We all play different roles at First Drilling.

From the drill team, to our maintenance team, to our safety and training team, to our home office… we are proud to call ourselves drillers.

Our team may wear hard hats, turn wrenches, or review safety procedures. We may sit in offices or operate heavy equipment. But every one of us is First Drilling.

We are all in the business of drilling rock.

United States Division

Kyle Rhoderick


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As CEO of Tarn Drilling, Kyle Rhoderick brings a unique perspective. He has over 20 years of technical and management experience in the mining and mineral industry in a variety of roles. Kyle has been a mine geologist, a surveyor, mine planning engineer, drill and blast engineer, open pit production foreman, underground production general foreman, corporate raw materials manager and contracting manager. These experiences underlay his vision for First Drilling. Kyle holds a B.S. in Geology from Auburn University. He is also a certified MSHA trainer.

Sean Fanning


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Appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2013, Sean Fanning brings several decades of experience in the drilling industry in the USA and Australia, including time spent at Major Drilling and Boart Longyear, as well as owning a drilling company. During this time, he filled a variety of senior operational and financial roles – from General Manager, USA Environmental and VP Finance Global Drilling Services, to General Manager Drilling, Asia Pacific and Regional Financial Controller. Sean has led financial and management teams in the negotiation and integration of multiple acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Adelaide and is currently a CPA in good standing in both Australia and the USA (Utah).

Chris Morris

Manager of US Operations

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Chris Morris has been working in the industry for over 30 years. Leveraging his extensive experience in the field, he has held various management positions with First Drilling, including manager of CDU, the Australian affiliate. For several years he was responsible for operations management in Alaska and the North West United States. He now looks after the field operations in the United States.

Australian Division

Paul Mander

VP Australian Operations

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Paul joined First Drilling in October 2014 and has over 25 years’ experience within the Australian and international drilling industry. Prior to joining First Drilling Australia, Paul was with Layne Christensen as VP of Operations for the Mineral Service division based in the USA responsible for the Australian, African and North American drilling units. After starting his career RC drilling, Paul joined Boart Longyear to become a multipurpose driller working both surface and underground. He progress through to supervision of operations and into management. Additionally, Paul also spent two and a half years with Imdex Limited managing international mud companies. Paul holds degrees in Mining Engineering from Curtin University and an MBA from Deakin University.

Safety Excellence

Operate safely or not at all – no task is worth doing in an unsafe manner.


Solutions driven – focusing on the needs of the customer.


Conduct ourselves in a manner that advances the reputation of ourselves, our company and our industry in the workplace and in public.


Achieve more than what is expected.


The industry’s “Go To” services provider, offering a comprehensive service to our customer.



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