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A conversation with…Aera’s Aimee Blaine and Audrey Sherman Marantos: Aera celebrates 25 years

Aera celebrates its 25th year of operations with a look back and a focus on the future

Aera Energy celebrates 25 years of providing safe and reliable energy to Californians this month. Some of Aera’s long-time employees share their thoughts on watching the company grow and reflect on the company’s future.

Aimee Blaine, senior vice president, technical

How long have you been working with Aera and what role did you start in? 

I started with Mobil in 1995 as a drilling engineer, and when Mobile E&P and Shell CalResources merged in 1997, I continued with Aera.

What made you come work at Aera (before it was Aera)?

The job opportunity in beautiful California. I was a young person looking for challenging work and a wonderful place to live. I graduated with a petroleum engineering degree from Louisiana State University where I studied the field of engineering because it was interesting and challenging and it was a career that paid well. I chose petroleum because it was an engineering specialization that offered tremendous career growth opportunity at the time. I chose to become a drilling engineer because I was provided a great offer to become one at graduation, and it was a fantastic introductory position to develop my technical skills.

What made you stay when it became Aera?

The people, culture, collaboration, and the community. ​

As a longtime employee of Aera, what does Aera’s 25th anniversary mean to you? 

Success and unity. Two companies, Mobil E&P and Shell CalResources, with diverse cultures and work processes merged to deliver tremendous economic growth for our community and for the state of California. Together we made a bigger impact and created a brand of our own. 

Reflecting on the past 25 years, what are you looking forward to in Aera’s future? 

Transforming the organization to fit the needs of our community. We are faced with challenges in our state, and we have the capabilities and skills to ensure we continue to enhance the place we call home. Delivering affordable energy and chartering modern technology pathways to decarbonize the state is extremely exciting. Our work is and always will be a critical component of the California economy.

Audrey Sherman Marantos, human resources advisor

How long have you been working with Aera and what role did you start in? 

I have been with Aera for 21 years. I started in the chief financial officer’s department as a revenue accountant.  

What made you at stay at Aera for so long?

The people, the endless opportunities, and the compensation.

As a longtime employee of Aera, what does Aera’s 25th anniversary mean to you? 

The 25th anniversary is a monumental milestone which gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our history, celebrate our accomplishments and our Aera family.

Reflecting on the past 25 years, what are you looking forward to in Aera’s future? 

I am looking forward to the step changes we are going to make to protect the environment, enhance our processes, support our communities and industry well into the future. 

DID YOU KNOW? Aera Energy is a three-time recipient of the Forbes America’s Midsize Employer List, placing ninth in the 2022 ranking and securing its spot in the top ten midsize companies to work for in the United States.

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