Hallman will serve as the company’s south region director and Ferri will serve as the director for the east region. Hallman and Ferri each has more than 20 years experience in project and personnel management and will help Blackeagle expand its presence in these regions.
“We are extremely pleased to have Gene and Armando join our team,” said Rick Barrett, president and CEO. “Both have significant experience leading teams and managing complex projects. They will greatly enhance our ability to expand our operations.”
Blackeagle’s regional directors are responsible for all operations within their region, including overseeing project managers who report directly to them. Hallman is based out of Midland, Texas, and is responsible for projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Blackeagle and look forward to building on the success the company is having in the south region,” Hallman said. “The south region includes the Permian Basin, which has seen a tremendous amount of capital investment in the past year, and we expect growth in that area to continue to provide additional opportunities for Blackeagle.”
Before he joined Blackeagle, Hallman spent much of his career at URS Flint Energy Services, where he served as vice president of its eastern region. Hallman was responsible for six district offices that served eight states and more than 1,200 employees. Subsequent positions have provided him the opportunity to also work in West Texas. Hallman has a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in taxation from the University of Tulsa. He is a director of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and past president of the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa.
Ferri is based out of the company’s regional office in North Lima, Ohio, and is responsible for Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“I am so happy to be joining a team that has such a focus on professionalism and employee performance. Blackeagle’s project-team performance-management system really sets the standard in the industry,” Ferri said. “I look forward to using my experience to expand our activities in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.”
Ferri is a seasoned project manager with expertise in building utility pipeline systems. Since 2005, he has been a senior project manager with Alex Paris Contracting, where he had full responsibility for all project management including large-scale energy-company projects and the supervision and oversight of multiple project managers. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in structural design and construction engineering technology along with an Associate Degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a board member of the Pennsylvania One Call System, a best practices committee member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), and a member of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA).