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About Our Founder

Josh Comstock (1969-2016) founded C&J Energy Services in 1997 in Corpus Christi, Texas. From its humble beginning until his unexpected death in March 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, C&J grew rapidly from a small pressure pumping business working in South Texas with an employee base of two, into one of the largest, most respected and diversified completion and production services companies in the onshore oilfield services industry, with operations in all of the major oil and gas producing regions of the continental United States and Western Canada.

As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Comstock was responsible for the vision, strategy, and leadership of the Company and under his management, C&J Energy Services achieved substantial organic- and acquisition-based growth. Mr. Comstock led the Company through its initial public offering in July 2011, a milestone that he often said represented the realization of one of his major life goals. Between 2011 and 2015, C&J Energy Services successfully executed an aggressive growth strategy that significantly diversified the Company’s service offerings and geographic reach. Most notably, in March 2015, Mr. Comstock guided the Company through the $1.4 billion combination of C&J with the completion and production services business of Nabors Industries. Mr. Comstock was widely recognized for the tremendous growth and success of C&J Energy Services, including through honors such as “CEO of the Year” and “Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year®” nominations.  

Josh was a true entrepreneur–driven, intelligent, hardworking, and passionate–with a dynamic presence that made him larger than life. He often told the story of how he started C&J with $200 and a borrowed truck, fueled by an unwavering belief in himself and focus on the goal ahead. Josh was so proud and fiercely protective of his company and his people, and demonstrated it in a manner that inspired, engendered deep loyalty, and commanded respect. 

All of us at C&J are aware of the mighty shoes that we have to fill. We have a strong management team representing an impressive depth of experience, knowledge, personalities and perspectives. We are resolved to continue to build upon Josh’s legacy and fulfill his vision for C&J. We are all committed to continuing the C&J culture of “Excellence Delivered” and the values that we believe set us apart and make C&J truly great as we proudly advance the Company’s strategies for delivering differentiated value to our customers and shareholders.