George N. Mitchell
Chief Executive Officer

George N. Mitchell

George N. Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, knows victory and defeat. He was only nine when his family followed the oil boom in 1939 from Seminole, Oklahoma to the Illinois Basin. After two decades of highs and lows, George's father, Thomas A. Mitchell, passed away in December of 1960 leaving a fledgling, one rig drilling company to his family. During the next thirty years, George steered the company through financial difficulties, labor problems, and work shortages building the business into one of the largest and most respected drilling and service companies in the Illinois Basin.

In 1991, Mitchell received the IOGA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1979-1980 he was the recipient of an IOPA Service Award for Tri-State Outstanding Leadership and Industry Statemanship. He is also a member of the KOGA, IOPA, and several other oil and gas related organizations. Mitchell is a founder of the Tri-State Chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors. In 1984, Governor James Thompson of Illinois awarded Mitchell the distinction of being the outstanding drilling contractor in the State.

Mitchell served in the U.S. Navy, attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, and Lockyear's Business College in Evansville, IN. He is a Shriner and has contributed his time and effort to many local organizations. He is enjoying retirement with his wife, Mary Helen. His greatest achievements, son, Chris, and daughter, Georgia Lynn, have rewarded him with six grandchildren.