Paul F. Jansen, 39
Managing Director, Conway MacKenzie Inc., Houston
Texas’ oil and gas industry lures talent from across the world, and in 2007, it drew a promising young Dutch accountant to the scene. Today, Paul Jansen finds himself deeply ensconced in both the Texas lifestyle (he’s taken up ranching), and the industry’s financial sector.
Jansen is a managing director in Conway MacKenzie Inc.’s energy consulting practice. Since joining the firm in 2015, he’s played a key role in helping identify and develop new business opportunities. He has also led the development and execution of engagement strategies and plans. The firm advises on restructuring, finance and strategy.
“The oil and gas industry provides unlimited opportunity for anyone who is entrepreneurial and willing to work hard,” Jansen says. “It is a vibrant business that experiences big shifts in terms of the business cycle. That keeps it interesting and provides different opportunities.”
Corporate challenges: When Jansen was an interim CFO at a small public company, he was challenged to persuade its staff—who were resistant to change—to try something new.
He and the company’s CEO came up with a way to convince them.
“We prepared a plan that showed the outcome and upside for every department. Visualizing the future and communicating that vision to employees proves that there is a silver lining and creates buy-in.”
Growth goals: Jansen is working toward new goals as Conway MacKenzie prepares to expand and relocate its Houston office.
“It will provide us with room to further accelerate the growth of our energy practice,” he says.
“Short-term, I want to grow our team of professionals without losing our unique culture. Long-term, I want the Houston office to be known as the most trusted solution provider of advisory services to the energy industry.”
Advice for young professionals: “Meet people as often as you can, and not only when you need them.”