Mike Swihart

President & CEO

Mike formed Production Lift Companies 30 years ago as a one man operation that now employs over 50 people. He has been serving the Permian Basin continuously during these times, while other companies have come and gone. He is an acknowledged expert on plunger lift and gas lift technology. He has installed plunger systems all over the United States as well as in South America.

Mike has taught at Texas Tech, the University of Texas, Odessa College, Midland College and has presented at petroleum industry functions throughout the country.

Mike has an Associate Degree in Petroleum Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to forming PLC, he worked at ARCO Oil & Gas, Marathon Oil Company, Tom Brown Drilling and served as a United States Marine. Mike is a 25 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and in 2017 Mike was honored by the SPE International with the "Production & Operations" Award for the Southwestern North American Region.


Jesse Hernandez

Vice President of Engineering Services

Jesse Hernandez has over 35 years in the oil and gas industry specializing in artificial lift with emphasis in hydraulic lift and beam pump systems. Engineering responsibilities with the Production Lift Companies include jet pumping, permanent down-hole gauges, web-based pumping jack inspection and hydraulic rod pump systems. Jesse is an artificial lift veteran who’s spent much of the last three decades designing and optimizing lift programs in fields around the world; South America, Asia, Eurasia, Africa and elsewhere. He has also trained engineers and workers at all levels throughout the world. He has written a book on hydraulics and has many others publishing’s as well as presentation papers for the SPE conferences worldwide.

Jesse is a graduate of the Engineering program at Texas A&M. He is the recipient of the 2018 “Regional Production and Operations Award” presented by the SPE Southwestern, North American Region. Jesse’s expertise helps producers get the lift system that actually optimizes production.


Jay Miller

Vice President of Gas Lift Services

Knowledge and experience, technical innovator and result driven define Jay Miller who has more than three decades of artificial lift experience. His focus is on delivering solutions that improve well production. Jay has extensive knowledge in Gas Lift Systems. He was on the design team of a major international company that wrote the gas lift design program that is still being used today. He has designed many gas lift fields throughout the US. He has tested several new lift methods that were proven very successful. Jay currently has 11 patents pending.

Jay attended the University of Texas where he studied computer science and government. He is a 25 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Paul Reyes

Vice President of Wireline Services

Paul Reyes has been Wireline Manager for Production Lift Companies for over 5 years. Prior to Production Lift Companies he was with Kuykendall Wireline.

Paul oversees the daily operations of Wireline Services. He schedules the jobs, manages the operators and provides staff leadership. He also promotes and maintains good customer relations, ensuring that all safety practices are implemented before, during and after the well service operation. Paul’s priority is working together safely in a positive team environment. He strives to provide prompt, quality service to all customers.


Michael Evans

Vice President of Swabbing Services

Michael Evans brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Swabbing Services. He has been in the swabbing industry over 20 years and has been Swabbing Manager for Production Lift Companies for 9 years.

Michael is responsible for the operation of the rigs, crew, equipment and assurance of customer satisfaction. Quality control is his goal - making sure the crews are at rig and ready to work on time. He maintains daily contact with customers to address any concerns promptly. Maintaining a positive and safe environment, providing quality services and following all safety procedures keep The Production Lift Swabbing Division in peak operation.