Face Behind the Data: Denise Dorsey, Business Development Manager

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Face Behind the Data Profiles Denise Dorsey, Business Development Manager

Get to know the faces that are working hard behind the scenes to unleash your data’s potential.

This month for our Face Behind the Data profile series, we are excited to introduce, Denise Dorsey, Business Development Manager. Due to Denise’s persistence and drive, Katalyst  has received  some of its largest clients.

Denise’s positive attitude and tenacity is simply contagious. She enjoys providing solutions that will add value to our prospects’ and clients’ operations. We are excited she could contribute her experience to Face Behind the Data, a series of profiles that feature the hard-working employees behind the solutions and services at Katalyst.

What is your educational and work experience background?

When I graduated from high school, I knew that I wanted to do something with computers. Petty-Ray Geophysical was just opening a new seismic data processing center in Oklahoma City where I was living. I  received a position as a computer operator and decided that I loved geophysics. I transferred from Central State University, where I was taking computer courses, to the University of Oklahoma and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics in May of 1983. During my time in school, I worked part time and summers as a computer operator, data processor, and even on a seismic field crew. After graduating, I went to work for Digicon Geophysical in sales where I found my love of sales in the geophysical industry. I have spent my career in geophysical sales.

What are some of the highlights of your career?     

Being an integral part in helping my clients receive value from their data.

Did you grow up wanting to be a data manager?

I never thought about data management until I met Pat Peck.

How did you get here?

I was working in sales at Fusion Petroleum Technology in 2008. I sold some seismic data processing software to Pat Peck who was managing Kelman Technologies seismic data processing center in Houston. Pat was impressed by my tenacious determination to sell him the software and kept me in mind for when he had a sales position open at Katalyst Data Management in 2014. Pat approached me about making the move to data management and I joined Katalyst in October 2014.

What are some big lessons learned and/or challenges faced along the way?

Honestly, being a woman in a man’s field has been challenging, but also rewarding. One thing that I’ve always tried to remember is, “don’t burn your bridges.” It is a small world when it comes to this industry.

What advice do you have for people beginning their career?

Do what you love. Life is too short to be in a place where you are not happy.

Are there any organizations or volunteer groups that you are passionate about?

I am a foster volunteer for Operation Pets Alive in Montgomery County. Over the past few years, I have fostered over 65 kittens/cats and have found homes for them. Most of the kittens I fostered were tiny bottle babies. I have also spent quite a lot of time volunteering with the Geophysical Society of Houston where I served as 2nd Vice President elect in 2017/2018 and 2nd Vice President in 2018/2019.

What are some of your favorite things to do and/ or places to visit outside of work?

My favorite thing to do is hang out with my family. Spending time with my family is what makes me happy. I am truly blessed.