Kyle Rhodes Talks About Education and Responsible Energy Development on UmattR TV

Kyle Rhodes Talks About Education and Responsible Energy Development on UmattR TV

Our President, Kyle Rhodes, was a guest on the local UmattR TV show talking with high school hosts of the show about responsible energy development and education.  Kyle is also the President of the Farmington School Board.  Take a look

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – TIM GRANT

A move from Oklahoma to northern New Mexico has proven to be the right decision for PESCO Field Service Supervisor, Tim Grant. 

He began at PESCO in 2005, after moving to the area at the urging of his uncles, Paul Holt and Jeromy Weaver, both of whom are former PESCO employees.

Tim started in the Final Assembly Department and worked there for a few years before deciding to explore his options and resigned from PESCO in 2007.  After a brief stint at a couple of other jobs, he realized what he had at PESCO, and returned as soon as the opportunity arose.

Grateful for his career at PESCO, Tim says, “They are a company that really stand behind their employees, giving us every opportunity to succeed.”

Tim has been in the Field Service Department for the past 13 years and has been a Field Service Supervisor for over 5 years. He, along with Luis Marquez, oversee 15 employees in their department. He enjoys the dynamics of his role saying, “I’m always in a position to learn something new.  Whether that is building a relationship with an employee, having to do the hard things as a supervisor, or going out and learning something new in the field.”

Tony Atencio, one of PESCO’s Sales Representatives, who works closely with Tim, says, “Tim’s been great to work with; he’s a real asset to PESCO in field service.  He works well with our customers and does everything necessary to get the job done.”

Progressive is one way Tim describes PESCO, “It’s constantly evolving and forward-thinking. We never settle for good enough and are always looking for areas to improve.” He appreciates working for a company where, “If there is a hurdle, we figure out how to overcome it, and we learn from it.”

When asked his thoughts on leadership, Tim said, “True leadership is setting an example by being willing to do anything you would ask anyone else to do. A true leader doesn’t expect someone to do something he isn’t willing to do himself.”

As for Tim’s personal life, he is a proud self-proclaimed “Dance Dad”. Tim has been married for 13 years to his wife Georgia and they have one daughter, Olivia. Olivia has been in dance since the age of two. He is the dance dad who is willing to do whatever is needed to help. “My entire existence revolves around work and dance.”, he said with a chuckle. 

In his free time, Tim enjoys playing pool and watching sports. He especially enjoys USA Soccer, whether World Cup or Olympics; he is a huge fan.

Tim describes three of his life highlights, “the day my daughter was born, the day I got married, and the day I took my dad to watch his first Dallas Cowboy’s game in person.” Although Tim is not a Cowboy’s fan, his dad is a big fan, so it was a true joy to take him to watch his favorite team play.

The family dynamic at PESCO was at the top of Tim’s list of what he likes most about his job. “I love the people here.  There isn’t one person who I can’t joke with or have a serious conversation with.” He expressed the importance of work relationships and how they impact a person’s ability to enjoy the job and be successful. “There’s just a different culture here at PESCO.” Tim has so much respect for the PESCO leadership saying, “The leadership here is fantastic! They have given me many opportunities that I am very grateful for and have provided me with the help and knowledge needed to succeed.”

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – JAMIE MEAD

Jamie Mead, part of a fourth generation, born and raised, Farmington family, graduated from ITT as the valedictorian of her class. After graduation, Jamie enjoyed doing administrative work at San Juan College.

In 2008, after being consistently asked by the Human Resources Manager at PESCO, Jamie decided to join the PESCO family – a decision that she says was one of the best she has ever made.

 Originally hired to help in the human resource department, Jamie eventually moved into the position of Executive Assistant, which she still proudly holds. “Taking a leap of faith to come to PESCO was a blessing,” Jamie said. “Becoming the Executive Assistant was another blessing.”

Jamie’s position gives her the opportunity to work closely with Kyle and Jim Rhodes, as well as the company’s leadership team. “It’s a fun thing,” Jamie said of her position. “Being an executive assistant is a fancy title; it’s really all about relationship. It is knowing where someone wants to sit on the plane when they travel, knowing what kind of pizza people want, or if there are any dietary restrictions. It’s also about building relationships with local businesses.”

Linda Rodgers, PESCO’s CFO, works closely with Jamie and describes her as a superstar.  “Jamie has a servant’s heart.  Whether the task is big or little, she achieves her goals by helping us achieve ours.”

The appreciation Jamie has for her position at PESCO goes beyond the walls of her office. “Kyle is all about PESCO’s employees being involved in the community. I am involved with Grace Place (a non-profit that offers care and support for couples who are expecting a baby) and I help with fundraisers. I have worked with youth groups at my church, served on my church council, and volunteered with the American Cancer Society.”

As with most of PESCO’s employees, Jamie said the family atmosphere at the company is at the top of her list of things she likes best about working here.

“When we had the layoffs last February, we prayed before we informed employees of the layoffs. When an employee’s son died (years ago), we helped put the funeral together. When you work for PESCO, you know you are loved.” Jamie said. “We work through the hard times and we make it a joy to come to work.”

When the COVID pandemic changed the world as we know it, Jamie’s position at work took on new dynamics.  The front office staff, who had been helpful to her, was now reduced, and Jamie’s responsibilities were expanded. Those additional responsibilities resulted in her building her knowledge and offered additional opportunities.

“I keep learning and pushing myself here,” Jamie added. “Our administrative staff supports learning, and we grow together. There is always a way we can do something better. I have learned to understand people better and the importance of making relationships work.”

Her position at PESCO and her volunteer work keep Jamie busy, but in her personal time, she enjoys attending her niece and nephew’s sporting events, hanging out with her family, yard work, and movies.

“I also have fur babies,” Jamie added with a smile. “Midnight and Georgina are my cats and Lucy and Ricki are my dogs. “

While Jamie loves her fur babies, her dream of having children will not come true. “I love kids,” Jamie said, “but I’ve had Type One diabetes since I was six and my husband has health issues. We decided having children was not an option for us, health wise.”

Helping others is, however, a dream Jamie is living. “I am a servant,” she said. “I had to be cared for a lot when I was a child and I want to be able to take care of and serve others now.” Servant-leadership is a core value at PESCO. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “servant” as “a person who is devoted to or guided by something.” Jamie Mead is truly a person who is devoted to others and exemplifies servant leadership at PESCO, and in her personal life.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – JIM RHODES

Many of PESCO’s employees have been with the family-owned business for decades.  But in May of this year, one of them will have worked at the business for 43 years. Not surprisingly, Jim Rhodes, Vice President of Engineering, Research and Development, and Quality Management, along with his brother, PESCO’s President, Kyle Rhodes, own the honor of long-time employment at the company.  “Officially, Shane Galloway has the longest tenure.”  Jim said.  “He went to work for us a couple of months before I graduated from college.  Unofficially, Kyle and I are tied with over 50 years each.  Wow.”

When Jim and Kyle’s dad, Ed, lost his job at the age of 49, Ed and Mary Lou, Jim and Kyle’s mom, decided they would go into a business of their own. “I had a job whether I wanted it or not,” Jim said with a smile.

When Jim graduated from college in 1978, he joined the company full time, although he spent many more years working at the business while in high school. In addition to his engineering expertise to the company, Jim also brings a passion for creating patents.

“Coming up with a patentable idea is easy,” Jim said. “PESCO is known as a problem solver.  When a customer has a need, I can usually figure out a way to solve the problem. Patenting a design isn’t about vanity or ego. It’s about seeing a need and, if we have the ability to solve it, let’s do it.”

The opportunities of having a family-owned business are many, Jim said.  “Every day I come here, I find a proud moment,” he said. “We have the ability to employ people and to focus on making enough money to stay in business and to serve our community. I am proud I am able to work side by side with my brother. We’re a good team and he was my best friend growing up and he still is.”

Kyle echoed Jim’s sentiments.  “Not only are Jim and I brothers, but also best friends.  We’ve always worked well together, complimenting each other’s gifts.  With Jim’s engineering brilliance, PESCO has excelled in equipment quality and design.”

In spite of all he knows and has accomplished, Jim believes there is always more to learn – about the business and life.

“We surround ourselves with good people,” he said. “A career is nothing if you’re not helping people.”

Jim is a very low-key guy and his close friend and PESCO’s Employee Success Manager, Craig Curry, said “What others don’t often see is the serving side of Jim.  His brain is impossible to keep up with, but his willingness to help, often behind the scenes, is built into his DNA.  I saw it in his church work.  Kathy and I have been a recipient of it.  There’s a soft heart keeping that brain going!”

In spite of putting in countless hours at PESCO, Jim has other passions he enjoys in his spare time. A talented photographer, Jim enjoys taking the time to get the perfect photo. “Photography is a ministry for me,” he said.

He also enjoys playing golf, tying flies to use when he fly fishes, and loves to do landscaping. “I find out a way to do everything I want to do,” when he’s out of the office, Jim admitted.

Jim is also passionate about climate change, the continuing need and demand for fossil fuels. “I research about climate change and decide what is fact and what is fiction.” He said. “As an engineer with a science background, I want to figure it out. I’m also passionate about seeking out the truth and I like to be right about fossil fuels. I am a truth seeker.”

Jim’s talents go beyond the office, the rivers, the golf course, and the landscape, however.  He is a trumpet player for Celebration Brass, a quintet based out of First Presbyterian Church, and for the Trumpet Geezers, a group of over 50-year olds who play whenever they can and wherever they’re invited. “I was an accomplished trumpet player in high school,” said Jim, “but I put my trumpet away for 30 years. Then I decided to play again, and Mick Hesse (a noted and respected musician) gave me lessons.”

Jim also has sung in church choirs since 7th grade and has been a bass soloist with the San Juan Symphony Chorus.

When Jim talks about his business and his hobbies, he is animated and enjoys sharing his passions. However, when he talks about his most important best friend, the softer side of him emerges.

“My wife (Arna) and I like to hike and just generally be outdoors.  She’s a great cook,” Jim said. “I married my best friend.”

It was Arna, a retired RN, and another of Jim’s good friends, Dr. Ron Calcote, who cared for Jim when he tested positive for COVID. “They got me through it,” Jim said with emotion. He recovered from a tough battle with the virus and credits Arna and Dr. Calcote for their care and support.

With a best friend who is his wife, and another best friend who is his brother, Jim said the future of PESCO includes providing jobs for employees who have become family.  “We will stay in business, provide those jobs, and focus on diversification. “ With PESCO’s emphasis on family values with its employees and the customers it serves – and with the commitment of the Rhodes family to do what is best for those employees and its customers – the company will always focus on building better lives and communities. And there’s a good chance that Jim will be there, camera in hand, to document it!

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – TONY ATENCIO

When a customer calls PESCO for a product, they can be guaranteed their technical sales representative knows what he is talking about. Tony Atencio has been in the oil and gas industry since 1990 and he went to work for PESCO in 1996 as a Field Service Technician before having the opportunity to move into Sales Department 2003.

“I’ve been on the drilling side of things and on the production side of things,” Atencio said, adding he was a dehydration specialist before coming to work for PESCO. He has the equipment knowledge. He knows how they operate.  “One of the things that helps me is seeing all those different types of equipment from the San Juan to the Permian, to DJ, Powder River, and the Bakken. They all use different types of equipment. Every producer is different, but they’re all trying to achieve the same thing.”

Atencio is an outside technical sales representative. “There’s not much I don’t do. I sit on the design team. I do a lot of technical trouble shooting, customer relations, and I’ll even sweep and mop the floors at times.”

For Atencio, it’s all about the relationships with his coworkers and his clients.

“In the past we’ve done employee appreciation barbecues for the day and night shifts. We’ll cook burgers, sometimes steaks for them. I’ve been one of the main cooks which is fun,” Atencio said. “Everybody is important to us. We are all a team. I can’t do my job without them.”

He stays in continual communication with more than 30 companies, and then receives inquiries from new and existing companies that might be potential clients. “There are companies out there that we are looking to do business with, and I’m making contact with them.”

Atencio is a people person, and he loves to talk. “I love to make friends.  In fact, I’ve made some great friends, whether they’re purchasing equipment from me or not,” he said, adding many of those relationships carry on outside of the company. “One of the things about my job that I enjoy the most is dealing with the different companies and their representatives – it is all about the relationships. We’ve built some amazing relationships.”

Atencio will call customers whether they are buying equipment from PESCO or not, but when they do buy equipment from PESCO, the service is unmatched. “The quality of PESCO equipment is second to none.  We are known for the quality of the equipment we manufacture.  We pride ourselves on being a strong Christian-based company.  Those values are represented in everything we do.”

Part of building those relationships is encouraging the customers to come and visit PESCO. “We encourage surprise visits. Once the customer visits PESCO – the shop, the people, the environment – they say that doesn’t happen with other manufacturers and vendors they go to. We talk to everybody out there. They talk to us, and we joke with them. Everybody is important.”

Atencio said there is an open-door policy and customers can talk to any and all employees when they visit.

Once a product is sold, it must be designed, Atencio said there are certain conditions from the customer that have to be met. “We now are going to sit down, based on what the customer has given us, and we are going to design a vessel to meet their needs,” he said.

“We will review it with the customer, and if they see changes that need to be made, we will make changes until they are happy with it and it’s exactly what they want,” Atencio said. “Then, we will start the manufacturing process.”

According to Atencio, when PESCO looked at building Lease Automatic Custody transfer units, they had to be exact. PESCO’s electrical team designed them, and “it led to PESCO being able to offer those regularly now.”

One of Atencio’s other titles is trainer, and he has traveled throughout the Rocky Mountain region training PESCO’s customers on separation and dehydration controls. “It’s about educating our customers on how things operate and what to look for in troubleshooting,” he said. “I talk clients through a lot of things over the phone.”

Every workday is different for him, because he might get a call from a customer on an RFQ, or have an over-the-counter sale come in. “I may get a call with questions about a piece of equipment or it could be a customer needing information on how to install it,” Atencio said.   For Atencio, working at PESCO is all about seeing the company and its employees succeed. “I don’t look at my job as being about me,” he said. “We are a team.   I’m selling equipment for everybody who works here- from maintenance, to the shop floor. They all have families, we want everybody to be successful.”

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – WATSON BENALLY

Watson Benally – PESCO Plant Superintendent

Watson Benally’s life is one etched deep with experience, trial, and triumph.

Watson learned, at the young age of 13, the importance of hard work.  His father would wake him in the early hours of the morning to work irrigation pipes in Idaho. He said his father taught him great work ethic. It was one of the greatest gifts he ever gave him.

 As he grew up, Watson excelled in high school with good grades and as a disciplined athlete. The summer leading to his junior year, Watson worked to save enough money to buy his first vehicle, a 1966 Chevrolet. This proud accomplishment soon became a distraction and led to poor decisions.  He started hanging out with the “wrong crowd” and began to experiment with alcohol. Soon he dropped out of school. Watson dealt with shame for letting his coaches, teachers, and peers down, making it difficult to return. He was always a natural leader, which made it hard to face those who looked up to him and those who knew he was capable of more.

Toward the end of the Vietnam Era, at the age of 18, Watson enlisted in the Marines.  He made many friends with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He enjoyed the travel he experienced and the friendships he formed with his comrades. The excellent work ethic instilled by his father quickly earned Watson the respect of his superiors. He had a close-knit group of brothers in the military. “We had each other’s backs.”, he said.

After serving his term and returning to civilian life, he began having difficulty coping.  He found himself alone and unable to obtain a job.  Watson delved deeper into alcohol to cope.  For the next several years, he struggled to find stability, having lost everything, he found himself in one of the darkest seasons of his life. He was homeless, living on the streets.  It was during this time that he met his wife, Katherine.  Sharing the same addiction, they found themselves battling together to find their way back to a meaningful life.

Watson said one day he looked at himself in the mirror and said, “I better get my act together.” He set his mind to finding a job. Watson worked in a lumber yard, in the oil field, doing farm labor, anywhere he could get hired. He was not satisfied with odd jobs and decided, with his G.I. Bill nearing expiration, he would enroll at Utah Technical College, earning his certification in welding.

In 1982 Watson dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. Through his faith, his life began to change for the better. And in July of 1990, he started his career at PESCO beginning as a tank welder. Watson said, “Welding is an art, and I was not a natural.” But he didn’t give up and became a proficient welder. It was not long before Watson was moved to various departments throughout the plant, each time, working his way to leadership positions. He became the Night Shift Superintendent and was in that position for 15 years. More recently, he became the Assistant Plant Superintendent, and for the past year, he has held the position of Plant Superintendent. When he was offered this position, he wondered how he would fill such big shoes.  After some time of reflection and realizing all the places he has led through life, he decided he would simply be himself.  He referenced General Chesty Puller, who ate with his troops. Watson chooses to be an approachable leader.

Watson said although he was offered opportunities at the mine and other local companies, he never left PESCO.  He has great respect for the Rhodes family and how they conduct business with strong Christian values. “PESCO intentionally invests in their employees.”, he said.  He appreciates the resources PESCO has provided to develop him as a leader; the books, tools, training, etc.

During one of his most difficult moments, when his wife became ill, the PESCO family was a major support. He reminisced about a time while in Albuquerque caring for Katherine; this was one of his lowest points, and the women from the HR department showed up. He said it really lifted his spirits. They spent time visiting with him and gave him an envelope with a collection taken by the PESCO family to help him out.  PESCO stepped up in ways that are uncommon in most workplaces. Watson lost his beloved Katherine 6 years ago, and the PESCO family was a true support system. “I work with a lot of good people here at PESCO. I am grateful for the comradery I have in humble men like Larry Baugh and Scott Payne. They were instrumental in paving the way for me to become part of the PESCO leadership team .” PESCO is a company that believes in second chances. Watson hopes that in sharing his story, he would encourage someone dealing with addiction or hopelessness.  There is a hope and a future, “just do not give up.”

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – DJ MARTINEZ

PESCO has an onsite electrical department that can offer complete turnkey packages for its clients. “This has made us a better company. It’s standard that we quote and build instrumentation and electrical on most of the equipment we manufacture,” PESCO’s Master Electrician D.J. Martinez said.  

Martinez was hired in 2014, when PESCO began developing its electrical department. Management wanted someone who could come in and build it from the ground up. That person needed be a master electrician. The company found what they were looking for in D.J. Martinez.

D.J. came to the company with a varied background in electrical work.  As a Master Electrician, he is licensed in Colorado and New Mexico.  He currently is working on his master electrician license in Texas.

“Each state is different for licensure. Requirements include several years working under a Journeyman and getting a Journeyman license. Then you must build up hours and take the test,” Martinez said. “It takes about six to eight years.”

Martinez came from a family of electricians. “My dad started his own business in the ’70s,” Martinez said. “As kids we would go help him during the summers and on weekends. We would do whatever jobs we could.”

D.J., along with his brother Joseph Jr., and Daniel, all worked with their dad, Joseph Martinez. “When we got older, we kind of had burnout, but we realized it was a chance to earn a living and get paid. I was the first to jump into it.”  They all now work as electricians.

When Martinez came to PESCO, he had already worked for several other companies and had varied skills. “I learned to do special systems, like voice, video, data, and fire alarm systems.” He was a perfect fit.  Not only had he worked all over the country as an electrician, but he also worked in the oilfield as a master electrician running crews for Foutz and Bursom. 

“I’ve been in the industry full time for 28 years,” Martinez said.

Building an electrical department from the ground up was a welcome challenge, giving Martinez an opportunity to put that experience to use. He began by quoting equipment with the electrical equipment and instrumentation. “We had to develop company standards on the electrical,” he said. “This is how we build things. This is how we do it. Prints had to be drawn up in a certain way to meet code.”

Martinez worked with project engineers and drafting to build those standards. This meant that every time PESCO built a skid with electrical instrumentation, it would meet codes and customer requirements. “I had to build PESCO standards to supersede everyone’s standards,” he explained.

After six years, Martinez said nearly every skid is quoted with instrumentation and electrical and he oversees the instrumentation electrical equipment design and installation. “I work on the design and drafting and make sure everything is right for the customers approval,” he said, adding that he also helps with materials for the purchasing agent.

“I have crews in the shop that I oversee. They do the instrumentation and electrical for all the skids that we work on,” Martinez said.

Sometimes, the job includes having Martinez set up the unit onsite. Being licensed allows him to do field service work in instrumentation and electrical in both Colorado and New Mexico. “That is added value for our customers. We can perform maintenance and troubleshoot problems,” he said.  Just recently, D.J. led a team of PESCO Field Service personnel to help a key customer troubleshoot and startup an advanced process skid.  The customer expressed their appreciation for the help and the level of expertise we were able to provide. Martinez currently has a crew of about 10, and he says that he honestly loves his job. “I grew up with my brothers doing electrical work. Here at PESCO it’s kind of the same mindset,” he said. “It feels like family – like when I was working, when I was younger – that’s what makes it fun. I like my job.”

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – TOM LEWIS

As an employee of PESCO for almost 28 years, Tom Lewis has experienced opportunities he had never considered. He is one who keeps his nose to the grindstone, doing his best to become proficient in every department he has worked. This dedication to excellence has opened doors to numerous departments here at PESCO.    

Tom began with PESCO as a welder, and after nine months he took a position as a supervisor in the tank shop. From there, he went on to become a supervisor in the assembly department. With his drive to learn new skills, and quickly recognizing that computers were the choice tool of the workplace, in 2009 he began taking computer classes at San Juan College. It was this decision that led him to earn a degree in drafting.

Tom’s career development, since joining PESCO, has included learning to work as a part of a team and leading a team. Through his years at PESCO, he has learned to identify and empower the people who can do a job well and take the time to train others to the same level of proficiency. He shared a moment that revolutionized his approach to supervising his team. After discussing a project with his then-supervisor Keith Tucker, Tom commented that he would “push his guys to get the job done”.  Keith stopped him and said, “Don’t push them, lead them.” From that moment on, he changed his approach and led his team to become more productive and synergetic.  

John Buckles, Project Manager at PESCO, reflected on Tom’s decision to make a change in his career. He said Tom came to his office one day asking about drafting.  John encouraged him to enroll in the Drafting Program at San Juan College, saying he would have a position upon graduation.  At the time, John was head of the Drafting Department at PESCO and an adjunct instructor at San Juan College in the evenings. He said, “Tom had a real edge in the class because he was already very knowledgeable about the equipment.” And as promised, Tom was offered a position as a drafter after receiving his degree. He has been a draftsman at PESCO for the past 10 years. John went on to say, “Tom is a top-notch guy.  He has high values and is a good example of a PESCO employee.”

When asked what a typical day at PESCO is for him, Tom said, “It’s awesome!  There is ease and efficiency as I clearly understand my responsibilities.” He expressed confidence in the leadership of PESCO saying, “Kyle Rhodes (President and CEO) does a good job staying ahead of the game in our industry.  There is great communication regarding what’s expected here at PESCO.”

Tom takes much of what he has learned here at PESCO and applies it in his personal life.  He utilizes improved communication skills, safety practices, as well as organizational systems.  Overall, he says, it makes life better. His favorite pastime is caring for his horses.  “If my grandkids ever ask me to take them fishing, I wouldn’t know how, but I do know horses,” he said with a chuckle. What Tom appreciates most about working for PESCO is the mutual respect, good training practices, and the raising up of leaders. He emphatically stated, “I love it here! PESCO is my second home.”

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – HENRY SANDOVAL

Henry Sandoval has been part of the PESCO family for over 25 years. He started in the days when PESCO was still a small family-run company.

Henry’s exemplary qualities are quite evident- problem solver, visionary, and teacher.  “The values at PESCO- Mutual Respect & Trust, Integrity, and Commitment to Excellence– truly resonate with him.  Kyle Rhodes, President and CEO of PESCO said “Henry is one of those people who defines PESCO.”

Henry began his career with PESCO as a pipefitter and today he works in the Training Department. When asked how he would describe his experience with PESCO, he said, “It’s a good place to work.  PESCO has always treated me right- they’ve always been good to me.”  Henry went on to say what he appreciates most: “PESCO treats their employees like family.  They do a lot to support their employees.”

Henry brings value to the company regularly by recognizing ways to make processes run more efficiently. He participated in implementing the “Five S System,” which helps organize the workspace and increase productivity. Henry is constantly asked for insight on various projects and, at times, has offered recommendations during the engineering process.

Henry is passionate about his work at PESCO and has a real gift for imparting wisdom and knowledge to those willing to learn. Kyle said, “What I admire about Henry is he is always teaching, he is always equipping, and he is always very positive. His attitude when helping others is just phenomenal. Henry is one of the most knowledgeable people that PESCO has ever had in service.” Henry mentioned two mentors he is very grateful to have worked with:  Blake Wallace and Allan Hawbecker.  He said, “I learned a lot from these two men.”

One of Henry’s proudest moments with PESCO was the expansion project that led to expansion of the manufacturing footprint.  He had long anticipated this expansion and was proud to be a part of seeing it come to fruition.  “Before that, we had to work out in the cold.  It meant a lot to see the enclosed structure when it was built.” Once this growth happened, better equipment was brought in for the crew, and he was happy for them.

Henry’s eyes lit up when asked about his family.  He and his wife, Anita, have been married for 43 years and have raised five children, of whom Henry is very proud.  In his spare time, Henry enjoys being with his family.   One special memory he reminisced about was trips to watch his girls play softball and said that his son is now a registered nurse in Albuquerque. He looks forward to summer trips to watch his grandkids play fastpitch softball once the COVID restrictions are lifted.

In his spare time, Henry’s hobbies include building small utility trailers and storage sheds.

When asked what the future holds for him, Henry said he still has a few years before retiring.  He is still deciding what that time will look like for him. Perhaps he will have a small shop where he builds utility trailers, possibly work with the family livestock, or travel with Anita.

It was evident that Henry has a keen sense of the importance of PESCO’s drive to diversity. Being in the oil and gas industry for over 43 years, he is all too familiar with the highs and lows.  Henry acknowledged that “with more irons in the fire, PESCO will always have something to fall back on.”  

Henry trains many of those employees who begin their careers at PESCO.  Henry said he advises new employees to “learn as much as you can at PESCO.  If you are in one department, go beyond that and expand your knowledge. PESCO is a great place to learn.  We have some knowledgeable people here at PESCO who are willing to teach you new things.  People are not always given that experience or opportunity to learn in other companies.” Henry would like to thank PESCO for giving him the chance to work for them.  PESCO has come a long way, and he is grateful to be a part of it.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – DANIEL GAMBOA

Daniel Gamboa sat down in the chair, looked down at his hands, then said, quietly, “PESCO saved my life.”

Daniel is celebrating nine years of sobriety – an addiction that he struggled with for 20 years. During those 20 years, Daniel became known in the community – known as an addict by local law enforcement. He also found a new place to live –  he spent four years in prison in Las Cruces for robbing a drug dealer and was charged for residential burglary and conspiracy.

Life changed for Daniel when he decided he wanted to use his skills as a welder and work for PESCO. He passed the mandated drug test and was hired as a code welder. Six months later, however, Daniel tested positive for meth. Linda Rodgers, PESCO’s Chief Financial Officer, said Daniel was tested because of a “reasonable suspicion” of drug usage.

“A friend cared about me enough to turn me in,” Daniel said. “I lied to my supervisor (about doing drugs), but the test came back dirty, as I knew it would.”

The Human Resources Department at PESCO told Daniel that they cared about him as a person and as an employee and encouraged him to get treatment. They offered him a position if he recovered and wanted to return to the company.

“I wanted out of here and I left,” Daniel said. “Six months later, I was right back where I started (doing drugs). I went to Overcomers (a support program) and I lied to them about my usage, but they saw right through that. They said I would need a year of counseling and I agreed.”

While Daniel wanted to change his life and win his battle with drugs, the lure of the drugs remained strong.

“I figured I’d do what they wanted me to do, then I’d go back to doing what I wanted to do,” Daniel admitted.

During the six months he continued doing drugs, Daniel lost a friend to an overdose and was known by the local gang task force. On February 11, 2012, Daniel hit rock bottom. He knew he had to change – for himself and for his family. Daniel went to his garage, where he kept a small container that he used to mix his drugs. He looked at the small amount of drugs he had left, and he thought it wouldn’t hurt to use, one last time.

“I thought I could use (drugs) right now, and nobody would know,” Daniel said, explaining that he never used drugs in the presence of his wife or his children, out of respect and his love for them. Thinking of his family, Daniel made a decision. “I flushed them all. That’s the day I won my battle with drugs.”

“I was done putting my wife and children through this,” Daniel said of his addition. “I called PESCO and asked if the offer of coming back still stood. They said yes, and I returned in June of 2012.”

PESCO was happy to have Daniel return – and that he beat the demon who had haunted him for 20 years.

“PESCO has a history of helping people,” said Chief Financial Officer Linda Rodgers. “God has blessed PESCO and during its 50 years in business, has helped countless people through tough times.  PESCO doesn’t just want it’s employees to be successful at work, but in life.”

Watson Benally is a friend and supervisor who works with Daniel and was glad to see him return to work.

“Daniel Gamboa is a man of God; a great leader; full of energy, humble; compassionate; great heart who loves to work with  the youth in our community and the people here at PESCO,” said  Watson.

Daniel’s recovery process included going to church with his wife and children. “I got on my knees and I surrendered my life to God,” Daniel said. “I told God I needed his help with my more than 20 years of addiction.”

PESCO also contributed to Daniel’s recovery. In addition to supporting him and encouraging his continued growth with the company, it also helped his family.

“PESCO gave my wife her husband back and my kids their dad back,” Daniel said of PESCO’s support in his recovery. “That’s the reason I love this company. God changed my life and now I can be the person I always wanted to be.”

“I see life as a puzzle,” Daniel said. “Each piece represents when we were born and when we die, and God puts the puzzle together. God uses all we’ve been through in our puzzle and it is because of God’s grace that he has used me.”

Daniel also had the support and love of his wife, who is a major piece in his life puzzle. “I would describe my wife, Shaundale, as a woman of God,” Daniel said. “When I went to prison, she was the sole provider and a single parent for my kids. She stayed with me and she raised our kids to follow Christ. And she never lost faith in me.”

As a survivor of an addiction, Daniel knows that God opens doors and Oasis Church in Farmington was a door God opened for him.  He offers his insights, his encouragement, and his story with others at Oasis and at the San Juan County Detention Center. He is proud to be on the board of the church. As a survivor, Daniel’s life now revolves around his family, his church, and his commitment to help others.

His pride in his children is evident when he speaks of them. Rebekah is 22 and is a junior at New Mexico State University and “is my favorite, because she is my first born,” Daniel added with a grin. Nathan is 21 and is currently in the police academy. Erin, who is 20, is a youth pastor at Oasis Church, and Devyn is 17 and a junior at Farmington High School.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys mountain biking with several friends, who share his faith. “I love biking,” he said. “When I’m biking, my only focus is on the ten feet in front of me. I can’t see the stresses or the worries in life; I just concentrate on riding and looking ahead.”

“I’m grateful God led me here, to PESCO,” Daniel said. “They gave me a second chance and God’s timing was perfect. They changed my life and the person I was. I hope I am always helping and speaking to those God puts in my path.”

For Linda Rodgers, Daniel has been more than a great employee – he is also a great friend.

“My husband was going through cancer treatment and Daniel stopped by my office to check on me,” Linda said. “I was humbled that he thought of me and shared a prayer with me.  It helped get me through a rough day.” 

“PESCO has given me the opportunity to advance and utilize my past to help others,” Daniel added. “The tools PESCO has given me include giving me the knowledge that everyone is going through something and my words can empower and bring out the best in people.”

PESCO’s website states the commitment the company has to its employees, its community, and the people it serves. “PESCO is not just a place to work. It’s a place to build better lives and communities.”

Daniel Gamboa is grateful that PESCO gave him a second change to build a better life for his family and himself – and to share his story with those in his community who can benefit from it. Daniel embraces PESCO’s emphasis on integrity and knows he must live it. “Integrity is always doing the right thing, even when you know no one else is looking.”