Chester B. Benge, Jr.
Chester Benge was first employed by Big "6" in 1955 as a combination secretary/bookkeeper and management trainee. He learned the business rapidly and within a short time was made Secretary/Treasurer of Big "6".
Mr. Benge worked for the company during the day and attended night classes at the University of Houston, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1959. He became Vice President in 1970 and President in 1979. Mr. Benge is a former Chairman of the University of Houston's Board of Regents.
He participated extensively in civic and professional organizations. As a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, he has served as Secretary, Vice President, President and Chairman of its Executive Committee.
Mr. Benge was a member of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the 25 Year Club of the Petroleum Industry. He was also an active member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church.