VES Survey International is led by a team of entrepreneurs who share a passion for wellbore surveying and a commitment to innovation and extraordinary service.
Gary Vaughn, Co-Founder of VES Survey International, is based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Vaughn co-founded Vaughn Energy Services, the predecessor company to VES, in 1999, and oversees all U.S. operations, including service delivery, business development and training and recruitment. He has over 40 years of experience in the survey market, starting with Eastman Whipstock as a surveyor running gyro and magnetic survey instruments and then later as a district manager. Mr. Vaughn has founded and led a number of companies in the directional drilling and surveying market, including Multishot Inc. and Vaughn Guidance.
Nick Wallis, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of VES, is based in Tewkesbury, U.K. Mr. Wallis co-founded Vaughn Energy Services, the predecessor company to VES, in 1999 and oversees tool manufacturing, repair and technology development. He started his career in the aerospace industry before joining SperrySun in 1986 to work on the design and development of a gyro survey system. After completing that project, he worked for the company in business development on a worldwide basis. Following that, Mr. Wallis served as Managing Director of Russell Sub-surface until its acquisition in 1999. Mr. Wallis is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Electronics and an MBA.
David Jones, Controller of VES, is based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Jones has over 23 years of experience as accountant and controller, with a number of private companies and then in private practice. Mr. Jones started his career with BHP Holdings before being seconded into CITGO, a major BHP client. Following that, he spent five years as the financial controller of LMP, a Lime Rock-backed E&P company, before starting his own private practice in 2009. Mr. Jones is a CPA and CISA as well a Licensed Chartered Accountant in Australia.
Richard Aldaz, Latin America Operations Manager of VES, is based in Quito, Ecuador. He joined VES International in January 2013 from Directsurvey where he was President and CEO. He previously worked for Helmerich & Payne, Schlumberger, and Halliburton in various field operations, sales and management positions, including business development manager. Mr. Aldaz is also an entrepreneur, a member of SPE, and currently serves as Drilling Engineering adjunct professor at National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador.