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Now We See Her, Now We Don't
Mar 07, 2011 in Web News
In spite of all efforts to glue her to her chair, Mallory has officially resigned.  During her tenure at SBG Mallory's career ambitions wandered off from the field of infant to geriatric care.  We believe this is no coincidence and are honored to have been her inspiration.  With Mallory's exit comes Chelsea Young's entrance to the office.  She, like her predecessor, plans to pursue an occupation serving children someday.  Our work has already begun.
From 'Paprika' to 'Kilts' in One Move
Jan 25, 2011 in Web News

Chris Gill, formerly of Hungary, told us he is spending much of his time in his new home in Edinburgh hanging out in city parks, showing pictures to complete strangers and asking them what they are thinking about as they view them.  We advised he should stay in Scotland as people get arrested in the States for doing things like that.  After Chris assured us his pictures were appropriate and his questions had purpose (to help people explore the meaning of life and their role in it), we were more comfortable viewing his Powerpoint presentation.

Overturning a Bedtime Restriction
Sep 14, 2010 in Web News
Cliff Hale's life work is about reaching out to and restoring prisoners.  We were held captive one afternoon by his tales of Storybook Dads, a unique way incarcerated fathers can connect with their children.  While Cliff refused to tell us 'just one more story' we were grateful that he did let us get a drink of water before we returned to our offices.
The Brothers Cut Three New LP's
Jul 01, 2010 in Web News
Today SBG announces the formation of three new companies which will eventually house the majority of our oil and gas interests:  Realeza Del Spear LP (for our royalty interests), Trabajo Del Spear LP (for our working interests), and Tierra Del Spear LP (for our surface interests).  Like feeder rivers empty into a larger body of water, our existing bevy of companies will eventurally pour into these three new companies.  We anticipate this change will not only increase the efficiency of our processes and further secure our assets, but also satisfy our nearly insatiable need to create new companies.  Please bear with us as we dive in to this new adventure and let us know if you have any pressing questions (or discrete referrals).
The Less the Merrier
Jan 25, 2010 in Web News
After participating in an intervention with our accountants and attorneys, SBG is pleased to announce some long-awaited rehabilitation plans.  The good news:  we plan to consolidate companies to reduce the overhead associated with managing so many entities (currently 13 and counting).  The bad news:  In order to do it, we are creating more companies.  While the year ahead looks daunting, we are confident that the streamlined operations and increased letterhead space will have been well worth the effort.  If you have any questions about our consolidation plans and how that might affect doing business with us, please contact us.
Reflections on Leaving Hobbs
Jan 06, 2010 in Web News
SBG announces the closing of our satellite Hobbs office after many decades of activitiy in this small New Mexico community.   In the early 1970's our business was birthed in a tiny powder-blue home office in this city and eventually grew to reside in the largest (OK, the only) office building in Hobbs in the 90's.  While our activities in New Mexico continue to thrive, we will now steward them all from Midland.  As such, we must say farewell to our long-time Hobbs office manager and friend, Peggy Lentz.  Thank you, Peggy, for providing SBG with many years of faithful service, friendship and rum cakes.
All that Glitters We Hope is Gold
Oct 10, 2009 in Web News
After a two-week trip to Nevada, Shane and Nelson have returned exhausted, bearing torn clothing and toting shiny rocks.  While this may be typical for anyone's stay in Nevada, these two gained their plunder hiking through hills and ravines staking gold claims.  To commemorate this endeavor, we created a new company (with a nod to John Wayne):  Hondo Mining Company, jointly owned with their fellow prospectors, businessman Scott Barthel and hard-rock geologist Ray Wittkopp.  As we embark on our venture in gold mining, we will attempt to keep in mind Howell Spear's sage advice, "You know, you can make a small fortune in Nevada.  First you start with a large fortune..."
Is There a Breeze in Here?
Aug 26, 2009 in Web News
Since Mallory White opted to attend nursing school full-time and was completely unwilling to work the graveyard shift for us, she is sadly exiting SBG.  We of course wish her the best and hope to meet her again, but not in a professional capacity.  Also, best wishes to Natalie Tiller whose talents in interior design were unable to be fully utilized while working in an oil and gas business regardless of the myriad opportunities available to color our lease maps.  We welcome Allison Westfall to the group to help fill in the holes and to shut the door.
Do You Want Togo to Africa?
Aug 12, 2009 in Web News
It was 'wunderful' hosting world-travelers Jim and Carol Wunder who made Midland, Texas a must-see destination (as so many do) on their summer travels.  While we shared a lunch of chicken-fried steak and other comfort food, Jim was making arrangements to visit Togo, Africa to eat less comfortable food and assist in the implementation of Crossroads, an educational strategy which imparts life skills and character development to youth in a way that engages and changes them.  Togo is one of the 60 countries which has been helped by Crossroads to overcome the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS, addictions and violence.  We hope that an African diet does not have any devastating impacts on Jim.
Feeding a Hungary Family
Jan 17, 2009 in Web News

The SBG sponsored a luncheon today for the Gill family from Budapest.  They shared with us little bags of paprika and their vision to bring hope to a highly melancholy people.  Hungary has found itself on the wrong side of most wars in the last few centuries and its citizens can often identify Americans in their midst merely by the smiles on their faces.  As the Gills shared their activities with us we were affirmed that this upbeat family is well-equipped to bring a message of encouragement and significance to those they work with.  One small example of their influence:  many residents of Budapest now believe that Americans will fight each other to wear "The Turkey Hat" at Thanksgiving dinner.

What's Going On With Spear Brothers - The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Gulf Coast Finally Takes the Plunge

Jan 29, 2016 in Web News

Last, but not least, this month Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Company will join a number of our other companies who consolidated their leases into the pool which now holds the majority of our oil and gas interests: Realeza, Trabajo, and Tierra Del Spear. Come on in, Gulf Coast, the water is fine! (considering the plunging price of oil, the water is not only fine, but investing in it may in fact be more profitable)

Austin Suspends "Weird" Reputation for Five Months

Jun 05, 2015 in Web News

SBG welcomes back Nelson, who spent the first five months of 2015 in Austin serving the Texas Legislature (specifically the office of Fort Worth State Senator, Konni Burton). While there, he played a key role in the crafting and passage of a bill that would greatly reduce the amount of superfluous paperwork Texas teachers are currently drowning in (yes, you heard right, it is an attorney-initiated measure to reduce paperwork).  He also helped to craft and pass several resolutions including one that encourages the soon-to-be-relocating US Africa Command to make their new home here in the Lone Star State (miles and miles of land currently available because... well, it is Texas).  Now, with the long days of wrestling politicians and traffic behind him, Nelson returns to Midland, glad for the experience and ready to rejoin the normal, serene work environment at SBG.  Welcome back, Soldier.

Apocalypse When?

Jul 28, 2014 in Web News

When a newsletter from Faith Comes by Hearing arrived this month with a story about the "End of the Spear," it captured, not surprisingly, our immediate attention. Upon further reading (fortunately, the article included pictures), we were relieved to discover the reference was to a compelling movie about the Waorani people of Ecuador, and not the code name for an assassination plot against the Spear brothers. According to the article, when FCBH provided the Waorani's their first audio bible this summer they were greeted with a reception far more pleasant than the one received by a group of Americans that visited them in 1956 (all deceased, 1956). Greatly heartened to know the full explanation, SBG recently greeted Ken Edwards of FCBH with a likewise pleasant reception, even allowing him full access to a set of sharp silverware at lunch. (Any push to accelerate finalization of SBG's Disaster Recovery Plan would be purely coincidental at this time.)

That Ain't No Bull... anymore

Nov 12, 2013 in Web News

What do rifles, fishing rods and castrations all have in common?  While a valid first guess would be that they all represent fragments of Shane and Nelson's collective childhood memories, they are also part of the boy-to-man experience at a unique camp in Snyder, Texas called "Ranch at the Crossroad."  Over lunch today we learned that young men hand-picked by coaches at the local high school spend a week each summer at this camp, wrestling with all of these activities (plus a steer or two) while building character traits like respect and honor.  Sensing an imminent enrollment request, ranch director, Dave Bilderback, quickly directed us to one of his YouTube inspirational videos instead.

Yea, Though I Walk Down the Hallway

Nov 04, 2012 in Web News

SBG welcomes pastors and staff from Mid-Cities Community Church who will be occupying empty office space on our floor while space of their own is being arranged.  Although the senior pastor claims that this temporary residency is intended to assist Mid-Cities in maintaining church operations during their office transition, we have to wonder if the antics of the Spear brothers have finally reached a level commensurate with the necessity of constant spiritual supervision.

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