I attribute my professional success to the skills I learned playing collegiate football. My head coach was an excellent mentor and believed that football was more than a game of wins and losses - it was a way to prepare you for life.
Football has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One day in grade school, a group of my friends were replacing the “b” in Bubba Smith, an iconic professional football player, with the first letter of our last names. That was the day I became “Wubba.” The nickname lasted through junior high and high school, and even made its way with me to Laramie when I moved here from Colorado to go to the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship. As a right guard, I was fortunate to play with the team in some of its best years - 1987 and 1988 when the team captured back-to-back Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships and was ranked in the Top 10.
After graduating, I saw a two-line classified ad in the local newspaper for an environmental technician position at Trihydro. I was hired and spent the next few years conducting groundwater monitoring for refineries in California and Wyoming. I ended up moving up to a project manager position for one of the refineries, then on to a team leader role, and twenty years later I am Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader of Trihydro’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Services Business Unit. I am happy to be able to say that our experience in providing environmental services at U.S. refineries is one of the best in the industry. We have current or recent project experience at nearly 60 refineries across the country.
I am proud of how far I have come with the company. I attribute my professional success to the skills I learned playing collegiate football. My head coach was an excellent mentor and believed that football was more than a game of wins and losses - it was a way to prepare you for life. Football taught me how to work as a team, how to trust others, how to handle adversity, and it taught me to believe in myself.