HOUSTON – May 2, 2018 – Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH), a non-profit organization that helps oilfield families in financial crisis, has appointed William (Bill) Markus as its first executive director.
Based in Houston, Markus will be responsible for managing the support staff and day-to-day operations; raising funds; growing the organization; guiding and assisting committee chairs; and maintaining a proper balance of income and grants.
“I will harness my connections and experience to their fullest capacity to help grow this charity so we can, in turn, help more families get back on their feet, and back to work,” said Markus. “The oilfield has been my home and has given so much to me and my family. I am glad I can use my experiences to give back through OHH,” he concluded.
“Bill was chosen for the role after an exhaustive search and due diligence process,” said OHH’s outgoing president, Richard Saxon. “He will focus on taking OHH to the next level, growing the organization and securing the attention and funding of major players in the upstream energy sector.”
Markus holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. After serving as a combat medic in the U.S. Army, an emergency medical technician and paramedic in the public sector, he amassed 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and acquired executive leadership experience with Halliburton and Boots & Coots.
About Oilfield Helping Hands
Oilfield Helping Hands is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in Houston in 2003. OHH helps oilfield families in financial crisis due to no fault of their own. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than $4 million to industry workers and their families. In 2017, OHH mobilized into action after Hurricane Harvey and was able to provide more than $350,000 to 217 families. OHH continues to work in the most economical fashion to maximize the funds available to recipients each year.