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2475 S. Oakland Circle | Aurora, Colorado 80014
H: 303-696-6754 | C: 720-690-7815 | khargrove@aol.com

September 24, 20––

Mr. Clifford Allen
Control Software, Inc.
777 S. 6th Street
Louisville, CO 80027

Dear Mr. Allen:

I am interested in joining your firm in the development of its exploration workstation.

My strengths include a broad knowledge of petroleum exploration techniques, a strong interest in exploration workstation development, and a demonstrated ability to manage a profitable business.

During my ten years in the petroleum industry, I have held both geological and geophysical positions, have conducted research in the use of geophysical workstations, and have been a principal in a geophysical services firm.

As Senior Geologist
Researched seismostratigraphic exploration needs and assisted the development of a geophysical computer-aided workstation for a major oil company.

As Geophysicist
Developed seismostratigraphic expression of subtle traps and managed a $4.4 million program to exploit the results with a large integrated petroleum firm.

As Principal
Guided start-up geophysical services firm to $5 million in annual sales while managing its geophysical research and data processing efforts.

I am interested in integrating my knowledge and interest in seismic stratigraphy with your computer-aided workstation. I have several concepts that integrate seismic attributes with the expression of stratigraphy that would be ideal on a workstation.

As your firm may be developing such capabilities, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.

Let's talk today,

Kenneth L. Hargrove



Mr. Clifford Allen
Control Software, Inc.
777 S. 6th Street
Louisville, CO 80027

Dear Ken,

I'm returning the questionnaire that was included in your letter of September 24, 20--.

________ Please call me to discuss your concepts and abilities.

________ Please call to set up a meeting.

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________ We have no plans to develop such capabilities at this time. However you might contact:

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank
  1. Brand. You are your own brand, and you can define it any way you want. For many years, I provided outplacement to the ex-employees of Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service corporation. When departing employees left the company, they didn't request outplacement in their severance package. They said, "I want Bill Frank."
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