2019 IADC Annual General Meeting

Start: 6 November 2019
End: 8 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

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Registration Information

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  • Registration Fee: Member $600, Non-member: $750 per attendee.  Advanced Registration closes on 3 November.  Door registration will be available onsite.
  • Spouses/Guests are invited to attend the 2 Receptions (to be used in conjunction with a paid attendee).
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Conference Links

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org or Leesa Teel, leesa.teel@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

Please click here to download the conference program in PDF format (as of 28 August).


The IADC Annual General Meeting is recognized as the keynote conference for the drilling industry and provides ideal networking opportunities for participants. It features prominent speakers from industry and government.


Tuesday, 5 November

9:00-11:00 am  Well Control Institute Board of Directors Meeting  Hill Country CD  (Board Members Only)

Wednesday, 6 November

8:30-11:00 am  IADC Drilling Services Advisory Panel Meeting  Big Bend AB (Advisory Panel Members Only)

8:30-11:00 am  IADC International Onshore Advisory Panel Meeting  Big Bend CD (Advisory Panel Members Only)

8:30-11:00 am  IADC North America Onshore Advisory Panel Meeting  Hill Country AB  (Advisory Panel Members Only)

8:30-11:00 am  IADC Offshore Advisory Panel Meeting  Hill Country CD  (Advisory Panel Members Only)

11:30 am-5:00 pm  IADC Executive Committee Meeting  Hill Country CD  (Executive Committee Members Only)

3:00-5:00 pm  Registration  Texas Foyer

5:00-7:00 pm  Welcoming Reception  Zilker Terrace & Foyer  Sponsored by Enverus 
Host: Seth Tribbey, Enverus
Musical Entertainment by Josh Klaus
Attire: Business Casual

Thursday, 7 November

7:45 am  Registration & Coffee Service  Texas Foyer  Coffee sponsored by Cummins, Inc.

8:20 am  Baker Hughes, a GE company, Keynote Breakfast  Texas 1-3
Hosts: Chuck Chauviere & Matt Mosley, Baker Hughes, a GE company

Presentation of IADC Exemplary Service Awards
IADC Exemplary Service Awards recognize individuals’ notable for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, during their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology.

Kathy Willingham, Vice President Human Resources & HSE, Cactus Drilling Company LLC
Kathy Willingham is VP Human Resources and HSE at Cactus Drilling Company. Kathy has devoted substantially her entire career to the oil and gas industry. She began in 1981 with AnSon Gas Corporation, an E&P company which included Anadarko drilling. With a spin off in 1996 of Anadarko she began her first of startup companies, Bayard Drilling. Following an acquisition, she joined Continental Resources. However, missing the never-ending turmoil of the drilling business and loving a challenge Kathy helped start Nomac Drilling from ground zero to three years. She then was recruited in 2003 to help create Cactus Drilling. Beginning with a staff of 30 she helped guide the company through a period of consistent growth, at its highest peak employed over 2,000 people and operated 65 drilling rigs. With this last downturn and up swing and selling of several rigs Cactus has stabilized at a 53-rig company with 1,400 employees and operating in 4 states. Making it the largest independent drilling contractor in the US. Kathy has served as Chairman of the IADC Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle Chapter and currently serves on the IADC Onshore Advisory Panel.

Robin Macmillan, Sr. Vice President, National Oilwell Varco
Robin Macmillan attained a degree in Geology from the University of Leeds in England and started his oilfield career many years ago on a rig in the Rio Grande Valley. Since then Robin has worked in many countries including eight years in Latin America. Having joined drill bit company ReedHycalog in 1991, Robin worked in several sales and management positions including the management of Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements in Canada. Robin was appointed as President of ReedHycalog in 2008. His current position is Senior Vice President for Business Development at National Oilwell Varco. Robin has published technical papers on drilling automation, drill bit design and managed pressure drilling and holds a patent on drill bit design. He is chairman emeritus of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology committee, has moderated several technical webinars for the SPE and is a member of the International Society of Automation.

Breakfast Keynote Address: Harry E. Newman, Jr., Vice President Wells, ExxonMobil
Harry Newman is Vice President Wells, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in May 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and joined Exxon Company USA, East Texas Division as a drilling engineer. He has spent most of his career in Drilling and has worked extensively in both domestic and international operations in various engineering, technical, supervisory and managerial positions.  Harry is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oilfield Energy Center and currently serves as the Chairman. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


9:45 am  Coffee Service  Texas Foyer  Coffee sponsored by Cummins, Inc.

10:00 am Texas 4-7
TRRC Update: Commissioner Wayne Christian, Texas Railroad Commission
Wayne Christian was elected as our 50th Texas Railroad Commissioner in November 2016. Currently, Commissioner Christian serves as Chairman of the Commission. Since taking office, Commissioner Christian was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) as the Official Representative of Texas. He has prior experience in business, banking and real estate and is a 1973 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a BBA in General Business. The Railroad Commission serves Texas by its stewardship of natural resources and the environment, concern for personal and community safety, and support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. It is the oldest regulatory agency in the state and one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

10:30 am Drillers Outlook
Industry leaders representing land and offshore with US and global scope will share their views on key issues facing the contract-drilling industry from both a personal and company perspective.

Jon L. Richards, Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
Jon Richards serves as Vice President, Worldwide Operations for Diamond Offshore and has 22 years tenure with the Company. Jon started as an Operations Development Trainee with Diamond and has since held various key roles, including Toolpusher, Drilling Superintendent, Operations Manager, and Regional Vice President covering Europe/Africa and then the Americas. Jon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Texas Tech University.


Anton Dibowitz, President & Chief Executive Officer, Seadrill Limited
Anton has over 20 years’ experience in the drilling industry and joined Seadrill in April 2007. Prior to his appointment as CEO he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Anton is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and masters’ degrees in Professional Accounting (MPA) and Business Administration (MBA).


Anthony Gallegos, President & Chief Executive Officer, Independence Contract Drilling
Anthony started his career in 1989 working offshore as a roustabout in the US Gulf of Mexico. During his career, he has been involved with land operations in the US Unconventional Shale Plays and previously with offshore projects around the world involving bottom-supported and floating drilling units. He is a veteran of the US Army and holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University.


11:30 am  Annual General Meeting Luncheon  Texas 1-3
The luncheon will feature recognition of IADC officer nominees for 2020 and presentation of the 2019 IADC Chairman’s plaque.

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Erec Isaacson, Vice President, Gulf Coast Business Unit, ConocoPhillips
Erec Isaacson is vice president, Gulf Coast Business Unit for ConocoPhillips. He leads a team responsible for the development and operations of the company’s Eagle Ford asset in South Texas and offshore Gulf of Mexico assets.  Isaacson began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1986 as a geophysicist in Upstream Technology. He held various exploration and development positions in the company, including assignments in Houston, Odessa and Stavanger.  In May 2010, Isaacson assumed the role of president, Qatar, for the project completion, startup and the first year of production for the QG3 JV. He then moved to Jakarta in May 2012 as President & General Manager Indonesian BU. In November 2016, he became vice president, Rockies BU prior to assuming his current position in August 2018. A native of Colorado, Isaacson earned a bachelor of science degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986. He currently serves on the boards of IPAA and TXOGA. 

1:00 pm Texas 4-7
Featured Speaker: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, 7th District, Texas
A resident of Houston and Congressional District 7 most of her life, Congresswoman Fletcher was elected to represent the district in 2018.  Prior to her election, she represented Houstonians in the courtroom as a lawyer on a wide range of matters, first at an international law firm headquartered in Houston and later at a boutique litigation firm, where she became its first woman partner. Congresswoman Fletcher graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1997, where she earned highest honors in History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In the 116th Congress, Congresswoman Fletcher serves on House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

1:30 pm
Situational Awareness & Active Shooter Response: Greg Shaffer, President, Shaffer Security Group
Mr. Shaffer served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years. He is currently founder and President of Shaffer Security Group, a global security, risk management and tactical training specialty firm based in Dallas, Texas. Greg is a recognized as one of the nations’ leading and respected policy experts in the prevention of domestic terrorism and active shooter events.


2:30 pm
WellsInMind: Chris Parker, Human Performance Lead Advisor, Global Wells Organization, BP
Human Performance plays an important role in the overall safety of drilling operations. Though the industry has made significant strides with many corporate initiatives, to help advance these efforts an Industry Work Group is exploring an integrated and collaborative approach that will establish an online Human Performance resource. This site will provide access to common definitions, training, and practical workplace tools. It will also share best practices and work to create an industry-wide Human Performance organization based on the success of the global DROPS initiative. This initiative is called WellsInMind, is an independent Forum across the Wells and Drilling sectors that has launched a pilot website for practical and applicable content. Mr. Parker, a human performance expert with more than 20 years’ experience with NASA and multiple industries, will provide an overview of this initiative and future plans for WellsInMind.

3:00 pm  Coffee Service  Texas Foyer  Coffee sponsored by Cummins, Inc.

3:15 pm  Texas 4-7
Safe and Efficient Operations – Management Commitment! Kris Callen, President, The Callen Group
What can today’s Drilling Executives do to really transform their culture to safe and efficient operations day in and day out? We will discuss Belief, Leadership and Trust and how they will make or break you in your journey. Kris is the founder of The Callen Group which focuses solely on developing and promoting high performing operational cultures that deliver safe and efficient operations. During his career he has served in Executive Leadership roles and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. Kris has been very involved in transforming cultures in the course of routine operations as well as through the inevitable transitions of merger and acquisition activities.

3:45 pm  Young Professionals Roundtable
Moderators: Sarah Kern, Marketing Analyst, Helmerich & Payne IDC & Garrett Reinert, Asst. to Sr. Manager Operations, Valaris
IADC’s newly formed Young Professionals Committee will open a discussion to examine special topics related to an important challenge for our industry: attracting, developing and retaining young people. Items discussed will range from the unique political nature of the industry, to common misconceptions, to constant changes in expectations requiring greater inclusion and diversity than ever before.  In this comprehensive panel session, you will hear practical solutions discussed to challenge these items from a holistic perspective. Panel participants will include young professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as others involved in fostering a culture of change from the ground up.

Kevin Krausert, President & CEO, Beaver Drilling
Entrepreneur. Dreamer. Scientist. Kevin is the President & CEO of Beaver Drilling, the first Canadian-owned drilling company founded in 1965 and currently the country’s largest privately owned. Kevin’s 20-year career in the drilling industry has seen him work in almost aspects of the drilling business, from field operations to marketing to executive leadership. Kevin is the co-founder of the Avatar Program, the ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Calgary, tech and aerospace firms and E&P’s accelerating the adoption and commercialization of new technologies in the drilling industry. Kevin is also the Drilling Executive Chair of the Canadian Association for Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC).

4:45-5:30 pm  IADC Board of Directors Meeting (IADC Directors Only)

6:00-8:00 pm  Annual General Meeting Reception  Marker 10 Patio

Friday, 8 November

8:00 am  Registration & Coffee Service  Texas Foyer  Coffee sponsored by Pason Systems USA Corp

8:20 am  National Oilwell Varco Breakfast & Rig Census  Texas 1-3
Host: Clay Williams, Chairman, President & CEO, National Oilwell Varco
National Oilwell Varco celebrates its 66th Annual Rig Census and associated contractor survey. This year’s survey, focused on the “Digital Oilfield”, is a major statistical benchmark on the land and offshore drilling industry. Mr. Williams will present this year’s census, as well as the survey.


Presentation of the 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year
This annual award was established in 1988 to recognize an individual drilling contractor’s outstanding lifetime achievement in technical innovation, safety, and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. The prestigious industry award is the only one reserved exclusively for drilling contractors. All recipients of the Contractor of the Year Award are nominated and selected by other drilling contractors who are IADC members.

Featured Address: John G. Murphy, Sr. Vice President for International Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
John Murphy directs the US Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and South Korea in 2011, as well as Trade Promotion Authority in 2015. Murphy also plays a key role in the Chamber’s advocacy for international business priorities before Congress, the administration, foreign governments, and the World Trade Organization. Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He serves on the boards of the Global Business Dialogue, the US Global Leadership Coalition, and the Washington International Trade Foundation.

10:00 am  Coffee Service  Texas Foyer  Coffee sponsored by Pason Systems USA Corp

10:15 am
Forecasting the 2020 Political Landscape & Voter Opinions of Oil and Gas Development: David Flaherty, CEO and Founder, Magellan Strategies
David Flaherty is the CEO and founder of Magellan Strategies. His career and work experience have primarily focused on interviewing, studying and measuring voter opinion in Colorado since 2006 and across the country since 1992. David is a public opinion pollster, voter data miner, campaign consultant and strategist.  He has been in the business of issue and candidate campaigns, survey research, predictive data modeling redistricting and political data analysis since 1992. Prior to forming Magellan Strategies in 2006, David worked in Washington DC for 14 years at the Republican National Committee, the US House of Representatives, and several government relation firms.  Over the years Magellan Strategies has conducted many voter opinion research projects in Colorado and states across the country regarding state and federal regulation policies including the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and Carbon Capture and Storage. Their most recent voter opinion research projects include Colorado’s new oil and gas regulations and in 2018 Proposition 112.

11:00 am  Market Outlook
These highly regarded analysts will provide perspective to current market trends and some guideposts to 2020 and beyond.

Chase Mulvehill, Sr. Analyst, Oilfield Services, BofA Merrill Lynch Research
Chase Mulvehill joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in June 2018 as the Senior Oilfield Services analyst on the energy team.  Prior to joining BofAML, Chase spent 4 years on the sell-side, covering Oilfield Services at Wolfe Research and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and 6 years on the buy-side as an analyst covering oilfield services and other energy sectors at Millennium and Carlson Capital. Before his time on the buy-side, Chase worked as an oilfield services associate at Jefferies. Prior to joining Wall Street, he worked as Aeronautical Engineer at Lockheed Martin.  Chase earned his MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors’ degree from Auburn University where he studied Aerospace Engineering. He also spent a few years in the New York Mets organization.

Ed Morse, Managing Director, Global Head – Commodities, Citi Research
Ed Morse built the Commodities Research team at Citi, which he has headed since 2011. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was in management at Phillips Petroleum Co., a co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of “Petroleum Intelligence Weekly” and President of Energy Intelligence Group. He also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets.

12:00 pm  Adjournment: Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman; President & CEO, Precision Drilling Corporation

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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Diamond $25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum $15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Event sponsorships are also available!

For more information please contact:
Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org or Leesa Teel, leesa.teel@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas, USA, 78704
Phone: +1.512.477.1234
Single/Double Occupancy……..$255
Rates available until 14 October 2019.
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2019 IADC Annual General Meeting