Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer
Deloy Miller has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since December 1996, and was Chief Executive Officer from December 1997 to August 2008. Mr. Miller is a seasoned gas and oil professional with more than 40 years of experience in the drilling and production business in the Appalachian Basin. During his years as a drilling contractor, he acquired extensive geological knowledge of Tennessee and Kentucky.
A native Tennessean, Mr. Miller is credited with being the leader in converting the Appalachian Basin from cable tool drilling to air drilling, using the Ingersoll-Rand T3 Drillmaster rigs. The introduction of air drilling sparked the 1969 drilling boom, and Mr. Miller soon became a successful drilling contractor in the southern Appalachian Basin. He served two terms as president of the Tennessee Oil & Gas Association and, in 1978, the organization named him the Tennessee Oil Man of the Year. He continues to serve on the board of that organization. Mr. Miller was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to be the petroleum industry's representative on the Tennessee Oil & Gas Board, the state agency that regulates gas and oil operations in the state.