Crude Blessings: The Amazing Life Story of Glenn Patterson American Oilman is the rags to riches story of Glenn Patterson’s road to survival and success in the volatile and unpredictable “modern age of petroleum.” Born on the family ranch in Blackwell, Texas, Glenn became one of America’s energy industry pioneers. His core values, work ethic and dedication to his family and employees are a valuable example for the American spirit of perseverance, hard work, and fair play.

Much more than one son’s homage to his dad, Crude Blessings is a compelling narrative about a family patriarch who embodied the best qualities of the Greatest Generation, which inspired and powered the success of America. Timely because of the increasing polarization in our country, Glenn Patterson’s story and values were examples of the Christian ethos of decency, integrity, faith, and trust throughout his life in his business and family. His mantra, “Always do the right thing” turned out to be an enviable formula for success in a highly volatile industry.

Building his business on a foundation of “always doing the right thing,” Glenn was revered by colleagues, customers and competitors alike. During the most disruptive period any industry had ever faced, his company, Patterson Drilling became one of the largest oil and gas-drilling companies in the country. The legacy of embedding strong family values in a small business is described in this new book through a first–hand account of the sector’s fierce challenges during the last two decades of the 20th century. Glenn’s journey became spiritual as well, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at too early an age, which led to struggles with his own mortality and his relationship with God.

As the author notes, “My dad taught me that honesty and integrity are everything in business and in life. He always said the decisions you make are only as good as they are for everyone you work with. There is always plenty of room for decency and trust.”

Those considering any startup endeavor, which all require hard work to succeed, will surely take away inspiration and key learnings from this book.

Roe’s firsthand account of Glenn’s life is a memorable story about surviving adversity through positive, thoughtful leadership and determination. It is a great tutorial for how to achieve the American dream and how to treat others.


T.M. “Roe” Patterson is a 23-year industry veteran in the oil and gas services business. He was promoted to president and chief executive officer of Basic Energy Services (Basic) in September 2013 and was recognized as the Top Public Company CEO by the Fort Worth Business Press for 2014. Prior to his recent appointment, he served as the company’s senior vice president and chief operating officer from 2011 to 2013. Patterson began his tenure at Basic in 2006 and has held multiple positions in executive leadership since joining the company. Patterson’s roots are grounded in the oil and gas business. He grew up working for his father in the family’s business, Patterson Drilling Company. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, Patterson joined West Texas Caterpillar for a year before rejoining Patterson Drilling Company as a contract/sales manager for its Permian Basin Division. After four years he left Patterson to form his own manufacturing and oil field service company, TMP Companies, Inc., until he sold in late 2005 and joined Basic’s management team in early 2006. Roe and his wife have two children and reside in Fort Worth, where they are active in their local community. Roe serves on the Tarrant County American Heart Association Board, and he and his wife were honorary chairs of the 2017 North Texas Alzheimer’s Association Memory Gala in Fort Worth. Roe also speaks around the country about his own personal business experiences and the practical approach to leadership that his father embraced.


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