Aubrey Thomas had two goals when he signed up for the Army at age 17: serve his country and go to college.
“My father was in the military and I just always felt it was my duty to serve my country, and also, I joined for education benefits. It was a way to go to college and see the world,” he said.
He joined the Army as a Quartermaster – Supply Chain Management and Logistics and was assigned to a Field Artillery Battalion. He was stationed at various locations, including Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Dix, N.J., just to name a few.
“I was responsible for ensuring my fellow soldiers had the necessary tools and resources required to accomplish the missions at hand,” he said.
The big takeaway, he said, was the art of leadership and the essence of being a true leader. Aubrey says a true leader is someone who can motivate and inspire others without a title or position and who is not afraid of being held accountable.
“One of the things they drilled into us every day was no matter what you do, leave no man behind – and the importance of teamwork,” he added. “In order to win, everyone has to win as a team.”
The military, he said, teaches you that there are no excuses in life.
“To this day I believe in that philosophy: adapt and overcome. No matter what hurdles are put in front of you, you can find a solution and get things done,” he said.
He was a Section Sergeant and part of the second wave of troops associated with Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
While in the military, he received his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems. After the military, Aubrey started working at Harrah’s Entertainment, a casino-gaming company, for several years. During this time, he earned an MBA.
He was recruited to Tulsa by Video Gaming Technology (VGT) to spearhead their Professional Services Division. He was responsible for implementing a Casino Accounting and Operation Management system and providing consulting services to both international and domestic clients.
In 2011, Aubrey joined WPX as a Senior IT Project Manager. He’s managed all facets of cross-functional technical projects and infrastructure programs.
“Bottom line, we always know Aubrey will find a way to get the job done,” says Don Davis, vice president of business development for WPX.
“He’s exceptional when it comes to coordinating electronic transfers of massive amounts of information related to buying and selling oil and gas assets,” Davis adds.
“His technical knowledge, coupled with his ability to work closely with people inside and outside the company, makes him a key member of our team that is tasked with finalizing big transactions.”
Aubrey is among six percent of WPX employees who are veterans. The company gives veterans a day off with pay on Veterans Day to recognize their service.
“Freedom is something we should never take for granted,” Aubrey says.
“To this day I believe in that philosophy: adapt and overcome. No matter what hurdles are put in front of you, you can find a solution and get things done."