AOGA Industry Awards

Industry Award Nominations 

Do you know an individual, company, or project that deserves recognition for their achievements in the oil and gas industry? We invite you to submit your nomination(s) for this year’s AOGA Industry Awards.

Nominations will be reviewed by a three to five-person committee comprised of industry experts in the fields of government and public affairs, business, regulatory affairs, environmental law, and land management.

Nominations will close June 30th, 2024!

Cindy Bailey

Santos Senior Vice President of Community Affairs Cindy Bailey received the 2023 Marilyn Crockett Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication, wisdom, and heart. North Slope leaders’ phrase, “You need a Cindy Bailey,” pays testament to her impact on the lives of those she works with. Her focus has always been on getting to know people. Before a project begins, she personally meets with stakeholders and community members, listens, and learns. Her example shows that success is earned one relationship and one conversation at a time. She has spent her career working to minimize any adverse effects of industrial activities and deliver meaningful benefits to the Inupiat people and all of Alaska.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Marilyn Crockett Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the former AOGA Executive Director who dedicated her entire 41-year career to, as she stated, “growing Alaska’s economy through a vibrant oil and gas sector in the state.” This award seeks to recognize the service contributions of a direct oil & gas industry employee who, like Marilyn, has devoted his/her professional life to fostering the viability of the oil and gas industry in Alaska for the benefit of all Alaskans. This award honors the tenacity Marilyn exemplified during her career: an exceptional dedication of time, effort, thought, and action consistently shown in one’s work for the betterment of the oil and gas industry in Alaska.

Selection criteria:

  • Employee with at least 15 years of service in the oil and gas industry
  • Employee who has made significant and lasting contributions to the oil and gas industry in Alaska
  • Employee who has provided direct service to fostering the long-term viability of oil and gas for the benefit of all Alaskans beyond their own organization
  • Employee who has served the industry through outstanding contributions to the state and his/her local community

Taylor Burgh

The 2023 Rising Star Award goes to Alaska Resource Education (ARE) Assistant Program Director Taylor Burgh for her transformative impact on oil and gas education. She quickly rose through the ranks at ARE, spearheading initiatives such as the Powerful Opportunities for Women in Resources program, which breaks down the stereotype that oil and gas jobs are for men. She teaches environmental sustainability, debunking the misconception that resource development cannot coexist with environmental protection. Her efforts are empowering youth who will run the future oil and gas industry.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award endeavors honors a young professional oil and gas industry employee, under the age of 35, who has made an immediate and definitive impact on the oil and gas industry in Alaska. This award honors those young professionals that embody a passion and commitment to fostering the long-term viability of oil and gas in Alaska for the benefit of all Alaskans.

Selection criteria:

  • Employee with at least three years of service in the Alaska oil and gas industry
  • Employee who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, competence, and leadership in their work
  • Employee who has provided direct service to fostering the long-term viability of oil and gas for the benefit of all Alaskans beyond their own organization
  • Employee who is committed to improving him/herself through continuing education and professional training
  • Employee who has integrated him/herself into the local community through service and organization membership

NANA Management Services

NANA Management Services is the recipient of the 2023 Contractor of the Year for Safety Performance Award. NMS has repeatedly been recognized by the National Safety Council for its culture of safety and continuous improvement. NMS has a thorough training program for staff to ensure proper protocol and best practices, as well as a “Good Catch and Near Miss Reporting” contest with prizes to reward employees reporting safety incidents. Safety is NMS’ top priority, ensuring safe work environments for not only staff, but customers, clients, contractors, and visitors.

Contractor of the Year 

sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance

The Contractor of the Year for Safety Performance Award recognizes an oil and gas support company that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to safety. To be considered for this award, a company must demonstrate: the highest safety standards, communication of safety policies, excellent employee training, and a record of incident-free days. AOGA welcomes nominations from all AOGA member companies.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Squirrel Creek Oil Response Capability Enhancement Project

This year’s Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation Award has been awarded to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Squirrel Creek Oil Response Capability Enhancement Project. The project’s objective was to create a more effective recovery by installing a structure that mimics natural eddies, resulting in calmer water and a deeper pool that naturally collects debris. After completion, the enhanced containment site proved to perform perfectly after an Oil Spill Contingency Plan exercise was completed: sections of oil spill boom diverted water flow into the collection pool, allowing the skimmer to recover product if necessary and pump into a vacuum truck with road access.

Project of the Year

sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP

The Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation Award honors an Alaska oil and gas industry project that demonstrates superior environmental stewardship in its area of design and construction or operation, and/or an innovative approach that sets a new standard for industry design, construction, or operation in Alaska. Given the unique climate and ecosystems in Alaska, local industry has a proud tradition of environmentally prudent and technologically innovative projects and operations. This award endeavors to highlight those projects or strategies that are both successful and represent innovation in their operation or approach.

About AOGA

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) is a nonprofit, professional trade association whose mission is to foster the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry for the benefits of all Alaskans. We represent the majority of companies that are exploring, developing, producing, refining, or marketing oil and gas on the North Slope, in the Cook Inlet, and in the offshore areas of Alaska.