Richard Kowalchuk of Medicine Hat graduated from the University of Lethbridge, a publicly funded academic and research university in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. With academic scores in the top quartile of his class at Lethbridge, Kowalchuk had also so effectively managed his time that he was able to take a full course load while working as a supervisor at local Earl’s Restaurant. Kowalchuk placed an inventory control system in place while at Earl’s, and credits his direct customer contact there with his insightful understanding of customers today.
Richard Kowalchuk of Medicine Hat graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of Management degree concentrated in Marketing as a major. The University of Lethbridge, also known as U of L, is a relatively young institution, having been established in 1967. Lethbridge offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with special expertise in areas of neuroscience through the Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience and its leadership in water research. Kowalchuk studied Marketing under Lethbridge’s Faculty of Management and participated in the Co-op Program with Alberta Treasury Branch and Time Air, as well as participating in the University of Queens business case competition.
Richard Kowalchuk lives and works today in Medicine Hat in southeast Alberta in Canada. Medicine Hat came in as the sixth largest city in Alberta in 2016 census results, with a population of 63,230. Medicine Hat is strategically located at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway, the Crowsnest Highway and the South Saskatchewan River. Medicine Hat’s nickname is The Gas City, so named for the large natural gas fields which lie beneath its surface. Medicine Hat, so named for a Blackfoot Native American tribal word which indicates the eagle tail feather headdress of medicine men, has been a natural gathering place since the days of the Blackfoot, Cree and Assiniboine residencies in the valley.
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Richard Kowalchuk is the Chief Operating Officer for EnerStar, a provider of accommodation solutions to the energy industry. With offices in Medicine Hat, Alberta and five locations throughout the United States, the company rents fully equipped well-site trailers and other portable living quarters used in the oil and gas industries.
As the company COO, Richard Kowalchuk looks for new ventures and opportunities for the company. “I have been involved in all new startup innovations and property development,” he explains. “I work with management in forecasting and budgeting new and existing growth opportunities.”
He began working for EnerStar as a contract Vice President of Special Projects in 2010. His job at that time was to develop real estate for EnerStar operations in the Bakken Oilfield in North Dakota. He later developed a manufacturing facility to build procedures and building practices for the manufacturing side of the business. He became COO in 2016, tasked with developing and moving EnerStar through a downturn in the energy industry, by turning the company into an integrated oilfield service company. In addition to accommodations rentals, EnerStar now provides water, sewer services, remote communications systems, and surface rentals. He is credited with reducing the company’s operating budget by sixty percent, while maintaining high levels of customer and employee satisfaction.
When he isn’t at work, Richard Kowalchuk of Medicine Hat is interested in cooking and reading. He is active in community, and is also a fan of the Denver Broncos. He attended the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.
Richard Kowalchuk is the Chief Operating Officer at EnerStar, a provider of rentals and sales of portable living units to the North American oil and gas industries. With offices in Medicine Hat, and shale plays throughout the United States, EnerStar ensures its industry customers have comfortable well site accommodations and efficient work spaces.
Richard Kowalchuk came to EnerStar as its Vice President of Special Projects and Sales in 2010. One of his achievements was the development of a well site trailer resale line, known as Outside the Box “www.otbhousing.com”. He realized that the company could increase its revenues by promoting the well site units as an alternative to the standard housing market. The idea came at a good time: there has been a growing movement in recent years of people downsizing their living space with tiny homes. The average American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the average size of an EnerStar unit is 750 square feet. Downsizing to a tiny home has allowed some people to escape a heavy cycle of debt. With the large supply of these units in the energy field we are able to acquire these units well below book value and redistribute them to the general public. This enables OTB Housing to help the accommodation field by reducing the supply of units to rebalance the supply and demand equation for well site accommodation units.
Richard Kowalchuk Medicine Hat became Chief Operating Officer for EnerStar Rentals and Services in early 2016. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Lethbridge, where he received a degree in Management. In addition to EnerStar, he is the CFO and COO of Five Star Oilfield Communication, a remote communications company her started from scratch with two partners. It has been profitable since its inception in March of 2014.
Richard Kowalchuk is an executive for an oil industry supplier company based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He is the Chief Operating Officer for EnerStar, a company that provides fully equipped trailers and other accommodations, for use at well sites in the oil and gas industry. He started working with EnerStar in 2010 as a contract Vice President, and assumed his current position in 2016.
At the end of 2014, as EnerStar’s Vice President for Special Projects and Sales, he developed a wellsite trailer resale line called Outside the Box Housing “http://www.otbhousing.com”, offering transportable homes to customers throughout North America. The units combine affordability, flexibility and transportability, and can be used as homes on recreation properties, as alternatives to tiny homes, or for use as just about any type of living space imaginable. Because of low oil prices and a resulting slowdown in the oil industry in 2015, Outside the Box has an abundance of unused rig site housing units. Most of them, Richard Kowalchuk Medicine Hat explains, have about 750 square feet of living space and can be adapted to just about any kind of living arrangement. The beauty of having an Outside the Box unit is that they can be considered an investment. When the energy market rebounds, the units can to put back out into the energy market, and sold at a profit.
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