HOUSTON -- The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and ReedHycalog have named Mark Burns the 2007 Contractor of the Year.
Burns has served several leadership roles with IADC for more than 23 years. As chairman for the IADC North Sea chapter in 2003-2004, Burns focused on the UK's implementation of the EU working time directive, and led the joint IADC/UK health and safety executive group on risk assessment and monitoring rig-floor safety. He also has served on planning committees for the IADC/SPE drilling conference for several years, and has been a key driving factor behind this year's IADC Mooring Workshop.
Burns says he takes greatest pride in having helped to get the Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian sectors more involved with IADC activities.
"Mark is a consensus builder and negotiator on different points of view," says Lee Hunt, president of IADC. "He always keeps his eyes focused on the goal. He gets things done."
Burns began his 23-year career at Noble Corp. as a driller and now is the vice president and division manager for the US Gulf of Mexico.
Noble Corp. recently honored Burns for his years of service and accomplishments by naming a Levingston Class 111-C independent-leg cantilever jackup after him.
The contractor of the year award was established as an annual award in 1988 to recognize an individual's outstanding lifetime achievements in technical innovation, safety, and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. Recipients of the award are nominated and selected by other drilling contractors who are IADC members.