Chris Clark and Guy Stone met in 2009 while working as employees for a large oil field services firm. With more than 30 years combined experience in well logging, Chris in sales and Guy in operations, the two realized they had the expertise to create their own company. And opportunity awaited in South Texas’ booming oil and gas fields. There was just one thing they lacked – financing. A single truck with all the tools and technical equipment required costs nearly $1 million. “We knew we could do the work, but we needed help talking to the bankers,” Stone said. They contacted the Del Mar College SBDC and Senior Business Advisor Mike North. In 2010, North began advising the duo, kick-starting their year-long planning process. With a plan and financials in hand, the owners sold a 30 percent equity interest in the company to private investors. Next, they approached Mutual of Omaha for a loan and were approved. By September 2011, C&S Wireline Services was open for business, providing cased-hole logging, perforating and pipe recovery services throughout South Texas. This fall, they plan to order an additional truck and a crane. Clark and Stone are opposites in every way, a fact they acknowledge with humor, but also view as a strength for their young business. “Chris is a city slicker,” says Stone, a self-professed country boy. Said Clark, “I have the contacts in corporate sales. It was just a perfect fit.” The partners latest challenge is keeping up with demand driven by the Eagle Ford Shale play. “It’s phenomenal what’s happening here in South Texas,” said Stone.