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Chatting With Chester Benge

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Leslie Haines
July 1, 2012

Chester B. Benge Jr. joined Big 6 Drilling Co. in 1955 as a combination secretary-bookkeeper. Only 25, he was hired as a management trainee with the view that he might run the company someday. It worked out pretty well: he became vice president in 1970 and since 1979, he has been president of the private Houston-based driller. He still works every day and maintains relationships with customers.

Since the company bought its first rig in 1945, it has drilled more than 3,500 wells, mostly in Texas and Louisiana, for over ...


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