IADC Permian Basin Regional Forum


In conjunction with the IADC Permian Basin Chapter, IADC is pleased to announce the IADC Permian Basin Regional Forum.  The Permian Basin continues to be the leader in drilling activity, oil and gas production, and operator investments. With its top speakers and panels, this forum will explore specific issues affecting this prolific region. Presentations will include topics such as Safety and Training, Cutting Edge Technologies, Market Outlook, Regulation Impact, and Operator Insight.

StartOctober 18, 2022EndOctober 18, 2022
Midland County Horseshoe Arena
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Venue & Hotel

Midland County Horseshoe Arena

Address 2514 Arena Trail, Midland, TX 79701


There are many area hotels to choose from including DoubleTree, Hampton Inn, TownePlace Suites, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn.

Venue Details



  • Registration fee: $100
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on registration.
  • Speakers and sponsors are not eligible for online registration. (Complete the Registration Form PDF above)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact registration@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the forum date.

Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

Need Help? registration@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945


Tuesday, 18 October

7:15 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Networking

7:15 am  Speaker Briefing (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only)

7:50 am  Introduction, Welcoming Remarks & Safety Moment

  •  Jacob Bruster, Chair, IADC Permian Basin Chapter; Marketing Representative, Unit Drilling Company

8:05 am  Directional Drilling
These industry leaders will examine the role of the drilling contractor in the directional drilling arena, and the future of directional drilling.

  • Mike Buker, President, Phoenix Technology Services USA Inc.
  • Joel Wilmes, Drilling Solutions Liaison and Dave Simpson, Drilling Solutions Manager, Helmerich & Payne IDC

8:45 am  Market Outlook
Industry analysts will share their insight on events impacting the O&G market and what to expect in the year(s) ahead for the Permian Basin region.

  • Sean Mitchell, Managing Partner, Daniel Energy Partners
  • Reed Olmstead, Executive Director – Upstream Research, IHS Markit, S&P Global

9:45 am  Safety Showcase
Safety professionals will share their insight on current safety challenges in the region.

  • Shane Phipps, Safety Director, Wilbanks Trucking Services LLC
  • Cody Ashley, HSE Director, Latshaw Drilling Company

10:15 am  Coffee Service & Networking

10:35 am  Operator’s Outlook
Operators in the Permian Basin will share their insight on topics to include drilling plans, safety, training, challenges, and special projects.

  • Mike Oestmann, CEO, Tall City
  • Nick Goree, PMP, Vice President, Drilling, Earthstone Operating, LLC
  • Scott Rovira, Vice President, Well Construction,Endeavor Energy Resources, LP
  • Additional panelists to be named.

12:00 pm  Luncheon & Networking   

1:15 pm  Perspectives from the Drilling Contractor
Drilling Contractors in the Permian Basin will share their insight on topics to include drilling plans, safety, training, challenges, and special projects.

  • Kurt Bailey, Operations Manager, Patterson-UTI
  • Josh Price, Area Manager – Southern Division, Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc.
  • Ryan Hessler, Operations Manager, Unit Drilling Company

2:15 pm  Energy Expansion/Renewables: Dillon Blakley, Director, Rental Power and Services, Warren CAT
Exploring alternative energy sources in oilfiled applications, primarily targeted at drilling.

2:45 pm  Coffee Service & Networking   

3:00 pm  Permian Strategic Partnership: Tracee Bentley, CEO, Permian Strategic Partnership
Permian Strategic Partnership works to strengthen and improve the quality of life for Permian Basin residents by partnering with federal, state, and local leaders to develop and implement strategic plans that foster superior schools, safer roads, quality healthcare, affordable housing and a trained workforce.

3:15 pm  Texas & New Mexico Legislative & Regulatory Overview: Ben Shepperd, President, Permian Basin Petroleum Association
PBPA advocates for safe and responsible oil and gas development and provides education on safety, legislation, regulation, and support services for the industry.

3:30 pm  Extended Laterals
In the Permian Basin, horizontal wells with 3 mile laterals are becoming routine.  This discussion includes how to optimize drilling techniques and the unique challenges associated with extended reach laterals. 

  • Grant Muncrief, Drilling and Completions Manager, Coterra Energy
  • Chris Jones, Field Services Manager, Helmerich & Payne IDC

4:30 pm  Adjournment: Jacob Bruster, Chair, IADC Permian Basin Chapter; Marketing Representative, Unit Drilling Company

Program Committee

  • Barrett Zuskind, Z-Tex Services
  • Brandon Callen, Warren CAT
  • Chris Brown, Ulterra
  • Jacob Bruster, Unit Drilling Company
  • John Ross Norton, Norton Energy
  • John Williams, Unit Drilling
  • Justin Hearn, Ulterra Drilling Technologies
  • Leroy Peterson, Latshaw Drilling Company
  • Mitch Lacy, LEAM Drilling Services
  • Morgan Cole, Helmerich & Payne IDC
  • Bob Warren, IADC
  • Thad Dunham, IADC


There are five 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. Sponsors will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the forum. IADC membership required to be eligible.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations.
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945




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