Aera Energy 
Intermediate level

Empowering an army of improvement agents

Develop an empowered and engaged workforce


Practitioner Presentation



Learn how Aera Energy leverages leader standard work and a systematic process of daily improvement to create the desired culture and get business results.


Hear how Aera Energy’s vision is centered on developing an empowered and engaged workforce and a culture where all employees pursue daily process improvement, portrayed as an “Army of Improvement Agents.” It is its goal to translate its business strategy into clear expectations through strategy deployment and a systematic approach to operational excellence in order for all employees to identify what it means to win or lose on a daily basis and how each employee can shape the organization’s business results. Discover how leaders are engaged to support the team members’ ability to solve problems and to improve their processes. Leaders also develop team members through effective coaching, mentoring and teaching. Learn how this pursuit requires business and improvement systems to deliver an environment where ideal behaviors are as important as the results.


Aera Energy LLC is one of California's largest oil and gas producers, accounting for over 25 percent of the state's production, and the #1 privately-held oil and gas company in the United States. Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, it is operated as a stand-alone company through its own board of managers. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of its production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley, with oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. Aera produces about 134,000 barrels of oil and 37 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has proved oil and gas reserves equivalent to approximately 720 million barrels of oil. Aera and its owners represent almost 100 years of industry leadership and commitment to California. It are characterized by its excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of cutting-edge technology, dynamic company culture, and active community involvement.

Presenter: Dwayne Ziegeler

Dwayne Ziegeler is a lean deployment analyst for Aera Energy, LLC. He has been with Aera for 19 years and has previously held positions as a production engineer, reservoir engineer, operations supervisor and lead production engineer.