Parker Training Center Instructors

Terry Guth, Ph.D. - Learning & Development Manager

Terry Guth manages the design and implementation of assessment, learning and training programs to optimize the performance of Parker Drilling personnel. He enjoys more than 20 years of hands-on Human Resources and Organizational Development/Training experience in a wide range of industries. Along with his pioneering work in the field of change optimization, he is skilled at executive team building and facilitation, competency modeling, organizational and leadership development, executive coaching, talent management, succession planning, recruiting selection and retention, compensation and career path programs, training, and performance management. As a seasoned learning and organizational development expert, Terry has planned and developed large capital project management programs, and designed and implemented automated HR delivery systems. Prior to joining Parker, Terry was Vice President, Organization Development and Corporate Human Resources for Cooper Industries, where he led the internal group responsible for corporate employee relations, change management, succession planning, performance, and leadership development. Terry earned a BA in Psychology from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville). He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Organization Development Network.

Vladimir Agafonov – HSE/Technical/Well Control Trainer (Yuzhno – Sakhalinsk, Russia)

Currently stationed in Russia, Vladimir has been employed by Parker Drilling since 1993. Before joining Parker, worked in the military and mining industries in Iraq and India. He worked in Tengiz, Kazakhstan for 10 years and on Sakhalin Island, Russia for three years as an HSE /Training Supervisor. He joined the Parker Training Department in 2006 and has since conducted HSE-related, technical and well control training throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Vladimir is certified to instruct to MMS and IADC standards, and holds an ASTD Training and NEBOSH General certifications.

Chad Lacour – HSE/Technical/Well Control Trainer (New Iberia, Louisiana)

Chad has nearly 20 years' experience in the oilfield. During his career he worked for several oilfield service companies, maintaining pipe handling and rental equipment, testing BOP’s and performing BOP stack lifting operations on rig sites before serving as a rig dispatcher and medic. He later moved on to become an HSE consultant/trainer for several major oil and gas companies. He has worked on numerous offshore locations, including jack-up rigs, lay barges, production platforms, lift boats and diving operations in the Gulf of Mexico before joining the Parker Training Center. Chad holds an ASTD Training Certificate, and is a Medic First Aid Instructor, Defensive Driving instructor, and a NORM RSO, and is qualified to teach numerous HSE courses, technical courses and IADC Well Control.

Ton Martono - HSE Staff Trainer (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Ton Martono started his career in the oilfield as an HSE Coordinator working in Parker Drilling's Indonesia division on drilling and workover operations. In 2005, he worked as a Senior QA/HSE Advisor in Parker's Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan divisions. He then joined the Parker Training Center, where he teaches Rig Pass, Rigger Training and other HSE-related courses.

Sean Mills - Site Manager, HSE/Technical/Well Control Trainer (Anchorage, Alaska campus)

Sean has more than 20 years of experience in the oilfield. He began his career as an electrician, worked as a mechanic and was promoted to driller. He then worked for a service company as a senior engineer installing, maintaining, troubleshooting repairing drilling tools. He was transferred from the field to their training department where he began his training career. Sean has worked in the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, the U.S. West Coast, South America and Mexico. In addition to being certified as an Industrial Hydraulic Specialist, Siemens Step 5 & Step 7 PLC, Siemens AC VFD, and Medic First Aid Instructor, he is also certified to instruct to MMS, IADC and IWCF standards and holds an ASTD Training certification.

Miguel Hernandez Szymanski - HSE Staff Trainer (Villahermosa, Mexico)

Miguel started his career in the oilfield as a rig translator, and later became an HSE Supervisor for land rigs and barge rigs. He then worked as an HSE Coordinator overseeing quality assurance for drilling operations. Miguel instructs Rig Pass, Rigger Training, PTW, STOP and other HSE-related courses.