Rivard Report Features Group 42's Corporate Art Collection, Investment in Culture of Creative Thinking

Nancy Cook-Monroe of the Rivard Report published an article featuring outstanding corporate art collections of San Antonio businesses and featured Group 42. The article, “Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business”, was featured in the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report, which is San Antonio’s leading local online daily news source that focuses on government and politics, education, arts and culture, and business and technology.

Excerpt taken from "Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business" taken from the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report:

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

When Group 42, an energy-focused holding company, moved its offices to the Pearl, President and CEO Paul Bell saw the new space as a place to “showcase local artistic talent as an investment in a culture of creative thinking.” The offices include artwork by  local and international artists, including Rudy Choperena, Ansen Seale, Larry Graeber, Martha Durke, Ben Mata, and the late Reginald Rowe. Even the furniture is art. To furnish a three-sided meeting room, Harold Wood designed a triangular conference table using 400-year-old reclaimed wood handcrafted without nails or glue by cabinetmaker John O’Brien.

“We work with a lot of people internationally, and the art gives a nice talking point about our progressive culture and support of local artists,” Bell said. “Also, it’s a very calming and clean space, and employees appreciate that.”

San Antonio-based art curator Allison Hays Lane consulted with Bell and his wife, Audrey Mangold, and his brother Chris Bell, on the collection, making purchases in Basel, Switzerland, New York, Dubai, Berlin, and London. They also agreed on acquiring works on paper from national presses “to give a mixed-media feel to the art program,” Lane said.

“I like working with clients like Paul and Audrey who have an excellent art compass, but also enjoy pursuing new avenues and are willing to take a chance,” Lane said.


As an energy-focused holding company based in San Antonio, Texas, Group 42 enables its international subsidiaries to provide production enhancing chemical and mechanical solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide.

Group 42 is committed to supporting the San Antonio community including the arts and the development of future business leaders that share in a vision for progressive and sustainable community-wide growth.

Group 42 Sponsors Tobin Center's Third Annual Benefit Concert on December 8, 2016

Group 42 is proud to be a sponsor of the Tobin Center Third Annual Benefit Concert on December 8, 2016.

Group 42 is an energy services holding company established in 1997 and headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Through strategic management services, we enable our international subsidiaries to provide technology-oriented solutions to the energy industry in the Arabian Gulf, West Africa, Asia Pacific, the North Sea and North America. Group 42 is committed to supporting the arts and current business issues in San Antonio.

Choose San Antonio's Inaugural SXSW Interactive Activation a Success

SXSW Interactive 2016 attendees wait for a sold-out panel discussion at Casa San Antonio

SXSW Interactive 2016 attendees wait for a sold-out panel discussion at Casa San Antonio

Choose San Antonio, a nonprofit co-founded by Group 42 Vice President of Corporate Development Eric Bell and Lightning Jar Chief Strategist Kevin Peckham, completed its inaugural activation at SXSW Interactive March 11-16, 2016.

Read more: "New group’s mission: Convince more creative talent to move to San Antonio"

The organization's mission to promote San Antonio to the world came to life at "Casa San Antonio," through official programming and special events. 

Read more: "Tacos, Technology, & Taking Initiative: Day One at #SATXatSXSW"

Choose San Antonio also showcased the City's lifestyle amenities, culture creators, and unique culture at the SXSW Trade Show.

Read more: "San Antonio Shows Off its Techy Icehouse at SXSW"

Visitors from around the world stop by San Antonio's "ice house" in the SXSw trade show for a taste of life in the city

Visitors from around the world stop by San Antonio's "ice house" in the SXSw trade show for a taste of life in the city

Group 42's top-level sponsorship of Choose San Antonio allowed the group to execute an event-based marketing campaign aimed at educating global audiences that San Antonio is a world-class city with a tremendous quality of life and the resources that many entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives seek.

Video: "San Antonio contingent looking to sell SA at SXSW"

"Through cultural storytelling, event marketing, advertising, media partnerships, and other modern promotional tactics, we hope to accelerate a national and international awakening to San Antonio," said Eric Bell.

Update: Voters Pass Group 42-Endorsed City Charter Amendment 2 "Sensible Pay for SA" Initiative

Eric Bell

Eric Bell

San Antonio voters overwhelmingly approved City Charter Amendment 2 in the May 9 city-wide elections. The Amendment, reinforced by the Sensible Pay for SA campaign, proposed an increase in San Antonio City Council and Mayor salaries. The proposed funds will come from existing city council budget dollars and no new tax dollars will be needed. Amendment 2 was designed to allow the salary increases to take effect immediately, applying for the mayor and council members elected.

A number of San Antonio community leaders rallied to support the Amendment including Group 42's Vice President of Corporate Development, Eric M. Bell. Learn more about his support for the initiative in the video below or read his originally published Op Ed.