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Todd Benson (CEO)

Todd Benson is the President of Motive Drilling Technologies, a directional drilling automation wholly owned subsidiary of Helmerich and Payne. Prior to acquisition Todd Was the CEO of the Motive Startup with investment from Formation8, GE Ventures and Hunt Oil Company where the company was originally incubated.  Prior to working at Hunt, Todd was the engineering manager for a directional drilling service company active in most North American drilling regions where he was responsible for 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, including managing a global operation P&L and international application engineering teams focused on signal processing for consumer and automotive applications. Todd holds over 30 US patents with over 15 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.

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.

Richard Kulavik (SVP of Engineering)

A strategic, senior executive with a results driven track record with more than 20 years of progressive experience. Recognized as an effective senior leader with the ability to identify and prioritize complex issues to meet project deadlines and deliver results demanded by company and market needs. Outstanding work ethic and skilled at interfacing with large, complex customers, producing mutually beneficial outcomes. Previously Chief Technology Officer of Turtle Beach where I Lead all vision, strategy, and execution for all facets of technology at this $200MM headset manufacturer, with a focus on directing the research and development of groundbreaking products designed to safeguard the company’s position in a challenging and highly competitive market. Built a lean top performing team of professionals from the ground up, encompassing 40 engineers engaged in research, development, product design, software, and quality control.

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