Peter Duncan, President and CEO of MicroSeismic Inc., named National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Award winner

Duncan recognized for being a true industry disruptor and changing the way people think about monitoring microseismic activity

Nov 17, 2013, 03:00 ET from Ernst & Young

HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Duncan, President and CEO of MicroSeismic Inc., has been named the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Award winner. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they create and build world-class businesses.

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Duncan is recognized for having the vision to carve out a niche in an industry dominated by more invasive and environmentally damaging technologies such as downhole monitoring wells. He was honored at the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala, the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum® in Palm Springs, Calif. The Forum is the nation's premier gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. Awards were given in 10 additional categories.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and from more than 250 regional award recipients.

"We are pleased to honor Peter Duncan with this prestigious award and recognize him for being a disruptor," said Bryan Pearce, EY Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year.  "As a result of his ambition, tenacity and adaptability, Duncan has risen to the top and become a visionary within the oil and gas industry."

Par for the course

Duncan has a strong track record of commercializing technologies and building successful businesses. In 1987, he helped Digicon found ExploiTech Inc., an exploration and production consultancy. Duncan was named President of the firm when it became a subsidiary of Landmark Graphics in 1989. A few years later, Duncan was one of three who founded 3DX Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. His latest venture, MicroSeismic, was founded on an initially unproven idea that Duncan was able to revive and transform into an entirely new service offering. Despite the naysayers, Duncan worked tirelessly to prove the science behind his idea and achieve the so-called impossible, becoming the pioneer of hydraulic fracture monitoring.

Today, MicroSeismic is a leader in the emerging field of passive seismic monitoring with 99% of MicroSeismic's revenue coming from fracture monitoring. But, despite MicroSeismic's demonstrable success, Duncan says only about 4% of wells are currently monitored in that way, so there is still enormous room for growth. To date, MicroSeismic has experienced tremendous growth under Duncan's leadership, with revenues soaring 70% yearly over the last three years.

Pay it forward

In addition to his love for technology and science, Duncan is passionate about education. He is a next-generation advocate and helps develop continuing education and mentoring programs for students pursuing degrees in geosciences. As a way to encourage high school students to pursue degrees in the geosciences, Duncan established the SEG Challenge Bowl, a contest that culminates with a chance to win education scholarships and prize money. 

In addition to this award from EY, MicroSeismic has received numerous other recognitions, most notably a nod from CNBC when the organization named MicroSeismic one of the five energy disruptors on the inaugural 2013 CNBC Disruptor 50 list.

National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources finalists
In addition to Duncan, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources finalists in the US were: Glenn Garland, Co-founder and President, and Jim Stimmel, Co-founder and Executive Vice President, CLEAResult, based in Austin, Texas; Phil Rykhoek, President and CEO, Denbury Resources, Inc., based in Plano, Texas; and David D. Dunlap, President and CEO, Superior Energy Services, Inc., based in Houston, Texas.

National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Overall Award winner
Hamid Moghadam of Prologis was named the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Overall Award winner.

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