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Tommy Dreelan Of Qserv Inducted Into Entrepreneur Hall Of Fame

28 November 2008

28 November 2008

Tommy Dreelan, managing director of specialist well, process and pipeline service company Qserv, will join esteemed Scottish entrepreneur Robert Wiseman and Dragon's Den millionaire Duncan Bannatyne, into The Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame.

The Entrepreneurial Exchange is Scotland's leading organisation for ambitious growth oriented entrepreneurs. Through its comprehensive programme of events The Exchange helps inform, motivate, educate, inspire and support entrepreneurs to build their businesses bigger and faster. Established in 1994 with 50 founder members, The Exchange now has some 480 members heading-up companies employing more than 270,000 people, with a collective turnover of more than £19 billion.

Tommy Dreelan, accepted the coveted accolade at a ceremony in Glasgow last night. The award is presented to the person who has led their business to strong growth in revenue and profits through innovation, teamwork and leadership skills and recognises the talented and committed individuals who are running Scotland's most successful growth businesses.

The Hall of Fame already includes several high profile icons of the oil and gas industry including Sir Ian Wood MBE and Alasdair Locke.

Originally from Wexford, Ireland, Tommy Dreelan describes himself as an adopted Aberdonian and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. He left school aged 16 and started an apprenticeship in heating, ventilation and plumbing and attended night school to get his HNC in mechanical engineering. In 1977, he travelled to Aberdeen to start his celebrated career in the oil and gas industry.

Having climbed the career ladder with a number of leading companies, in 1986 he branched out on his own with oilfield service firm PSL, where over the next 12 years he built up its reputation and turnover before its sale in 1998 to NWEP for £45.5m. Along with his three brothers he then went on to set up Qserv, a specialist provider of well, process and pipeline services which recently entered into an agreement with Aker Solutions to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Aker Well Service. Turnover for 2007 was £47 million and is on course to be more than £60 million this year. Qserv is on target to increase its workforce to 700 worldwide and reach annual turnover of £100 million in 2010.

Tommy remains in his position as managing director at Qserv, where he continues to focus on North Sea operations and further expand and strengthen its global positioning.

He said: "It's a real privilege to be here and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I am honoured to be amongst such an inspiring group of individuals who have truly shaped Scotland's future and its reputation in the world. To be considered for this award is testament to the continued hard work of the Qserv team. We want our staff and clients to feel as confident as we do about the future growth of the company and our long-term investment in the industry.

“My thanks also to each member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange who have driven my enthusiasm and passion to be part of a better, more profitable and productive Scotland, where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and ambitions as I have done.”

Chris Gorman, chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, presented the award to Tommy Dreelan. He added: “Tonight our inductees join an inspirational list of achievers and modern day Scottish success stories. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a tremendous honour.”