Chairman’s Anniversary Award

2020 Chairman’s Anniversary Award

As part of IADC’s 80th anniversary this year, we are proud to bring back the Chairman’s Anniversary Award, which recognizes field-based individuals whose efforts have improved performance for their company.

Award recipients must demonstrate how their innovative project or personal effort directly improved performance in one of the following ways:

  • Eliminating injuries
  • Enhancing process safety
  • Reducing NPT
  • Improving equipment reliability
  • Increasing efficiency

Submissions are evaluated by IADC staff and industry veterans based on the above criteria. The 2020 recipient will be selected and notified in September, and will be presented with the award by IADC’s 2020 Chair, Julie Robertson, at Annual General Meeting in November.

Submissions are currently closed.

Award Program Details

IADC believes in the importance of continually improving performance for the drilling industry. We recognize that every individual on every rig plays an important role and is crucial to this effort.

The Chairman’s Anniversary Award recognizes individuals working in the field who have made a direct impact on improved performance, either through a project or personal effort. The Award is given every five years as part of IADC’s anniversary celebrations.

Previous Award Recipients

2015: Kenny Baker of Cactus Drilling

Kenny Baker of Cactus Drilling received the first IADC Chairman’s Anniversary Award on 5 November 2015 during the IADC Annual General Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The award was developed to recognize individuals working in the field who have made a direct impact on improved performance for their company, either through a project or personal effort. The first award was given out during IADC’s 75th anniversary in 2015, and it will be given every five years henceforth. IADC received more than 20 nominations for the award, from drilling contractors, operators and service companies around the world.

Mr Baker was recognized for his design and implementation of severe weather shelters on rig sites.

Ed Jacob, 2015 IADC Chairman, presented the award to Mr Baker. “In May 2011, a tornado destroyed Cactus Drilling Rig 117. In the aftermath, Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, designed and helped implement on-location shelters,” Mr Jacob said. “In the years since, many lives have been saved, in no small part due to Kenny’s passion and past efforts. You could very easily make the argument that on-location severe weather shelters have become the new standard during severe weather season for our industry.”