July 2007
News & Resources

People in industry

Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry

Vol. 228 No. 7  

Fred Lysak was named president of the Pipeline Equipment Div. of CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. He was previously general manager for International Operations for the division. Lysak has held several executive positions with the company since joining in 1999.

CARBO Ceramics Inc., manufacturer of ceramic proppants for hydraulic fracturing, appointed David G. Gallagher as VP, marketing and sales. He has more than 26 years of experience in the oilfield service industry with Schlumberger, Ltd., most recently as director of marketing for Venezuela, Trinidad and the Caribbean.


Bob Tessari, founder and former CEO of Tesco Corp., will step down as chief technology officer of the company to assume the CEO position at Turnkey E&P Inc. He will remain on the TESCO board of directors. Turnkey is an independent oil and gas company focusing its activities in the US using casing-drilling technology developed by TESCO.

Foster Wheeler Ltd. has elected Peter D. Rose VP and corporate treasurer. He succeeds Thierry Desmaris, who was elected VP of corporate development. Previously, Rose was VP, internal audit, and chief corporate compliance officer.

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. partner Michael Manning has started a year-long term as president of the Energy Bar Association, a non-profit organization of 2,500 attorneys, professionals and students that promotes professional excellence and ethical integrity in the practice, administration and development of energy laws, regulations and policies. Manning has more than three decades of experience in energy law.

Enventure Global Technology appointed Ray Ballantyne as president and CEO. Previously, he worked for SCF Partners, where he acted in director roles for various portfolio companies, including executive chairman of Andergauge. Ballantyne also served with Baker Hughes for over 16 years in a variety of executive capacities.

BJ Services announced that Dave Warnes was appointed business development manager, process services, for the Middle East–Asia Pacific Region of BJ Process and Pipeline Services. He has 29 years of experience in the pipeline and process services industry, with particular experience in helium leak detection, nitrogen purging and temporary water-injection services.

Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd. has promoted Nelson Lee to the position of CFO. He has held senior financial positions for TSX and other multinational companies, and was most recently controller of Pacific Stratus and Coalcorp Mining Inc. Lee succeeds Robert Doyle, who will stay at the company in a consulting capacity.

Knight Oil Tools has named Howard Milligan corporate director of quality. Based at the corporate headquarters in Broussard, La., he will be responsible for establishing a unified quality management system. Milligan has more than 32 years of experience in the petrochemical, oil, automotive and manufacturing industries, most recently as president of Advanced System Dynamics Inc. He also has implemented and achieved API and ASQ/ ISO 9001:2000 certifications for 45 corporations worldwide. Also, Paco McLaughlin was promoted to director of operations for Knight’s Rocky Mountain Region. He has been with the Knight companies for three years, most recently as quality manager in Lafayette, La.


SulphCo, Inc., appointed Stanley W. Farmer to the position of VP and CFO. He is a certified public accountant with over 16 years of financial management experience. Most recently, he was an audit partner at Malone & Bailey, PC, in Houston. Before that, he was CFO at Texas Energy Ventures, LLC. SulphCo’s Sonocracking technology is designed to upgrade sour heavy crude oils into sweeter, lighter crude oils.

Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business announced that W. Bruce Bullock has been named director of the Maguire Energy Institute. The institute conducts seminars and training programs focusing on the business, economic and managerial aspects of the energy industry. Previously, Bullock served as director of Corporate Communications for FMC Technologies, Inc.

Immediate Response Spill Technologies (IRST) has hired William A. Dahl as an oil spill response consultant. With ExxonMobil for over 37 years, Dahl has extensive experience in marketing, marine operations, engineering, research and oil spill response functions. He has presented numerous technical papers on the use of solidifiers for oil spills, worked on US and international oil spill response teams and participated in the Exxon Valdez cleanup as operations coordinator for Prince William Sound and Gulf of Alaska.

Jason A. Robin has joined Interface Consulting International, Inc., as a project consultant. Prior to joining the firm, Robin worked for Rohm & Haas Co. in the US and internationally as a project engineer and procurement specialist.




Thomas Jed Adams died May 18, 2007. Adams was the founder and owner of J&T Bit Enterprises of Quitman, Texas. He was born in 1933 in Rains County, Texas, and worked over 50 years in the oil and gas industry. In 1953, at the age of 17, he went to work for American Liberty Pipe Line, and during this time played semi-pro baseball in Tulsa, Okla. In 1972, he started J&T Bit with his wife, Rosalee, and continued to be active in the business up until the time of his death.

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