John Hrncir

John Hrncir

Sales and Sales Management

United States, Canada

1. What is your profession? Or if you are retired, what was your profession?

General Management, Sales Management in the Oil Tool Sector of the International and Domestic Upstream Energy Industry.

2. What are your areas of expertise?

Upstream: General Management, Operations, Mechanical Eng., Executive, Completions, Sales, Commercial, Project Management, Marketing, Technology

Upstream Areas: Offshore, Onshore

3. Current employer:

I'm currently retired.

4. Previous employers:

Weir Pressure Control, FMC Technologies, Weatherford Intl, Oil Dynamics, Cameron Iron Works

5. How did you end up in the Energy Industry?

When I graduated from University, I started in the Energy Industry with Cameron Iron Works. The Industry has always offered challenging and rewarding work such that I have never considered leaving.  

6. Why do you like working with Start-Ups?

I have had many years of experience in Engineering, Technical Sales, and General Management in the Energy Sector. I want to use that experience to help others to be successful in their efforts to begin new businesses.

Okay, now for some fun things about John

7. What are three of your interests outside of work?

  • Hiking

  • Road Cycling

  • Shooting

8.  What are your top 3 accomplishments (personal or professional)?  Don’t be shy!  Give ‘em to us.

  • As President, taking Oil Dynamics from a $40m/ yr producer of Electrical Submersible Pumps to $200m/ yr by capturing contracts in Siberia and redesigning our manufacturing processes to handle the business. All accomplished in two years.

  • Built and managed a sales organization at FMC Subsea that captured BP's subsea Gulf of Mexico contract resulting in over $300m in sales.

  • Beat cancer twice

9.  If I were a superhero, my superpower would be               .

Seeing the Future

10. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a                 when I grew up.

Forest Ranger

11. If I weren't so damn good at what I do now, I'd probably be                 .

Helping someone else get good at what they have chosen to do

12.  My favorite song is               by            .

"Amazing Grace"

13.  If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd          .

International Not for Profit Water

14.  The best piece of advice I've ever been given is                              .

Stay at it full tilt until the end, it's rarely over when you first think it is.