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"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made."
             The Notorious RBG

"This is my third career.  Each has been highly rewarding, but nothing has been as challenging or more enjoyable than as a Texas oil operator."
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Marsha Hendler is the Founder and CEO of TerraFina Energy, a Texas independent oil company.  Ms. Hendler founded TerraFina Energy in 2011.  Ms. Hendler graduated from the University of Houston with her degree in Business Management, specializing in Global Hospitality Leadership.  During the initial Eagle Ford boom in the early 2000’s-she worked providing marketing services to many oil and gas companies.  It was during this time she became enchanted with the possibilities and process of oil and gas production companies and decided to move into the oil and gas industry. Supported and encouraged by men who had long histories in the Texas oil patch, whom she lovingly refers to as her “Bubba’s”,  she decided to become an O&G Operator.  She has had success in her current operations and either owns and produces more than 30 wells at this time.   She aims to become the largest and most profitable Woman-Owned Independent operator in Texas.   


Ms. Hendler’s business management skills transferred seamlessly to the oil patch and she has worked to understand every aspect of the industry from drilling, completing, and workovers to land work and LOS settlements.   Ms. Hendler has built a solid team to assist her in her current operations. 


She is actively involved in many community events and councils in San Antonio, TX, including serving on several local Boards of Directors.  This list includes the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Association for the United States Army.  At the request of the Mayor of San Antonio, Ms. Hendler serves as a member of the City of San Antonio’s Airport Advisory Commission.   She has been an active member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the South Texas Wildcatters, and the South Texas Women's Energy Network. She is serving on the Energy Committee of the Dallas Federal Reserve.   Hendler was inducted into the Order of the Cascaron; the highest honor given to Fiesta volunteers and has served as an active member of the San Antonio Stock Show, Rodeo's International Committee, and the Wine Committee.  She is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  


In November 2013, Hendler was inducted into the University of Houston's Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership distinguished alumni organization and is currently serving on the group's Executive Committee.  In 2021 Ms. Hendler was chosen from more than 10,000 candidates to be a part of Forbes Magazine's inaugural Women 50 Over 50.  She joined the group as they traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE in March 2022 for International Women's Day. 

Other recent honors include Acquisitions International naming Marsha "Most Influential Oil and Gas Businesswoman for 2021, and in 2002 named her Female Oil and Gas CEO of the Year.  ALLY honored her with a GRIT award for 2021, and The San Antonio Business Journal recently honored Marsha with their 2022 Women's Leadership Award. 


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