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    Oil & Gas

    Oil & Gas

    Marianne Thai is a Baylor graduate with a Master’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Shortly after graduating HBU, she began her career as a professional recruiter. Marianne is a partner of Walker Elliott and serves on the management team. Her ten years of experience as a recruiter have been exceptional, earning her an invitation to be in Pinnacle Society as of 2014, a society for the top 2% of professional recruiters in the nation. She has also been a member of the National Professional Women’s Organization and National WHO’s WHO.

    Marianne’s area of expertise is in the upstream oil and gas sector, especially in exploration and production. She has recruited petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and land professionals across the United States with a diverse clientele. Her success has led to consultant work with companies and firms.

    Marianne credits her success to her ability to empathize with her clientele and candidates, identifying personal strengths and desires and helping match those with companies who are similarly motivated. Marianne’s friendly, people-first professional philosophy has brought her many repeat clients and the admiration of her colleagues.

    Oil & Gas

    Nina Buck is a Partner and Sr. Recruiter at Walker Elliott. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly Yugoslavia, Nina immigrated to the US in 1996. She was a senior in high school. She received her Bachelor degree in Public Relations from the University of Houston before participating in Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Management Training program. After one too many car washes under the hot Houston sun, she decided to part ways with the rental business and try her hand at recruiting. She soon discovered her calling and has been recruiting for the same company ever since.

    Nina specializes in the placement of Petroleum Engineers, Geoscientists and Land professionals in the Oil &Gas industry. Her clientele includes start-ups and small-to-medium sized oil and gas companies, both private and public. She has been recognized as a top performer in her company for 8 straight years. She enjoys spending time with her son and husband and is a big fan of live music and traveling.

    Due to her professional success, Nina is currently member of Pinnacle Society, the nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters within the direct placement and search industry. For more than 20 years, the Pinnacle Society has provided the nation’s top recruiters a forum in which to exchange the business principles and placement techniques that led them to achieve, and allows them to maintain their success.

    Oil & Gas

    Neerav Parikh joined Walker Elliott in 2010 and has quickly established himself as a trusted advisor to his Oil & Gas clients and to his candidates. He holds degrees in Marketing and Management Marketing from the University of Houston where he completed a nationally recognized sales-training program.

    Since joining Walker Elliott, Neerav has earned the Rookie of the Year award and has been the top producer for two years in a row. In 2013, LinkedIn.com recognized Neerav’s profile as a Top 1% Most-Viewed LinkedIn Profile. Neerav’s professional passion is the oil patch where he has delivered consistent results of long-term placements in engineering, geoscience and land.

    Neerav is a unique recruiter in his strategic partnerships with the right companies, providing valuable market information which allows him to place an excellent fit. He works in the national market and specializes in building relationships with small-to-medium sized Oil &Gas companies. His portfolio includes the most highly-sought professionals in the E &P market.

    Oil & Gas

    Ali Faye is a Sr. Recruiter for Walker Elliott since 2011. Since joining the Walker Elliott team, Ali has been one of the top producers each year. He grew up in the Houston area and graduated Kingwood High School before attending Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a Bachelor degree in Marketing. He has lived in Houston for over 20 years and has worked in upstream oil and gas since he graduated.

    Before recruiting, Ali was a landman which enabled him to the be in core of the marketplace and to cultivate important relationships with a competitive clientele. A brilliant networker, Ali has an extensive professional network, bragging over 30,000 contacts on LinkedIn. His success has put him in the top percentiles of technical recruiters in the oil and gas industry.

    Ali's professional philosophy is people-centered. For him, making a smart match is paramount because it could be a life-changing improvement for a talented professional in the oil and gas field. He is a constant participant at functions like NAPE, SPE, and AAPL events throughout the year which keep him up-to-date with the upstream oil and gas market.

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