Contractor of the Year Award

The IADC Contractor of the Year award was established in 1988 to recognize individual drilling contractors and their outstanding lifetime achievements in technical innovation, safety and economic efficiency within the drilling industry.

Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco, the award is the only one in the industry reserved solely for drilling contractors. All recipients are nominated and selected by IADC Drilling Contractor members.

2017 Recipient

Tom Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies

Tom Burke (middle), President and CEO of Rowan Companies, received the 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year award from IADC President Jason McFarland (left) and Clay Williams, President and CEO of National Oilwell Varco, at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 10 November

Tom Burke was appointed CEO and elected a director of Rowan Companies in April 2014 after serving as Chief Operating Officer beginning in July 2011 and as President beginning in March 2013. In addition, Dr. Burke has been active in IADC for several years, serving as the association’s Chairman in 2016.




2016 Recipient

Mike Garvin, Senior VP of Operations Support, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company

award-mgarvinMr. Garvin was named the 2016 Contractor of the Year in recognition of his leadership, service and talent that has enhanced both IADC and the drilling industry as a whole. Further, Mr Garvin has been instrumental in collaborating with regulators on behalf of onshore contractors. Mr Garvin has served as IADC Division VP North America Onshore since 2015, and he currently leads the IADC Onshore Advisory Panel.