George H. Bruce
(1900 - 1990)
George H. Bruce was the founder of Aladdin Middle East, Ltd. A former director of Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company and Williams Brothers Pipeline Company, he has participated in the Turkish oil exploration and drilling scene since 1960.
A resident of Wichita, Kansas Mr. Bruce was one of the senior, independent oil and gas operators in the midcontinent region of the United States. Mr. Bruce's early training and education was as a geologist and economist. He was an emeritus member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists-AAPG, having been a member of the Association for over 65 years.
He was employed by Cities Service Oil Company from 1923 to 1926. In 1926 he helped form Aladdin Petroleum Corporation, serving as its president until his death. Under his direction, Aladdin conducted exploration activities and developed extensive oil and gas holdings in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and elsewhere in the United States as well as Turkey, Australia, West Africa and the Caribbean.
In Turkey, he saw Aladdin Middle East Ltd. (AME) grow from an idea to become Turkey's largest and most experienced independent oil producing and oil well contract drilling firm.
(1939 - 2011)
Oyman Sayer spent more than fifty years working in all aspects of the Turkish oil and gas industry. His background included business administration, considerable field supervision of exploration and drilling operations, company representation, accounting and project management.
Mr. Sayer has been the first Turkish entrepreneur to engage in E & P sector in Turkey and has built a very good reputation in the worldwide oil and gas sector.
In addition to Aladdin, he acted as company representative and/or Turkish manager for many U.S. and European drilling and seismic contractors, and operators throughout Turkey. This includes contractors such as Global Marine, Zapata, G.S.I, Digicon, Delta, Index, Dresser, Western Geophysical and Penrod. In addition to onshore experience, he had some involvement with the operation of every offshore well drilled in Turkish waters.
Mr. Sayer had partnership and association with several respectable entrepreneurs for oil and gas projects in Turkey including Mr. Roy M. Huffington, Mr. Adolf Lundin, Bunker Hunt and Mr. Ken Fellowes.
Oyman Sayer's efforts were crucial to the enlargement of Aladdin in Turkey and his entrepreneurial vision and leadership led AME to grow as a successful player in the Turkish oil and gas exploration and production arena.
George H. Bruce and Oyman Sayer were true visionaries in the industry. Their wisdom, insight, intelligence and humor are dearly missed.
George H. Bruce, Oyman Sayer, Robert Bruce