Team

Paul Butler

Paul Butler
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Butler joined Spartan in January 2007 as its Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President.  He was instrumental in the company's recent reorganization and financial restructuring and was subsequently elected by the company's Board of Directors to his current position.  Before joining Spartan, he served as President of Houma Industries, a large offshore oilfield fabrication and construction contractor.  Prior to working at Houma Industries, Mr. Butler served as Division CEO for Pool Energy Services' Pool Offshore Division which operated a fleet of 22 offshore jack-up, barge and platform rigs.  He has considerable domestic and international rig design, rig construction and rig operating experience, the majority of which is in the US Gulf of Mexico, South East Asia and the Middle East.  Mr. Butler was instrumental in developing Pool's expansion into international offshore markets, particularly in the Middle East with Pool Arabia and in Alaska with Pool Arctic Alaska.  Additionally, while at Pool Energy Services, Mr. Butler was actively involved in developing offshore platform rigs which are still in use in the Alaskan Cook Inlet and developing Pool's two jackup rig designs that were operated in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf and in the Gulf of Mexico.  He was also responsible for developing the first movable platform rigs designed to operate on deep water floating production facilities.  These rigs continue to be the core asset of Pool Offshore's predecessor.  Mr. Butler holds a BS degree in Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture from Mississippi State University and a MBA from Tulane University.

Chris Hellyer
Chief Financial Officer

Chris Hellyer joined Spartan Offshore as Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. He previously worked at Baker Hughes where he provided financial leadership to its process and pipeline services, reservoir consulting and software, chemicals and drilling services product lines. While at Baker, Chris was involved in several merger and acquisition transactions and specialized in supporting international operations. Chris also has prior experience with Arthur Andersen and Pool Energy Services. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a licensed certified public accountant.

Paul Kessler

Paul Kessler
Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Paul Kessler joined Spartan Offshore in 2007 as vice president of Houston sales. He comes with over 25 years of oilfield sales experience, most recently working in offshore rig marketing for TODCO/Hercules.

Paul Kessler

Terry Parker
Vice President, Operations Support

Terry Parker joined Spartan Offshore in 2007 as director of materials and regulatory affairs. Prior, he was the national purchasing manager at Aggreko North America, a large multinational utility rental corporation responsible for supplying temporary utilities to such high profile projects as the 2002 Winter Olympics and more than 20 NFL Super Bowl Games. Parker was also the director of materials and regulatory affairs at Pool Offshore and Baker Marine. While at Baker, he was responsible for materials management and international logistics during the construction of some 74 jack-up rigs worldwide. Parker has studied at Virginia Tech, Southern Methodist and Tulane Universities.

Donnie Durham
Operations Manager

Donnie Durham joined Spartan Offshore in 2001 as Drilling Superintendent/Operations Manager.  Durham has experience in rig maintenance, scheduling, safety compliance and regulatory matters.  He previously worked for Nabors Offshore, R&B Falcon/Blake Workover & Drilling, Power Rig Drilling and Dean Shank Drilling.  Durham has 26 years experience in the rig business.