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Pilko & Associates Support Team

From hosting our Transactions Roundtable® and Governance Forum® to ensuring contracts, invoicing, and communications are handled properly, Pilko averages more than 20 years of industry experience.



Maria Garvin has joined the Pilko team as an Executive Assistant reporting to George Pilko. She comes with 20+years of work experience in different Industries. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication, she joined American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She was born in Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in English and Spanish. She moved to Houston in 1999 and started working with Refugees teaching them ESL and cultural awareness. Her career in the Oil and Gas industry began in 2006, when she joined W&T Offshore as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President. Since then she has worked for various organizations supporting C-level Executives. She completed a human resources certificate from Cornell University and is a certified Professional Life Coach. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and pursuing additional Life Coaching certifications.



Debbie is the Senior Director, Client Services at Pilko.  She began working at Pilko in 1989.

Debbie is responsible for the orientation process of new employees/contractors, project administration and assistance with accounting duties. Other primary tasks include quality assurance (QA) of final reports, preparation of proposals, bringing business development presentations to life; and updates to the Pilko website. Debbie also performs research for Pilko’s Remote Sensing® service.

When not at work, Debbie enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, Nathan, keeping caught up with her children and grandchildren, and working out at the gym.



Kathy Spiritoso is the lead support for Pilko’s Remote Sensing®. She works closely with both our Clients and Pilko Team to provide seamless support during projects by being actively involved from initial execution to project completion.

Over 25 years’ experience with Pilko, supporting various roles in market intelligence research (collection and interpretation of data and website analysis), behind the scenes event planning for Pilko Governance Forums and Transactions Roundtables, and software support and training.


We are the trusted Advisor to corporate officers and boards on mitigating Operational/EHS Risks and unlocking value in the global energy, chemical and other industrial companies.






Our global footprint includes advisors in 32 countries across six continents. We continue to grow our global presence to be where you need us to be.


We have hosted 60+ invitation-only Transactions Roundtables in Asia, Europe and North America since 2001 and 50+ members-only Governance Forums in North America. 


We are the trusted Advisor to corporate officers and boards on mitigating Operational/EHS Risks and unlocking value for global energy, chemical and industrial companies.


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