Our Chief Difference Makers

Executive Management Team

Carol McFadden

Chairman of the Board

Ms. McFadden has been an integral part of the company’s executive leadership team since joining Crescent Directional Drilling, LP in 2008.

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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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.

Sales Management Team

Tom Hicks

Senior Technical Sales

Scott Deaton

Senior Technical Sales, Southeast

Zach Bray

Technical Sales

Andres Martinez

Senior Technical Sales, Southwest

Bryson Varner

Operations, Mid-Continent

Ellen Montgomery

Appalachia Sales

Tommy Ganem

Mid-Continent Sales

Operations Management Team

Bruce Coates

Rocky Mountains Operations Manager

Mr. Coates has 30 years of oilfield experience, including 26 years of directional experience with Weatherford Dailey Directional, Dailey Directional, Drilex Systems, ProDirectional, Sii Dyna Drill and Christensen Diamond Products.

He has held various positions include Operations Manager, Operations Coordinator, Technical Advisor, Directional Driller, Shop Foreman and Drilling Tools Repair Technician. He is experienced with MWD systems, Mud pulse and EM technology, all PDM motors and Turbines and is also experienced with well construction, planning, engineering and analysis.

Bruce has worked in Southeast Asia, Guatemala, California, Nevada, the Rocky Mountains and the Mid-Continent region.

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.


  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette — B.S. Industrial Technology (1986), Concentration: Manufacturing Process Technology and Management
  • University of North Texas — Continuing Education, CAD/CAM Applications Technology (1989)
  • Richland Community College — AutoCAD v10.0 (1989)

CAD/CAM System Experience:

  • COMPASS™ Directional Well Planning Software
  • CADKEY Wireframe CAD System
  • Applicon Bravo NC GRAPHICS CAD/CAM System
  • Solid Edge 3D Solid Modeling
  • PRO Engineer 3D Solid Modeling
  • PRO Manufacturing CNC Programming System
  • SMARTCAM Advanced 3D Machining System

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.

Heath Gault

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southwest

Adrian Castro

Directional Well Planner, Southwest

Mike Kirby

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Rocky Mountains

John Stringfellow

Directional Well Planner, Rocky Mountains

Jason Roe

Directional Well Planner, Mid-Continent

Karen Roffey

Directional Well Planner, Mid-Continent

Shawn McGowan

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Appalachia

John Marshall

Directional Well Planner, Appalachia

Wayne Mills

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Stephen Kenne

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Landon Lyons

Directional Drilling Coordinator, Southeast

Regional Facility Teams

Southwest Region

(432) 618-1135

Andres Martinez, Sales   

Southeast Region

(281) 668-9500

Scott Deaton, Sales   

Zach Bray, Sales    

Tom Hicks, Sales   
Quinn Wright, Sales   

Rocky Mountain Region

(307) 266-6500

Bruce Coates, Operations   

Mid-Continent Region

(405) 753-1945

Bryson Varner, Operations   
Thomas Ganem, Sales   

Appalachian Region

(724) 695-1408

Ellen Montgomery, Sales