To develop and foster our clients by delivering positive experiences. We are committed to science, technology, and problem solving for the energy community.
To develop and foster our clients by delivering positive experiences. We are committed to science, technology, and problem solving for the energy community.
Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality are non-negotiable necessities that quantify a company’s priorities, values and focus. We believe our success extends through project execution and ends only when our people return home unharmed, with no negative impact on the environment and resources.
To fulfill and transcend this promise, BlueFin confirms a safe culture of engagement and ownership—a symbiotic approach amongst all commercial facets, where one component depends upon the other for complete success. This culture is HSEQ 360.
Our 360 degree synergetic model centralizes on incident free performance, starting with people and our environment and encompassing resources. In order to deliver this promise BlueFin will demonstrate unwavering dedication to the cooperative HSEQ 360 degree model that acknowledges, supports, and aims to meet the following principles:
Our behavioral based safety program is designed to achieve a transformation from isolated reporting of issues to a more holistic approach by observing one another to promote awareness and correct behavioral practices. The cornerstone of this valuable tool is an observation technique agreed upon by our senior committee. We seek to improve our way of performing tasks by identifying those things we take for granted that can and should be improved upon when possible.
We not only look at the obvious, tangible, visual behaviors, but also tend to look deeper into each other’s normal behavior and compare it to what we observe at the moment to ensure that our coworker is able to manage his work while contemplating other outside influences. Work processes, procedures and overall progress is gauged by taking a few minutes out of our work day to notify an individual of your intention to observe their work technique and compare it to what we all agree is the proper way to perform the task or event. We promote giving each other feedback on that performance and encourage improvement while also noting a behavior that may not be desirable.
By monitoring one another’s progress, holding each other to a higher standard of behavior, we improve ourselves by encouraging good practices and helping to eliminate those behaviors that can be detrimental to our organization, our customers, the public, and our goals.
Trend analysis helps to monitor this progress and by doing so, can virtually predict where we need to focus our attention. Reporting these trends throughout the organization allows each individual to compare theoretical issues to actual trending performances. The keys to our success are simple. Pay attention to those around you. Consider your fellow team member. Execute tasks with mental awareness and clarity. Practice Stop Work Authority.
At BlueFin, we regard operator training as priority standards which measure one’s ability to perform specific tasks, functions, and roles. We believe that everyone is accountable for knowing their job responsibility, their task at hand, the risks such tasks entail, and how to manage and curtail those risks. We believe in training people throughout our entire organization, from our shop mechanics to our field technicians and supervisors, for every possible situation.
Operator training is customized and specific to our equipment, our policies, and our processes. Operator training is performed by BlueFin managers. Supervisors and lead technicians oversee field technicians in the duration of jobs, in order to ensure their skill set and competence level prior to performing the work individually.
Our goal is to ensure that all employees are fully trained, aware of, and know how to handle the different situations that occur on projects. This education and knowledge enables our technical group to provide the safest operation throughout each individual project.
A quality management system organizes, measures, and records the processes that are identified by an organization to have a specific priority and value metric. The QMS should, furthermore, support the company’s forward strategy by incorporating an improvement and audit process.
BlueFin’s commitment to such quality assurance and control remains visible to our customers, and the results show in our organization’s success and strength in the market.
As a testament to our QMS dedication, BlueFin is a certified ISO 9001:2008 company. Such industry benchmarks are popularly touted but rarely unobtainable in the service energy markets. Our promise to focus on a system that delivers excellence to our customers and employees will remain a priority.
We strive to create a work culture that constantly challenges and expects superior performance in every aspect of our business. We remain adaptable. We are problem solvers.
We engage our people to utilize their individual raw talent and intelligence by encouraging a culture of debate, feedback and innovation.
We honor spiritual principles and practices. We encourage and respect individual freedom to place God at the center of our work.
We measure responsibility so we can deliver on our promises. Perseverance, responsiveness, tenacity and ownership are key indicators for this measurement.
Strength, work ethic, positivity, and leadership allow us do the right things for the right reasons.
We are focused on planning and forward thinking. We promote and utilize the best practices and processes so our people return home unharmed, with no negative impact on the environment and resources.
We use our strengths to aggressively pursue our craving for excellence.
We are committed to our employees and to our customers. We encourage a work environment that communicates loyalty, recognition, and dedication. We acknowledge these partnerships as driving forces behind our success—past, present and future.
We focus on collaboration, partnerships, and alliances to drive our success.
Mr. Pugh offers a diverse background in business management on various levels. His knowledge in combined financial and operational leadership brings tremendous value to the BlueFin team structure. Mr. Pugh has extensive experience with, and has engineered and implemented processes and tools deployed by the companies service offerings. His skills have lead BlueFin into becoming a unique service provider, ultimately driving growth. He has focused the company on ensuring and implementing metrics of QMS, including ISO standard specifications. Mr. Pugh is an Alumni member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.S. in civil engineering. Mr. Pugh also completed an extended executive education program (LYSB) at Harvard Business School.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Broussard has over 35 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry, primarily in a Management and Operations role. He began his career in the industry working in the directional drilling sector of the market. He later made the move to completions primarily focusing on downhole chemical injection and subsequently reservoir monitoring.
Mr. Broussard is a former principal of NOVA Technology, an O&G service company that focused on global deep-water reservoir monitoring and downhole chemical injection. His involvement in the design and fabrication of new industry components and equipment used to provide Multi-Line Services (MLS) was instrumental in the growth of that specialized product line which has become a core business of many of the major service companies on a global aspect. Mr. Broussard is an Alumni of the University of Southwest Louisianawith a B.S. in Business Administration.
Mr. Benoit carries 26 years of HSE and risk management experience. His professional exposure to safety systems, contractual management, insurance alignments, and incident investigative techniques have enabled BlueFin to further secure an industry leading position within their respective service markets. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. Benoit is an active member of the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, has held past membership status on several GoM contracting steering team committees, and liaised for improved Safety and Health involvement by the Major Operators in the various stages of Behavior Based Safety Systems.
VP | Commercial & Business Development
Mr. Foster leverages his passion for people and his education of people against his desire to become a proven leader. Mr. Foster invested his initial years in BlueFin with the pipeline and process segment, serving as project manager with responsibilities that included department platform initiatives and development, department standard operating procedures and estimating standardization. His current managerial responsibilities are inclusive of business development matters that cover sales personnel management, company marketing and branding initiatives, intelligence gathering and strategic goal setting, business plan preparation, and industry association networking. Mr. Foster is an Alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a BA and MA in Liberal Arts.
VP | Pipeline & Process Services
Mr. Broussard has a strong background in project management, quality control systems, and personnel management. This experience has guided Mr. Broussard to his current position at BlueFin as he continually demonstrates his ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thoroughly. Tasked with the responsibility of managing all of the daily operations of BlueFin’s portfolio, Mr. Broussard has assisted in BlueFin’s current success rate as industry leader. Mr. Broussard previously served 8 years with the State of Louisiana at the Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Broussard is an Alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.S. in environmental science.
VP | Completion Services
Mr. Savala is a proven industry leader with more than 15 years of completions service experience. With a successful tenure in designing, building, deploying and managing all facets of completion projects—domestically and internationally—his professional experiences are earmarked from field supervision and product line development manager to operations manager and Vice President. This combination of knowledge and experience provides Mr. Savala with a grounded skill for managing projects, employees and customer relationships with dignified expectations.
From a leadership perspective, Mr. Savala operates at the intersection where passion meets competency. His desire to listen and learn is relevant in today’s ever-changing oil and gas industry where leadership roles demand sharp instinct and strong humility. Mr. Savala’s current responsibilities include creating and managing department structure, employee and P&L management, research and development for new products and technologies, and potential geographic expansions. Mr. Savala is a graduate of McCullough High School in Texas and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Business Group Manager | Mechanical Services
Mr. Prioux extinguishes his professional skill sets with a balance of ingenuity and focus. His past professional affiliations demanded thoroughness and attention to detail, which have proven fruitful in his managerial responsibilities with BlueFin’s service division. Tasked with the initial start-up and organization of BlueFin’s Mechanical group, Mr. Prioux has a proven track record that demonstrates professionalism and responsibility. Mr. Prioux is an Alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Senior Technical Advisor | Umbilical Services
Mr. Bowman’s 25-year tenure in the pre-commissioning market is notable. His combination of experiences touch every phase of the umbilical life cycle, starting with his introduction to mechanical applications of services in the field, to providing subject matter expertise to global supermajor operators for capital projects in high risks zones. As a result of his technical accomplishments, Mr. Bowman has witnessed many of the challenges that can occur when executing umbilical installations and pre-commissioning projects—from providing technical oversight and client inspection for umbilical manufacturing and hardware installation, planning and management of F.A.T.’s and S.I.T’s, to installation monitoring and procedure development for topside commissioning and umbilical field decommissioning. This comprehensive approach to a single, technical market is rare and weighted.
As a senior technical advisor, Mr. Bowman delivers a class of technical competency to BlueFin’s deep water group that upstream operators demand. His history of umbilical operations, mechanical systems, training development, and equipment specifications will place Mr. Bowman’s team in a position to adequately transfer this knowledge over to the upcoming technicians recently entering the market.
Mr. Bowman is a native of the United Kingdom and currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and son.
Business Group Manager|Pipeline Services
Ms. Blanchard began her career in energy with Weatherford in 2006 as an entry level field engineer within the pipeline services group. In this role, she was introduced to pipeline and process projects in the Gulf of Mexico market, with specific focus on Pre-Commissioning and Commissioning. Through her experience at Weatherford, Ms. Blanchard developed a strong recognition for technical capability and problem solving.
Upon completing a merger into the Baker Hughes corporation, Ms. Blanchard’s “can do” attitude became her professional brand. With a loyal client base and dedicated field team, she continued personal expansion of her subject matter expertise in the fields relating to nitrogen/helium leak testing, subsea and topside hydrostatic pressure assessments, systems purging, and subsea dewatering, to name a few.
Ms. Blanchard is a proud mother and an Alumni of LSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological & Agricultural Engineering.
Project Manager | Pipeline & Process Services
Mr. Broussard is a proven engineer with a technical background in hands-on applications and field execution. While the sunrise of his career began in the engineering firm market, Mr. Broussard’s talent flourished when he entered the service industry. During this onset Mr. Broussard realized that the service industry required a specific talent – the ability to marry proven systems and processes against a technical objective while considering limitations and improvements. Now, with more than thirteen years of industry experience and a tenure with one of the largest global service providers, Mr. Broussard combines his passion for technical objective and client satisfaction with human possibility. As importantly, his tenure and previous roles directly mirror BlueFin’s Pipeline & Process core competencies, which include deepwater pipeline integrity assessment, produced water treatment and filtration, well flowback, and design engineering, to name a few.
Mr. Broussard is an Alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. He is the proud father of three children and a dedicated husband who is proud to call South Louisiana his native soil.
Senior Engineer in Pipeline Integrity
Mr. Zunkel has over 35 years in the Oil and Gas Industry. In the early part of his career, he was an engineer with Halliburton Services with primary job responsibilties designing and developing drill stem testing, completion, and service tools. During this tenure Mr. Zunkel became an inventor of 20 US patents.
During the last 15 years of his career, Mr. Zunkel has focused soley on pipeline integrity management and is currently regarded as an authority figure for hydrostatic pressure testing of pipelines. He was formerly Senior Director of Integrity Management with Lake Superior Consulting, where he was involved pipeline engineering and integrity management projects, including ILI recommendations.
He has been involved with planning, managing, and executing over 200 pipeline hydrostatic tests and reviewing results of countless additional tests that covered continental North America. In recent years he has planned and conducted multiple, simultaneous tests on large diameter, in-service pipelines for integrity verification, on both liquid and gas transmission pipelines.
Mr. Zunkel holds a B.S. in engineering from Iowa State University and is currently a licensed professional engineer in more than 24 states.
Manager of Business Development
Mr. Broussard’s Business Development tenure spans more than 14 years. His early career began in the drilling and completions sector of the oil and gas industry with service organizations that offered a multitude of fit-for-purpose solutions around the wellhead. During his early role in field sales, where the nature of daily business is highly competitive and longevity is determined only by account success, Mr. Broussard obtained the necessary skills required to be a lasting sales professional. In 2011, Mr. Broussard embraced change and opportunity, and joined the BlueFin team with aim to grow both the organization’s rental equipment line as well as assist in marketing the recently-launched Pipeline & Process product service line. With a depth of understanding the full life cycle of carbon energy extraction and delivery, Mr. Broussard combined the value of face-to-face client engagement early on, coupled with the lasting principles of trust and loyalty, and earned a management position during BlueFin’s greatest period of growth. Currently he divides his time between maintaining his client posture within the industry and passing those skills onto BlueFin’s business development team.
Mr. Broussard earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from LSU in 2002. He is a dedicated husband and proud father of two, who also enjoys spending time coaching team sports, cooking and dedicating his energy towards community betterment.
Mr. Hurd’s unique composition of positive manners, work ethic and grit have become a benchmark for BlueFin recruitment methods and culture. His introduction into the oil and gas industry started in the onshore pipeline construction market. While there, Mr. Hurd received quick promotions and weighted responsibilities that eventually caught the attention of BlueFin’s field team. With a successful solicitation in hand and a new address in south Louisiana, Mr. Hurd has created technical depth in pipeline pre-commissioning through study efforts, knowledge sharing, and application. Initially, he assumed a role in estimating and project management, which in the turn led him to share his lessons and experiences with other team mates.
After combining five successful years in those categories, Mr. Hurd was promoted to BlueFin’s Pipeline & Process business group manager in 2017. With this specific distinguishment Mr. Hurd was responsible for department solidarity, field execution, P&L management, and department growth measures. Under Mr. Hurd’s management, BlueFin’s PPS group witnessed tremendous growth in several areas—project capacity, department functionality, recruitment measures, and technical depth. Now, with a legacy of mature, proven management competencies to his name, Mr. Hurd will leverage his technical knowledge as a Business Development professional for the organization.
Mr. Hurd is an Alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology.
John “Pat” Brennan’s industry experience of oil and gas work history across North America, South America, and Malaysia spans more than 18 years. His professional tenure combines a strong background in field supervision, project management, and operations, with specific technical competency in completions, multi-line services, NAS filtration, downhole chemical injection and umbilical flushing and testing. His current role as the Umbilical Services Business Group Manager has gained significant industry notice in the GoM deepwater market with supermajor, major and large independent operators.
Mr. Brennan holds a BA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is married with two children.
Mr. Lipari offers a strong background in general business management. His professional experiences and exposure deliver a wealth of intuitive knowledge about market history, business culture, and customer relationship management. As a thorough communicator in business planning and forecasting, Mr. Lipari has guided BlueFin’s sales group to maintain a strong commitment to business ethics and sales policy. Mr. Lipari is an Alumni of the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in business administration.