Scott Powell

District 5 Candidate

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Biographical Information

Scott Powell is a proven leader with major project, engineering, technical and management expertise.  Over his career in the energy industry, he managed projects with capital budgets up to $750 million with a consistent track record of transparent and open communications, rigorous project scope management, budget forecasting and financial and regulatory compliance reviews, resulting in “On Time and On Budget” completions.  Scott retired as a Division Vice President of a Fortune 500 company.  In this position, he had full profit and loss responsibilities for the Division.  Under his leadership, this Division grew from one employee to over 1,000 employees and contract personnel with an annual revenue exceeding $1 billion. 

Scott is a native Texan.  He graduated from The Texas A&M Maritime Academy located at Texas A&M University in Galveston.  He was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets while studying for his degrees in Marine Engineering and Business Administration.  He received his Master’s Degree in Industrial Safety from The University of Houston.  Scott holds a United States Coast Guard Master Mariners License.  He has completed several professional development courses including The Harvard School of Business’ short courses in Contract Negotiations, The University of St. Thomas’ International Trade and Finance program, The Massachusetts Maritime Academy School of Environmental Studies’ Environmental Management program, and Villanova School of Law’s program in Government Contracts. 

Early in his career, Scott sailed tankers around the world for several years.  Later, the combination of his engineering, business and management skills formed a solid basis for his transition into corporate leadership.  Scott managed interfaces with and expectations of major energy company clients as well as local, state and federal governmental entities.  In his project interactions on the governmental side, he has worked with mayors, governors, members of Congress and political appointees, all who had a stake in the success of multi-million dollar projects. 

Scott managed numerous projects in challenging environments around the world including onshore and offshore well control incidents, hurricane disaster responses in the Gulf of Mexico, infrastructure development on Alaska’s North Slope and exploration and production support in the Arctic. He has led contract negotiations, developed auditable procedures for operations and business governance and implemented strong health, safety, security and environmental programs.  In addition, he has conducted risk assessments and post-project “lessons learned” reviews in order to enable knowledge transfer for continual operational and safety improvements.  He also conducted post-9/11 facility infrastructure threat and security reviews and assisted in the development of pipeline and power infrastructure security protocols.

Scott has published articles in professional trade publications and has been a speaker at international conferences.  He was named an Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy in recognition for a life of service to the state and people of Texas.  He is a proud member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a supporter of the Sea Scouts program.  Scott and his wife, Lisa, have been PEC members for 12 years and reside in Horseshoe Bay.