Our Chief Difference Makers

Executive Management Team

Carol Owsley

Chief Executive Officer

Carol Owsley is the Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Directional Drilling LP, where she oversees all aspects of the company's daily operations. Since 2008, Carol has served as Chairman of the Board of The Crescent Company Inc., and has served as a member of the board since 2007.

Ms. Owsley also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Affordable Holdings Inc. in Houlka, Mississippi. She earned a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin and is a native Houstonian.

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Jay Hammonds

Vice President Operations

Mr. Hammonds has over 28 years of oilfield experience, having served 11 years with Dailey Oil Tools in field sales and service, six years as Dailey’s Houston District Manager, one year with DPI in corporate sales and five years with Weatherford/Dailey Directional in technical sales.

Jay has worked The Gulf Coast, South Texas, East Texas, the Rockies and the Gulf of Mexico.

Jay is a member of API, AADE, IADC and SPE.

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Jennifer Whitley

Vice President of Finance

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Quinn Wright

U.S. Sales Manager

Mr. Wright has more than 25 years of oilfield experience. He served 10 years with Zapata Offshore Drilling as a roustabout, derrick man and driller. Quinn spent one year in equipment sales for Reamco. He also has 10 years of experience in directional drilling sales with Dailey Directional and Weatherford/Dailey Directional, where he served as Gulf Coast sales manager before coming to Crescent.

Quinn has worked the Gulf Coast, South Texas, East Texas, the Rockies, North and South Louisiana and Arkansas.

He is a member of AADE and SPE, as well as API chapters in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Denver and Arkansas.

Operations Management Team

Heath Gault

Operations Manager, Southwest

Heath has 25+ years of oilfield experience. He started his career with Murco Drilling after spending four years in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Noble Drilling on land, offshore and overseas. Heath came to Crescent Directional Drilling during their first year of business.

He has experience in vertical control, build and hold, “S” wells, horizontal wells and other directional techniques.

Heath has been an Operations Manager, Directional Coordinator, Field Superintendent, and Directional Driller. He is experienced with MWD systems, Mud pulse and EM technology, well construction and planning.

He has worked in Mexico, UAE, Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi, Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the U.S. on land in many different shale plays.

Bryson Varner

Operations, Mid-Continent

Drilling Coordination and Planning

Phillip Lyons

Senior Directional Well Planner, Southeast

Mr. Lyons has eight years of direct, hands-on experience with COMPASS™ well planning software, including 3D horizontal well designs, multi-well drilling pad layouts, anti-collision analysis, torque and drag analysis, sidetrack design and drilling projections.

In addition, Phillip has 14 additional years of CAD/CAM industry experience in CNC Machine Tool programming, manufacturing process planning, cutting tool selection and CAD/CAM software applications. Positions held include Manufacturing Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineer, CNC Programmer and Manufacturing Support Engineer.

Areas of well planning include Gulf of Mexico offshore wells, Cotton Valley (Northeast Texas), Marcellus Shale (PA), Barnett Shale (North Texas) and Eagle Ford Shale plays.

Phil holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Chris Thomas

Senior Directional Well Planner, Southeast

Mr. Thomas has extensive COMPASS™ well planning software expertise through actual project applications. He is proficient in all areas of the planning process including 3D well path design and anti-collision analysis. In all, he has 13 years of AutoCAD experience with additional CAD expertise in Microstation, CADM/CATIA, DataCAD and WinSERVE.

Chris holds an Associate’s degree in Drafting and Design Technologies from East Texas State College.

Joel McCranie

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Joel has 25 years of oilfield experience and 15 years in directional drilling with Dyna-Drill, Halliburton Energy Services, Strata and Pathfinder.

Joel has experience in all areas of directional drilling in Alaska, the North Sea, California, Alabama, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and most of Texas.

Daniel Greene

Performance Engineer, Southeast

Adrian Castro

Optimization Engineer, Southwest

Karen Roffey

Directional Well Planner, Mid-Continent

Wayne Mills

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Stephen Kenne

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Landon Lyons

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Jon Cader

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southwest

Greg Foti

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Mid-Continent

Regional Facility Teams

Southwest Region

(432) 618-1135

Heath Gault, Operations   

Colt Rich, Sales  

Southeast Region

(281) 668-9500

Quinn Wright, Sales   

Tom Hicks, Sales   

Zach Bray, Sales    

Mid-Continent Region

(405) 753-1945

Bryson Varner, Operations   

Paul Hess, Sales   

Lisa Hunt, Sales