Liberty Energy Services’ Field Support Supervisor Chip Wyble was recently nominated by Key Account Manager Andrew Vana for quality of work, customer recognition and excellent performance.
Andrew says, “I’m nominating Roy “Chip” Wyble because he’s played an integral role in our mobilization and success with the NiSource Emergency Response Team. Chip was given an operational supervisor role upon his arrival in Massachusetts and worked tirelessly to manage a team made up of CSPs and other high-level safety inspectors.”
While many details from the project are confidential, Andrew notes that Chip’s team was credited with assisting the client in replacing 48 miles of inter-city pipeline while providing oversight to the replacement of key components to 8500 homes, ensuring the residents of Andover and Lawrence, Massachusetts would have heat this winter.
“From day one Chip was able to build key relationships with our client’s leadership ensuring our team was a key resource,” Andrew saya. “He made sure that all operating conditions were safe to both the contractors and the citizens in the community.”
Chip works daily with the Director of HSE for NiSource and has received the highest praise from the client, both formal and informal. “He’s been a fantastic asset to both myself and our team and we’re lucky to have someone with the drive and the passion to lead the charge in the field. I cannot think of a better representative for the SMS Standout Award, as this project would not have been the success it is without his daily involvement.”
With such praise from his higher ups, we sat down with Chip to find out what makes him tick. Here’s a sneak peek into the day in the life with Chip Wyble.
AC: Describe a typical day at work.
CW: My daily routine begins around 4 a.m. I use my work journal to prepare and anticipate upcoming activities. The hour or so of preparation proves valuable as I walk in to daily client meetings with a fresh recollection of recent activities. Afterwards, I establish contact with each safety inspector working the project. We review operational work scopes and plan for the expected while preparing for the unexpected. The heart of the day is consumed with current operations as we provide real-time HSE support to our client crews. My final hour or two of work involves planning for the next day. I reflect on operational / HSE issues to effectively anticipate upcoming scenarios. The anticipated events help to guide daily pre-shift conversations with my inspectors. My goal is to assist them to a point where our HSE team protects client work crews without hindering operational performance.
AC: How do you get pumped up for the day?
CW: I read motivational material designed for entrepreneurs.
AC: What was the best vacation you have ever taken?
CW: An impromptu weekend in New York City has to be one of my all time favorites. We made rookie mistakes with the subway system. Every move we made was decided in the moment. So many memories…
AC: Describe yourself in one sentence.
AC: What is your favorite thing about your job?
CW: Every day, I am able to earn an income while improving the lives of others.
AC: What food could you live on for a month?
CW: Momma’s Crawfish Etouffee
AC: How do you stay motivated at work?
CW: Always remember my “WHY”. I keep tokens of my “WHY” in every aspect of daily routine to subconsciously motivate me while reinforcing calculated decisions.
AC: What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
CW: A difficult crew member approached me at the end of a long-term project. He was a young roustabout working on a deep water drilling rig. During the days of his final hitch on the project, we started talking and he opened up to me about some personal life events. We were well in to the conversation before I even realized what was happening. The young man shook my hand firmly as he told me our working relationship changed his life for the better.
AC: Who would play you in a movie?
CW: Jared Leto
AC: Tell us about a moment that changed your life.
CW: My life forever changed the moment I first listened to my daughter’s heartbeat.
AC: What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?
CW: Learn operations!!!
AC: What is your favorite activity outside of work?
CW: Fatherhood is my favorite. Fabrication and motor sports place a close second.
AC: Name one book that inspired you professionally.
CW: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
AC: Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?
CW: Extrasensory Perception (ESP), crew members often ask “How did you know that?” while discussing events in my absence. I put effort towards understanding people and psychology. I find it intriguing.
AC: What was the best advice you were ever given?
CW: Give your gut more credit. Your feelings about a person or situation are usually correct.
AC: Do you have a bucket list? What are the top three things on it?
CW: 1. Build a 1967 Lincoln Continental
2. Travel through Australia
3. Travel through Ireland