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Smiley, TX: 1-830-587-6400
Poteet, TX: 1-830-263-2884

John W. Bones, President | Co-Founder

MR. JOHN W. BONES is President and co-founder of Black Marlin Energy Services, LLC. He has over forty years’ experience in management systems, control systems, project management, and construction in Texas in the petroleum, petro-chemical, oil refinery, and power generations business. Prior to Black Marlin he was the founder and president of Fishbone Solutions, Ltd which provided control, production, and management systems in the chemical and petroleum industries. From its inception in 1999, it managed new construction and turn-arounds valued at approximately $900 million. The Company had grown to $12 million in annual revenues when it was sold to a strategic buyer.

Prior to his own company, J.W. took on a number of assignments in the petro-chemical industry. In 1999, he was project manager for Nova Chemicals for a $5.5 million, 23-day contract turnaround that included all material procurement, work scope, contractor guidelines, controls, work scope and final documentation. Prior to Nova, in 1998 he was turnaround manager and construction coordinator for a $175 million plant expansion for Hunstman Chemicals in Odessa, Texas. In the prior year he executed a 28 day $3.5 million lump sum turnaround for Huntsman in Chocolate Bayou, Texas. In 1996 he built his turnaround and systems skills as a turnaround team member of Arco Petroleum in Bayport, Texas.

From 1988-1995 he was Superintendent, Planner, and Scheduler for the Mundy Company supervising activities at a range of sites from field crew work, welding shop superintendent, project manager, QA-QC oversight, and scheduling.

J.W. worked as a craftsman, foreman, general foreman, and superintendent on projects world-wide from 1970-1988 in new construction for oil and chemical refining and power generation. His employers were Morrison Knudsen, SIP, Ebasco, L.E. Myers, Bechtel, Parsons, Foster Wheeler, M.W. Kellogg, and Fluor.

His industry contacts assembled over 40 years have been enhanced by his champion sport fishing accomplishments, and he has taken his boat (docked in Guatemala) on charter bill fishing trips along the coast of Central America with presidents and chairmen of numerous Texas oil and chemical companies. Those relationships are a key element of the prospective business of Black Marlin.

Smiley, TX Location

207 N Fm 108
Smiley, TX 78159
Phone: (830) 587-6400

Poteet, TX Location

6040 Highway 16
Poteet, TX 78065
Phone: (830) 263-2884

The Company’s focus on safety, environmental compliance, cost, and reliability is the basis of the commitment its customers have shown to Black Marlin.