Smith to Head Oil & Gas Proppants Division for U.S. Silica
Smith succeeds Don D. Weinheimer, who will be retiring but will stay on for an interim period to support the transition as vice president of strategic marketing.
U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Billy Ray Smith to senior vice president and president, Oil & Gas Proppants. Smith succeeds Don D. Weinheimer, who is retiring but will stay on for an interim period to support the transition as vice president of strategic marketing. Smith also joins the company’s executive management team and reports to Brad Casper, executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
“Billy Ray’s proven leadership abilities, strong business acumen and outstanding relationship skills will be tremendous assets in his new role, and I couldn’t be more pleased and excited,” said Bryan Shinn, president and CEO. “Billy Ray is widely respected in the industry, and the board and I have complete confidence that he will drive continued growth and successfully respond to the fast and ever-changing needs of our Oil & Gas customers.
“At the same time, I want to express my sincerest thanks to Don Weinheimer for his five years of tireless dedication and leadership in building an enviable and industry-leading Oil & Gas operation. Don has earned the trust and respect of our employees, customers, shareholders and business partners, and we wish him all the best.”
Smith joined U.S. Silica in March 2017 as vice president of Oil & Gas, bringing over two decades of experience in the oil and gas exploration and services business. Prior to joining U.S. Silica, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Halliburton. Smith holds a bachelor’s of science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University.
“I’m honored and excited to assume these additional duties and lead the Oil & Gas operations at U.S. Silica,” said Smith. “I look forward to helping take our Oil & Gas business to the next level by continuing to stay ahead of industry trends and evolving our capabilities to match changing customer dynamics.”
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