Member Profile: Gay L. Wathen

A native Texan, Gay L. Wathen was born in Henrietta, but has been a Houstonian for 54 years. Her father, Bobby Gill, started Gill Services, Inc. in the late 70’s and in 2012 National Oilwell Varco acquired the company. After graduating from Texas A & M University with a Psychology degree, she began her career working for her father at Gill. Wathen learned the value of customer service at an early age from her father, who worked in the oil patch for most of his life. “He always believed that quality and service were of the utmost importance,” she says. I believe that my team and I share that same philosophy today.

Mobile Rig, part of the Rig Technologies Division of National Oilwell Varco (NOV), manufactures, repairs, and services workover rigs, handling tools, bucking units, pump packages, and power swivels. Wathen is Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Rigs and Handling Tools in Houston.

Her biggest challenges are figuring ways to conduct business day to day, impacted by issues she cannot control, such as government, legal and political issues, price of oil, etc.  “It may be a situation with employees, customers, operations, or processes, but I love to see changes that make a difference,” she says. “I have a wonderful team. My guys and gals are knowledgeable, very dedicated and hard-working, and I am proud to be a part of that group. They have all taught me so much and I am honored to share in their struggles and successes.”

Wathen attended her first national meeting in 1993 and has not missed one since then. She has served the Executive Committee in various roles, including chairman of the Associates Advisory Committee, Treasurer and currently serving as the 1st Associate member elected as AESC President. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for many years. Positions she has held at the chapter level include chapter chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer. “Our chapter also started the Bobby Gill Memorial Golf Tournament, which has provided over $300,000 in scholarships for recipients of AESC member companies,” she says.

The AESC, she notes, is like no other organization when it comes to networking. “You build relationships with your customers, as well as your competitors,” she says. “AESC meetings are the most efficient way to see your customers all in one place, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. AESC is the place to build new relationships, learn about issues, and work together to strengthen our industry, making it better for all of us—and make lifelong friends along the way.”

This quote is from our Rig Technologies President, Joe Rovig, and I believe it applies today as it applied in 1977 with my Dad…

“In challenging times, how a team, individual and company performs is how one is defined. Work safely, deliver a quality product and service on time and on budget – this is who we are.”

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