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Mike Richey is the Reservoir & Completions Optimization Lead of the Chevron North America – MidContinent Business Unit and is a corporate-recognized advisor responsible for reservoir characterization, engineering, and performance optimization support progressing themes of subsurface interpretation, static & dynamic modeling, formation evaluation, completion design and big-data analytics for Chevron’s vast Permian unconventional reservoir portfolio. Prior to assuming this role in 2012, he served two years as the Reservoir Characterization Lead for Chevron-South Africa Business Unit where he led reservoir optimization studies for producing fields, and five years in impact technical roles as Subsurface Lead for Chevron-Nigeria.
He served the first 7 years of his career with Chevron-California as a reservoir and technology geologist supporting reservoir management activities in heavy oil fields. Key contributions were initiating heat management first principles and 4D heat modeling of thermal fields leading to predictive performance capability, including business roles as Asset Development Planner and Reserves Coordinator.
Mike his 20yr Chevron career as an intern with legacy Texaco in 1997 after a successful UofM Industry Career Night discussion and interview. He holds a Master of Science in Geology from the University of California-Santa Barbara (’00), a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Michigan (’97), is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (’94) and is an AAPG A. I. Levorsen Award recipient.
Mike currently resides in The Woodlands, TX with his wife Jessica, 7 year old twins Jack and Sophie, and gray faced golden retriever Barry.