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Todd Benson (CEO)

Todd was the engineering manager for a directional drilling startup active in most North American drilling regions. He was responsible for quality control, improvement/failure analysis, and generation of differentiating IP including downhole mud motors and MWD components for extreme drilling environments. Prior to working in oilfield technologies, Todd served in many roles at Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, from managing a worldwide operation P&L, to overseeing international application engineering teams focused on DSP, Coldfire and ARM platforms for consumer and automotive applications. He’s also worked with Texas Instruments on their laser printer and laptop computer product lines, developing new product electro-mechanical elements and supporting production sustaining efforts. Benson holds eight patents with five pending, and has written articles for EE Times and DSP Multimedia and Design. He earned a BS degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Robert Maher (VP of Engineering)

Since 1988, Robert has helped lead early stage start-up ventures to convert innovative ideas into commercial successes. He’s held numerous executive positions, and experienced the life cycle from concept to public offering and acquisition. In 2000, Robert co-founded Netrake Corporation, a company specializing in global security solutions for Internet applications at which he served as chief technology officer and as a board director. Prior to that, Robert was the one of the first employees at Cyrix, the first microprocessor company to develop an original x86 processor to compete with Intel Corporation. He started his career at Texas Instruments, where he held engineering and technical positions of increasing responsibility. More recently, Robert has been working in the energy field in both conventional energy technologies and clean tech, with activities in advanced drilling technology, novel solar concepts, and technologies for energy enterprise networks. Robert received his undergraduate BS degrees in microbiology and electrical engineering from Michigan State, and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been granted over 35 U.S. patents.

Bill Chmela (VP Marketing and Business Development)

Bill has over 30 years of international oil and gas experience, specializing in the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of technical data. Bill held the position of president at Sekal US, a company focused on improving the safety and efficiency of drilling operations through the use of real-time modeling and engineering-while-drilling. Prior to that, he founded the US operations of Sense Intellifield and was president and general manager until its acquisition by Kongsberg Oil and Gas Technologies, where Bill continued as a VP and principal advisor. He also founded the international operations for READ Well Services, where he focused on geophysical project design including the introduction of the 3DVSP concept into the deep-water GOM. Bill held numerous roles over an 18 year career at Schlumberger, including technical management duties. His final position at Schlumberger was as regional manager for Venezuela and Trinidad. Bill holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, and a professional degree in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Joel Wilmes (Drilling Operations)

Prior to joining Motive® Drilling, Joel was the district manager for Baker Hughes Drilling Systems for South Texas. He was responsible for the operations, asset management, pricing, and marketing strategies for 180 million P&L for the region, with 10 direct reports and 224 indirect reports. Over the past 25 years he’s held various positions inside Baker Hughes, from directional driller to global drilling systems product line marketing manager. During a quarter-century in directional business, Joel was involved with two startup directional companies, one in the US and one in Canada. Before Baker Hughes, he worked for Gulf Oil / Chevron as a drilling and production engineer for eight years, in various locations across the US. Joel earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the Montana School of Mines.

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