As a kid growing up in Taft, Brian Jameson saw firsthand how oil and gas companies like Aera Energy helped provide his hometown with memorable holiday events, food drives, scholarships and first-rate school and recreational facilities.
Now it’s his turn to continue that legacy.
“I saw the good work Aera did around the Taft community, and I wanted to be part of that,” says Jameson, an employee since 2011.
Today, Jameson is a process specialist in the steam and sulfur oxide operations at the Midway Sunset field, not far from the Taft hospital where he was born. He’s also a member of Aera’s Westside Public Affairs Committee (WSPAC). The group is heavily involved in the community activities of Taft, the western Kern County town of 9,327 people located amid one of the nation’s largest oil- and gas-producing fields.
As part of WSPAC, Jameson helps lead the “Oil Can Do It” campaign, an annual Gleaners canned-food drive. He participates in the group’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which coordinates trash removal twice a year along Highway 33 in the Maricopa area. WSPAC also takes part in Taft’s Chamber of Commerce activities, including its annual car-show fundraiser and its weekly “sit-and-sip” meetings where attendees share community updates.
Working though the Taft community center’s “Adopt a Family” program, WSPAC provides 10 local families with Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts every year.
On the education front, WSPAC donates grants of $500 each, totaling $4,000 annually, to Taft-area teachers to help them buy books and visual aids for the classroom. The group also gives away four $750 scholarships each year to Taft and Maricopa high-school seniors. Jameson is there on Honors Night to present the scholarships in person on behalf of Aera.
Further, WSPAC works with Taft Union High School’s Oil Technology Academy. Members like Jameson meet once a month to mentor a group of students from their sophomore year to graduation to help guide their careers.
“Brian has a true passion and excitement when it comes to community service,” says Roshani Patel, Jameson’s supervisor. “It’s a part of who he is. He truly enjoys his involvement in WSPAC and working with the students at the Oil Technology Academy. Brian does a great job at representing Aera and its value for giving back to the community.”
On solid ground
“It’s always been important to me to be a positive part of Taft,” Jameson says. “Aera shares my passion for community involvement and doing the right thing.”
Jameson and his wife Carrie have two children: Kyle, who’s majoring in engineering at California State University, Bakersfield; and Zack, who just completed four years of service with the U.S. Navy and is attending college with the goal of an oil industry career.
Still proud to call Taft home, Jameson built his own house there in 2006. “We subbed some work out, but we constructed most of it from the ground up,” the former welder says. The 2,280-square-foot residence sits on four acres near the entrance to one of Aera’s Midway-Sunset leases. It’s the perfect spot for Jameson, and proof for the Taft community that its native son is here to stay.