Michael Edward Irausquin — President
Michael brings 24 years of international oil and gas experience with a recognized and proven track record working for large, mid- and small-sized oil and gas services companies. He has worked and lived in eight different countries, leading organizations towards sustained and continuous growth with an emphasis on improving efficiencies and offering differentiation and innovative thinking.
Michael acts as President for BICO Drilling Tools. In this role he is responsible for ensuring that the company operates in the most efficient manner at a global level. He is fully responsible for the sustainable and profitable growth of the business, as well as its development both in the countries where BICO Drilling Tools operates directly and in those operating under different cooperation agreements. Michael leads teams located in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres.
Prior to BICO Drilling Tools, Michael served as Global Director for Drilling Fluids for Weatherford International. He also held the role of Vice President for the Americas for Gates Corporation, leading the North American and Latin America businesses. Similarly, he was the Vice President of Operations for multiple regions with Tesco Corporation, leading all the different product lines in key regions such as the Asian Pacific, Latin America, and the Western Hemisphere (US and Canada).
Michael held multiple field and leadership roles in diverse environments for Schlumberger, the largest O and G service company globally. For 13 years, he specialized in different aspects of the Directional Drilling, MWD and LWD business. He provided significant contributions, increasing market share, introducing new products and services, and attracting and increasing the retention of future leaders for Schlumberger. Michael worked for Schlumberger in North America, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. He has extensive knowledge of business dynamics throughout the world, having worked with customers and colleagues in the United States, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Australia. He has built relationships with international professionals and understands how to work with diverse professional groups.
Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Diversity and Inclusion Council. He is a US Citizen, holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad Privada Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin (URBE) in Maracaibo, Venezuelan, and an Executive MBA in Global Leadership from UT Dallas.
Mike brings over 40 years of global oil and gas experience. He is one of the longest serving BICO employees and has a wealth of motor and downhole equipment operations and sales experience in the Americas, Europe and Africa. With extensive knowledge of industry finances and employee performance, Mike also has insight into the global market’s unique needs and operational variants.
As the Vice President of Global Operations, Mike is responsible for upholding the profitability and values of the organization through his leadership in business operations. He develops business goals and initiatives for BICO, and liaises with Directors and Department Managers to relay information about company needs, reviewing operational data to make inferences about their department’s success and challenges.
Mike holds an MBA from the Centenary College of Louisiana.
Mike Dougherty – Vice President, Global Operations
John is a QHSE professional with 18+ years of experience, heavily concentrated in the oil and gas industry. He has worked in several disciplines within the oil and gas industry which has helped establish his firm grasp on QHSE techniques.
John is the current Global QHSE Manager for BICO Drilling Tools. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of quality and HSE. He is tasked with creating and implementing both a Quality Management System and a Safety Management System to help propel the business to the next level. He is committed to leveraging his extensive QHSE experience to serve BICO’s employees and stakeholders.
Prior to BICO, John has worked in different aspects of the oil and gas industry including drilling, services, completions, and support. He has worked within the QHSE management functions for companies such as Oceaneering, Versabar, and Forum Energy. He has also run his own consulting firm specializing in QHSE Management Systems creation and implementation around the globe.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Liberty University in Richmond, VA. John is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence as well as a Safety Management Specialist.
John Fowler – Global QHSE Manager
Louis Leggett – Corporate Controller
Louis is the Corporate Controller for BICO Drilling Tools. He is responsible for the financial reporting of the three operating entities that comprise BICO’s global activity. This involves working closely with external partners, internal BICO departments and the Schoeller-Bleckmann Corporate team in Austria.
Prior to BICO Drilling Tools, Louis spent 10+ years with Aker Solutions and an additional six after the Well Intervention area was sold to Private Equity and rebranded as Altus Intervention. He managed the finance areas for the U.S. and Canadian Well Intervention companies under Aker/Altus during this time.
Louis has worked for 23 years in Finance and Accounting and 15+ years as Controller in the oil and gas industry. His full Controller tenure is in organizations with listed European parent companies, reporting up through the applicable CFO/Corporate Finance groups.
His financial reporting oversight includes managing areas of federal and state taxes, indirect taxes (property, sales and use), insurance, budget/forecast, cash flow analysis, and internal and external audits. He has led or participated in several ERP implementations.
Louis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from LSU and has been a licensed CPA in Texas since 2003.
Rod brings over 15 years of Human Resources Management experience, working in the Aviation, Transportation, Banking and Retail industries.
A Human Capital Engineer, with proven success in driving culture change, performance management, engagement, retention, career development and managing large-scale projects and overseeing the entire implementation cycle.
Rod has a unique blend of experiences strategically and technically such as Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, Compliance, Training & Development, Workforce Planning, Payroll, Employee Engagement, Ethics Investigations, and internal Auditing.
His diverse industry experience has exposed Rod to dynamic and innovative ways to approach Human Resources.
Rod has conducted Culture Training & Development workshops in Canada, Egypt, The Netherlands, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and serves on the HR advisory committee for HRA, a community of 3000+ HR leaders across the United States.
Rod holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management & Business Management and Leadership from Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE.