Meridian President Attends CERA Week as a Future Energy Leader

By Jonathan McConnell, President

I was honored to attend CERA Week from March 5-9th as a Future Energy Leader. It has led to some incredibly unique experiences and great dialogue with leaders from BP, Halliburton, Emerson, and numerous others.

CERA Week by IHS Markit’s annual symposium has become the world’s premier energy event where industry leaders gather to learn “critical knowledge and independent analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, technology and strategy.”

I can’t sum up all the content in one post and to even attempt it would do no justice to the immense amount of incredible information I’ve gathered this week in Houston. But here are a few key takeaways:

1. Globalization

Don’t view globalization as a threat, but as an opportunity.

2. Find ways to succeed in adverse conditions

The Oil & Gas industry used a downturn in the market to become more efficient and to persevere despite tough economic conditions, finding ways to make oil sustainable at $50 a barrel as opposed to $100 a barrel.

Poor market conditions create opportunity to create efficiency.

3. Workforce Development

If the U.S. wants to continue to grow, we must continue to develop our workforce. Not everyone needs to go to college. Skilled labor is a must and encouraging trade schools and appropriate immigration balance is key.

4. Leadership

Lastly, a company is going to follow the personality of its leadership. Invest in people. Put family and health first. Never be afraid to change your mind. Be humble and never stop learning. Putting people at the center of your operation will lead to better outcomes, both for your employees and your clients.

Meridian is already a leader in providing customized, scalable security services to energy companies around the world. As the global energy market changes and evolves, so will we. We specialize in transoceanic energy transportation security and LNG physical site security, as well as cyber security and natural disaster response.

To learn more about how Meridian can help your company plan to succeed in the ever changing landscape of energy development, contact our headquarters at or (251) 345-6776.

Semper Fi,

Jonathan McConnell


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