About Us

Taking heater cable technology further.

Salamander sets the new standard for in-ground heater technology. We partner with oil companies and interests worldwide to dramatically increase performance in existing wells, and we create opportunities to recover vast hydrocarbon resources previously considered unviable.

We do this through the deployment of advanced HVMI™ heater cable technology backed by a complete suite of reservoir consulting services and decades of experience, all in one new, innovative company.

Salamander core values

Technology and innovation drive us forward—but it is our core values that guide everything we do.

To enable companies to produce more oil at a lower cost and environmental impact.

We understand the applications of electric heater cable technology better than anyone else.

Our solution is proven, and we are confident in our ability to deliver precisely what we promise.

What we’re doing as a company matters; it matters to us, and it can make a real difference in the world.

We share the same goals as our clients, and it is with their trust and cooperation that our solutions are made possible.

Meet the Executive Team

Ben van den Brule
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ben van den Brule has more than 20 years of technical management experience with Royal Dutch Shell, with 15 years at the executive level where he gained experienced leading an organization of more than 400 employees with an annual budget over $500 million USD. Most recently, Ben was vice president of Shell’s unconventional technology, which included the heater development program and the in-situ field activities in Colorado, Canada, and Jordan. Previous roles during his tenure at Shell included vice president of novel technologies, vice president of hydrocarbon recovery, technology manager for SURE (Shell’s in-situ business unit), and head of Shell’s GameChanger program.

Prior to joining Shell, Ben spent six years as a professor of fluid mechanics at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and 10 years conducting thermomechanics research and development with Phillips.

Ben holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in applied physics from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and he has served on the board of the Dutch Science Foundation. He has published more than 60 papers during his career and has two patents.

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David Dahlquist

David joined Salamander as President in 2022 and has served on the company’s Board of Directors since 2020. Prior to joining Salamander, David held roles as Chief Administrative Officer for a global private investment firm and Chief Operating Officer at Dorilton Capital. His previous experience includes a range of operational, financial, and technical roles in the advanced materials, aerospace, electronics, and insurance technology industries.

David holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University.

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Guy Harley
VP Manufacturing and Deployment

As vice president of manufacturing and deployment, Guy Harley is responsible for the development, operation, and optimization of the manufacturing supply chain, as well as the assembly and deployment of heaters for all applications.

Guy has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of roles: manufacturing, research and development, quality assurance operations manager, site manager, project manager, contract manufacturing lead, and technical manager. Previously, he led the manufacturing development and field testing programs for Shell’s heater development program, which generated significant breakthroughs in heater performance. Before joining Shell, he worked with Strategystics Inc., HB Fuller Company, and Union Oil of California in various locations in the US and China.

Guy holds associate’s degrees in chemistry and biology from Paducah Community College in Kentucky; graduated cum laude from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a focus on operations; and earned an MBA from Murray State University. He is Lean Certified, and a Six Sigma leader and practitioner with Black Belt certification. He is listed as co-inventor on six patents and has six patents pending related to heater technology.

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Steven Engler
VP Global Business Development

Steven has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international sales of oilfield services and equipment, including positions as Business Development Engineer and Manager for Perma-Pipe, a global manufacturer of pre-insulated and heat traced piping systems; as Director of Investor Relations and International Sales Manager for TMK IPSCO –  one of the world’s largest steel pipe manufacturers; and as Director for Ven-Line, a leading Venezuelan coiled tubing & pressure pumping services company.

Steven’s academic background includes studies in Systems Engineering at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela; Bachelor degrees in Economics and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas; and an MBA from Rice University in Houston, TX.

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