The rough-and-tumble Eagle Ford Shale has a reputation as a man’s world, but startup Athena Oilfield Services LLC is ready to shake that up.
The company — named for the Greek goddess of wisdom — boasts a five-member executive team comprised entirely of women. And after just over two months in business, it already boasts key shale players, including BHP Billiton and Marathon Oil, as customers.
“We might be the only (oilfield services company) with women making up the full executive staff,” CEO Ashton Verrengia says. “Times are definitely changing, and the oilfield isn’t just a man’s business.”
Athena is headquartered in Houston, but the bulk of its day-to-day operations take place in the Eagle Ford. The company, which specializes in services such as chemical mixing, operates a 10,000-square-foot field facility in the town of Beeville.