Russell, Magnum Forge’s Managing Partner, founded the company in 2008 to provide talented professionals who possess leading ERP implementation experience to the upstream energy middle market. His understanding of the upstream energy industry and his clear vision of ERP solutions and related software applications are the cornerstones of the company’s success.
Since beginning his consulting career in 1996, Russell has focused on developing strategies to ensure the effective use of IT. His background includes an in-depth understanding of accounting and finance, operations, and technology. He has led multiple IT and application projects focused on financial applications, ERP, custom development, and cross-system reporting and integration. His specialties lie in troubled ERP systems, complex system implementations, and significant financial or cost-accounting reporting issues.
Russell’s clients include major international oil companies and independent E&P companies. He has assisted most of these clients with software selection, implementation, and enhancement projects that span the entire enterprise. He has also led efforts to redesign and implement new data collection and reporting processes, which typically include technology, training, and change management.
Russell began his career in consulting by leading several large-scale SAP site implementations with Accenture. He went on to cofound and grow a leading consulting practice from the ground up, offering world-class consulting skills across multiple markets. His focus for this earlier firm was on recruiting, training processes, billing-rate structure, salary administration, and bonus programs.
Russell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in communications and a master’s in business administration from UT’s McCombs School of Business.
Roland is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge who works with organizations from independent, privately owned upstream oil and gas companies to multinational integrated supermajors. He has worked on projects involved in numerous functional areas, including revenue accounting, land and lease records, accounts payable, operations accounting, production accounting, and supply chain management. He focuses on assisting clients with software selection, system implementation, data conversion, and process redesign.
Roland’s attention to detail, breadth of knowledge, and ability to work effectively with end users and vendors make him the project manager of choice for his clients. Since joining Magnum Forge in April 2011, he has worked at mid-sized independent and small private upstream energy companies, where he has led projects in various functional areas. He recently led a project to help a client better utilize the functionality within Enertia for numerous departments, focusing on addressing issues and process improvements within revenue accounting.
His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes the following:
Roland graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a master’s degree from A&M’s Mays Business School.
Kramer is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He works with companies to guide them through the labyrinth of challenges associated with going live. He manages implementation and upgrade projects for Land, GIS, and Division Order applications. He has experience in leading project scoping, requirements gathering, system configuration, data conversion, system testing, enhancement configuration/development, conversion issue resolution, training, go-live cutover, and post go-live support.
Kramer began his consulting career at Quorum Business Solutions, where he worked primarily on Land/GIS implementation and upgrade projects. He has managed multiple successful implementations through all functional and technical phases of a project.
His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:
Kramer graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in management studies.
Auburn is a senior manager at Magnum Forge. She has been in upstream oil and gas since 2004, working in industry for 13 of those years. Auburn has led teams of production accounting and regulatory analysts and managed data-gathering software products throughout their lifecycle, including gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining product vision, and deploying successful products to client production environments. Auburn has managed projects involving software optimization and implementation. She has been involved in transitioning companies from legacy systems to new production systems, assisting with the integration of production data for acquired assets, AFE workflow, drilling, and completion data from other software systems.
Auburn has also designed and conducted training sessions for both key users and end users on basic and advanced production accounting, production accounting systems, production data capture, multi-state regulatory reporting, drilling and completion data gathering, wellbore schematics, and Microsoft Access. She has worked directly with field personnel to design accurate gas and oil delivery systems to meet production accounting and regulatory reporting requirements for the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana, Louisiana, Colorado, and California.
Auburn has supported operations data systems across production services and drilling and production operations, including ad hoc support, documentation, user training, and software issue diagnosis and tracking. She has identified opportunities for improvements in system functionality and procedures, documented production business processes for internal purposes and SOX compliance, and audited allocation data for activity reporting, accruals, and regulatory reporting.
Her hands-on experience in software module implementation includes the following:
Auburn attended the US Naval Academy and served four years federal service. She then received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Management and Computer Information Systems from Park University.
Shanna is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Magnum Forge. She has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, communications, and business development working with professional services firms focused primarily on the energy industry. Her expertise lies in developing and executing marketing strategies designed to expand market share. She has worked across all industry groups, and most recently has been focused on upstream energy. Her industry background includes financial services, heavy manufacturing, oilfield services, and technology.
Shanna spent most of her career with Arthur Andersen as a Marketing Director for the Southwestern United States. Following Andersen, she went on to help build an energy consulting practice focused on supply chain technology and niche products for the upstream oil and gas industry.
Shanna graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in journalism and communications.