Russell, Magnum Forge’s Managing Partner, founded the company in 2008 to provide talented professionals with leading ERP implementation experience to the upstream energy middle market. His understanding of the upstream energy industry and clear vision of ERP solutions and related software applications are 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 within IT engagements focused on 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 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 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.
Colin is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He is a business management and IT professional with extensive experience in project management, marketing, alliance management, M&A, and business development in the oil and gas industry. He is a critical thinker focused on delivering client solutions and on using tactics that mitigate risk for our clients. He is a results-driven team leader able to architect, sell, and deliver strategic solutions for domestic and multinational clients.
Colin has spent more than 22 years delivering technology and security projects, both domestically and internationally, while working at various organizations, from IBM and Schlumberger to small boutique consulting firms. He spent the past 18 years focused on clients in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas business, from supermajors to small regional energy companies.
Throughout his career, Colin has carried out a wide array of projects, including application implementations, process mapping and redesign, establishing integrated and consistent production operating and regulatory reporting processes across multiple business units, and migrating users to the new processes while minimizing operational impacts.
He has successfully managed two projects that were part of a full ERP replacement at a mid-sized E&P company. He was asked to manage multiple teams of customers, vendors, and consultants to develop new interfaces between software programs, as well as lead the implementation and configuration of ProCount and QRA.
Colin has performed multiple organizational review and redesign projects, including project and change management along with business process documentation and redesign. These projects included the development of various interfaces and reports as part of software implementations.
Colin is the co-author of The Black Book on Corporate Security and is a co-patent holder for Security Maturity Assessment (SMA), an IT security assessment methodology.
Colin has experience with various software packages, including:
Colin graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.
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 been involved in projects that have touched 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 through the software selection process, system implementations, data conversions, 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 midsize independent and small private upstream energy companies, where he has led projects in various functional areas. He recently led a project for a Revenue Accounting group to better utilize functionality within Enertia to process month end close in a more automated and SOX compliant manner.
His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:
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.
Emerson is a Manager at Magnum Forge. He has experience in IT business applications, software development, software implementation, and project management. Emerson focuses on development and implementation of software solutions for the upstream energy sector but has also managed projects in the public sector and commercial real estate. In addition to managing software implementations, he has assisted clients with requirements gathering, business process re-design and directing the product improvement cycle. Recently, Emerson managed an Enertia system utilization review project, with the objective of identifying segregation of duty issues and both system and process improvement opportunities.
Emerson has worked with both mid-sized and large upstream companies including ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Consol and Statoil where his focus has been on land management and acquisition, lease administration, production volume measurement and report design, and development.
His experience with software modules includes:
Emerson graduated from the University of Houston, with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology.
Kramer is a 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.
Tyler is a Manager at Magnum Forge. He provides a unique blend of functional project management experience with thorough and wide-ranging technical capabilities that allows for quick, clear solutions. His core expertise is in helping clients properly identify their needs and then developing customized solutions to deliver the data they need to run their businesses more efficiently.
Tyler began his consulting career with Quorum Business Solutions, where he served as a functional and technical resource lead on Midstream Gas and Liquids marketing implementations, frequently managing small implementations and support on his own. He focuses on providing implementation expertise for solutions for both ERP systems and complementary systems that incorporate specific client needs not serviced by their chosen ERP system. He works across client organizations to identify needed enhancements to existing applications and has the skillset to handle the development. Tyler developed an entire interface to get Tobin Land and OGSYS to communicate using SQL and SSIS for a large upstream client. He is very technically oriented, which eases design and development conversations with users, vendors, and client IT. He also trains and supports end users to ensure they gain the most from their new application offerings. More recently, he managed data conversion as part of a three-year implementation for a publicly traded company with a seven-person team.
His hands-on experience in implementing the following software modules:
Software development experience:
Tyler graduated from Tulane University with a master’s in finance with an energy specialization and a bachelor’s degree in management with a double major in finance and marketing.
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.