Dennis Kruse is senior vice president of drilling for Tall City Exploration, an exploration and production oil and gas company headquartered in Midland, Texas.
Kruse began his 37-year career in the oil and gas industry with Gulf Oil Company and Chevron in the Permian Basin. Working in a variety of roles that included drilling foreman, drilling engineer, superintendent and engineering adviser, he quickly gained experience drilling deep Delaware Basin gas wells, underpressured drilling environments, large infill waterflood projects and numerous horizontal wells.
In 1997, Kruse formed Drillmark Consulting, an engineering and wellsite consulting firm, and managed projects for companies across Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He merged his firm in 2004 with EPI Consultants, a subsidiary of Cudd Pressure Control, and continued to serve as vice president and general manager. From 2006 until joining Tall City Exploration, Kruse worked as an independent project manager, operator and partner on projects across the state of Texas that included Wolfberry play, Barnett Shale, and the third Bone Springs sands.
Active in the oil and gas industry, Kruse is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a founding member of the Permian Basin chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers. He has also been honored by the Texas Tech University Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering with membership in the Academy of Petroleum Engineering.
Kruse graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He and his wife Vickie have two children — Reagan, who received her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Texas Tech in 2015, and Brynn, who is currently studying finance and management at Texas Tech University.