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Fred Florence

President Rig Operations LLC

Fred Florence is the president of Rig Operations LLC and is retired from National Oilwell Varco as director of advanced drilling technology. He previously worked for several drilling contractors in engineering and operations roles in both land and offshore. He has served previously as chairman of the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section and remains as an active volunteer leading the Drillbotics competition. He is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer and has authored or coauthored numerous SPE papers on drilling automation. Florence holds a BS in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, as well as an MA in international management and an MBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.