FairfieldNodal Chairman William Schneider Retires

FairfieldNodal announces that its chairman, Dr. William A. Schneider, Sr., has elected to retire after more than 33 years of service. Walter Pharris has been named the new chairman, and he will continue to serve as FairfieldNodal’s president and CEO, positions he has held for the past 21 years.

Dr. Schneider, Sr., built a distinguished career in the energy industry that has spanned more than 50 years, beginning with his work at Geophysical Services Inc., where he was part of the team instrumental in the introduction of commercial 3D seismic. He left GSI in 1980 to found Golden Geophysical Corporation. Dr. Schneider served as president of the company until Fairfield Maxwell purchased it seven years later, at which time he became senior vice president.

In 1991, he was named president and chief operating officer of Fairfield Industries Incorporated. Two years later, Dr. Schneider was named chairman of the board, the position he held for more than three decades.

Aside from sharing his technical prowess to advance Fairfield Industries’ capabilities, Dr. Schneider was a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught geophysics and advised graduate students at the masters and PhD level for seven years.

He was also an active member of global professional organizations, including the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). Over his illustrious career, Dr. Schneider authored and coauthored numerous articles and earned 10 patents relating to seismic methods.

“Bill is one of those rare individuals we are proud to have had the pleasure to know and work with for so many years,” said Roger Keyte, FairfieldNodal’s senior advisor to the CEO. “We sincerely wish both he and his wife Barbara the best as they enjoy their well-deserved retirement.”


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Eric Stanley Campbell | Oct. 1, 2016
I was fortunate to have been the Party Manager for Golden Geophysical on its only field crew from its beginning in 1981 until its finish in 1986. During that time, I was very privileged to see him many times. He was always gracious and kind in his demeanor. His extraordinary intelligence was obvious but he never made one feel they worked for him but with him. He gave the Field Crew an unusual amount of latitude in both strategy and tactical decisions. We were told where to go and to shoot the program after the usual testing. Sohio had teamed up for a multi year contract to explore the capabilities of 3D using the Geosystems 1024 trace equipment. We were all very proud to working for such a great man and the equally great team he had around him. I currently use the Fairfield Node exclusively, which is a product of Fairfield od which he was the Chairman. I just read this article for the first time, and I wanted to add my best wishes in this forum. The better they are, the nicer they are. And he is the best!


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