Meet Cactus’ new superintendent David Dennis

David Dennis may have been in the oilfield for 20 years, but he’s been a superintendent for Cactus for six months. He’s definitely been around the block a few times and he knows what it takes to make a good leader.

“I think I’m good with people,” he said. “I enjoy helping others, interviewing new hires and teaching what I know to anyone who will listen.”

That’s quite the understatement. In fact, Dennis is passionate about teaching and his face completely lights up when he discusses recruiting.

“I want to see an employee promoted,” he said. “I can usually tell from the first interview if a person has what it takes. You can see it in their eyes if they were born to do this. I push them hard to climb the ladder and I’ll do whatever I can to help them reach their goals.”

Josh Simons, VP of Operations, says Dennis has proven himself as a strong and capable leader, both as a toolpusher and a superintendent.

“His focus on developing people and building relationships reflects our core values as a company,” he said. “We are glad to have his leadership,”

Dennis manages rigs 111, 150, 151, 152 and 164. He commends his toolpushers and drillers for making his job easier.

“Everyone just takes care of business,” he said. “I leave everything to the toolpushers, their drillers and their roughnecks. They run the show. I just referee every once in a while. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.”

Dennis also praises the family-oriented culture of Cactus Drilling.

“Ron and Kathy really care,” he said. “It starts at the top and goes all the way down to the last individual hired. I’m grateful to have a chance to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity and a dream job. I couldn’t ask for more.”