Mark Everitt: Bringing Excellence to Wireline
Integrity Wireline values competence, experience, character, and dependability. These traits, taken together, furnish a pretty good description of Mark Everitt, Integrity’s equipment/operations manager.
A Texas native, and a lifer in the oil business, Everitt is someone who has worked his way up the ladder by giving attention to detail and going the extra mile, no matter what the task.
Kelly Connally, CEO for Integrity Wireline, cited Everitt’s work ethic as remarkable and his skill set as top notch. Like all the other upper-level managers at Integrity Wireline, Everitt has been a wireline engineer himself.
“When Mark was still running a truck, he was a ‘wide variety’ guy,” Connally said. “As far as logging, perforating, vertical work, or horizontal work were concerned—he could do it all and do it well. He really specialized in logging. Every logging tool that you find in the industry, he could run.”
Wireline Trucks—His Stock in Trade
Matt Hargett, director of operations for Integrity, described Everitt’s expanded role, following Everitt’s most recent promotion. “He’s taken over the role of [managing] equipment,” Hargett said. “Like the truck fleet. He still helps out with the operations side of the business. But his main focus would be the trucks.”
Everitt acknowledged that he ensures that all the equipment that is needed for any job is ready to go—on schedule, and in proper condition and working order.
“As far as equipment is concerned, I do the mechanical side of it,” he said. “Plus the computer side of it. I make sure everything is job-ready.”
Everitt is responsible for the entire Integrity fleet. That includes, of course, every wireline truck they operate. “If it’s in this yard, then it’s part of my responsibility to make sure it’s ready to go,” he said. “Whether it’s for the horizontal work or the daily stuff or whatever.”
Kelly Connally agreed. “That’s anywhere from the chassis to the cabin. It’s the whole wireline truck,” Connally said.
It’s a job that comes with serious responsibilities. As Everitt says, “If it [truck or equipment] breaks out in the field, I’m the one who gets called. I get calls in the middle of the night. It’ll be someone saying, ‘Hey, my truck’s acting up.’”
If the call comes from hours away, even hundreds of miles away—and that does happen—then Everitt might have to dispatch the necessary expertise. “So maybe I’ll call the mechanic and send him out. If it’s something involving the drum or the computer system, then I’ll handle it and I’ll call in, if necessary, the people I need to get help with that.”
Send the Hot Shot
Integrity has hot shot trucks to expedite hardware, and sometimes also the hands to go with it, to the sites where needed.
Mostly, though, Everitt’s work has to do with daily or routine maintenance, because breakdowns are relatively rare—and that is a testament to his own managerial care and also the work of others in the Integrity organization.
Whether that maintenance is done in the Abilene, Texas, headquarters or in remote locations, the skills sets call for both old school and new school knowhow.
“Say a truck comes back here to the shop,” Everitt said. “We’ll pull it in and we’ll do a preliminary check on it. We’ll also run the drums. We get new line put on them. We’ll do all we can here to make sure we send out something that’s ready to go. Sure, it’s machinery—it’s going to have its issues eventually. But as far as scheduling, getting line put on the trucks, getting computer systems updated, we do all that. If the chain needs adjusting, we make arrangements for that.”
Oh, and there’s plenty more to be done. Plenty. Connally remarks, “There’s arranging for equipment to be swapped out, that needs to be worked on. There’s maintenance of the grease units. Scheduling service certifications.”
And yet more besides. Too much to describe here.
It all started for Everitt out in the field.
“I’ve spent about seven years running a truck. I’d spent about nine years in it [field work] prior to that. I started on the ground and then worked my way up.”
What he describes is typical for managers at Integrity Wireline. Every one of the top guys has run a truck and crew. That gives each of them an indispensible handle on every aspect of the work.
“Between all of us, we have a lot of years of experience,” Everitt says.
Everitt’s last stop before coming to Integrity Wireline was his stint at API. Just prior to API, he worked at Basic Energy Services.
Connally has known Everitt for many years, and their working relationship goes back to prior employers—back before either of them arrived at Integrity Wireline. Said Connally: “When we were working over at API, when I was an operations manager, I could call on Mark to do anything. Mark had a wide clientele when he was an engineer for API. That’s because there were a lot of customers who just wanted Mark, and wanted him forever. He’s very knowledgeable.
“Plus, he’s a big family man,” Connally said. “He’s very involved with his kids. He’s also very involved with his community and he does a lot with the athletic booster club. He’s a big Christian. He’s a deacon at his church. He’s just a good guy.”
Everitt grew up in Denver City, Texas, a town about 15 miles from the border of New Mexico, lying about 25 miles northeast of Hobbs. It’s oil country. Mark and his wife have one son who entered into studies at Texas Tech University in the fall of 2019. They have another son who is a high school sophomore, and their lone daughter is a seventh grader. They maintain their home in Albany, Texas.