Chairman of the Board
Mr. McNease has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2013. Mr. McNease served as the Chairman of AXON EP, Inc. from July 2009 until December 2016 and as a Member of the Advisory Board at HitecVision AS from January 2010 until December 2016. From 2007 through 2013, he served as a Director of Dockwise Ltd. From 2004 through 2008, Mr. McNease served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Rowan Companies Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”), a provider of land and offshore contract drilling services and a manufacturer of rigs and drilling equipment. In total, Mr. McNease spent 34 years at Rowan, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008, President from 2002 to 2008 and as Executive Vice President of Rowan and President of its drilling subsidiaries from 1999 to 2002. Mr. McNease is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Columbia University Executive Program. He is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gallegos has served as a Director on our board and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gallegos served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidewinder Drilling Company. Mr. Gallegos joined Sidewinder upon its founding as Senior Vice President & CFO, a position he held until November 2014 when he was promoted to President & Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for the profitability and operating performance of the Company. He was promoted to President and CEO in September 2017. From April 2006 through September 2010, Mr. Gallegos held the position of Vice President Business Development of Scorpion Offshore. Scorpion Offshore was an international offshore drilling contractor with operations across the globe which was acquired by Seadrill in 2010. Prior to joining Scorpion Offshore, he held operational, marketing, corporate planning and management positions with Atwood Oceanics, Transocean and Ensco. Mr. Gallegos started his career working as a roughneck on offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Gallegos is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors . He is a veteran of the US Army and holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an Master of Business Administration from Rice University.
Mr. Barrett has over 20 years of energy experience as an investor, operations executive, director, and advisor. Most recently, from 2017 to June 2022, Mr. Barrett was a Managing Director at Angelo Gordon in the Energy Credit strategy group. From 2008 until 2017, Mr. Barrett served as an Executive Vice President at Basin Holdings, a private holding company where he held several executive management positions, including Global Head of Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of the rental and manufacturing divisions. Prior to Basin, Mr. Barrett was a member of Credit Suisse's Special Opportunities Group, a proprietary debt and equity investment team, and worked in investment banking at both UBS and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Barrett received a B.A. from Georgetown University and M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Cebula has a decades long history as a director, operating advisor and investor, including over 35 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. In 2021, Mr. Cebula served as an Operating Advisor to Solace Capital Partners, L.P., a middle-market private investment firm, an entity that he co-founded in 2013, and where he served as a Managing Partner until February 2018 and Chief Operating Officer until December 2020. Between 2007 and 2012, Mr. Cebula served as a Managing Director of Jefferies Capital Partners and Jefferies & Company, Inc. Between 1994 and 2007, Mr. Cebula was a Managing Director at Trust Company of the West/Oaktree Capital Management and was one of the original four senior members of Oaktree's Principal Opportunities Funds. Since July 2021, Mr. Cebula has served as an Independent Director of Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded employment staffing company.
Mr. Gleysteen is currently a Principal of MSD Partners L.P. He joined MSD Partners in 2015. From 2013 to 2014, Christopher was an investment analyst of Merchants' Gate Capital LP. Prior to that, Christopher spent four years as an oil services equity research analyst at Simmons & Company International. Mr. Gleysteen received his M.B.A from The McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas and a B.A. in Government from Harvard University. Mr. Gleysteen currently serves as a director of Vista Proppants & Logistics, Alpine Midstream Holdings, and Knight Energy Services.
Mr. Minmier has served as a Director on our board since October 2018. Mr. Minmier has served as Chief Executive Officer of Extreme Plastics Plus, LLC, a subsidiary of BW Equity Holdings, LLC, and Board Director of BW Equity Holdings, LLC since May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as a Director for Sidewinder Drilling until May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as President of Nomac Drilling LLC, a subsidiary of COS Holdings, LLC and subsequently Seventy-Seven Energy Inc. Mr. Minmier has more than 26 years of experience in the drilling industry. Mr. Minmier received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida.
Ms. Nieuwoudt has served as a director on the Board since January 2021. Ms. Nieuwoudt, is currently a private investor. From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Nieuwoudt served as a Senior Industrial and Energy Analyst for Aptigon Capital, a division of Citadel. From 2010 until 2017, Ms. Nieuwoudt served as a Senior Energy Analyst for Surveyor Capital, also a division of Citadel. Prior to 2010, Ms. Nieuwoudt held various research and analyst positions with Crosslink Capital, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co Securities, Encap Investment and Simmons & Company. Ms. Nieuwoudt graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history.