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Paula Waggoner-Aguilar

Advisor San Antonio, Texas Area, US

Founder & President, The Energy CFO, LLC. Paula is an expert CFO specializing in entrepreneurial energy finance with 20+ years in industry.

Founder & President, The Energy CFO, LLC. Paula is an expert CFO specializing in entrepreneurial energy finance with 20+ years in industry.

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Involved In


Women's Energy Network
The Energy CFO, LLC


Badger & Badger
Terrafina Energy


Co-Founder & Board of Directors - South Texas Chapter Women's Energy Network April 2013 - present
President & Founder The Energy CFO, LLC April 2013 - present
Corporate Controller Lewis Energy Group April 2012 - April 2013
Director & Middle Market CFO The Strategic CFO May 2011 - March 2012
Director Investor Relations & Financial Planning & Analysis Buckeye Partners 2009 - 2009
Sr. Planning, Commercial, & Finance Roles - Petroleum Group BHP Billiton 2006 - 2009
Vice President & Controller Suez LNG Energy International 2001 - 2005
Project Manager - Latin America Duke Energy Corporation 1999 - 2001
Interim JV CFO & Senior Financial Specialist (Brazil) Enron International 1998 - 1999
Senior Internal Auditor (Latin America) Halliburton 1996 - 1998
Tax Staff Accountant (Commercial Real Estate Group) EY 1995 - 1996


Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos Post Grad Studies - Advanced Spanish for Executives 1995 - 1995
University of North Texas Taxation 1994 - 1995
The University of Texas at Arlington Accounting 1989 - 1994

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Local
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Energy
  • • Energy Technology
  • • Renewable Energy
  • • Oilfield
  • • Oil & Gas

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Paula started her career in the 1990’s in Latin America working her way up the finance and accounting ranks beginning in oil field services and highly engineered equipment. Over the past 20 years, Paula has worked in senior leadership roles in finance, investor relations, financial and production planning, upstream commercial risk management, and controllership roles alongside hard-driving independents, industry executives, and engineers. Some of the more notable energy companies Paula has worked for include Lewis Energy Group, Buckeye Partners, BHP Billiton, GDF Suez (now Engie), Duke Energy, Enron International, and Halliburton. Paula is also an Ernst & Young Alumni

Paula started her company in South Texas from scratch in 2013. She did not know anyone there and she started with no sales pipeline. Paula spent the first 6 months banging on doors, meeting people and developing relationships. In October 2014, the San Antonio Business Journal awarded her the 2014 BEST CFO for Private Medium companies. Just unheard of for a newcomer. In November 2014, Paula was named Who's Who in Energy in South Texas by the San Antonio Business Journal. Most recently, Paula opened a second office in Houston's Energy Corridor. Owners look to The Energy CFO's cash flow and profitability improvement services to help bring down costs.

Paula is a co-founder, Past President, and Board Advisor of the Women’s Energy Network of South Texas. Under Paula’s leadership WEN South Texas grew from zero to 300 members in 20 months – becoming the 4th largest chapter of 7 nationwide. She also joined the Advisory Board for Shale Oil & Gas Magazine and has started writing on energy and finance. Shale's owner calls Paula a "go-getter" and says when you talk to Paula you will know why she is recognized by the industry for her knowledge and her accomplishments.

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Marsha Hendler
We worked together  •  CEO, TerraFina Energy and President, Oz Marketing. University of Houston grad.
If you read Paula's bio you will immediately see she has great skills and credentials, but that alone isn't what makes her a great adviser. ... It is her passion for entrepreneurs, her ability to think beyond tomorrow, her empathy, years in business and practical approach that make her an outstanding adviser.
Kimberly Wilson
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Talent Link Resources Search, LLC (TLR Search) and Board of Directors, Women's Energy Network. Cornell grad.
Paula is a visionary that is always thinking ahead. She really listens to what will make a person/company successful and delivers. As a fr ... iend and networking contact she has been amazing at introducing me to people that she feels will help to expand my business. She is a pay it forward type of person. With her clients she is not "cookie cutter" with her approach. She is amazing at helping her clients to grow and to see what is around the corner before they see it. She is very passionate about all businesses growing, but in particular she has a passion for entrepreneurs. She has the ability to think beyond tomorrow and she has empathy to truly understand what people need. These qualities, her experience/years in business and practical approach make her an outstanding adviser.
Jonathan Badger
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, Badger & Badger, LLC and CFO, G2S Corporation - St. Raphael's Surgery Center.
Paula has a wide range of CFO experience. She has been instrumental to the success of both large corporations and start-ups in the oil and g ... as industry. I personally have had the pleasure of seeing her work and the insights she brings to her clients. She is a rockstar and I look forward to working with her more in the future.
Shannon Badger
They're my friends  •  Managing Partner, Badger & Badger LLC. Previously Derivative Accounting Manager, Tesoro.
Paula has many heard of experience in both accounting and finance. She has helped many startups and companies with her CFO skills.

Jonathan Badger
They're my friends  •  Managing Partner, Badger & Badger, LLC and CFO, G2S Corporation - St. Raphael's Surgery Center.
He already is an entrepreneur. He started his company while still working in the corporate world. His company is one of the strategic part ... ners my company introduces clients to when we need bookkeeping services for our startup clients.