Houston, TX 77084
As one of the most recognized inventors in the offshore oil & gas business, Horton Wison Deepwater founder and Vice-Chairman Ed Horton has the vision and the creativity combined with the vast amount of experience necessary to lead the Horton Wison team. The breadth and depth of Mr. Horton’s experience extends back to the early days of deepwater drilling when he was part of the Mohole project team in 1961. From that time on, Horton’s career was accentuated with numerous ground breaking developments, including his development and patent of the tension leg platform (TLP) and the spar. Together, these two products alone represent a considerable number of all the deepwater drilling and production systems operational in the world today. Mr. Horton holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Yale and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from USC. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has been awarded the Gibb’s Medal by the National Academy of Science. Mr. Horton has also received lifetime achievement awards by the Offshore Technology Conference, Offshore Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Petroleum Technology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also an Ocean Star Offshore Pioneer.
Strong leadership and effective communication skills combined with his more than 30 years of in depth experience in the offshore oil & gas industry are the assets that Mr. Navarre draws on as he leads some of the brightest engineers in the industry at Horton Wison Deepwater. A significant portion of his career has been focused on global management in offshore drilling with experience in frontier drilling operations, offshore floating drilling platform engineering, design, new construction, and international sales. Mr. Navarre previously served as COO of Horton and as Senior Vice President of Drilling Business Development with Wison Offshore & Marine. Prior to that, during his 25 year tenure with Global Marine Drilling Company, Mr. Navarre managed three floating platform projects in Finland at the same facility that has built the majority of all spar hulls - he also managed drilling operations in the North Sea, Egypt, Angola, the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. Mr. Navarre is a Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Navarre is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as an unlimited Chief Engineer and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, and the Marine Technology Society. He also sits on the board of directors of Horton Wison Deepwater.
Dr. Lyle Finn
Chief Technology Officer
Technology and innovation go hand in hand for Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Lyle Finn, who is the developer and patent holder on the compliant tower. His decades of experience have served him well as he continues to develop ground breaking computer programs to facilitate the oil and gas industry moving into deeper water. He holds 20 offshore related patents and has developed over 30 custom software applications which predict and analyze the behavior of offshore systems. Dr. Finn received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Wisconsin State University at Platteville, Wisconsin where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, an honorary freshman achievement society. He received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philsophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honorary society. All of this after a humble beginning as a Wisconsin farm boy who joined the Navy after high school. Dr. Finn has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASME’s Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Annual Conference, as well as an award for Best Paper. One of his early papers on compliant towers was recently among the initial inductees into the American Society of Civil Engineer’s OTC Hall of Fame Award for Pioneering Innovation and Lasting Impact.
Vice President Business Development
A Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Manchester in the UK, Mr. Harding has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Harding is responsible for business development within both Horton Wison Deepwater and HortonGMC. He is the founder of Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants which was acquired by Technip in 1988. Mr. Harding relocated to Houston shortly afterwards and held various executive positions within Technip and its predecessors. A current member of the board of directors of Gulf Island Fabrication, he was also the President of GL Noble Denton in the Americas before joining Ed Horton’s company last year. He is a keen pilot and volunteers through the Angel Flight charitable organization to fly financially distressed patients in need of medical help to and from Houston.
Vice President, Technology Development
Dr. Williams continues to lead offshore technology development in his role as Vice President of Technology Development with Horton Wison Deepwater, Inc. He brings over 25 years in the development of technology for the offshore market where has been actively engaged within both academia and the oil & gas industry. Throughout this time he has become regarded as a technical leader in the global performance analysis of floating production systems, particularly TLPs and semisubmersibles, as well as in computational dynamics and hydrodynamics, especially nonlinear wave-structure interactions. He has previously held leadership positions with major engineering contractors and as well as the position of professor at the University of Houston. He has been awarded on several occasions for his teaching and research and also holds a position as Associate Editor with the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Engineering. His research work has been highly published and presented at numerous offshore conferences and throughout industry publications. He holds a Ph.D. and B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Reading and a M.S. in Offshore Structures from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kim Mittendorf
Director of Projects
As Director of Projects with Horton Wison Deepwater, Dr. Kim Mittendorf applies over a decade of combined experience from both the offshore oil and gas and wind industries to his position. His deep knowledge of engineering, excellent visualization of physical processes, and project management skills enable him to lead several project teams.Kim holds a degree of Doctor of Science in Civil Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from the Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.As a doctoral researcher at the University of Hannover, he was part of the team which provided Germany with their first round of offshore wind research. He successfully developed proposals for public funding, and shaped and mentored joint research projects with universities, public institutions and industry partners to advance the offshore goals of the German government. He continued that work as a post-doctoral researcher at Texas A&M working for two major wind turbine manufacturers prior to his transition into the wind energy industry. While there, he led a team of engineers that developed the functional aspects of the Gamesa’s first offshore wind turbine and achieved certification of the design. After joining Horton Wison Deepwater in 2011, Kim utilized his technical expertise to provide engineering analysis for development of new offshore floating and seabed products as well as optimization and improvement of existing ones. In July 2013 he advanced into the role of Manager of Projects where he continues to provide leadership to project teams.Dr. Mittendorf is a published author of over 20 technical papers and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).