Tuppen, Stennes, and Bulcher Join Boots & Coots

Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc., the premier pressure control company for the oil and gas industry, said Wednesday that James A. Tuppen and Wayne Stennes have joined the company in its Dubai location as Regional Manager Well Control Services and Regional Manager Safeguard, respectively. Bill Bulcher has joined Boots & Coots as Corporate Controller.

"The knowledge and leadership that the Company is gaining from each one of these gentlemen will benefit all of our stakeholders," said Jerry Winchester, chief executive officer of Boots & Coots. "They are all experts in their fields, and we are proud to have the best people on our team. It's our people who make us the premiere pressure control company in the industry."

Mr. Tuppen will lead the Company's well control operations in the Middle East. He has over 25 years of well firefighting and blowout control experience and 10 years of experience with snubbing, hot tapping, valve drilling, freeze services primarily involving well control situations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tuppen spent 16 years training under the direction of Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews as a senior specialist and principal of Boots & Coots LP.

Mr. Stennes will be responsible for managing the Safeguard contracts in the Middle East. He has over 25 years experience in the industrial fire and safety field, with an extensive background in emergency response. Throughout his career, Mr. Stennes has risen through the ranks, starting out as a well control specialist and rising to his most recent position of Regional Manager, Senior Well Control Specialist for the Middle East division of ALERT Disaster Control.

Mr. Tuppen and Mr. Stennes will join Phillip Volet in the Dubai location. Mr. Volet is the Middle Eastern Operations Manager for Hydraulic Well Control, the snubbing/hydraulic workover division of Boots & Coots Services.

"We are pleased to expand our operations in Dubai, which currently provides snubbing services," Winchester continued. "James and Wayne will allow us to better serve our customers and the region with additional pressure control services, including risk management, prevention and well control."

As Corporate Controller, Mr. Bulcher's primary role will be directing SEC reporting, internal financial reporting, business planning, and internal control compliance. He has over 20 years experience, mainly with National Oilwell Varco, Inc. where he most recently held the position of Director - Financial Reporting. Mr. Bulcher received his bachelor of science in business with a concentration in accounting from Wright State University, his master of business administration in finance from Xavier University in Cincinnati and is a Certified Public Accountant.

"Bill brings considerable corporate experience to the company," concluded Winchester. "His addition rounds out a strong and diligent corporate finance team that can support the next growth phase of Boots & Coots."

Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc., Houston, Texas, provides a suite of integrated oilfield services centered on the prevention, emergency response and restoration of blowouts and well fires as well as hydraulic workover/snubbing and hot tapping services around the world. Boots & Coots' proprietary risk management program, WELLSUREŽ, combines traditional well control insurance with post-event response as well as preventative services, giving oil and gas operators and insurance underwriters a medium for effective management of well control insurance policies. The company's SafeGuard program, developed for regional producers and operators sponsored by Boots & Coots, provides dedicated emergency response services, risk assessment and contingency planning, and continuous training and education in all aspects of critical well management.


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