The Opening Session represented the official start to the 87th Annual Meeting at Houston in September 2017. Craig Beasley, the General Chair for Houston, opened the session. Bill Abriel, president of SEG, presented his State of the Society address. The keynote is given by Stephen Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and Vice President of ExxonMobil Corporation. If you enjoy the show, review us on Apple Podcasts – your review helps others find the show. Subscribe to Seismic Soundoff on the podcast app of your choice to receive the latest episodes first. Full show notes at http://seg.org/podcast. Sponsor The SEG Wiki is home to hundreds of biographies of key geoscientists, geophysical tutorials, and core content from the science of applied geophysics. Visit http://wiki.seg.org to learn how you can grow the world’s first online, geophysics encyclopedia.