GSH Volunteer

With over 100 events a year, the GSH offers
unparalleled opportunities to volunteer
and network with like-minded people.

Outstanding GSH Volunteer

The many social and technical opportunities offered by the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) for the geophysical profession of Houston and beyond are due largely to many dedicated volunteers.  The GSH wants to recognize some of these dedicated volunteers and will do so through this series of articles where we will present a monthly selected volunteer and provide our readers with some of the volunteer's professional and volunteer background.

Frank Dumanoir had an early introduction to the petroleum industry, as he was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela while his French father was working there for Schlumberger.  Frank grew up in Italy, Connecticut, New York City, and Paris, as his father worked around the world.  Frank earned a Baccalaureate degree in Math and Physics from Louis le Grand College in Paris.  He then joined his family in Houston, at which time Frank entered Rice University.  Frank received a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Rice in 1974. 

After graduating from Rice, Frank continued the tradition of his father by joining the petroleum industry.  He spent 7 ½ years with Exxon, where he designed seismic systems/equipment and later was the Field Supervisor of Geophysical Operations.  He then joined CGG where he soon moved into the area of seismic data processing.  It was in this position that he began the growth of his business network, including me.  Frank spent 17 years with CGG where he rose to the level of Vice President of their North American Data Processing Services.  After CGG, Frank has worked with several companies, including Paradigm, TGS, and PGS.  Through these years he has transitioned from managing data processing and other services to more of a business development role.  He currently operates his own consultancy, effdee consulting. His current client is Z-Terra, where he works part time identifying and developing new business.  Frank’s extensive experience in the industry has provided him with excellent technical expertise and a network of industry personnel matched by few in the petroleum industry. 

During his professional career Frank expanded his “professional” associations when he married his wife, Mariam, who is also a geophysicist, having spent most of her career with Gulf/Chevron in seismic data processing and then financial analysis. They have two daughters, who are not in the petroleum industry.

Frank further expanded his early professional associations when he joined the SEG and GSH in 1979.  Like most GSH members, his activity with the society was attendance at technical presentations.  Frank says that he highly valued the technical education provided by the seminars and presentations and was a regular attendee at many of the GSH technical presentations.  In 2002 he initiated his volunteer activities with the GSH when he was asked to join, participate in, and then run the Data Processing Special Interest Group (SIG).  He not only organized and planned speakers, he sat at the registration table and welcomed attendees and made sure that registration fees and were paid and collected.  This was an early sign of Frank’s concern and engagement in the preservation and active promotion of the GSH and its provision of technical education for our local professional colleagues.  His capabilities and dedication were recognized by the GSH membership, and he was elected Treasurer of the GSH in 2002.  Frank’s service grew when he was elected President Elect in 2007 and then served as President in 2008.  As with many of our best volunteers, his service did not end after his term as President.  Frank worked with our Spring Symposium Committees in the planning and execution of the annual Spring Symposium.  In this role he made use of an affection for electronics that he developed in his younger days; i.e. Frank oversaw the setup and running of electronics during the Symposium and other events.  Frank also started attending weekly meetings and social events at the GSH Geoscience Center, and here he made further use of his affection for electronics; he helped in the organizing and documenting of electronic equipment collected by the Center.  Frank also leveraged his networking and financial skills as he proved to be a valuable money raiser for the Geoscience Center and other events.  And he is contagious, as several of his employers have proven to be valuable sponsors of the GSH, and that certainly is due in no small part to him.  Making further use of his organization and networking skills, Frank volunteered for the Webinar Committee; over the last several years the GSH Webinars have proven to be an invaluable source of technical education for geoscientists around the world and an important source of funding for the GSH. His GSH service does not end here.  Frank attends most of the GSH Board Meetings, providing valuable experience and expert advice to new Board members, thus ensuring the continued success of the organization.  His valuable presence also makes him available to occasionally sit in as the host of Tech Lunches.  For the last several years Frank has also arranged the speaker’s gifts that are provided to our technical presenters.  And last, but certainly not least, Frank has assumed the role as Chair of the GSH Office Committee, where he helps with the coordination between the GSH office and the volunteers and other members of the GSH.  This is certainly an impressive list of volunteer activities with the GSH. 

Frank says his long involvement with the GSH has been an integral part of his career.  The Data Processing and other SIG’s have meshed with his job.  The technical education provided by the GSH has been very important.  Also, the connections he has made have proven invaluable to his business.  When the petroleum industry has gone through its repeated ups and downs, his networking has provided his employers with continued business.  He also says he is very lucky to have sat many times with the luminaries of our profession.  Frank is glad that he also has benefitted personally with his GSH involvement.  Many of his personal friends were met through the GSH.  According to Frank, the GSH events are not work – they are fun; he enjoys being with other people of the same profession, and the meetings and events give him something to look forward to. 

When asked how to get new people involved in the GSH, Frank says that we first must just make them aware of the opportunities that the GSH provides.  Having seen these opportunities, they should recognize the benefit to themselves.  In their own self interest, their involvement in the GSH should rise.  Volunteering for the GSH will provide additional benefits to the volunteers.  He says that volunteering has given him exposure and experience in how to handle different situations that don’t always show up in the work environment.  Non-profit organizations are a different way of life.  But perhaps one of the most valuable benefits of volunteering is in meeting new people and growing your network, both professional and personal.  Frank says he has gained so much from being able to discuss things with individuals from his network that he might not have been able to discuss otherwise.  Frank also highly promotes encouraging the greater involvement of educational institutions, e.g. Rice University, University of Houston, and others. 

The GSH is very lucky to have Frank involved in our activities.  Both Frank and the GSH have benefitted from this cooperation.  The next time you see Frank at a GSH or other activity, be sure to tell him thanks for all he has done for the GSH.  And, if you really want to get his attention, tell him that you have an old piece of electronics or a Corvette Stingray that he should look at.  Thanks, Frank!!!!