At PetroLedger, we get to know our clients pretty well. We want you to know who we are, too. There’s a lot more personality than you might expect to find at a financial firm, and while professionalism is our first order of business, creating a fun work environment is always close behind!
Today we’d like to introduce Melissa Corbett, our Manager of Plant Accounting. We sat down with her to ask a few questions and get to know her a little better…
What’s your background?
My career started when I graduated from Marquette University and started working as a general ledger accountant for a marketing company. My husband and I moved to Oklahoma in 1999, where I started doing payroll accounting for an airline. 9/11 caused a significant downturn for the airlines, so I found a position doing inventory accounting for an oil and gas company until they moved headquarters to Houston. From there, I worked for a midstream company doing gas plant settlement accounting, and I found that I really enjoyed it!
When that company moved out of state, I worked for a few different companies doing revenue and inventory accounting, but I was not excited about what I was doing. An opportunity to do gas plant settlement accounting came along, so I decided to see where it led— I started working for The Resource Company, which was later merged with Eddye Dreyer to create PetroLedger, in 1999. I have really enjoyed working with different clients and creating the different setups they need.
What fictional world or place would you want to live in?
There are too many places on this Earth to explore and live, so I don’t know that there is a fictional place I want to live. I would love to spend the winter season exploring places with warmer climates: Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, Greece, Italy. In the summer, I would love to head north where it is a little cooler than Oklahoma, especially this summer! We are originally from Wisconsin, and I love being up there in the summer— I’d like to explore the northern parts of the US, Canada, Alaska, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, and so many other places.
If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be and why?
I would love to speak a variety of foreign languages. I think it would be amazing to be able to communicate with everyone. But, if I had to pick one, I would pick Italian. It would be amazing to explore Italy and be able to communicate with the Italian people on my journey.
What is the single best part about your job?
I would have to say the best part of my job is working with clients to streamline their settlement processes. Several of my current clients had been using spreadsheets to calculate their plant settlements before moving to W Energy. It is exciting to see things come together, and the results match. The best thing is helping clients operate more efficiently.
What piece of advice would you share with your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. I never imagined that I would be working in oil and gas, but I really enjoy it! Gas plant accounting is not easy, and every client has its own quirks. The overall work is similar from month to month, but there are factors that create changes each month— things are the same, but different. It creates challenges and keeps work interesting!!