Baker Energy Expands Training Services

Baker Energy has announced a global expansion of its training service offerings with the hiring of two key managers.

James Boner has been named vice president of global training, and John W. Wallace has been appointed director of business development. Both positions became effective October 1.

"These appointments represent the tremendous commitment Baker Energy is making to develop and expand our current training portfolio," Michael Whitten, president of Baker Energy, said. "Jim and Jack will not only consolidate our existing capabilities under one banner, but will also drive our growth agenda with the objective of Baker becoming the global provider of choice for these services in our industry."

Boner comes to Baker Energy from RGIT Montrose, where he held the position of managing director to the chief executive officer. RGIT is a leading training organization which serves the North Sea oil and gas industry. Previously, he was enterprise manager of the Fire Service College in the United Kingdom, and officer in charge of the Marine Fighting School. Overall, he has more than 20 years experience in the oil and gas industry in managerial, technical, supervisory and training roles.

Boner holds an equivalent degree to a Master's of Business Administration and several managerial qualifications from supervisory management to Diploma in Management Studies levels. He also holds specialist training qualifications in a number of areas including firefighting, oil and gas facility disaster, and safety. He currently resides in Angus, Scotland.

Wallace joins Baker Energy from RGIT Limited, where he served as business development manager. In this position, he was responsible for expanding the company's range of training products and marketing its services on a global basis. Prior to that, he was general manager of Downhole Technology Limited, which is the training and research and development division of the Orwell Group of Companies in Aberdeen, Scotland. In all, he has more than 26 years of experience in operations and training in the international oil and gas industries.

Wallace holds a National Certificate in Engineering from the Dundee Kingsway Technical College in Scotland, and has trained as a specialist in a number of areas related to training in oil and gas production.