Employee Milestones

Pete Toups – 20 years (Started in 1998)

Pete Toups joined SST Energy in 1998 as the Safety Supervisor with 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry ranging from a roustabout to a Field Operations Manager. In 2012, Pete was promoted to Vice President were, for the last 6 years, he has successfully help lead SST Energy and its managers through the ups and downs of the industry. In his spare time, Pete enjoys spending time with his family, anything outdoors and good food (with a splash of good wine). 

Thoughts on SST Energy? “It has been my pleasure and honor to work with such a great company and group of people. The professionalism and commitment exhibited by this group is truly inspiring and I am grateful to be part of it.”


 

Earl Sanford – 20 years (Started in 1997)

Earl Sanford joined SST Energy in 1997 as a Rig Manager. In 2010, with over 13 years of experience running SST Energy rigs, Earl was promoted to Drilling Superintendent. Today Earl remains an integral member of the operations team and through his experience, knowledge and dedication he helps keep SST Energy rigs competitive. In Earl’s spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family.
Thoughts on SST Energy? “SST Energy has been a people minded and family-oriented company and that is why I have worked here for 20 years and plan to work many more.”


 

Michael Pollard – 10 years (Starting in 2008)

Michael Pollard joined SST Energy in 2008 as a Project Engineer. In 2012, Michael was promoted into the Operations Engineer position where he oversees the engineering department as they strive to advance our rigs efficiency through innovative design. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, working on projects in his shop and spending time on the mountain 4-wheeling.
Thoughts on SST Energy? “I enjoy working for a dynamic company that continual looks for growth and opportunity, while maintaining its principles and people. SST Energy is a company I am proud to stand-behind.”


 

Jeff Kestie – 10 years (Started in 2007)

Jeff Kestie joined SST Energy in 2007 as a shop hand. Over the last 10 years Jeff has progressed his career through the purchasing and materials department and is currently the Materials Coordinator. Jeff has been an important part in the implementation of the company’s current inventory system and maintaining inventory integrity. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, video production and working on old cars.
Thoughts on SST Energy? “The culture here is incredibly inspiring. Everyone on the SST Energy team strives for success on every level. My experience here has been fantastic so far and I am looking forward to what the future holds.”


 

Marlee Wittke – Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

Marlee Wittke joined SST Energy on May 2017 as an Accounting Administrative Assistant. Over the last year Marlee has worked diligently in her studies and with the support of SST Energy she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting on April 1, 2018. Marlee enjoys spending time outdoors boating, snow shoeing or simply just hanging out with her family and friends. With graduation behind her she is excited to read a book (other than a text book) in the sun at the lake.
Thoughts on SST Energy? “I am thankful for the opportunities that SST Energy has given me and continues to give me professionally and through my education. I have really enjoyed my time at SST Energy and look forward too many more years to come.”


 

Nichole Parker – SHRM-Certified Professional (CP)

Nichole Parker joined SST Energy in 2014 as an Accounting Administrative Assistant. In 2016 she was promoted to HR Generalist and on 12/15/2017 passed the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional’s exam. Nichole enjoys reading, movies and game night with family and friends.
Thoughts on SST Energy? “I am eternally grateful to SST Energy for seeing my potential and supporting me through the ongoing journey of Human Resources including obtaining my SHRM-CP certification. Over the last 4 years SST Energy has impressed me with their integrity and service culture and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for SST Energy and this amazing team.”


 

Nancy Shogren – Retirement after 15 years (Started in 2003)

Nancy Shogren joined SST Energy in 2003 as an A/R & A/P Clerk. In 2007 she was promoted to A/R & A/P Supervisor where she oversaw the preparation of customer billing and managed accounts payable processing. In January of 2018 Nancy retired from her career with SST Energy after 15 years of dedicated service. Her commitment and contributions through the years are appreciated and she is wished the best of luck in her retirement as she now focuses on family, travel and golfing.


 

Bob Slaugh – 25 years (Started in 1991)

Having joined the company in its very early stages of existence with a fleet of 3 rigs to now 15 rigs, Bob has shown the upmost dedication to the growth of SST Energy. Bob has over 33 years of experiences as a rig electrician, this includes off shore and land drilling operations. 

In 2010 he was promoted to Shop Foreman and continues to strive for flawless repeatability every day in this position. During the down turn in the 1990’s most of the maintenance team left the company due to hardship, Bob tagged along and hung with the company during this period.  This history clearly shows his loyalty to the team and company. In addition to always been willing to go above and beyond, Bob is a great leader and believes in teaching through example.

Off work, Bob enjoys spending time with his family and as much time as possible with his granddaughter. He enjoys outdoors in his free time, and also has a passion for flying remote controlled aircraft which has been capturing a collection of great photos of SST Energy’s rigs from his drone.

Thoughts on SST Energy? “These years with SST Energy I will remember forever” 

 


John Kennedy – 15 years (Started in 2000)

John Kennedy joined SST Energy in 2000 starting out as a floor hand and worked his way up to one of SST Energy’s youngest rig managers. He has been an instrumental part of developing our A/C class of Rigs. Today, John is a very integral part of SST Energy, working as a Field Superintendent since 2012, making sure field operations are executed to the upmost detail.  John enjoys spending time with his wife Bobbie and Daughter Riley, outdoors camping, fishing and gold panning whenever possible.

Thoughts on SST Energy? “I have enjoyed being a part of the SST Energy team over the years in all my rolls with the company. I am looking forward to many more great years.”


 

Tim Martin – 10 years (Started in 2005)

Tim Martin joined SST Energy in 2005 bringing in his experiences as a “Water-Well” operator for a small company. In his time with SST Energy, Tim has worked his way through the ranks and in 2011 was promoted to one of SST Energy’s highly skilled mechanics. Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and sharing his fire pit cookouts with friends and family.

Thoughts on SST Energy? “I’ve had the privilege of seeing the loyalty of the core group at SST Energy and how SST Energy’s core values are shown by example and not just words on a wall or sticker. I’m excited to see the future events that prosper with our core values Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance, and Teamwork.”


 

Jeff Wilmetti – 10 years (Started in 2005)

Jeff Wilmetti joined SST Energy in 2005 as a purchasing specialist with over 12 years of experience as a Purchasing Specialist and ISO (International Organization for Standards) manager.  In 2012, Jeff was promoted into the Purchasing Manager’s position while overseeing the company logistics as well as operations of the materials group. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spoiling his grandkids and golfing.

Thoughts on SST Energy? “I’ve had the benefit of seeing SST Energy grow into a complete customer service minded company with deep core values and emphasis placed on employee retention. SST Energy continues to work towards being the premier Rocky Mountain Drilling Contractor. I am proud to say I’m a part of the SST Energy Team.”


 

Louard Crumbaugh – Professional Licensure in Engineering

Louard Crumbaugh joined SST Energy on June 2009 as a Project Engineer.  Over the years Louard has become an integral part of the SST Energy team.  On May 31st, 2016 Louard earned his license as a Professional Engineer with the support of SST Energy, and effective July 1, 2016 Louard will be promoted to Senior Engineer.  When he is not working on new designs, upgrades, or support of the fleet, Louard enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, hunting, and fishing.

Thoughts on SST Energy?  “I am grateful for the opportunities SST Energy has provided me for personal and professional development.  I am proud of SST Energy’s many successes, and I look forward to many more years.”