Management

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Chief Executive Officer

Mark is a fourth generation Jones’ family member involved in the oil industry. As the CEO of Franklin Well Services, LLC, Mark is responsible for leading the development and execution of Franklin’s long term strategy with a view of increasing customer satisfaction while remaining a profitable operation able to invest in future technologies.

Mark has worked in the oil fields since his childhood days. Prior to becoming CEO at Franklin, Mark spent 20+ years in leadership roles with Pioneer Oil Company, Inc, an exploration and production company, Pioneer Oil Field Services, Inc, a drilling company, as well as Franklin.

Lonnie Schultz

Lonnie Schultz

Operations Manager

Born and raised in Lawrence County Illinois, Lonnie joined Franklin Well Services, LLC in 2012 and brought extensive management experience from different industries with a strong focus on customer relations/satisfaction and safety. Most recently, Lonnie was promoted to Operations Manager where he will ensure that the goods and services provided meet Franklin Well Services’ quality standard and generates positive feedback from clients. As Operations Manager, he will see that the appropriate equipment is provided to successfully complete each job by making optimal use of the resources of the Company. Lonnie is also responsible for the recruiting and training of new employees as well as daily project planning and management for Franklin Well Services, LLC.

Lonnie holds certifications from Wild Well Control, OSHA, IADC Rig Pass, as well as being an IADC Safeland Instructor and a certified Petroleum Safety Administrator through The National Association of Safety Professionals. He continues his training within well servicing operations for well stimulation, acidizing and cement operations.

Roger Meier

Roger Meier

Drilling Fluids Manager

Roger graduated from Lincoln Trail College with a degree in Petroleum Technology and began his career in the petroleum industry when hired by Dresser Magcobar in 1977. Roger attended Magcobar's drilling fluids school in Houston, Texas and, after graduating from mud school, was placed in the Illinois Basin. In 1986, Roger was promoted to District Engineer, supervising personnel, sales and technology in the Illinois, Michigan, and Appalachian districts. Roger continued that status through the merge of Dresser Magcobar and Halliburton Imco which is now called M-I Drilling Fluids Company, LLC. Roger then joined Schwartz Drilling Fluids Co., LLC. as Vice-President of Drilling Fluids, where he continued to serve the Illinois Basin and areas of West Virginia.

Roger was instrumental in planning of the drilling fluid program used to drill Schlumberger's equipment test horizontal well in southern Indiana. Three different types of drilling fluids (bentonite, biopolymer and oil mud) were used to drill this well, as well as fluid spacers and balanced weighted pills. While with M-I Drilling Fluids Company, Roger assembled and sub contracted several independent companies in proposing a method of sealing 28 ft. and 40 ft. diameter vertical water tunnels by creating a 4 ft. outer ring of a bentonite drilling fluid and various loss circulation materials with the inner volume remaining clear water. Franklin Well Services has provided a hybrid KCL fluid system for many of the CO2 Sequestration wells disposing in the Mt. Simon formation.

In 2002, Roger joined the forces of Franklin Well Services, LLC. as Drilling Fluids Manager. Roger reintroduced Halliburton Baroid to Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Franklin Well Services sells and services Halliburton Baroid products and has expanded Franklin's market share in the basin. Roger has overseen Franklin’s cementing, acidizing, and fracturing operations and is currently overseeing the Drilling Fluids Department, which is his area of expertise.

Jerry Robinson

Jerry Robinson

Technical Manager

Jerry is the third generation working in the oilfields of the Illinois Basin. After serving in the US Army, Jerry’s oilfield career began working for Dowell as an Equipment Operator, Service Supervisor and Sales Engineer. Following training at Dowell Schlumberger’s Field Engineer Candidate program, he was promoted to Sales Engineer.

Jerry worked for Marathon Oil Company as a Design and Evaluation Engineer and as a Service Manager. He was later employed by Citizen Resources Development Corporation and was responsible for special projects but primarily developing a horizontal jetting system. He joined the Franklin Well Services’ team in 2002 where he holds the position of Technical Manager.

Jerry is a member of the Independent Oil Producers Association, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Illinois Oil and Gas Association. He is also a member of the Indiana Oil and Gas Association, where he was a past Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors. He was most recently awarded the 2016 recipient of the “Service Person of the Year” award from the IOGA.

Daniel Kendrick

Jonathan Gatten

Technical Sales

Jonathan began his career with Franklin Well Services in 2010 as a drilling fluids engineer. After attending Mudtech Laboratories Mud School in Houston, Jonathan spent the next 9 years building relationships with his customers throughout the Illinois Basin as a “mud man”.

In 2019, Jonathan joined the Franklin Well Services sales team. He works daily to increase his knowledge in this role to provide the best service possible to the customers of Franklin Well Services.

Daniel Kendrick

Daniel Kendrick

Technical Sales

Dan grew up in Grayville, Illinois and was exposed to the oilfield early in his life. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. After returning home from college, Dan worked at various jobs in the petroleum field in the Illinois Basin. From Alabama to New York State, Dan has worked in all of the major play areas over the last 30 years serving in various capacities. After spending 20 years with BJ Services/Baker Hughes, rising to the position of Regional Engineer, he returned to Illinois.

Dan has authored many papers and studies concerning the proper cementing and fracturing of both vertical and horizontal wells in the various basins he has worked. Several of them have been featured in national publications.

Dan came to work for Franklin Well Service in August of 2012. He presently holds the position of Technical Sales.

Stan Stoltz

Stan Stoltz

Technical Sales

Stan Stoltz became involved in the oilfield industry 35 years ago. He did roustabout work and operated various types of equipment before then joining Dowell-Schlumberger in 1987. This job took him to many locations, including Canada, California, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and West Virginia. In 1998 he became a service supervisor for Schlumberger before joining Franklin Well Services in 2002 as a Service Supervisor and later an Operations Manager.

Stan currently is in the sales department and enjoys meeting and talking to clients with all of their well needs. He is an active member of the Illinois Oil & Gas Association.

Matt Donaldson

Matt Donaldson

Operations Manager - Fairfield Office

Matt began his career in the oilfield in 1988 initially on drilling rigs. His vast experience in areas of our industry include pumping wells, drillstem testing, power tongs, in addition to workover and drilling rigs. Matt was previously employed by a cementing and drilling fluids services provider.

In 2007 he accepted a position with Franklin Well Service as a supervisor, and currently manages the Fairfield facility. Matt has 16 years of experience in the cementing and drilling fluids services.