Company:Aera Energy LLC
Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.,president & chief executive officer
How long as chief executive?Since December 2007
Year of birth:1957
Industry:Oil and gas production
Previous top posts:Most recently, vice president-technical, Shell EP Asia Pacific, which is part of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s global exploration and production business. I was based in Singapore and was responsible for drilling and development activities in southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I joined Shell in 1980 and also have experience in information technology operations, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and technology.
Last fiscal year’s revenues:$4 billion (Jan. 1 2007 through Dec. 31, 2007)
Education:Bachelor of science in metallurgical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Honorary doctorate degrees from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Fort Valley State University.
Q: What is your favorite thing about doing business in Bakersfield and Kern County?
A: Proximity. It’s nice to be able to conduct business within a short drive. I used to travel between countries.
Q: What’s a fun fact about you?
A: In 1976, I roomed with two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin when he received the college athlete of the year award, and I received the high school athlete of the year award from Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Date of profile:April 18, 2008