Officers | 2016:

President - Chris Williams, Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling
Vice President -Brett Bennett, Oil Patch Rentals
Secretary - Monica Herrera

Executive Committee Members:

Jason Anderson, Air Equipment Rentals
Annette Gonzales, Murphy Oil
Dan Korus, Del Mar College
James Mangrum, Industrial Fabricators
Denise Sandy, Certified Training and Safety
Nathan Perez, Offshore Energy Services

Planning Committee

JR Castillo, SafeTex USA
Shane Girlinghouse, Swift Energy
Chuck Walsh, Iron Horse Tools
Eddie Cantu, Cantu Safety
Rob Cowan, Industrial Safety Solutions
Robert Gathright, Acme Truck
Henry Jackson, Murphy Oil
Barbara Lopez, True Blue Energy and Industrial
Steven Perez, Safety Performance Group
Dan Underbrink, NOV
Tony Wood, National Spill Control School


The first STEPS Network was established in Corpus Christi, TX in 2003 as a collaborative effort between companies in the exploration and production industry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Corpus Christi regional STEPS Network was so successful that it led to the establishment of sister Networks throughout the country.



"Incident-Free Operations"



The South Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network, commonly known as the STEPS Network, promotes safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas in South Texas. The STEPS Network fosters a work environment that relies upon open communication and trust.



The STEPS Network includes Operators and Contractors in the Oil and Gas Exploration, Production and Product Transmission industry as equally valued members. The STEPS Network encompasses the geographic region within the Texas Border along Interstate 10 from east of Houston, west to Del Rio and south to the Rio Grande Valley.


Methods The STEPS Network will:
  • Meet periodically to share and discuss safety, health and environmental incidents, best practices and related issues.
  • Establish focus groups to address specific issues.
  • Work with other organizations, including but not limited to: OSHA, IADC, API, and EPA.


Resources Required

 Member companies should designate representatives to participate in meetings, contributing knowledge, information and support.


Charter Approval

 This charter was approved by the majority of the members present at the June16, 2004 STEPS Network meeting.