By Chris Cantu, Editorial Assistant
IADC recognized Brady K. Long and Robert Urbanowski with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2014 IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans on 13 November. Mr Long, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ensco, was recognized for his leadership as Chairman of the IADC Ethics and Corporate Compliance Committee and his work on the IADC Legal Advisory Workgroup. Mr Urbanowski, Manager of US Operations Engineering for Precision Drilling, was recognized for his leadership in improving drilling technologies and practices through IADC technical and conference program committees.
“I’d like to thank IADC’s leadership for this award and, more importantly, for the opportunity to serve. I’ve learned a lot,” Mr Long said. “I think one of the things that’s impressed me the most about our industry is the resilient, can-do attitude that unites all of us. I see it everyday when I come to work at Ensco.”
Mr Long graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University in 1996 and with a JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999. He practiced corporate and securities law at Bracewell & Patterson and BJ Services before joining Pride International in 2009, which was acquired by Ensco in 2011. He currently serves on IADC’s Legal Advisory group, which assists in assessing and mitigating legal risks to IADC.
In 2009, Mr Long was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in business ethics in the world by Ethisphere magazine. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Best General Counsel award by the Texas General Counsel Forum and a finalist for the Best General Counsel award from the Houston Business Journal.
Mr Urbanowski is an active member of the IADC Drilling Manual Revision Steering Committee; as an author, he helped to revise the pumps chapter of the manual. He previously chaired the Guidelines and Reliability Subcommittee under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and has served on various IADC conference program and planning committees.
“I’d certainly like to thank the IADC staff. There are a lot of impressive changes going on with IADC and a lot of effort being put in where fellow competitors will come together and work on the same problems for common goals and common solutions – that is really impressive,” Mr Urbanowski said.
Mr Urbanowski also has been active in developing API standards, serving for 5 ½ years as chairman of API Subcommittee 8 on drilling structures and equipment and in various other API SC8 roles.
Mr Urbanowski earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983. Upon graduation, he joined Grey Wolf in South Louisiana, working his way up to driller on various land rigs. He transitioned to surface equipment and maintenance engineering support roles in 2000. Mr Urbanowski is a registered professional of engineering in Texas and Louisiana.