A True Leader Willing to Share his Expertise with Others
WE ASKED SEVERAL INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WHO KNOW THIS ISSUE’S DAMAGE PREVENTION HERO , CARLOS ARRAS , BEST TO DESCRIBE HIM . PETER FORD , ENGINEERING MANAGER , NEW MEXICO GAS COMPANY , FOCUSED ON ONE WORD : LEADER! “CARLOS IS A GREAT LEADER ,” FORD SAID . “HE HAS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION AND EXPERTISE AND IS HAPPY TO SHARE HIS EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATE ANYONE .” ROBERT NORTH , PIPELINE SUPERVISOR , ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS MID-AMERICA PIPELINE , USED THE WORDS “ACTIVE IN THE INDUSTRY .” NORTH COMMENDED CARLOS FOR STAYING AWARE OF THE INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES AND TECHNOLOGY .
In addition to having served as a NMRCGA Board Member, Carlos was recently reelected to the New Mexico 811 Board, serving through 2022, and re-elected as the Treasurer providing oversight and stewardship of the 811 Center’s finances while also balancing regulations, NM811 policy and processes. He also drives participation amongst all communities involved in New Mexico. Carlos was nominated as a Damage Prevention Hero by Michael Velarde, Manager Field Operations, CenturyLink. “Carlos is undeniably viewed as a leader who has influenced broader state partnerships to drive decreased cost and improved damage prevention.”
“Carlos is a great leader,” Ford said. “He has a wealth of information and expertise and is happy to share his experience and educate anyone.”
One description of Carlos emerged over and over… his willingness to lend his expertise for the betterment of the industry. Jason Montoya, Chief of Staff, Pipeline Safety Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, acknowledged Carlos’ full support and engagement of two state rulemaking processes as a subject matter expert. “Carlos’ ability to meet with industry stakeholders and decision makers to come up with reasonable rules has been instrumental to the success in New Mexico maintaining a robust damage prevention program.”
Described as accurate, honest, dedicated, and reasonable, Carlos’ well-balanced personality is a contributing factor in the success of making damage prevention a shared responsibility. Robert North notes Carlos’ continual involvement and leadership as a key quality for his Damage Prevention Hero nomination. According to Michael Velarde, Carlos researches all inputs and facts before making recommendations to the 811 organization and drives fact-based decisions that protect cost and damage prevention. Carlos does not sacrifice damage prevention because of cost. Instead, he is always looking at improved service for less cost. Many others continue to push cost increases as an attempt to justify improved damage prevention with no data. Peter Ford echoed, “Carlos has a unique way of analyzing issues and developing long-term solutions.”
It seems all of New Mexico would agree with Michael Velarde’s message: “Jefe (Spanish for “the boss”), thank you for your continued leadership and positive contributions to improving damage prevention in New Mexico. You are appreciated.