Jonathan Martin, Black Mamba Rod Lift Founder, President & COO

Jonathan Martin

President, COO

Starting his career in 2010 at R&M Energy Systems (now NOV), Jon was instantly intrigued with down-hole plastics and the void of thought and understanding to non-linear performance. Having experience with thermosets (phenolics), Jon had pitched the idea of phenolic sucker rod guides to multiple manufacturers, as their performance is well suited for chemical, thermal, and wear-resistance. The first laughed at the idea, but RFG Petro Systems saw a need and benefit for a particular product line which is no longer offered. 

March of 2011, Jon was offered a position at Cameron International (now Schlumberger), as their resident Plastics Engineer for valve seats in all distributed valve products lines, as well as Product Engineer for Butterfly Valves, rubber seated and high-performance metal seated. It was during this time Plastics Consulting, LLC was formed for the development of phenolic down-hole products. RFG Petro Systems‘ President at the time recruited Jon to join the team after seeing what Plastics Consulting had created for wear-resistant polymeric compounds, ultimately joining RFG Petro Systems Fall of 2011 as a long-term consultant, intellectual property transfer and license.

In 2013 and 2014, RFG decided (at the request of Rod Lift Consulting) to develop a sucker rod guide manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City for “Martin Polymer” (MP) (named by the RFG Petro Systems‘ President). Plastics Consulting was then engaged to build a manufacturing facility for RFG, hiring, teaching, managing, and training a local management team for operation of the facility.

Thereforward, Plastics Consulting’s long-term consultancy continued as Engineering & Technical Sales role on behalf of RFG Petro Systems. The market instantly saw the benefits of phenolics for the down-hole rod lift space. Other manufacturers emulated RFG’s products but were ultimately shut down by patent concerns after performing extremely favorable down-hole trials (9,869,135).

In 2017, as part of the start-up team of US Rod Company, Jon led the initial group through engineering, plant and product development, supply chain, and fundraising. After successfully raising capital through HNW and PE for the only domestic and privately held sucker rod manufacturing plant in the United States, Jon relocated back to the Oklahoma City metro for the launch of Black Mamba Rod Lift.

Jon holds several patents in the rod lift space both granted and pending, and his primary passion is the teaching of sucker rod dynamics and polymer non-linearities for the down-hole space. Driven by thinking and doing differently, Jon’s work has continuously pushed rod-lift performance to new levels and standards.

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