Glen L. (“Mac”) McAlister, Managing Director
Glen McAlister has 30 years of business ownership in the oil field service sector including: remanufacturing, sales, service and operation of drilling equipment and drilling rigs. After establishing Rig Air, in 1976 at 23 years of age, Mr. McAlister transformed Rig Air into the largest independent air and gas compression company by territory in the United States. His next business venture came when he formed Advanced Air Systems, which specialized in remanufactured pneumatic rig equipment. This involvement in rig-related components led to the creation of Advanced Rig & Equipment.
Mr. McAlister began Advanced Rig & Equipment in 1985 for the purpose of remanufacturing equipment for the drilling industry. Working with worldwide suppliers, drilling contractors and operators, Advanced Rig’s equipment is used on drilling rigs around the globe. Advanced Rig & Equipment’s client base includes National Oilwell, Wilson Supply, Cendrill Supply of Australia, Helmerich & Payne Drilling, Nabors Drilling, GreyWolf Drilling, Unit Drilling, Patterson Drilling, Parker Drilling, Shengli Petroleum, Sedco Forex, Pride International, Egyptian Drilling, Chesapeake Energy, and Strata Drilling. Advanced Rig & Equipment has completed and deployed rigs ranging in size from a 900hp portable operating on the African and European continent to a 1500hp state-of-the-art diesel electric rig that is currently operating in Wyoming.
Mr. McAlister utilized his international business relationships, created through the purchasing and selling of drilling equipment, as a springboard to begin construction of complete rigs. Forming partnerships to begin Advanced Drilling Technologies, and later Strata Drilling, Mr. McAlister has overseen every aspect of the business related to drilling rigs including construction, completion, and deployment to the field. Following the sale of his 44% interest in Strata Drilling to Bronco Drilling (BRNC), Mr. McAlister formed Frontier Drilling. He has taken the company from 1 rig to 23 rigs that are or will soon be operating. Utilizing his experience with international markets he will continue to add additional rigs to Frontier Drilling’s fleet. Mr. McAlister’s 30 years of experience have enabled him to accumulate a unique insight into every phase of development and deployment of drilling rigs and drilling related components.
Jeff Jones, Operations Manager
Jeff Jones has served as Frontier Drilling’s Superintendent since June of 2005 supervising all drilling operations for the Company. Prior to Frontier Drilling, he was with SEI Drilling, affiliated with Questar Exploration and Production, in Denver, CO from 2001 to 2005. While at SEI Drilling, Mr. Jones served as Rig Superintendent/Senior Drilling Foreman supervising all drilling operations in the Uintah Basin, Utah. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Jones served as Drilling Superintendent for Cyclone Drilling in Gillete, Wyoming. In 1998, Jeff worked as Rig Superintendent supervising turnkey operations in Ecuador for Pool Intairdril. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Rig Superintendent for Caza Drilling Company in Denver, Colorado supervising drilling operations in Southwest Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. From 1989 to 1997, Jeff worked as Rig Superintendent with Exeter Drilling Company in Denver, Colorado supervising drilling operations in the San Juan Basin in Wyoming and Colorado. In 1989, he worked as Assistant Driller on semi-submersible drilling rigs for Sedco Forex in the off-shore California. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Jones served as a Driller/Derrick man for ODECO out of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1986, he worked as an off-shore Driller for Dual Drilling Company in the off-shore California, Chevron platform Hermosa. From 1984 to 1986, Jeff worked as a Driller/Derrick man for Montgomery Drilling Company out of Bakersfield, California. From 1979 to 1984, he worked as Derrick man for Brinkerhoff Signal out of Denver, Colorado.
Jerry Brown, Drilling Equipment Supervisor
Jerry Brown has 40 years of experience in the Drilling Industry. He started out as the Rig Superintendent for Big Chief Drilling Company in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Brown worked from 1966 to 1980 supervising the drilling operations and was responsible for ensuring that safety standards for drilling on government land were met. Mr. Brown then worked from 1980 to 1985 as a V.P. of Operations and Drilling Manager for Cromling Drilling Company. From 1985-1990, Mr. Brown was a Rig Manager for Welch & Howell Drilling Company where he supervised the drilling of geothermal wells in the deserts of southern California. In 1990, Mr. Brown joined Mac McAlister at Advanced Rig & Equipment. Due to his extensive experience in the Drilling Industry, Mr. Brown now oversees the building of new Rigs for Frontier Drilling’s fleet. He has proven to be a truly valuable asset to the company.
Jerry Johnson, Assistant Drilling Superintendent
Jerry Johnson has been employed at Frontier Drilling since 2005. He started as a Toolpusher for Rig 1, but has been promoted to Assistant Drilling Superintendent. He has over 30 years of experience working on drilling rigs. Before he came to Frontier, Mr. Johnson served as a Toolpusher for SEI-Patterson UTI Drilling in Snyder, Texas from 1997-2005. From 1991-1997, he served as a Toolpusher for Exeter Drilling in Denver, Colorado. From 1977-1991, Mr. Johnson served as a Driller and a Toolpusher for Brinkerhoff-Signal in Denver, Colorado and from 1973-1977 he worked for Noble Drilling out of Denver as a Floorhand and a Driller. He also graduated from the OU Oil Well Prevention School out of Norman, Oklahoma in 1983. Mr. Johnson obtained his Well Control Card in 1991 from Well Control School in Vernal, Utah. With his extensive work experience and education in the drilling industry, Mr. Johnson has proven to be a valuable asset to Frontier Drilling’s team.
James Lynch, Rocky Mountain EHS Director
James Lynch joined the Frontier Drilling team in the spring of 2008. Mr. Lynch graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Business Management. Mr. Lynch worked for Bourns International in Logan, Utah as a Chemical Specialist and later with Nestle, Inc. in Springville, Utah as a Safety Manager. Mr. Lynch has over 15 years in the Safety and Chemical fields. He has completed the following safety courses; Fire Extinguisher use and maintenence, HAZWOPER, OSHA 500 and 501 as well as various management training courses. In the fall of 2011, he was asked to speak at the International Oil and Gas expo in Houston, TX on Land Drilling and how Frontier Drilling plays a role in this operation. His goal with Frontier Drilling is to keep everyone trained and up to date with the latest OSHA and API standards as well as developing a safe and hospitable work culture.
George Bunker, Southern/ Eastern EHS Director
George has over twenty years of diverse operations and HSE experience in the up-stream, mid-stream and down-stream oil & gas industry. Prior to joining the Frontier team, George worked for a large independent operator as the EHS Drilling Manager for Global Operations. George spearheaded the development and management of best in class Contractor Safety Management and HSE audit programs for onshore, offshore and international operations with an emphasis on E&P activities. He has successfully developed and implemented HS&E programs for several large and medium size operators encompassing E&P operations on a global scale, including US Land, GOM, Eastern Mediterranean, West Africa, China, Ecuador and Spain. George held senior level positions for several companies prior to joining the Frontier team including the VP Business Development for Fishbone Safety, VP Oil & Gas Compliance for 360 Factors and SEMS Business Director for JCC where he managed the SEMS programs, projects, accounts and training for over forty offshore operators. George earned his CSHO in Petrochemical from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Cody Morlock, Area EHS Manager
Cody Morlock joined the frontier drilling team in March of 2012, Mr. Morlock brings 6 years of safety experience in the drilling industry. Mr. Morlock began his career and received his training with the Bronco Drilling Company in the summer of 2007. While working for Bronco Drilling Mr. Morlock served as the safety manager for the Rocky Mountain region where he performed drilling rig inspections, accident investigations, ran the drug and alcohol program, and kept the drilling rigs compliant with all the regulatory standards. Then in 2010 through 2011 Cody worked for Cyclone Drilling in Gillette Wyoming as a safety superintendent. Mr. Morlock also served as a safety manager for Wyoming Casing in Dickinson North Dakota where he performed accident investigations and drug screenings. Mr. Morlock completed the OSHA 501 Trainer certification and NDSC forklift train the trainer, he has also received his hair follicle and UA collection certifications from Noble Diagnostics.