Management

J. Anthony Gallegos, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Anthony has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Anthony served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidewinder Drilling Company. Anthony joined Sidewinder upon its founding as Senior Vice President & CFO, a position he held until November 2014 when he was promoted to President & Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for the profitability and operating performance of the Company. He was promoted to President and CEO in September 2017. From April 2006 through September 2010, Anthony held the position of Vice President Business Development of Scorpion Offshore. Scorpion Offshore was an international offshore drilling contractor with operations across the globe which was acquired by Seadrill in 2010. Prior to joining Scorpion Offshore, he held operational, marketing, corporate planning and management positions with Atwood Oceanics, Transocean and Ensco. Anthony started his career working as a roughneck on offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Anthony is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors . He is a veteran of the US Army and holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Philip A. Choyce
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Philip has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2016. Philip joined the company upon its founding as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Philip was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. Prior to joining the company, Philip served as the Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Grant Prideco, Inc. until its sale to National Oilwell Varco. Philip was a Senior Associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP. Philip holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University and received his law degree from The University of Texas in Austin.

F. Bruce Humphries
Senior Vice President, Operations—West

Bruce has served as our Senior Vice President, Operations since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Bruce served in a similar capacity at Sidewinder Drilling Company. Bruce joined Sidewinder in 2013 where he led their entire drilling operation. Prior to joining Sidewinder, Bruce was a Senior Vice President of Bronco Drilling Company. In 2011 Bronco was acquired by NOMAC Drilling, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and he served as Director of New Rig Technology for NOMAC Drilling. Prior to Bronco, Bruce worked for Thomas Drilling Company for 23 years in positions of increasing operations management responsibilities. Prior to Thomas, he worked for nine years at Ratliff Drilling Company beginning as a roughneck and working his way to rig management.

Chris K. Menefee
Senior Vice President, Business Development

Chris has served as our Senior Vice President, Business Development since October 2018. Chris joined the company in 2012 as the Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining the company, Chris worked for Rowan Companies, Inc. where he began his career in 1997. Chris transferred from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Rowan’s Land Division where he held field operational roles and was the Health and Safety Manager. Chris moved to Rowan’s corporate headquarters as the Director of Marketing in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and contracting of Rowan’s domestic and international rig fleet. Chris graduated from The University of Mississippi in Oxford with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a graduate certificate in corporate finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Chris is a Director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and is currently Chairman of the IADC Houston Chapter.

Travis G. Fitts, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Health, Safety, Environment

Travis has served as our Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Travis served in a similar capacity at Sidewinder Drilling Company. Travis joined Sidewinder in June 2011 where he led the companies Human Resources and Health, Safety & Environment functions. Prior to his time at Sidewinder, Travis was Vice President HR/HSE for Scorpion Offshore. He also served as Vice President HR/HSE for Select Energy Services. Travis worked for Transocean as Director of Human Resources; Director of Quality, Health, Safety & Environment; and Marketing Manager. He began his career as an engineer and spent several years in Operations. Travis attended the University of Alabama where he received a B.S. in Mineral Engineering and later earned an MBA from Rice University. Travis is a former Chairman of the Petroleum Section of the National Safety Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Federal Credit Union.

Philip A. Dalrymple
Vice President, Operations—East

Philip has served as our Vice President, Operations since August 2016. Philip joined the company in January of 2013 and has served in increasing roles of responsibility, including Drilling Superintendent and Operations Manager. Prior to joining the company, Philip was employed at Rowan Companies Inc., where he was a lead project engineer overseeing construction of offshore drilling rigs from 2010 until 2013. Philip served in increasing roles of responsibility in Rowan’s drilling operations, including Rig Manager and Safety Specialist. Philip earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Michael J. Harwell
Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Michael has served as our Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since August 2012. Prior to joining us, Michael served as the Vice President and Corporate Controller for Landry’s, Inc. Prior to joining Landry’s, Michael served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for NetVersant Solutions, Inc., a Houston based start-up company specializing in high-end network infrastructure projects. Michael also held various positions with Nabors Industries and Ernst & Young LLP. Michael holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Scott A. Keller
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Scott has served as our Vice President, Sales and Marketing since October 2018. Prior to his current role Scott served as Vice President of Marketing at Sidewinder Drilling Company. Scott joined Sidewinder in 2012 as Marketing Manager. In 2014, Scott was promoted to Director of Marketing where he was involved in marketing and contracting Sidewinder’s fleet of drilling rigs across the United States. In September 2017, he was promoted to Vice President Marketing with responsibility for the marketing, sales and contracting functions of the Company. Prior to joining Sidewinder, Scott held the position of International Business Development Manager for Allis Chalmers Energy from March 2007 to November 2011. Allis Chalmers was an oil field service conglomerate with equipment based across both domestic and international markets before its combination with Archer in 2011. Before joining Allis Chalmers, he held sales and business development roles for several oilfield service companies including Quality Rentals, and Varco. Scott holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.



Independence Contract Drilling was founded in 2011 as a provider of premium integrated onshore drilling services.