Aera Energy  
Intermediate level
Value Stream 1 Engaged People

Creating a differentiating capability through people, culture and leadership


Connecting the dots to generate significant business results 

Learn how Aera creates a culture of systematic daily improvement and aligns its team members with the organization’s strategy. Hear how Aera created an army of problem solvers and improvement agents who work together for company-wide continuous improvement results.


Hear how Aera and the Aera Academy are building a culture that encourages a high level of employee engagement, where people are systematically improving their processes every day. Systems and structures are in place to ensure that everybody is aligned on the priorities, people know whether their team is winning or losing, everybody has an opportunity to contribute their ideas for improvement and leaders are effectively teaching, coaching and mentoring their people. Lean has been identified as one of the key capabilities that contributes to Aera’s success. Learn how it develops lean and continuous improvement skills throughout the organization, which tools and techniques it leverages and what to do to stay on the leading edge of applying lean. 


Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s production. Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, it operates as a stand-alone company through its own board of managers. Aera Energy is an industry leader that specializes in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. Headquartered in Bakersfield, most of its production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. Aera produces about 131,000 barrels of oil and 36 million cubic feet of natural gas each day, and has proved oil and gas reserves equivalent to approximately 712 million barrels of oil. Aera and its owners represent almost 100 years of industry leadership and commitment to California. Aera is characterized by its excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of cutting-edge technology, dynamic company culture and active community involvement.

Speaker: John Chacon

John Chacon is currently a lean specialist at Aera Energy LLC. He has been a lean practitioner for the last 10 years with Aera Energy, TIC (The Industrial Company) and in the United States Marine Corps. He has lead improvement efforts in operations, engineering, new construction, maintenance, development, and supply chain. Chacon has been a part of creating organizational roadmaps for lean including training, and lean deployment.