John Sanchez

President and CEO

John began his career as a field service engineer for Schlumberger working offshore for 4 years before moving into various technical and management roles. In his time with Schlumberger, John relocated to Norway and England before settling back in Houston, Texas, his hometown. John’s oil and gas career spans more than 30 years with Schlumberger, Nabors Industries and Baker Hughes where he oversaw business units, technology centers and manufacturing centers of excellence.  These opportunities enabled him to develop an extensive background in technology development and commercialization.  John enjoys working with teams to develop lean operations with a strong focus on business growth.

John received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and has completed various executive training programs at MIT.

John Kenner


Vision and success define John’s 33 years of leadership experience in domestic and international service and manufacturing. In 2011, John founded and grew Summit ESP into an electrical submersible pump market leader before its sale to Halliburton in 2017. Before founding Summit, John was the President of the $1.6bn+ Schindler Elevator Corporation, the North America operating company of the $8bn+ global Schindler Group. Mr. Kenner brings more than 20 years of operations, marketing, and engineering experience from his critical roles at Baker Hughes. Having held positions of President, Vice President of North America, and Vice President of Marketing and Engineering, John possesses a unique ability to build, develop, and drive success in domestic and foreign markets. John holds a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Hernando Chavez

Chief Financial Officer

Hernando has over 16 years of leadership experience in both public and private oil field service organizations and has held senior financial leadership roles in FP&A, Corporate Finance, and cost accounting for manufacturing and service organizations. He’s held finance leadership roles at Dril-Quip, Inc, IMI Critical Engineering, and Lufkin Industries.  His career has focused on building finance and accounting teams that are strategic business partners and add value throughout the organization.

He has a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Houston and an MBA from Sam Houston State University.

Jonathan Hadaway

Vice President Operations

Jonathan brings more than 10 years of experience from Cameron’s Surface Systems division where he held various operational leadership roles in the Marcellus Shale and Permian Basin focusing on wellhead, frac rental and flowback. He also served as Commercial Manager for North America where he built successful teams supporting proposals, commercial agreements, pricing, and frac rental billing. Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2010 with a BBA in Marketing.

Gerrit Bennis

Vice President Sales

Gerrit brings over 10 years of leadership and management experience from his Surface Wellhead Regional leadership role at Cameron, focusing on the Permian Basin. His talent in developing a successful sales team, providing operation support, demand plan management, and product development will serve him well in supporting West Texas Customers. Gerrit is an active member and Vice President of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). Mr. Bennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Texas State University.

Brandon Cain

Director of Engineering

Brandon brings more than 20 years of proven success in developing and driving engineering, focusing on technology and innovation within surface wellhead and artificial lift products. With former roles at Weatherford Artificial Lift in Engineering Leadership and Product Line Management, Brandon brings a keen knowledge of Surface Wellhead, rod pumping units, and industrial pump technology. Brandon’s expertise also extends to Surface Wellhead from his experience as a design engineer at FMC Technologies in Houston, Texas. Mr. Cain holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Brandon currently holds 17 US patents related to surface wellhead, FRAC, and artificial lift products.

Craig Cotton

Director of Technical Products

Craig brings 39 years of Technical, Operational, and Sales experience in the Wellhead and Pressure Control Equipment Industry. His former role as the North America Technical Sales Manager from his 26 years at Cameron offers a unique insight to drive technology and innovation into pressure control systems and equipment.  Craig’s knowledge base includes 15 years of Middle Eastern experience with leadership roles overseeing Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, and Pakistan. Craig started his career in California with Cameron as an offshore Service Technician. Mr. Cotton holds 24 patents related to the Wellhead and Pressure Control Industry.

Scott Ellisor

Director of Supply Chain

Scott brings over 13 years of global leadership experience in international supply chains and product management.  With previous roles as Sr. Supply Chain Manager and SIOP Manager, Scott developed critical supply chain processes as well as managed global supply chain operations to maximize efficiency, reduce risk, and minimize overall cost.

Scott is an active member of the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) and holds a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification. In addition, Mr. Ellisor holds an M.B.A. from The University of Houston and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mike Pursley

Training Manager

Mike brings more than 40 years of oil and gas experience to ensure our staff is trained and efficient in the best practices of their roles. Mike has the global expertise and knowledge to lead our team with broad expertise from his Regional Operations roles at Weir Oil & Gas, 17 years leading the FMC University as the Global Training Manager, and experience on drilling rigs. Mike started his career in Western Oklahoma as a hand on a drilling rig.

Chris Franz

Health, Safety & Environment Manager

Chris manages the HSSE functions for all Atlas Pressure Control staff and facilities.  He brings a diverse background in training, management, and leadership from his many roles in law enforcement over 27 years.  This prepared him for his QHSSE roles and experience in the oil and gas industry for the last ten years in Texas, Colorado, Utah, and North Dakota. Chris attended National American University (Denver) where he studied in Applied Management with an emphasis in Public Safety.