Meet Our Team

Gary Aardal

Gary Aardal

Founder & General Manager

Master Well Driller & Master Pump Installer #2404AI

Gary founded Associated Well Services, Inc in 1978. That same year he graduated from Tarleton State University here in Stephenville, Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Gary has been married to wife Paula, for 41 years. In 2016, Gary passed on the company business to his eldest son, Colton Aardal. Today, Gary serves as the General Manager of Associated Well Services, Inc.

Colton Aardal

Colton Aardal

Owner & President

Master Well Driller & Master Pump Installer #55034AI

Colton has worked for Associated Well Service Inc. alongside father and founder Gary Aardal since 1992. Colton graduated Tarleton State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Hydrology and a Minor in Engineering. Colton took over the family business alongside wife Tina Aardal, in January of 2016. Colton resides here in Stephenville with his wife, and his four children.

Russell Langford

Russell Langford

Lead Driller

Well Driller & Pump Installer #56062WKLP

Russell has served Associated Well Services, Inc. for 19 years. He is the companies Lead Driller and oversees all of the drilling operations that the company conducts. With 19 years of experience, Russell’s knowledge is one of the many reason our drilling department is one of the best in North Texas. Russell has been married for 16 years and has two children.

Billy McMinn

Billy McMinn

Service Manager

Master Pump Installer #4510 I

Billy has been an active member in the water well business since 1986. He graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor’s’ degree in Business Administration in 2003. Billy has brought knowledge and experience to Associated Well Services for 20 years. Billy resides with his family in Stephenville, Texas and recently welcomed his first grandchild in September of 2016.

Tina Aardal

Tina Aardal

Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary

Tina has been with Associated since 2004. With a vast history and experience of business administration she oversees human relations and financials for the company. She also oversees the internal office staff and their operations. She is married to owner and president, Colton, and has 4 children.

Jennifer Shipman

Jennifer Shipman

Office Staff

Jennifer, originally from Stephenville, Texas, has been with Associated since 2014. She resides here in Stephenville, Texas with her growing family.

Anna McClain

Anna McClain

Office Staff

Anna, has been with Associated Well Services, Inc since 2015. Originally from Colorado, Anna resides with her family in Tolar, Texas.

Justin Moore

Justin Moore

Driller and Pump Installer

Driller and Pump Installer #59346WKLP

Also known as “J’Mo” to the Associated Staff, Justin has been with Associated Well Services, Inc. since 2007. He is in charge of one of the Associated water well drilling crews. Justin resides in Morgan Mill, Texas, with his wife of 16 years and two sons.

Brian Knoll

Brian Knoll

Master Pump Installer

Master Pump Installer #58990 I

Brian has been with Associated Well Service, Inc. since 2008. Like all service leads, he leads the service crews with safety as his utmost priority. Brian resides in Stephenville, Texas with wife and son, and has recently welcomed another addition to the family.

Preston Hurford

Preston Hurford

Master Pump Installer

Master Pump Installer #4181 I

Preston has been an active member of the industry since the early 80’s. His knowledge and experience make up part of why our service team is knowledgeable, efficient, and one of the best. Preston and his wife have been married 34 years and they reside here in Stephenville, Texas.

Craig Caten

Craig Caten

Pump Installer

Pump Installer #59431KLP

Serving Associated since 2011, Craig leads the service crews with safety and integrity. While communicating clearly with customers and problem solving effectively, Craig is an asset to the Associated team. Craig and his family reside in Stephenville, Texas.

Shane Shipman

Shane Shipman

Pump Installer

Pump Installer #59443KLP

Shane joined the Associated team in 2013. While he serves the service department he also has knowledge of the drilling side of the company, making him a very valuable member of the team. Originally from the South Texas area Shane now resides in Stephenville, Texas with his wife.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Water Well Driller and Pump Installer

Water Well Driller and Pump Installer #59026WKLP

Serving Associated Well Services, Inc. since 2008, Paul is a respected and valued member of the company. Paul works directly with the drilling department and brings hard work and dedication to the team every day. Paul resides in Stephenville, Texas.

Justin Burr

Justin Burr

Water Well Driller and Pump Installer

Water Well Driller and Pump Installer #59669WKLP

Known as “Burr” to the Associated Staff, Justin has been with Associated Well Services since 2012. His hard work and front runner attitude has made him a significant and respected member of the drilling team. Justin resides in Stephenville, Texas with his wife and two young children.