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Manuj Nikhanj, 39

President and Co-CEO, RS Energy Group, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It is no longer a race but a full-on sprint as energy industry operators and investors try and unleash the power of technology and big data. RS Energy Group is leading the charge by delivering clean data and advanced analytics to the energy industry.

Manuj Nikhanj explains how the Canadian intelligence firm breaks down barriers at every turn. “At RS Energy Group, we never back down from a challenge. We work to find solutions to some of the most complex problems facing the industry.”

Road to leadership: Nikhanj joined RS Energy Group in 2002, shortly after graduating from college. He was initially hired as a consensus analyst.

Today, Nikhanj and co-CEO Jim Jarrell steer an organization that delivers leading industry insights and analyses.

“The innovation that the company was founded on 20 years ago is still the same today. Almost anything is achievable with this team.”

Mission, possible: Though it’s a company that strives to conquer any challenge, that doesn’t mean doing so is always easy. Take, for instance, when RS Energy Group launched a new state- of-the-art technology platform that used machine-learning algorithms to engage type curves, economics, spacing, proprietary geological models and more.

Bringing that technology platform to market was a time-consuming yet exhilarating task. “We spent years creating this platform, traveling all over North America to find the best and brightest talent—all the way from our technical and financial staff, to our developers and data scientists. We have built an unbelievable team,” Nikhanj says. “We have accomplished a lot over the past few years. However, I can assure you, we are just getting started.”

RS Energy Group’s products, which were immediately well-received, are on the forefront of technology and advanced analytics within the oil and gas space. The company has no known competitors.

Quotable: “If you are passionate about what you do and surround yourself with people that are smarter than you, anything is possible.”

Advice for young professionals: “If you are doing what you love to do, you will never work a day in your life.”

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