We traveled over 70,000 miles last year not because we had to, but because we felt it was our duty to connect with our communities of South Texas and share information about the importance of the oil & gas industry, the impact it has on the Texas economy, and in what ways it will help their communities in the short and long term. Every STEER employee is a leader in their respective field and we all share a passion for community involvement and education which motivates us to do our very best work day in and day out. Below, you will find a list of our executive staff.
PRESIDENT & CEO
As President of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER), Omar Garcia facilitates communication, education and public advocacy surrounding the production of energy resources in South Texas. An experienced industry leader, Garcia is an expert on business opportunities associated with the Eagle Ford Shale.
Garcia works directly with the oil and natural gas industry, local officials, community members, regional stakeholders, educational institutions and economic development organizations to ensure that the oil and natural gas industry in South Texas is advancing in a positive way that is mutually beneficial to both the community and the industry.
Garcia is a former vice president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. He has over 12 years of economic development experience in working for the Texas Governor’s Office, TIP Strategies, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development, the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department, and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. In addition to his economic development experience, Garcia spent two years working for Bank of America as Vice President of Business Development for their Treasury Management division.
In 2010, Governor Perry appointed Garcia to the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Garcia is a certified economic development finance professional through the National Development Council. He is a Graduate of St. Edwards University with a degree in International Business & Spanish.
As Vice President of STEER, Christopher Ashcraft plays an instrumental role in ensuring collaboration, advancement, and support of the various stakeholders impacted by and involved in the development of the Eagle Ford Shale region.
Ashcraft is an experienced industry professional with unique insights across various facets of the industry and the South Texas region. Prior to joining STEER, Ashcraft served as the Alternative Energy Transportation Manager with the Alamo Area Council of Governments. There, he founded the South Central Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium and managed the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition, a coalition with the mission to replace the consumption of foreign oil with domestic fuel for American Energy security. He has also held the position of San Antonio Clean Cities Coordinator, where he worked to develop public and private partnerships that promote the national Clean Cities initiatives aimed at securing national economic, environmental, and energy security.
Ashcraft has provided environmental, alternative energy and agricultural analysis to the federal government and numerous state and local organizations. While employed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, he assisted with issues related to agriculture, rural communities, and alternative energy.
Ashcraft holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine with a minor in military science and leadership development. Upon graduation, Christopher Ashcraft received a Commission as an Officer in the United States Army where he completed his military service obligations with an honorable discharge.
Vice President of External Affairs
As Vice President of External Affairs of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER), Haley Curry facilitatescommunications and education about the oil and natural gas industry in South Texas.
Curry works directly with oil and natural gas industry, media, educational institutions, economic development organizations and other stakeholders to ensure all parties are educated on the oil and gas industry, and advance development of communities and industry in a mutually beneficial capacity.
Prior to joining STEER, Curry served as the communications manager for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, handling communications and advocacy outreach in the Eagle Ford Shale. Responsible for stakeholder and media engagement, Curry also served on industry committees dedicated to keeping open communication with stakeholders in the industry.
Curry has 10 years of experience in strategic communications, public and media relations, and social media. Before working in the oil and gas industry, Curry worked at The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future. During her time at the Museum, Curry ran all marketing and communications for the Smithsonian Affiliate museum, as well as the women’s leadership program, Leadership America.
Curry is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she majored in public relations and minored in Spanish. Curry is also a graduate of Power Pipeline, class of 2009.