Chad Joost (CJ) has been a dedicated Upstream Pumping (UP) Editorial Advisory Board member since 2010. Recently, he took a few minutes to share his passion for the oil and gas industry and Stewart & Stevenson and to answer some questions about the industry's future. UP When and for what company did you begin working in the oil and gas (OG) industry? CJ I began my career in the industry in 1995 working with fracturing equipment. My first position was with Stewart & Stevenson. UP What made you choose the OG industry? CJ I made a conscious effort to join the company rather than the industry as a whole. I was led to the OG industry through Stewart & Stevenson, which I chose based on its reputation and feedback from family members working at the company. UP What has been the biggest factor during the last 10 years that affected Stewart & Stevenson? CJ One of the biggest factors to affect the company has been the growth of hydraulic fracturing, which has evolved from a production enhancement process in conventional formations to a completion process in shale formations. UP Explain how Stewart & Stevenson's equipment helps solve problems for operators in the industry. Which areas are the company's biggest focus for 2015? CJ Stewart & Stevenson has focused on many areas with our fracturing equipment product line to support customers through improving operational efficiency, reducing operator requirements, improving frac job quality, reducing environmental footprint and expanding our service network. This focus continues in 2015 with the launch of several new fracturing equipment products that improve power delivery while reducing emissions and a new coiled tubing injector head design that greatly increases service life while reducing maintenance. UP What changes do you see upcoming for the industry? CJ We see growing emphasis on reducing the industry's environmental footprint (space claim, exhaust emissions, dry gel systems) and improving operational efficiency during the hydraulic fracturing process. UP Will natural gas drilling increase? CJ In the near term, it appears that some of the capital expenditures directed toward oil are being redeployed to gas drilling. Independent of commodity prices, the benefits from the reduction in emissions as our utilities changing from coal to gas and the economic growth that the energy industry provides make a compelling case in support of increasing natural gas drilling activity. UP During the next couple of years, what new technology may have the biggest effect on upstream activities? CJ The ever-evolving completion techniques are particularly interesting to watch. The growth of frac stages, improvements in isolation techniques and enhancements to our general understanding of the hydraulic fracturing process from a subsurface standpoint have a profound effect on our customers' operational tempo and efficiency during completion. UP What are some emerging plays that exploration and production companies are excited about? Why? CJ The advancement of hydraulic fracturing outside North America is intriguing. We are witnessing the buildup of infrastructure to support drilling and hydraulic fracturing that has a tremendous trickle-down effect on local communities and economies. I have witnessed areas change from small locales with minimal support services and infrastructure to thriving communities because of the industry's economic benefits. UP Is there anything else that is a "game changer"? CJ It is often said that "necessity is the mother of invention." Some of our industry's greatest achievements have been made during times of challenging commodity prices. Our industry has always advanced and adapted to the needs of the market and our local communities. I believe that the benefits of reduced exhaust emissions (Tier 4 final and alternative sources) and operational efficiency have not yet been fully realized. See Chad Joost's and other industry leaders' opinions about the state of the industry in our recent article here. For more information about Stewart & Stevenson's offerings, visit stewartandstevenson.com.