• Cypress Fair High School - 1981
  • Texas A&M University – College Station, BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Columbia, Wharton, Harvard Univ. Exec. Education programs

I am the Chief Technology Officer of Rowan Companies, where I craft and execute the digital transformation strategy for the company. Prior to this challenge, I was a Partner at Trenegy, a consulting firm based out of Houston, where I led the expansion of Trenegy’s client services in operational excellence.

I served as Senior Vice President, Operations West of Transocean Ltd. In this role, I was responsible for the company’s operations in the Americas and Europe, including the US, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Norway. Prior to that position, I served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Transocean’s Geneva headquarters. I joined Transocean in December 2010 as Vice President, Quality, Heath, Safety and Environment after 17 years with Atwood Oceanics, where I worked in various roles, including Senior Vice President of Operations. I have also worked in the E&P, engineering and service sides of the oil industry, including two years as General Manager of Underwater Tools Inc., and six years with Exxon Company USA in various land drilling and management positions. 

My board experience includes the Board of Directors of Southwest Electronic Energy, the Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Chairman of the Transocean subsidiary Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, and the boards of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and the Lone Star College System.

The SPE-GCS scholarship allowed me to pursue a mechanical engineering degree and helped start my career in the oil and gas industry.  

My advice to you as students is that while your college years are a short period of your life that should be enjoyed to the fullest, you must keep your priorities in place. The first goal of your college years should be to provide you the tools necessary to pursue a meaningful career. Fun comes second. To achieve this, I became very good at time management during my college years. I would always plan on Thursdays being free by allowing sufficient time for my studies during the remainder of the week.  Then I would meet my classmates for country and western dancing on Thursday nights.