Grant F. Smith


Grant joined Cruz Energy Services in November 2019.  Grant started his career as a petroleum engineer for Marathon Oil Company in Cody, WY.  His nearly 15 years at Marathon provided a range of experiences in various engineering disciplines within the Rockies, Gulf of Mexico, Permian and a global role in their headquarters in Houston.  He spent over 12 years with Baker Hughes in various management and executive positions overseeing projects and business units around the world.  Most recently, Grant worked with CSL Capital Management, LLC, a Houston based private equity firm for 2 years, building and overseeing a new artificial lift startup company, Raptor Lift Solutions, where he was the CEO.  Grant holds a Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.


Mike Pegg


Mike joined Cruz as the controller in 2019. He obtained his B.S. in Accounting from Truman State University in 1996. Mike’s accounting career has led him around the central and mid-west United States. He started as a production clerk in Missouri at a hog processing plant, then to an accounting supervisor at a lunchmeat and bacon plant. Ohio was the next stop at a hotdog, sausage, and hotdog facility as an accounting manager. From there he spent a couple of years in Colorado as the controller for a pet food processing plant. At long last, an opportunity as a controller for a heavy civil construction company brought Mike back to his birth state of North Dakota. Now Mike is putting his accounting skills to use with Cruz. Just about every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall, you can find Mike and his wife, maybe, trying to outfish one another on Lake Sakakawea.

Jude deTar

Operations Manager

Jude deTar joined Cruz Energy Services in 2014 and currently serves as the Operations Manager for the company’s North Dakota and Wyoming operations, which consist primarily of rig moving, crane services, and heavy haul. Prior to joining Cruz, Jude worked for a small M&A consulting firm in Singapore and Beijing. Jude holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University.


Gabriel Chandler

Operations Manager

Since joining Cruz in 2013, Gabriel has held several positions with the company but most recently led the development of the Logistics Division in Oklahoma City, OK where he is the Operations Manager. He and his team lead the market for rig move projects that span across the nation and also operate with full freight brokerage capabilities.  Gabriel previously worked for Nabors Drilling and Trinidad Drilling in ND and WY, and Jim Dobbas Inc in CA. When he is not working on a project requiring the coordination 100+ trucks, he enjoys spending time with his family and flying his Piper Cub off the grass strip at his home.


Aden Murphy

Capital Asset Manager

Aden Murphy began his career in construction engineering where he worked on both civil and structural projects.  The innovative equipment designs and uses which helped these projects succeed shifted his focus towards asset management.  After joining Cruz Energy Services in 2012, Aden worked into his current role as Capital Asset Manager.  His team manages crane and heavy haul assets for the full equipment lifecycle and provides complete in-house capabilities.