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Longtime Lafayette and Houston oilman ...
Longtime Lafayette and Houston oilman Charlie Moncla has been selected as 2015's "LAGCOE Looey," the ceremonial host of the biennialLouisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition.
The announcement was made Monday at a luncheon at the Petroleum Club.
The principal role of LAGCOE Looey is to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the show.
Chosen by the LAGCOE chairman and sporting a hardhat, "Looey" greets LAGCOE participants at the door, welcomes foreign delegations to LAGCOE and takes part in public ceremonies, such as the ribbon-cutting that opens the exposition.
Moncla worked for Pelican Well Service, a company owned by his father-in-law, but had to learn the business from the ground up, spending two years on the rigs.
He later moved into safety, then sales, eventually moving up to vice president.
struck out on his
own in 1984, purchasing a single rig and operating as Moncla Well Service; 10 years later, he
grew the business as he
added family members to its employment rolls: first, his
son Mike, then his
brother, Buck, and Charlie's second son, Marc.
The company added 43 rigs by 2007, and added family members Cain, his
son Matt; and two nephews, Andrew and Ben.
Each family member had to work his
way up through the rigs; Moncla
told stories about that experience and others, including his
own years working on rigs, to Monday's luncheon audience.
eventually bought 11 local companies and became the largest independent workover rig company in the United States.
Moncla sold the company to Key Energy in 2008, became vice president of Key and later became chairman and CEO of Platinum Energy Solutions in Houston.
remains involved in numerous business interests, including a role in Clean Energy Technology Association Inc.
in Fairfield, Texas, where he
serves on the board along with Al Thomas, the 2013 LAGCOE Looey.
Moncla was chosen as LAGCOE Looey by LAGCOE 2015 chairman Steve Maley of Badger Oil.
would do the same, and take on whatever responsibilities LAGCOE presents him.
Platinum Energy Solutions - Charles Moncla, J. Clarke Legler II, Timothy L. Morrison
L. Charles Moncla, Jr.
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Moncla has been our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since February 2011.
He has been the sole shareholder and chief executive officer of WSB since September 2009.
From January 2009 to September 2009, Mr. Moncla was an independent consultant.
Mr. Moncla previously served as vice president of Key Energy Services, Inc. from October 2007 until January 2009 following his sale of Moncla Well Service, Inc. to Key Energy.
In November 1984, Mr. Moncla founded Moncla Well Service, Inc., a workover rig company, and grew the company until its sale to Key Energy.
In 2001, Mr. Moncla founded Moncla Marine, a barge workover company for shallow water oilfield operations, and expanded its operations by organizing Brothers Oilfield Service in 2004.
Platinum Energy Solutions, Inc. - Houston, Texas | 713-622-7731
Chairman & C.E.O.
Platinum Energy Solutions - Charles Moncla, Chairman & C.E.O.
L. Charles Moncla, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Moncla previously served as vice president of Key Energy Services from 2007 until 2008 following his sale of Moncla Well Service, Inc. to Key Energy.
In 1984, Mr. Moncla founded Moncla Well Service, Inc., a workover rig company, and grew the company from one rig and six employees to 53 rigs and 937 employees when it was sold to Key Energy.
Mr. Moncla founded Moncla Marine during 2001 as a barge workover company for shallow water oilfield operations and expanded its operations by organizing Brothers Oilfield Service in 2004 to provide swabbing, tubing testing, hot oil, anchor services, mud tank and generator rentals and another in 2005, Tri Energy, to provide fishing and rental tools.
LAGCOE '15: Looey is Leon Charles ...
LAGCOE '15: Looey is Leon Charles Moncla Jr.
15-Oct-2015 / World Oil / Editor / View Article
This year, LAGCOE honors Leon Charles Moncla Jr.
as LAGCOE Looey 2015 in recognition of his
45-plus years of service in the oil and gas industry.
LAGCOE Looey recipients have shaped the oil and gas industry through years of devoted hard work while continuously giving back to their community.
Leon Charles Moncla, Jr. was born and raised in Lafayette, La.
He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1966 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1970.
Moncla dove head first into the oil and gas industry, working at Pelican Well Service
during the summers, while attending college.
Upon graduation, Mr. Moncla accepted a position in Houma, La. with McEvoy Valve Company, a division of Rockwell Manufacturing, where he worked for two years as a field representative.
Between the years of 1972 and 1984, Moncla
worked from the ground up at Pelican Well Service
He began as a roughneck, and by the end of the 12 years, was the company Vice President.
In November 1984, Moncla
own business, Moncla Well Service, Inc.
The company began with one rig and six employees.
By the time Moncla would sell his
company to Key Energy Services, Inc.
in 2007, it would be home to 953 employees and 53 rigs.
attributes the success of Moncla Well Service, Inc.
to the company culture that he
helped instill in his
"Utilization is the economic work horse of any company.
A company can only have good utilization by having hard-working, safe, and courteous employees.
That's what I try to work on every day," said Moncla
employees to act, not only as a team, but as a family.
worked hard to recognize every employee and welcome them into the Moncla Well Service family.
employees to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and pray together at weekly meetings.
believed and convinced his
employees that they were American heroes and patriots for the hard-work that they did and the energy that they delivered upon the completion of every well.
In 2011, after a brief retirement, Moncla became CEO of Platinum Energy Solutions, Inc., where oversaw the operations and administration of the company.
In the first eight months of operation, Moncla
, along with a core group of employees, worked to hire and train more than 300 employees that worked three frac fleets in Louisiana, South Texas, and Utah.
In 2014, Platinum Energy Solution, Inc.
sold its assets.
It was then, that Moncla went to work with his family at Moncla Companies.
now works alongside his
three sons, two brothers, and two nephews at Moncla Companies
Moncla loves working with his
children and family members, and has enjoyed watching them grow into the strong team that are today.
I can't express how proud I am of them," says Mr. Moncla
is spearheading the oil and gas industry, with family values leading their way