brighter thinking

Leadership - Change this value to a strong SEO phrase

Wayne Squires

Founder, President, & Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Squires has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since ORION’s inception in 2003. A petroleum engineer by training, he previously was a partner in the original Pioneer Drilling Company from 1988-2000 and served as President and Owner prior to its purchase by South Texas Drilling. Additionally, Mr. Squires served in a variety of capacities for Peninsula Drilling Company from 1980-1988 including President, Executive Vice President, and as a drilling engineer.

Calvert Jones

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
Calvert Jones served as ORION’s Vice President of Operations since November of 2009, and became Chief Operating Officer in January of 2013. Mr. Jones joined Orion Drilling Company in January 2008. Prior to joining ORION, Mr. Jones worked for EOG Resources from 2002 – 2007 in various operational capacities. Mr. Jones holds a degree in Natural Gas Engineering.

Dave Castro

Vice President – Marketing & Business Development
Dave Castro has served as Vice President, Marketing & Business Development since December 2016. Prior posts include Vice President, HSE from 2013-2016, HSE Director from 2010-2013, and HSE Manager from 2009-2010. Mr. Castro worked for BP America, Inc. from 2000-2009, supporting Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Deepwater Wells, Drilling, Production and Construction operations and held various posts supporting BP’s U.S. Lower 48 Drilling and Production operations in the Rockies, San Juan, Arkoma, East Texas and Gulf Coast basins in Texas and South Louisiana. Prior to BP, Mr. Castro served in a variety of posts at Vastar Resources, Inc. in Houston, Texas from 1996 to 2000.

Jim Auker

Chief Financial Officer
Jim Auker has served as Chief Financial Officer since November, 2015. Mr. Auker previously worked for Enerecap Partners, an investment banking and consultancy firm focused on the energy sector. He was a founding Partner at Highview Capital Management, a Chicago-based investment firm specializing in the energy sector. Mr. Auker received his undergraduate education in economics from Wheaton College. He earned an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jeff Weis

Executive Vice President
Jeff Weis has served as Vice President of ORION since its formation in 2003. Previously, Mr. Weis was Vice President of Contracts at Pioneer Drilling Company where he worked for 8 years. Prior to Pioneer, he served as General Manager for Zarsky Drilling Fluids from 1987-1995. In addition, he served as a technical advisor for Halliburton’s IMCO Services division from 1978-1986.