chief roughneck award

Texas artist Torg Thompson originally created Joe for 1950s print advertisements.

Every year since 1955, the Chief Roughneck award has recognized one individual whose accomplishments and character represent the highest ideals of the oil and natural gas industry.

The traditional Joe Roughneck bust, originally created by artist Torg Thompson and presented to each recipient, began life in Lone Star Steel Company print advertising. Joe was adopted by the drilling industry by popular demand, becoming “as universal as a rotary rig.”

Today, Joe’s bust can be found at the top of memorials in four Texas parks. He has been saluted by two Governors of Texas, named “Man of the Month” by a popular magazine, and has been the subject of countless newspaper articles, along with many radio and television commentaries. Learn more in Meet Joe Roughneck.

ConocoPhillips CEO awarded 2017 Chief Roughneck

ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan M. Lance received the 2017 Chief Roughneck Award during the 88th annual meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in Naples, Florida.

U.S. Steel Senior Vice President -Tubular Business David Rintoul presented Lance with the 62nd Chief Roughneck bronze bust and hard hat on November 10 at the Ritz-Carlton.

ConocoPhillips opened two petroleum museums as part of Oklahoma’s 2007 statehood centennial. The 2016 Chief Roughneck, Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, was instrumental in establishing Oklahoma’s Ames Astrobleme Museum in 1992.

The Chief Roughneck Award was created to honor lifetime achievements of petroleum industry leaders. U.S. Steel Tubular Products, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, presents the award. The company is the largest fully integrated tubular products manufacturer in North America. The award is widely recognized as one of the industry’s highest honors.

Chief Roughneck Award Recipients since 1955

chief roughneck award

2013 Chief Roughneck Bruce Vincent, president of Swift Energy, was interviewed in 2008 in Houston by Bruce Wells of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society.

2017 Chief Roughneck
Ryan M. Lance
Chairman and CEO
ConocoPhillips

2016 Chief Roughneck
Harold G. Hamm
Chairman and CEO
Continental Resources

2015 Chief Roughneck
Lee K. Boothby
Chairman, President and CEO
Newfield Exploration Company

2014 Chief Roughneck
Jeffrey L. Ventura
President and CEO
Range Resources

2013 Chief Roughneck
Bruce H. Vincent
President and Director
Swift Energy Company

2012 Chief Roughneck
Charles D. Davidson
Chairman and CEO
Noble Energy, Inc.

2011 Chief Roughneck
Michael C. Linn
Executive Chairman
Linn Energy, LLC

2010 Chief Roughneck
Aubrey K. McClendon
Chairman and CEO
Chesapeake Energy Corporation

2009 Chief Roughneck
Harold Korell
Chairman of the Board
Southwestern Energy Company

2008 Chief Roughneck
Diemer True
Chairman and Founder
Diamond Companies of Wyoming

2007 Chief Roughneck
John B. Walker
President and Chief Executive Officer
EnerVest

2006 Chief Roughneck
Mark Papa
President
EOG Resources, Inc.

2005 Chief Roughneck
Ray L. Hunt
Chief Executive Officer
Hunt Oil Company

2004 Chief Roughneck
George M. Yates
Chairman and President
HEYCO Energy Group, Inc.

2003 Chief Roughneck
Robert J. Allison, Jr.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Anadarko Petroleum

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2002 Chief Roughneck
Robert L. Nance
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nance Petroleum

2001 Chief Roughneck
James Cleo Thompson, Jr.
Chairman and President
Thompson Petroleum

2000 Chief Roughneck
J. Larry Nichols
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Devon Energy

1999 Chief Roughneck
Lew O. Ward
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ward Petroleum

1998 Chief Roughneck
Jon Rex Jones
Chairman
Jones Energy, Ltd.

1997 Chief Roughneck
George A. Alcorn
President
Alcorn Exploration

1996 Chief Roughneck
John A. Yates
President
Yates Petroleum

1995 Chief Roughneck
Eugene L. Ames, Jr.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Venus Exploration

1994 Chief Roughneck
C.J. (Pete) Silas
Chairman
Phillips Petroleum Company

1993 Chief Roughneck
Danny H. Conklin
Partner
Philcon Development Company

1992 Chief Roughneck
Irene S. Wischer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Panhandle Producing Company

1991 Chief Roughneck
George P. Mitchell
Chairman and President
Mitchell Energy & Development Company

1990 Chief Roughneck
Chester R. Upham
Owner and General Manager
Upham Gas Company

1989 Chief Roughneck
Raymond H. Hefner Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bonray Energy Corporation

1988 Chief Roughneck
Robert G. Fowler
President and Chief Operating Officer
Enserch Exploration

1987 Chief Roughneck
E.L. (Chick) Williamson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana Land and Exploration Company

1986 Chief Roughneck
Lloyd N. Unsell
President
IPAA

1985 Chief Roughneck
A.V. Jones Jr.
Chairman
Jones Company

1984 Chief Roughneck
Kye Trout Jr.
Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Energy Resources

1983 Chief Roughneck
Dean A. McGee
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Kerr-McGee

1982 Chief Roughneck
Jack M. Allen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alpar Resources

1981 Chief Roughneck
Robert O. Anderson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Richfield

1980 Chief Roughneck
Edwin L. Cox
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Cox Oil & Gas Company

1979 Chief Roughneck
L. Frank Pitts
Owner
Pitts Oil Company

1978 Chief Roughneck
J. Hugh Liedtke
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pennzoil Company

1977 Chief Roughneck
Charles H. Murphy Jr.
Chairman
Murphy Oil Company

1976 Chief Roughneck
R.L. (Bob) Foree
Owner
Foree Oil

1975 Chief Roughneck
C. John Miller
Partner
Miller Brothers

1974 Chief Roughneck
Roy Guffey
Owner
Roy Guffey Drilling Company

1973 Chief Roughneck
Wayne E. Glenn
President
Continental Oil Company

1972 Chief Roughneck
W.A. Moncrief
President and Chief Executive Officer
Moncrief Oil

1971 Chief Roughneck
M.A. (Mike) Wright
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Humble Oil & Refining Company

1970 Chief Roughneck
W.F. (Dink) Dalton
President
Placid Oil Company

1969 Chief Roughneck
Jack E. Kadane
Owner
G.E. Kadane & Son

1968 Chief Roughneck
L.B. Meaders
Chief Executive Officer
Halliburton Company

1967 Chief Roughneck
E.D. Brockett Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Gulf Oil Corporation

1966 Chief Roughneck
H.L. Hunt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hunt Oil Company

1965 Chief Roughneck
H.A. (Dave) True
Partner
True Oil and True Drilling

1964 Chief Roughneck
J. Harold Dunn
Chairman
Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation

1963 Chief Roughneck
Bruce C. Clardy
President
L.R. Development, Limited

1962 Chief Roughneck Col. Alvin C. Hope
Partner
Rowan and Hope

1961 Chief Roughneck
Johnny Mitchell
President, Jade Oil
Vice Chairman, Christie, Mitchell & Mitchell

1960 Chief Roughneck
Earl Hollandsworth
Partner
Hollandsworth Oil Company

1959 Chief Roughneck
J.L. (Slatz) Latimer
Chairman
Magnolia Petroleum and Magnolia Pipe Line Company

1958 Chief Roughneck
Guy I. Warren
Vice President and Part Owner
Renwar Oil Corporation

1957 Chief Roughneck
Arch Rowan
Owner
Rowan Drilling Company

1956 Chief Roughneck
Jake L. Hamon
Partner
Jake L. Hamon Oil

1955 Chief Roughneck
R.E. (Bob) Smith
Independent
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