Patriot Mechanical Strengthen Management Team

Patriot Mechanical Handling has added to its senior management team, which will lead the company through the rapid expansion, as well as imminent growth, into the rig packages market.

Charles "Pat" Patrick is added as their VP of Products and Rig Packages. He will oversee equipment specifications, engineering and all facets of project management for their products and drilling packages. Pat brings over 30 years of equipment experience to the role. Prior to joining Patriot, Pat worked for Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Pat served as chairman of the IADC Maintenance Committee from 1999 until June 2006.

Kal Karmous has joined Patriot as VP Operations. He is responsible for building the company's production capacity and leads the operational management team. Kal has held various positions including Rig Manager, Operations Manager and Training Manager with Sedco Forex and GlobalSantaFe. His last position before joining Patriot was VP Engineering & Marketing for a jacking systems company. Kal holds a BS Mechanical Engineering degree with a minor in International Economics from North Carolina State University.

Tim Myers has joined Patriot as their VP Marketing & Sales and will lead the global sales force. He was previously with GlobalSantaFe where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations support, and marketing groups. Tim Myers is a 1995 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 1997 MBA graduate from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

George Taggart has joined Patriot as VP Business Development and will direct all aspects of the Global Aftersales Group, including Parts, Service, Training, Overhaul & Repair and Installation & Commissioning. He has over 20 years experience in the rig equipment market, having worked for National Oilwell and most recently Maritime Hydraulics where he was Regional Manager of the Caspian Sea Region.

Paul Findlay, CEO of Patriot stated, "We are very pleased to have attracted such high level experienced management to our team here at Patriot Mechanical Handling, Inc. The wealth of knowledge this adds to our company will prove to be very influential in our drive towards fulfilling our business development strategy."