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Former Riverton man also a distinguished UW alum

Oct 13, 2013 - From staff reports

Joe Geraud wasn't the only University of Wyoming alumnus from Riverton being honored this weekend. Retired Shell Oil executive Thomas Botts, who was raised in Riverton, also received a Distinguished Alumni Award during UW Homecoming on Saturday.

According to UW, Botts graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was hired as a civil engineer at Shell Oil upon graduation.

Two weeks later, he married his childhood sweetheart, Shelley, and moved to Ventura, Calif., to begin his 36-year career with Shell Oil. During his time with the company he led a team of 30,000 employees and contractors at 30 refineries and chemical sites around the world. By 1990 he had been promoted to division operations manager and was responsible for onshore upstream operations in the western half of the United States.

Later, he became production manager and assumed responsibility for engineering and operations for Shell.

In 1995, he was appointed treasurer of the company. Three years later he moved to London, where he held the positions of United Kingdom gas director, U.K. oil director and U.K. managing director for Shell. In 2003, he moved to the Netherlands and became executive vice president for exploration and production in Europe.

Botts was named executive vice president of Global Manufacturing Royal Dutch Shell in 2009.

He retired three years later, in 2012, and moved back to Wyoming. That same year, Gov. Matt Mead appointed Botts to the Wyoming Governor's Energy, Engineering, and STEM Integration Task Force for UW.

Botts and Geraud are two of the four UW graduates who will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award this year.

The other two honorees are award-winning automobile dealer Joseph Drew and retired Air Guard colonel and former Wyoming State Auditor Rita Meyer.

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