Mitchell Management

Human Resources are Priceless

Strategically navigating difficult times and taking care of our clients is the foundation of the success of the Geo. N. Mitchell Drilling company.

We feel fortunate to have a team of dependable, experienced employees who are devoted to making each project a rewarding endeavor for our clients. Under the supervision of Ron Wooten, Vice President of Finance, Kim York and Karla Wilborn keep our office running smoothly while our Safety Consultant, Steve Hadra and Engineer and Safety Manager, Ryan Mitchell supervise the well being of our employees.

Our Field Operations, which include our rotary and service rig managers, mobilization team, mechanics, and rig technicians, are managed by Carl Julian, one of the most experienced oil drillers in the Illinois Basin.

Oil flows from energy and ideas, and it takes the right blend of people to put energy and ideas into action.


Four generations of Mitchells

Ryan, Chris, and the leadership spirit of the late Thomas and George N. Mitchell continue to uphold their “preferred driller” reputation in the Illinois Basin by being responsive, respectful, and resourceful.

Mitchell Drilling - Four generations of Mitchells

Well Served. Well Managed.

Mitchell Drilling is proud of our loyal and dedicated staff. Our administrative personnel, field crews, truck and equipment drivers, mechanics, engineers, and geologists work together like a well-oiled machine to ensure that our clients are well served and that our company is well managed.

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Strategically navigating difficult times and taking care of our clients is the foundation of the success of the George N. Mitchell Drilling company.

Four generations of Mitchells: Thomas, George, Chris, and now Ryan, continue to uphold their “preferred driller” reputation in the Illinois Basin” by staying on the cutting edge of drilling technology and by being responsive, respectful, and resourceful. The late George N. Mitchell's "don't give up" attitude and prudent management talents successfully steered the company through lean times. Retiring debt and storing rigs in the late 20th century prepared the Company to endure the depressed oil market in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This strategy positioned the Company for a brighter market in the 21st century.

Mitchell Drilling endures today because of the experience gained from those who lived and worked in the oil fields before us...and from the wisdom to listen and to learn from their mistakes.

Planning for the hard times is as important as tempering the rewards of success.


The late George N. Mitchell summarized his management philosophy with a favorite quote from President Theodore Roosevelt: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions ... and spends himself into a worthy cause ... who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement - and if he fails - at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Chris Mitchell, President & Geologist. In 1976, George N. Mitchell passed the torch to his son, Chris, but it was a position that was earned with years of sweat and tears, not by blood alone. Chris started in the oil fields as a roughneck in 1966 at the age of 13. This was his only source of income until he graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in geology. Chris Mitchell learned the qualities of leadership and calculated risk-taking from his father, George N. Mitchell. Today, Chris manages the company's growth, and his 'in the trenches' experience gives him a unique insight into all aspects of the business.

Ryan Mitchell, Engineer. Fourth generation driller, Ryan, is a graduate of the Engineering School at the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His involvement in Well Planning and Completion is bringing new ideas and technologies into the business.

Carl Julian, Vice President of General Field Operations. Organized and decisive, Carl’s life-long dedication and passion for his work are enormous contributing factors to the success of Mitchell Drilling. He has been referred to as “a giant among men in the oil drilling fields” by those who know and respect him.

Ron Wooten, CPA and Vice President of Finance. Ron is financially astute in all aspects of energy-related accounting and tax matters. His fiscal planning acumen and control keep our costs low and our pricing competitive for the value we bring to our clients.