I had the opportunity to partner with Allen Austin to assist my organization at Frank’s International in transitioning from a family owned, private company to a public one. Our initial challenge was to assemble the global leadership team and develop our first ever strategic plan. Over the course of a few days, Allen Austin developed an outcome-based agenda and facilitated discussions that eventually lead to the formulation of a successful plan. Tom Fritsch, President of Allen Austin encouraged participants to contribute and he challenged conventional wisdom when exploring future possibilities. You can imagine how challenging it was for an enterprise that essentially had been conducting business the same way over its 75-year history. Of particular note, with the ever increasing role that technology is playing in the energy space, our new plan needed not only to result in our winning in the marketplace in the near term, we also needed to build a plan that intersected the oilfield of the future and allowed us to win longer term. As a final product, our strategic plan including a new vision, mission and measurable objectives that set the company up to be successful in a very dynamic, cyclical and changing business environment. I was extremely pleased with the quality of the contributions from the Allen Austin team and feel the partnership we shared with them during this effort was an unmitigated success.