HDM Management

The following is a brief introduction to the Managing Partners of Houston Drilling Management, L.L.C.
Chris Thomasson, President and co-founder of Houston Drilling Management.

Mr. Chris Thomasson is President and co-founder of Houston Drilling Management. He is involved with the business development and operation of the company as well as serving clients in an advisory role. He began his career with Chevron USA, Inc. in 1976 where he worked as a drilling supervisor on drillships, semi-submersibles, jack-ups, platform rigs, inland barges, and land rigs. His job classification within Chevron included Drilling Project Manager, Drilling Training Supervisor, Drilling Engineer and Drilling Supervisor on assignments both domestic and international.

Mr. Thomasson also served as Vice-President of Turnkey Operations for Triton U.S.A., Inc. The company exhibited steady growth during his tenure, with more than twenty-five wells per year drilled under his immediate supervision. As a drilling consultant, he has served as a drilling supervisor, drilling engineer, and a drilling manager to a number of clients, primarily domestic exploration and production companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico. During the course of these assignments he was responsible for all drilling activities, including well design, procurement of materials and services, and direct supervision of drilling operations.

Mr. Thomasson has operational experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Florida, offshore New Jersey, the North Sea, Australia, India, Spain, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Holland, Israel, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Ecuador.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, Class of 1977.

Ken Stanley, Vice-President and co-founder of Houston Drilling Management.

Mr. Ken Stanley serves as Vice-President and is co-founder of Houston Drilling Management. He began his career in 1975 with Chevron USA, Inc. where he worked as a drilling supervisor on a number of rig types. He has supervised floating operations from drillships and semi-submersibles, as well as offshore projects using jack-ups, submersibles and barge rigs. He also has experience on land rigs in remote locations, including helicopter-transportable rigs. During his tenure with Chevron, Mr. Stanley worked as a drilling superintendent responsible for four helicopter rigs operating in the Sudan.

He also supervised five platform rigs drilling extended-reach development wells and performing remedial work in Chevron’s Ninian Field, offshore Scotland. In addition, his North Sea experience includes supervision of exploratory wells drilled in water depths to 2,700 feet from semi-submersible rigs. During his consulting career he has performed duties as a drilling supervisor, drilling engineer, and drilling manager to a number of clients involved in exploration and production activities in both domestic and foreign locations.

Mr. Stanley has operational experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Spain, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Israel, Trinidad, Guatemala and the North Sea.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, Class of 1975.