Fernando Gutierrez: Leading Innovation & Growth in the Hydrocarbon Industry

Last Updated on September 10, 2021

Fernando Gutierrez is the CEO of Tachyus, a leading company in technology-based optimization for the oil and gas industry. 

Tachyus has created a platform that “empowers producers to make data-driven operational decisions that maximize asset values.” 

With previous professional experience as a project manager, geological engineer, strategic analyst, and executive, Gutierrez has carved his own path to success by combining leadership skills, a true entrepreneurial spirit, and a knack for using advanced technology to solve problems.  

Working for many years in the hydrocarbon industry, which encompasses the entirety of oil production, Gutierrez has developed innovative technology solutions in order to increase automation, integration, and optimization with the ultimate goal of increasing production and efficiency in oil and gas operations. 

Gutierrez has identified a number of  “technological gaps” in the hydrocarbon industry. As a result, he has been able to work towards solutions that fill these gaps and benefit the companies involved. 

It’s obvious that Gutierrez is an entrepreneur at heart, always looking for ways to do things better, growing companies and maximizing shareholder value in the process. 

“Visualizing success and taking action to achieve goals is one skill that has allowed me to meet goals and objectives. I think the entrepreneurial spirit can grow constantly under the premise of one’s self-development in areas of employee management, business, and emotional intelligence.”

Through experience and ingenuity, Gutierrez has developed a wide swathe of skills necessary for helping companies achieve healthy growth, and he agreed to let InspirationFeed get a glimpse at how he’s been able to achieve such impressive results throughout his career.  

Promoting growth 

3 Long-Term Success Lessons to Learn From Apple

Throughout his career, no matter where he was working at the time, Gutierrez has found inventive ways to promote growth.  

During his previous tenure with Schlumberger, a multinational oilfield services company (NYSE SLB), Gutierrez was one of only four team members companywide who were tasked with assisting the BlueField initiative. 

Gutierrez identified technology integration throughout the company’s various internal offerings. 

The central goal of this initiative was to identify opportunities for improvement in terms of technology and processes, and the ways in which these could be used or modified in order to increase operational efficiency in current drilling and production operations. 

As part of the initiative, Gutierrez was tasked with contacting and coordinating with several other major hydrocarbon companies, including Kuwait Oil Company, Petrobras, and Ecopetrol.    

“The BluField initiative was a success: we were able to jumpstart five projects worldwide, which created multimillion-dollar contracts for [Schlumberger]. These contracts typically integrated technology from various business lines within the company, providing a consolidated business model that enabled Schlumberger to establish longer and more efficient commercial relationships.” 

Today, roughly 50% of Schlumberger’s business revolves around digitalization, digital transformation, and digital optimization. 

With Tachyus, before becoming the CEO, Gutierrez continued to demonstrate his aptitude for accelerating growth and finding new opportunities that allowed for the application of technological solutions to age-old challenges. 

At the time, he was working in the areas of business development, technology implementation, and sales and marketing. 

Gutierrez has since found that spending time focusing on these priorities and further developing relevant skill sets has been tremendously valuable to his current executive role. 

“My previous experience allows me to identify customer needs and market needs in advance and proactively meet them. Our current technology offering allows me to add a lot of value in terms of digital transformation…by adding integration and automation of AI technology. This results in production efficiencies and an increase in ROI for customers.” 

Identifying these opportunities and applying forward-thinking solutions has created a host of win-wins for Gutierrez’s current and former companies. 

Tech-forward 

Black businessman checking global financial analytic on smartphone or trading on forex

Where does this affinity for technological solutions arise from? It’s one thing to want to find technology-based solutions for overcoming problems and improving performance in various areas, but it’s a very different thing to be able to locate and apply fitting tech solutions. 

Gutierrez hasn’t simply suggested that technology and AI could be used to improve operations; he has actively sought out the proper solutions for each specific area of application.  

In his own words, Gutierrez attributes this ability to previous roles which also focused on more technical aspects of sourcing and production, in addition to leadership responsibilities. 

“My geology and petroleum engineering background gives me a solid foundation for understanding the technical aspects of the oil and gas upstream industry and quickly assess areas of opportunity to introduce new or existing technologies that can improve efficiency in operational workflows.” 

This technological expertise is vitally supplemented by Gutierrez’s wealth of experience in dealing with the “managerial side” of the industry. 

“Throughout my career, I have also been directly involved with the managerial and business side of the industry, which serves as a very important complement of my technical expertise and positions me as a leader providing technological solutions that not only add value from the technical side but also increase the impact of the business drivers of companies, ROI, etc.” 

Having experience in both major areas has clearly served Gutierrez very well on his path to the executive suite. 

In fact, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to argue that Gutierrez’s work has had a direct impact on the technological overhaul that the hydrocarbon industry is currently undergoing. 

A business of people 

4 Essentials for Building a Billion-dollar Startup

We’ve talked quite a lot about how technology has been a major driver of growth and innovation for Gutierrez and the companies he’s worked with. 

But it would be inaccurate to presume that hydrocarbon executives can focus solely on technology and operations to be successful. 

The hydrocarbon industry has always been, at its core, a business of people. People are key to every stage of operations, and for executives like Gutierrez, recognizing this is essential. 

Even more important is actively finding ways to promote consistency and trust among teams, as Gutierrez himself commented on. 

“Having a highly skilled team is fundamental to achieving success. I pride myself on my ability to deal with various personalities and find common ground to help people feel comfortable and open so I can foster trust and honesty. I believe that team members need to have trust and know they can rely on one another. Team motivation is fostered by finding direction, alignment and conviction and these are areas where I dedicate a lot of my time.”

Gutierrez firmly believes that, in addition to some of the technical skills, so-called ‘soft skills’ can be just as important to allow a team to perform at the highest possible level. 

“In my role as CEO, I spend a lot of time making sure we have the right technical people for every position, and at the same time, I work with each individual to get the best attitude at all times, one that constructs bigger, better ways to expand beyond our internal limits.” 

A lapse in these interpersonal skills could lead to a number of internal issues, and when a team can’t be depended upon to do their best work, any of the clever solutions being applied in other areas won’t be nearly as effective. 

Growth can happen here, too, in the offices, during meetings, and during day-to-day interactions with team members. 

Advancing and improving 

5 Financial Metrics to Keep your Business on Track as the World Emerges from COVID-19

We’ve examined and discussed a number of different angles from which innovation and growth can be viewed, but could it be that all of these techniques and approaches stem from a single source? 

According to Gutierrez, much of his success and career advancement has been driven by setting achievable two- to three-year goals and maintaining an outlook that facilitates persistence and determination. 

Becoming the CEO of a tech company was simply one of the goals that he set over the last few years. From there, he set about finding ways to make it happen. 

“I was always taught that it’s not so much about how I will reach the goal and how long it would take, but who I need to become along the way in order to get there. Getting the opportunity to become a CEO has been one of my main accomplishments so far and one for which I am very grateful.” 

For Gutierrez, taking on the role of CEO pushes him to develop leadership skills even further, be more strategic in his decision making, and execute decisions more efficiently. 

Gutierrez doesn’t see these challenges as speed bumps on the way to even greater success, but as ways of honing the skills needed to reach the next goal on his list. 

Company-wide growth starts with personal growth, and CEOs, in particular, can set a vital precedent by overcoming problems on the way to success. 

“Facing problems and obstacles is the best way to grow and become better. Some of the skills developed while solving problems are related to critical thinking, adaptability to the changes caused by external conditions, awareness to identify areas of improvement, and creativity to find the best ways to pivot and execute on a massive action plan to succeed.” 

Not just anyone can lead a company to success, but when company leaders know precisely what that success will look like, they can lead their teams to new heights, no matter what tools are used along the way. 

Tags: 1 successful entrepreneur 10 things successful entrepreneurs do 10 ways to recognize business opportunities 10 years from now i will be a businesswoman 15 entrepreneurs 15 successful entrepreneurs 17 skills required to succeed as an entrepreneur 20 successful entrepreneurs 21 success tips for young and aspiring entrepreneurs 3 entrepreneurs and their business 3 ways to start a business 4 successful entrepreneurs 5 business tips 5 example of successful entrepreneur 5 successful businessman 5 tips for starting a successful business 7 steps to becoming an entrepreneur 8 simple tips for young entrepreneurs 9 secrets of successful entrepreneurs a business person a entrepreneur a good businessman a new business should be based on an entrepreneur a start up business a successful business person a successful businessman a successful entrepreneur is a successful entrepreneur person about me entrepreneur act as an entrepreneur advice for aspiring entrepreneurs advice for entrepreneurs 2015 advice for starting your own business advice for startup entrepreneurs advice from the most successful advice on running a business advice on setting up a business advice on starting a business advise on starting a business all successful businessman an example of a successful entrepreneur an interview of an entrepreneur suggestion any advice the person has for young entrepreneurs any entrepreneur anyone can become an entrepreneur as an entrepreneur aspiring entrepreneur attract business success background of successful entrepreneurs be more successful be successful in business be your own be your own boss entrepreneurship become a better entrepreneur become entrepreneur young age become succesful become successful becoming a business becoming a business owner becoming a successful entrepreneur becoming an entrepreneur becoming entrepreneur start small business becoming great entrepreneurs beginner entrepreneur being a business owner being a successful business owner being a successful entrepreneur best advice for business owners best advice for new business owners best advice to small business owners best business advice best business advice from billionaires best business interviews best business owners best business people in the world best business tips for small business owners best tips for starting a business best way to become successful best way to success in business building a successful business business advice business advice for small business business advice from successful entrepreneurs business here business hint business idea advice business ideas for aspiring entrepreneurs business man blog business man rules business minded people wanted business news tips business person example business start up advice business start up tips business startup advice business tip of the day business tips business tips 2020 business tips for beginners business tips for new entrepreneurs business tips for success business tips from successful businessman business tycoon qualifications businesses guaranteed to succeed businessman and their business businessman blog businessman company businessman idea businessman mentality businessman working buy your own business cnbc can i start my own business without a degree can you give us some pieces of entrep based advice cnbc tips companies started by entrepreneurs company advice daily business advice daily business tips daily small business tips describe a successful business that you know describe successful businessman do i need to start a business do you need school to start a business do you need to study business to start a business doing own business earn success every day elon musk advice elon musk advice for entrepreneurs elon musk entrepreneur elon musk entrepreneur advice elon musk entrepreneur magazine elon musk entrepreneur skills elon musk entrepreneur story elon musk on business elon musk starting business elon musk tips elon musk youth entrepreneur advice entrepreneur advice for beginners entrepreneur business entrepreneurs entrepreneur details entrepreneur entrepreneur entrepreneur help entrepreneur people entrepreneur requirements entrepreneur task entrepreneur tips 2017 entrepreneur tips 2018 entrepreneur way entrepreneur z entrepreneurs are self motivated and recognize opportunities around them entrepreneurs like elon musk entrepreneurship more like this essay on how to become a successful entrepreneur essential steps to become an entrepreneur establish your own business everything you need to know about starting your own business examples of confident entrepreneurs famous business owners favorite entrepreneur first day of business first time business owner tips free advice on starting your own business free business tips give me some business tips good business advice good business tips good business tips for success good small business tips great business people great business tips great entrepreneurs guide to being a successful entrepreneur help start my business how a business man thinks how be a successful entrepreneur how businessman think how can i be a businessman how can i be a successful entrepreneur how can i be an effective entrepreneur how can i be more successful how can i become a business owner how can i become an entrepreneur how can i have my own business how can i start my own business how can i start my own small business how can i succeed in my business how can i success in my business how can you be successful in business how can you open your own business how can you start a business how can you start your own business how did you become an entrepreneur how do businessmen think how do i become a businessman how do i become a successful entrepreneur how do i become an entrepreneur how do i become successful how do i get a business started how do i go about starting my own business how do i start my own business how do u become an entrepreneur how do u make your own business how do you become a businessman how do you become an entrepreneur how do you get money to start your own business how do you go about opening your own business how do you go about starting your own business how do you make your own business how do you open your own business how do you own your own business how do you set up your own business how do you start your own business how do you start your own small business how do you succeed in business how do young entrepreneurs start how does money magazine explain successful entrepreneurs how does one become an entrepreneur how does one become successful how hard is it to open a business how i became successful in life how i become a successful businessman how long does it take to become an entrepreneur how long to become an entrepreneur how to act like a businessman how to act like an entrepreneur how to be a better business owner how to be a business entrepreneur how to be a business owner how to be a businessman how to be a businessman attitude how to be a businessman tips how to be a famous entrepreneur how to be a good businessman how to be a good entrepreneur how to be a good entrepreneur essay how to be a good successful businessman how to be a great young entrepreneur how to be a successful business owner how to be a successful businessman pdf how to be a successful entrepreneur how to be a successful entrepreneur with no money how to be a successful young man how to be an entrepreneur how to be an entrepreneur at 18 how to be entrepreneurial at work how to be more successful how to be successful at a young age how to become a best entrepreneur how to become a famous entrepreneur how to become a good entrepreneur how to become a successful business owner how to become a successful entrepreneur how to become a successful entrepreneur and business owner how to become an entrepreneur at 13 how to become an ideal entrepreneur how to become successful how to become successful business how to become successful in business how to start entrepreneurship how to start out as an entrepreneur how will you become a successful entrepreneur i want to be a young entrepreneur new business advice new entrepreneurs prepare a report on how to become a successful entrepreneur recommendations for a business to be successful small business tip of the day start up tips for young entrepreneurs steps on how to become a successful entrepreneur steps to becoming a successful business owner success advice successful business background successful business owners successful business people the best entrepreneur tips for aspiring entrepreneurs tips for entrepreneurs to be successful tips for first time business owners tips for new entrepreneurs tips for new small business owners tips for starting a successful business tips for young entrepreneurs tips to be a successful businessman tips to become a successful businessman tips to become an entrepreneur tips to get success in business tips to have a successful business tips to make a small business successful to be a successful entrepreneur to become a successful entrepreneur top business tips for success top ten tips for successful entrepreneur top tips for starting a business ways to become a successful entrepreneur what best business practices can you share with aspiring entrepreneurs what it takes for young entrepreneurs to be successful who to talk to to start a business

Leave a Comment