February 6, 2024
Meet Ken Courville: Cenozon’s U.S. Business Development Professional
We are thrilled to introduce Ken, whose extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry promise to bring invaluable insights and innovation to our operations. Here’s a Q&A session with Ken, covering his career journey and some fun personal tidbits.
Background and Experience in the Industry
Tell us a bit about your background and what led you to a career in sales. What have your experiences been like in the Oil and Gas industry (or any other industries you’ve worked in)?
I began my career in IT as a technical resource at BP on the UNIX side of things, mainly working to keep software and databases linked for their Halliburton suite of apps. It just happened to be for an oil company, and I have worked in the O&G industry ever since. Ended up working at Halliburton, and they sent me to consult with their customers to make sure they were using Halliburton software to the fullest. Then Halliburton tricked me. Said they wanted me to help with Business Development. I said “Sure, as long as it’s not sales.” They said, “Nope, it’s Bus Dev.” Then they sent me to Calgary as a Business Development Manager. When I arrived in Calgary, they said, “Hey Ken, here is your quota.” I was like, “What??” Anyway, I’ve been a sales guy since and enjoy working with customers and technology.
Can you share what’s been most rewarding, challenging, or defining throughout your career?
I’ve worked for big companies and small companies and really enjoy being able to make an impact. Smaller companies really provide more opportunity for that. I enjoy the challenge of taking something and growing it, which is what I am faced with for Cenozon US.
Work at Cenozon
What are you most excited about regarding your work at Cenozon? What company values do you resonate with?
I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with the team at Cenozon. We seem to have passionate colleagues and an inclusive company culture. The product is very good and has a focused purpose. Can’t wait to see how the US market responds!
Any future industry trends you’re looking forward to?
Too many things use fossil fuels for the O&G industry to ‘go away’, but I am interested in what the industry will look like in 10 years as it evolves.
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests?
Golf, and recently trying out pickleball. I’m also very focused on family.
If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Since I am from Texas, I think it would be interesting to have dinner with Sam Houston as he is very important in Texas’ history. I’d ask him about how he prepared for the surprise attack at the San Jacinto river that enabled the Texans to capture and defeat Santa Anna.
Rapid-fire round: Coffee or tea? Morning or night? Books or movies?
Funny, but I don’t drink coffee or tea. Morning. Movies.