2010 IADC Contractor of the Year Scott Gordon: honored to serve the industry

Posted on 28 January 2011

By Linda Hsieh, managing editor

Scott Gordon (left) accepts the 2010 IADC Contractor of the Year plaque from Jeremy Thigpen, representing award sponsor NOV, in San Antonio on 12 November, during the 2010 IADC Annual General Meeting.

Scott Gordon (left) accepts the 2010 IADC Contractor of the Year plaque from Jeremy Thigpen, representing award sponsor NOV, in San Antonio on 12 November, during the 2010 IADC Annual General Meeting.

Scott Gordon, regional vice president of Unit Texas Drilling, was named 2010 IADC Contractor of the Year on 12 November 2010 at the IADC Annual General Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The winner of the award is selected by his drilling industry peers for contributions to safety, technical innovations and economic efficiency.

Mr Gordon has served in a variety of roles with IADC over the past 20-plus years, including as member and chairman of the IADC Contracts Committee. He was actively involved with an extensive review of the 1998 US Land Contract Form, which resulted in the Model Form 2003 still in use today. As current chairman of the Contracts Committee, Mr Gordon is leading another revision of the IADC model form contracts for US land operations.

Additionally, Mr Gordon has worked on the Program Committee for the IADC Drilling Onshore America Conference since the event’s inception, as well as with the organization of the biannual Contracts & Risk Management Conference.

Mr Gordon has also served on the IADC Board of Directors since 1998 and has been on the IADC Executive Committee since 2007. Further, he is currently chairman of the IADC Houston Chapter.

“Those of us that give our time to IADC, we do so not because of the recognition bestowed upon us, but we do this to support our industry,” Mr Gordon said in accepting his award. “It’s been an absolute privilege to work for a dynamic organization like IADC and its wonderful staff.”

“Through this involvement, I’ve had the greatest pleasure of working with some of the finest people who work not only in the drilling industry but also support the drilling industry. I’m honored to share this prestigious award with many members who are here today. Ray Peterson, Chester Benge, Cary Moomjian, Tom Richards, Moe Plaisance, and Ray and Ann Brazzel. There are others who are not here today, all of you have certainly been true leaders of our industry and mentors to my own career. I thank you for that.”

Mr Gordon also thanked his company for its support through the years. “Those of us who give our time to IADC could not do so without the dedicated support of our companies. Unit Corporation has been a wonderful place to work … and I look forward to many more wonderful years to come.”

Finally, he thanked his “true champions” – his daughter Amber and her husband Ryan; his son Andrew and daughter Sydney; and most importantly, his wife Debi. “These successes that we’re recognized for would not be possible if it weren’t for the love and support of our family,” Mr Gordon said.

The award was sponsored by National Oilwell Varco.

Mr Gordon got his start in the drilling business in summer 1976 as a roughneck for Unit Drilling Company in the Texas Panhandle. That experience changed his career plans from pre-medicine to engineering. Upon his 1979 graduation from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering technology, he accepted a permanent position in Unit’s corporate office in Tulsa, Okla.

Over the next decades, his positions have grown to encompass an array of responsibilities revolving around the administration of Unit’s growing fleet of rigs. He is currently regional vice president for Unit Texas Drilling, responsible for the company’s fleet across the Gulf Coast region.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 16 October 2014

    BG Group appoints Helge Lund as CEO; Statoil appoints Eldar Sætre as acting President and CEO

    "It has been a privilege to lead Statoil during 10 very exciting years,” Mr Lund said. “Together we have created values for Statoil’s shareholders and the society…

  • 15 October 2014

    Eni signs two PSCs for offshore exploration in Vietnam

    Eni has signed two production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with Petrovietnam for the exploration of blocks 116 and 124, located off the coast of Vietnam…

  • 13 October 2014

    OneSubsea awarded contract for PEMEX Lakach deepwater development

    OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, has been awarded a subsea production systems contract totaling more than $270 million for the Lakach deepwater project…

  • 08 October 2014

    Shell starts oil production from Gumusut-Kakap deepwater platform in Malaysia

    Shell has started oil production from the Gumusut-Kakap floating platform off the coast of Malaysia, the latest in a series of Shell deepwater projects...

  • 08 October 2014

    5 principles to follow for reducing risk of anti-corruption violations

    In 2007, the US Department of Justice initiated an industry sweep targeting oilfield service companies, instigated by the government’s perceptions of the industry’s...

  • Read more news