and developing people has never been up for debate, yet companies so often struggle with executing on these initiatives. The only way to get a true measure of your workforce’s ability to meet current and future demands for Operational Excellence is through a formal competency management initiative.

Hula Partners prides itself on having designed a solution to assess competencies and track and manage performance and skill sets by the people that run day-to-day operations. At the upcoming Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas summit, Hula will be running a workshop to showcase how to effectively use competency management to:

  •     Increase safety and reliability
  •     Ensure compliance
  •     Decrease time to revenue
  •     Support transition to Lean/Six Sigma

In this interactive session, Jai Shah and Tom White from Hula Partners will be joined by Todd Kruger and Jorge Leuro from Halliburton, Christiane Spitzmüller from the University of Houston, and Paul Monaghan from TDS Inc., to share best practices, lessons learned, and real-life results that attendees can take back to their organizations.

“It is always exciting for us to partner with the leaders in the industry on this important topic” says Jai Shah, Managing Partner at Hula. “Presenting four perspectives on implementing a successful and sustaining competency program from people who have actually done it will allow the participants to walk away with valuable and actionable information. This is a unique opportunity to interact with people who have a vast array of experience with competency management.”

Delegates will walk away from this session with the tools they need to:

  •     Understand the real strengths and weaknesses of the workforce
  •     Implement a competency management framework for assurance and/or development
  •     Engage and develop people
  •     Target improvement in Safety and Reliability

Over 150 Operations Leaders will join Hula Partners at the 7th Annual Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas Summit. Returning to Houston this November 7-9, the event will provide attendees with proven, sustainable strategies to move past cost cutting in order to generate the productivity and production gains necessary to win in this volatile market.

This year’s agenda will feature 15 brand new case studies, insightful pre-conference workshops, Interactive Group Discussions, and Customized Tracks on Risk Management, Business Transformation, Process Safety & HSE, Operational Excellence, Culture Change and High Reliability Organizations and much more.

The 2016 program also benefits from a new special Focus Day on Building a Culture of Operational Excellence: an entire day dedicated to identifying and eliminating the cultural gaps that are impacting your company’s performance.

Leslie Allen, Portfolio Director for the Operational Excellence event series comments, “What’s needed to stay competitive is a long-term, executable strategy for improving operational efficiency, reliability and safety performance. This year’s event is bringing together over 150 of North America's leading oil and gas players to discuss the most effective – and sustainable – ways to empower your company and your workforce to achieve this.”

Those making the commitment to enterprise Operational Excellence are lowering their risk and emerging leaner, nimble and more competitive.

To find out more download the official Agenda at or visit

Media contact:
Ashton Plusquellec | Marketing Analyst
Hula Partners, LLC
405-201-5513 | ashton.plusquellec(at)hulapartners(dot)com

Stefania Fedele l Marketing Manager
Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas l IQPC
+44 (0) 207 368 9556 l Stefania.fedele(at)

Press are invited to attend this important industry summit, if you would like a complimentary press pass please email Stefania.fedele(at) or call +44 (0) 207 368 9556

Tickets and full event program are available online at

About Hula Partners
Hula Partners is a provider of HR software, strategic consultation, and SAP HCM & Success Factors implementation services. With customers worldwide, Hula prides itself on a rich history of creating custom solutions. Hula is the creator of the Kahuna application; the only solution on the market designed to assess competencies and track and manage performance and skill sets by the people that run day-to-day operations. Each of its consultants draw on 10 plus years experience in providing global transformation services to oil and gas, aerospace and defense, the National Football League, audio electronics, pharmaceutical, and other industries. To find out more visit

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