DECM 2018 Speaker Line-Up

Headline Speakers:

 

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS (ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION) SPEAKERS:

 

 

Reliability/Maintenance & Turnarounds Speakers:

  • Jose Pires
    Andeavor
    Jose Pires Global Excellence & Innovation Leader
    Andeavor
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    José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and customers in multiple markets.

    Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.

    Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.

    He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.

  • Chris Leonard
    Dow Chemical
    Chris Leonard Reliability Project Director
    Dow Chemical
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    Chris is a project director for Dow’s Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence.

    Chris started his Dow career in 1989 as a Reliability and Maintenance Engineer for the Dow Plastics Business in Louisiana Operations. He has served in both operations and maintenance roles in several businesses at Dow’s US Gulf Coast Sites through 2007. Chris then accepted a role as the Global Business Reliability and Maintenance Leader for the Polyurethanes envelope. In 2011, Chris joined Dow’s Enterprise Reliability team as a project director leading a new, holistic approach to reliability. This team has since been aligned with the Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence. In addition to reliability and continuous improvement projects, Chris is also leading the Reliability, Maintenance, and Turnaround integration for DowDuPont assets which will become part of the “new” Dow.

    Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

  • Randy Pound
    Olin Corporation
    Randy Pound Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability
    Olin Corporation
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  • Jeff Brock
    LyondellBasell
    Jeff Brock Global Manager - Performance Improvement
    LyondellBasell
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  • Joe Jackson
    LyondellBassell
    Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance
    LyondellBassell
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    LyondellBasell
    Formerly known as a Turnaround Project Manager, Joe Jackson has moved into the newly created role of Project Process Assurance for the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery, with the responsibility for insuring Project Process adherence and development for both Capital Projects and Turnaround Projects.

    Dyno Nobel
    Joe Jackson worked as North American Shutdown Manager for Dyno Nobel. As their corporate shutdown manager Joe was challenged with establishing an organization that facilitated the planning and execution of turnarounds for the six North American manufacturing sites.

    ConocoPhillips
    Joe Jackson held varying roles during his 30 years at the ConocoPhillips’ Lake Charles Refinery including his final role serving as Director of Site Construction & Turnarounds. In 1980, Joe started as an Operator and quickly moved through the operations ranks to Shift Supervisor. He joined PSM in the early days of interpreting, defining and applying the new Process Safety regulations. Joe then served as Senior Production Superintendent, returning to Operations during a company re-organization. Two other Operations Supervisors roles followed, as Joe oversaw the Lake Charles FCC Unit and Combination/Sulphur Plant units. He was deceptively introduced to the Turnaround Organization when presented with the challenge of integrating the operations side of planning and scheduling.

  • Victor Ortega
    Covestro
    Victor Ortega VP - Technical Site Manager
    Covestro
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    Graduated in Chemical engineering by Universidad de Granada and BA by Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, both in Spain, I’ve spent the last 19 years leading technical changes at Covestro, formerly Bayer Material Science.

    As a young process engineer soon I realize the needs of making business predictable and dependable.

    After a few assignment in Europe and US in engineering and technical management I came to Texas in 2014 as a Reliability Director at our BTN site, focused on increasing assets availability.

    Soon after Bayer carved out the Material Science business to Covestro, BTN went through a major reorganization to foster efficiency and assets utilization.

    I was appointed VP for Site Technical Management end of 2016 as result of the transformation, and since then I spend my time making sure all efficiency and reliability improvements achieved over the last years are sustained and ever-greened.

    I’m married, father of two and a retiring pick-up basketball player.

  • Madhivanan T. A.
    Dow Chemical
    Madhivanan T. A. Global EPC Contracts Manager
    Dow Chemical
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  • Leviticous “Vic” Cleveland
    Motiva
    Leviticous “Vic” Cleveland Category Manager
    Motiva
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  • Bob Gleichman
    Flint Hills Resources
    Bob Gleichman Director of Innovation, Operations Excellence
    Flint Hills Resources
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    Bob Gleichman rejoined Koch Industries in 2008 as the Reliability Manager for Koch’s petrochemical and refining business: Flint Hills Resources (FHR). Since rejoining Koch, Bob has been busy originating and building FHR’s Center of Reliability Excellence (CORE) group located in Friendswood TX. The CORE group is responsible for leading FHR’s discipline technology and promoting Koch’s Market Based Management framework. Bob assumed the role of Innovation Director for FHR’s Operations Excellence team in late 2016 where he and his team have been working hard to bring profitable innovation to FHR and Koch.

    Beginning his career in 1988 at Dow Chemical, Plaquemine LA as an Electrical Engineer from Oklahoma State University, Mr. Gleichman held roles at Dow in maintenance, reliability, projects, and operations. In 1996, Bob moved to Koch Industries in Wichita Kansas taking on the role of Instrument & Electrical Leader for Koch. He left Koch in 2000 joining Lyondell Citgo refinery in Houston TX as a Refinery Reliability Engineer. In 2002, Bob joined Celanese Chemical in Bayport TX as a Maintenance Section Leader, later moving internal to Celanese to manage the Corporate Reliability Engineering Group managing: production reliability, fixed equipment, electrical, machinery, and instrument capabilities. In 2008 Bob rejoined Koch.

  • Theunis Myburg
    LyondellBasell
    Theunis Myburg Portfolio Manager: Maintenance & Reliability, Turnarounds, Warehouse Management, & Capital Projects
    LyondellBasell
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  • Lawrence Crow
    Westlake Chemical
    Lawrence Crow Turnaround Manager
    Westlake Chemical
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    Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from LSU and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering also from LSU.

    Lawrence has been in industrial manufacturing for 15 years. He has served in varying capacities in his career. Lawrence started his career as a Maintenance Engineer for International Paper in Natchez, MS. He then took a position as a Production Engineer for Arizona Chemical in Port Saint Joe, FL. Lawrence then moved back to Baton Rouge, LA in 2006 and accepted a position as a Senior Capital Projects Manager for Rhodia Chemical. In 2008, Lawrence was promoted to Capital Projects Manager where he led a multi-discipline engineering department. In this role, Lawrence was responsible for the oversight of all capital projects and all critical path work for plant turnarounds. With the plant executing an average of 2 turnarounds per year, Lawrence has managed over 16 turnarounds in the past 8 years.

    Lawrence now serves as the Turnaround Manager for Axiall in Plaquemine, LA.

  • Kannan Palanisamy
    Cameron LNG
    Kannan Palanisamy Director of Maintenance
    Cameron LNG (TBC)
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  • Chris Vaughn
    Addivant
    Chris Vaughn Plant Manager
    Addivant
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  • Vic Stroud
    DuPont Sustainable Solutions
    Vic Stroud Program Manager
    DuPont Sustainable Solutions
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    Global Capital Effectiveness practice leader for DuPont's Sustainable Solutions (DSS) business. Responsibilities include developing content and value propositions to support the revenue growth of the capital effectiveness offering. Organize and lead client assessments, develop engagement strategies and implement sustainable project best practices aligned with client requirements. Support Business Development Managers in the preparation and development of client proposals. Collaborate and leverage Capital Effectiveness practices and clients with other DSS businesses and practices.

  • David Reed
    Eastman Chemical
    David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance
    Eastman Chemical
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  • Amy Odom
    BASF
    Amy Odom Asset Effectiveness Engineer
    BASF
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  • Frank Tanner
    Celanese
    Frank Tanner Maintenance Section Leader
    Celanese
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  • Craig Cotter
    Oxy
    Craig Cotter Maintenance and Reliability Leader
    Oxy
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  • Sri Mattu
    Suncor Energy
    Sri Mattu Engineering Project Manager
    Suncor Energy
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  • Bob Frawley
    Fluor
    Bob Frawley Director of Gulf Coast Operations
    Fluor
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  • Chuck Ramey
    Fluor
    Chuck Ramey Gulf Coast Operations Manager,
    Fluor
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  • Bill Wasilewski
    Day & Zimmermann
    Bill Wasilewski President, Process & Industrial
    Day & Zimmermann
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    Bill Wasilewski is president of Process and Industrial for Day & Zimmermann and is responsible for oversight of the company’s chemical, fibers, petroleum refining, and consumer products customers.

    He has more than 35 years of engineering, construction and maintenance services experience across a wide range of industries and has held senior roles in business operations, technology, sales and marketing, and planning. He has led global initiatives that improved profitability, productivity, and client relationships. Before joining D&Z, Bill was Executive Vice President and President of Energy, Chemicals and Infrastructure for CDI, a global provider of engineering and technology solutions and recruitment and staffing services to Fortune 1000 clients.

    Earlier, he spent more than 25 years at global service providers, including Fluor Corporation where, as Vice President and Group Executive in the company’s $2.1 billion Global Services division, he was responsible for sales, marketing, and strategic planning. He also served as Executive Director responsible for managing major accounts, including IBM, DuPont, and Hitachi.

    Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed the executive education program in Strategic Decision Making at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a certificate in International Business Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

  • Stephen Hillier
    Jacobs Engineering
    Stephen HillierSenior Vice President & General Manager - Construction, Maintenance & Turnarounds
    Jacobs Engineering
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  • Chris Hyland
    Appian
    Chris Hyland Strategic Account Executive
    Appian
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  • Yaron Eppel
    mobideo
    Yaron Eppel CEO
    Mobideo
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    Yaron is the CEO and Co-founder of Mobideo, an Industrial Workforce Management platform that digitalizes complex and collaborative work processes for asset-intensive industries.

    Yaron and his team have digitalized more than 60 turnaround projects with an aggregated value of $1.5 Billion.

    Yaron’s multifaceted military experience in hands-on management of complex and dynamic field operations in harsh environments fueled the establishment of Mobideo, which is now implemented by leading industrial companies worldwide to manage their most sensitive and complex operations.

    Prior to co-founding Mobideo, Yaron served as the CEO of Milo, VP Business Development of the Kidum group and VP Marketing & Sales of Barkan Engineering.

    Yaron holds degrees in Economics and Business Management from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    Yaron lives in Israel with his wife and four children.

  • Florian Buder
    Pruftechnik
    Florian Buder CEO - North America
    Pruftechnik
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    Florian Buder holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Munich, Germany and an MBA from John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), Montreal. He has 13 years of experience in the industrial maintenance and reliability world.

    Florian Buder specialized in Reliability Centered Maintenance. Following his work terms in Germany and Australia and completing his thesis at BMW during his graduate studies, Florian Buder joined PRUFTECHNIK AG located close to Munich, Germany, as a Service- and Application Engineer in 2005. He conducted customer training, installations, commissioning and executed field machinery services related to PRUFTECHNIK’s products and technology worldwide. In 2008, he was appointed Condition Monitoring Division Manager of PRUFTECHNIK’s operation in Montreal, Canada where his mandate was to train the sales team, coordinate customer activities and promote the Condition Monitoring product line of PRUFTECHNIK in Canada. In 2010, he was appointed Managing Director of the Canadian operation of PRUFTECHNIK and in 2015 CEO for all North American PRUFTECHNIK operations. He is reporting directly to the Director/President of the company in Germany and is managing a team of around 50 employees and 24 partner companies in the region. His key mandate is to structure and organize PRUFTECHNIK in North America and improve channel management while driving profits throughout the country.

    Florian Buder has a strong background in competitive sports with soccer and tennis being areas in which he has excelled. He enjoys a lot of other sports such as skiing, bike riding, playing golf and also loves spending time with his spouse, daughter and friends.

  • Joel Godfrey
    AP-Networks
    Joel Godfrey Practice Area Leader, Value and Competitiveness Assessment of Plant-Based Projects (VCAP)
    AP-Networks
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  • Mohan Sharma
    Prima Strategic Group Inc.
    Mohan Sharma CEO
    Prima Strategic Group Inc.
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  • Richard Lamb
     
    Richard Lamb Founder
    Analytics for Strategy Institute
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    Richard G. Lamb, PE, CPA, ICBB

    As the final chapter of his career, Richard Lamb is striving to get started the new age of achievable operational excellence. The new age has arrived because readily accessible modern analytics enable process improvement teams to ask and answer five essential performance development and control questions (relationship, difference, time series, duration and apparency), whereas, before they barely could.

    Accordingly, Richard joins teams to seed the organic growth of a body of belts, subject matter experts and operatives who will include the five questions throughout the work of their remaining careers with the firm and beyond.

    This quest shares the outcome of Richard’s personal new-age strategy to learn data science as the means to build upon the acumen of almost 40 years as an adviser in business strategy, finance and operations, preceded by 6 years as a manager of complex civil engineering projects.

    Richard is a Certified Public Accountant, Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Has published two books presenting new ideas for reliability and maintenance management framed in business strategy: Availability Engineering and Management for Manufacturing Plant Performance, and Maintenance Reinvented for Business Performance. Has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and a graduate-level Applied Statistics Certificate from the Texas A&M University, Department of Statistics.

  • Bobby Singh
    Project Assurance
    Bobby Singh President
    Project Assurance
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  • Chad Bates
    BASF Chemical Corporation
    Chad Bates Operations Maintenance Gatekeeper
    BASF Chemical Corporation
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    Twelve years experience aerospace propulsion technician Louisiana Air National Guard.

    Twenty years experience petrochemical and refinery with operations, learning and development, and maintenance planning/scheduling.

  • Preston Howard
    Ascend
    Preston Howard Turnaround Manager
    Ascend Performance Materials
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    Preston Howard is Turnaround Manager of Ascend’s Chocolate Bayou Plant. He has 11 years of industry experience in the areas of project and turnaround management. Prior to joining Ascend in 2017, he spent 10 years at Fluor as an engineer and project manager on international EPC projects. Preston is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife live in Pearland, TX with their four children.

  • Jeff Spiginer
    INEOS
    Jeff Spigener TAR Manager
    INEOS
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    In the Industry for 38 years

    Current Position 11 Years

    TAR Coordinator Ineos O&P

    Started out as an Operator for Gulf Oil at Cedar Bayou 1980

    Responsible of all TAR in INEOS O&P

    Created the TAR organization in 2013

    Oversite of TAR’s from 5M to 220M

    Based out of Chocolate Bayou Site

    Report in to the VP of Operation

  • Gregory Alvarado
    Inspectioneering
    Gregory Alvarado Chief Editor
    Inspectioneering
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    The first and only publication focused on fixed equipment reliability for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries Mr. Alvarado is Chief Editor at Inspectioneering Journal and he provides technical support and NDE consulting for all levels of chemical and refinery technical experts and management. He also has extensive experience in preparation and delivery of training courses and technical presentations, and has taught numerous industry-related courses to practicing engineers and technicians. He has extensive experience working at plants and with central engineering on a worldwide basis. Mr. Alvarado was also an invited participant/Interviewee for the RAND study, New Forces at Work in Refining - Industry Views of Critical Business and Operations Trends (a critical look at industrial infrastructure as part of national security), copyright 2003.

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    Westlake Chemical
    Tommy Simoneaux Turnaround Coordinator
    Westlake Chemical
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    I have been in the chemical industry for approximately 32 years. I started off my journey as a helper in the soft skill division and a laborer cutting grass. I worked as an Insulation apprentice to earn my knowledge as a Journeyman Craftsman back in the late 80’s. In the early 90’s I was given an opportunity to work in supervision in the industrial insulation division. I was fortunate to have worked with some very knowledgeable folks during my carrier. My group used to execute numerous capital project jobs and I was very interested in engineered drawings so I started learning and studying prints to expand my knowledge.

    In early 2000 I was given an opportunity to cross over into the mechanical side of the industry. This opportunity lead me to where I am today. The journey was quite pleasant. I worked as the assistant site superintendent for the next several years. From 2000 thru the next seven years I had the opportunity to fill the role of the night shift Turnaround Coordinator which help me repair for my current position. I have been in the Turnaround Coordinators role for 10 years.

  • Rik Irons-Mclean
    Cisco Systems
    Rik Irons-Mclean Global Industry Principal, Oil and Gas Solutions
    Cisco Systems
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    Rik has worked at Cisco for eleven years, with lead roles in IoT platforms and security, energy management and optimization, and communications and security for power utilities and process control industries. He has led technical global teams taking new products to market in all theatres, specializing in driving new technology adoption in both established and emerging markets. He is currently the Industry Principal for oil and gas, leading Cisco’s next generation solution development for the industry. Prior to Cisco, he worked for a Cisco service provider partner for 8 years, focusing on converged solutions.

    Rik has represented Cisco in a number of industry and standards bodies including Open Process Automation, IEC 61850 for industrial communications, and IEC 62351 for industrial security, as well as being elected UK Lead for Cigre SC D2 for communications and security in the power industry. He is a published author, and has written for a number of industry publications, and authored a number of white papers including industrial cyber security, IoT security, distributed industrial control systems, next generation operational field telecoms, Fog computing, and digital IoT fabric architectures.

    Rik holds a Bachelor’s Degree in science and an MBA focused on international leadership, and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Cyber Security.

  • Fazil Osman
    Cisco Systems
    Fazil Osman Global Product Manager, Oil and Gas Solutions
    Cisco Systems
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    Fazil Osman is a senior technology professional that has industry experience in medical products, pharmaceuticals, petroleum & energy, insurance, hardware & software, consumer goods manufacturing and aerospace. Fazil provides leadership, direction, industry insight and architectural guidance for complex technical implementations including Internet of Things (IoT), service oriented architecture (SOA), business process expert (BPX), new technology solutions, custom enhancements, interfacing and analytics for both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) environments.

    In his current role, Fazil is focused on architecting Oil & Gas solutions that drive new business models via innovative technology solutions. Fazil’s background with large scale, enterprise class solutions stems from his experience leading teams in Fortune 500 companies like SAP, Microsoft and Compaq Computer Corporation. He participated and managed business mission critical SAP technical implementations at a number of corporations in North America and South Africa. His experiences range from dynamic fortune 500 companies to smaller family owned businesses.

    Fazil was raised in Cape Town, South Africa and now lives with his two children and spouse in Houston, TX. He started his information technology career as a mainframe and Novell networking intern at British Petroleum in South Africa whilst completing his Management Information Systems degree. His career advanced rapidly into clientserver software development and implementing Unix-Oracle based technologies. Fazil joined SAP Southern Africa in 1995 as a Basis technical consultant and provided installation, upgrade and support services to a range of customers predominantly in the South and East regions of South Africa.

    He immigrated to the United States and joined Compaq Computer Corporation as an enterprise solutions engineer in the Compaq SAP Solution Center, based in Houston, Texas. In this role he provided technical solution services for SAP, Microsoft and Compaq technologies. He was awarded the Compaq Enterprise Applications MVP award in 1999 and also received two CEO awards for excellence in customer service. In addition he provided high-level collaboration and input to the book “SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation” by George W. Anderson (2002). Additionally, Fazil participated on the SAP Analytics Customer Council (2006) and provides customer/technical presentations at industry events (latest at SAP TechEd 2011, Las Vegas and each of the last three Microsoft TechReady conferences).

    Fazil holds the certifications: Cloudera Hadoop Administrator, SCO Unix ACE, SAP Unix/Oracle consultant, SAP Windows/Oracle consultant, Microsoft Windows MCP/MCSE. He currently holds a Management Information Systems degree and is actively pursuing a MBA with National American University

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    Jon Bach Asset Management Specialist
    Afton Chemical Corporation
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  • Ian Russell
    ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation
    Ian Russell Business Unit Director, Africa, Middle East and Asia
    ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation
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    Ian Russell is the Business Unit Director for Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation.

    Mr. Russell has more than 30 years of experience in the downstream petrochemicals industry. During his career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles including business development, corporate strategy and planning and operations. He also leads ROCKWOOL’s new Global Key Account Management team, that works with major asset owners in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries to support significant improvements in operational efficiency.

    Prior to being named to his current role, Mr. Russell was ROCKWOOL International’s commercial director where he was responsible for leading business development efforts throughout India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Russell held various leadership roles with ROCKWOOL Group, overseeing segments of the company’s growth, strategy development, operations and manufacturing. Mr. Russell’s prior roles included senior positions at Akzo Nobel, Imperial Chemical Industries, and ATP Adhesive Systems.
    Mr. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in business and computing from the University of Hertfordshire in England. You’ll typically find Ian at an airport near you, but when he’s not traveling, you’ll find him sitting in his garden watching the local cricket team outside Manchester.

  • Kendall Burgess
    Draeger
    Kendall Burgess Rental & Sales Specialist
    Draeger
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    Kendall Burgess has been in sales for the last four years, both in the pharmaceutical and oil and gas industry. At Draeger, she is part of the Rental and Safety Services team, where her focus is in helping clients in the Gulf of Mexico downstream and midstream sectors lower their turnaround times and costs during shutdown periods.

  • Jason Ballentine
    ARMS Reliability
    Jason Ballentine General Manager - Engineering
    ARMS Reliability
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    Jason Ballentine holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional. At ARMS Reliability, Jason manages the multitude of reliability projects undertaken by ARMS Reliability in North America. This includes maintenance strategy development and optimization, RAMS studies, Asset Strategy Management, and the life cycle analysis studies for different industry sectors.

  • Matthew Helbert
    ARMS Reliability
    Matthew Helbert Director
    ARMS Reliability
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  • Bethanne Slaughter
    Emerson
    Bethanne Slaughter Sales Director
    Emerson
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    Bethanne Slaughter is the Gulf Area Sales Director for Emerson Automation Solutions, based in Houston. She joined Emerson in 2014 and works closely with customers and the local sales channel to deliver integrated projects in the upstream, midstream, petrochemical and refining industries. Her areas of focus include wireless, Plantweb, IIoT and other digital technologies.

    Bethanne has extensive oil and gas experience. Prior to joining Emerson, she was a Global Marketing Director in Nalco Champion’s Oilfield Chemicals Division. She also spent many years of her career at Siemens, where she held a variety of sales and marketing roles.

    She received her MBA from Houston Baptist University and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

    She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband, two kids and two dogs. She is an avid cyclist and three-time BP MS150 finisher, representing Team Dow.

  • Will Goetz
    Emerson
    Will Goetz VP Digital Transformation
    Emerson
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    Will Goetz is a Vice President in Emerson’s Operational Certainty Consulting group where he leads the Digital Transformation Practice. Will joined Emerson in 2014 with the acquisition of the reliability consulting firm MRG and served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to Emerson’s acquisition of MRG, Will was Chief Marketing Officer of MRG. During his 14-year tenure with MRG and Emerson, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many business leaders and to help companies transform the performance of their assets through solutions that align technology, process, software and people. Mr. Goetz holds an MS in Resource Economics and specializes in applied analytics and defining the business case for operational excellence. Will is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional and, in a previous role, was the Director of the World Energy Service for Standard & Poor’s.

  • Tony Goetz
    Industrial Info Resource
    Tony Salemme VP Craft Labor Group
    Industrial Info Resource
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Workforce Development Speakers:

  • Bill Lewis
    BASF NA
    Glenn Johnson Workforce Development Leader
    BASF NA
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    With 20+ years of experience within Manufacturing Leadership and Organizational Development roles in Oil, Gas, and Chemical operations; Glenn began as a Plant Operator. Today he is the Workforce Development Leader for BASF. Glenn is a published author in the Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, and has contributed content to 5 university level text books used in 90 colleges across the United States. He has a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a certified Instructional Facilitator and Designer. Glenn is; President of the Southeast Texas Educational Foundation; Industry Representative for the National Association of Manufacturers; and Chief Financial Officer of the North American Process Technology Alliance.

  • Christian McDermott
    Voovio
    Christian McDermott Country Manager
    Voovio
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    Christian has been with Voovio for 6 years, over 3 of which have been in their Houston office. Born in the UK, he started his career with an EPC called Mott MacDonald, where he worked internationally in business process improvement and project management roles.

  • Brett Richard
    Sasol
    Brett Richard HR & Organizational Effectiveness
    Sasol
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  • Bill Lewis
    NAPTA
    Eric NewbyExecutive Director
    NAPTA
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  • David Hirsch
    Systran
    David Hirsch President
    Systran
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    President/CEO of Systran, Inc. David is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization and supporting the company leadership team. He has worked in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and North America delivering performance improvement and documentation compliance solutions for energy industry clients for more than 25 years. David began his career working for Apple Computer as a Quality Assurance Software Engineer before moving on to Systran in 1992 as an e-Learning Multimedia Specialist. David gained further industry experience as a Curriculum Developer, Technical Writer and Training Project Manager. His last project before assuming a leadership role at Systran was to manage the transformation of the operations and maintenance curriculum at Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery (SASREF) in Saudi Arabia. David holds a BA in Economics from the University of Texas.

  • Rich Eagles
    DuPont Sustainable Solutions
    Rich Eagles Principal
    DuPont Sustainable Solutions
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    Rich provides strategic guidance, thought leadership and oversight to the team of DuPont resources delivering strategic insights to clients worldwide. He provides senior level quality assurance, subject matter expertise and relationship management to Dupont’s wide client base.

    Rich has more than 20 years of experience helping clients solve their most challenging issues in areas affecting their operations, assets and people. He has served clients across numerous industries including chemicals, energy & utilities, manufacturing, high technology, food and beverage, healthcare and retail. Rich provides deep capabilities in problem solving and a data-driven approach to producing pragmatic customer insights. Rich is a regular public speaker and presenter.

    Prior to joining DuPont Rich was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice serving numerous Fortune 500 companies across a broad spectrum of challenges. His experience has included running global surveys for Deloitte Research, delivering market backed strategies to improve profitability and improve efficiencies, and developing human capital strategies to inspire, motivate, train, and effect sustainable change.

  • Nicole J. Moncrief
    Sasol North America
    Nicole J. Moncrief Human Resources Business Partner
    Sasol North America
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    After receiving both her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Grambling State University, Nicole began her more than 20 year career in human resource management.

    As a senior human resources representative for Sasol, she works closely with the company’s North American employees governed under the company’s collective bargaining agreement. She serves as an interface for external employment agencies, occupational health facilities and other human resource personnel.

    Nicole facilitates career development and planning workshops throughout the state of Louisiana. She truly has a passion for working collaboratively with individuals to better understand their professional purpose. Through her career planning and development workshops, individuals are able to visualize their future selves and develop a strategic career plan with attainable goals.

 

Innovation & Development Theatre Speakers:

  • Patrick Harrigan
    Hexagon PPM
    Patrick Harrigan Director of Business Development
    Hexagon PPM
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    Patrick currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Catavolt helping to build a global delivery network to implement the technology in the world's largest industrial companies. Patrick has spent the last five years partnering with industrial clients to create and deliver digital transformation initiatives through enterprise mobility. Patrick believes that mobility is at the forefront of digital transformation and can be leveraged to reimagine the way industrial organizations do business. Patrick has worked with Catavolt's largest clients in retail, manufacturing, construction and hydrocarbon with successful outcomes and brings that experience into Hexagon to help fuel the next generation of innovation.

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    Bentley Systems
    Ari Rantasalo Senior Manager of Consulting
    Bentley Systems
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  • Abdelghani Sinno
    Bentley Systems
    Abdelghani Sinno Senior Construction Consultant - Application Engineer
    Bentley Systems
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    Abdelghani Sinno is a Senior Construction Consultant – Application Engineer for Bentley Systems. He is a former Senior Automation Engineer – Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Consultant at the Consolidated Contractors’ Company (CCC). He received his master’s degree in computer engineering from the Lebanese American University with high distinction. He has been innovating and implementing new methodologies in VDC and AWP (Advanced Work Packaging) for the past 7 years in various award-winning projects around the world. Notably, he led the on-site implementation in more than 18 mega projects (Oil and Gas plants, Towers, Roads, Airports, Metros) in Oman, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. He is an outstanding scholar with exceptional teaching, team leading, and research skills. He won many awards, wrote several procedures for project controls in conjunction with the latest BIM methodologies, and was an invited speaker at world-class international conferences including CIFE at Stanford University, Fiatech, AWP, BIM, and others.

  • Todd Chambers
    Boss
    Todd Chambers Product Certification Director
    Boss
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    Todd Chambers, is the UL product certification director for BossLTG and BossLTR.

    BossLTG is a Manufacturer of Stadium Light Towers while BossLTR is their exclusive rental provider to industry. In 1996, Mr. Chambers became validated by Underwriter’s Lab to be Boss’s UL approved Certification representative for Light Towers, UL844-P4 Explosion Proof portable lighting, UL153 General Task Lighting and UL1640 Job-site Electrical Portable Power Distribution. His professional

    certifications allow him to display the UL Mark on products that BossLTG currently produces.

    Mr. Chambers has over 40 years’ experience in the portable lighting and electrical distribution industries. His product contributions to the rental industry includes establishing UL compliant standards on Off-shore hazardous location light towers, confined space entry explosion-proof portable floodlighting, temporary/portable job-site electrical GFCI distribution and the only one to achieve certification validation approvals on portable light tower products. He has been an ongoing speaker-advocate to the oil and gas Downstream industry promoting awareness of UL Compliance Standards applying to the rental of portable lighting and temporary power products.

    NOTE: You can visit Mr. Chambers in Booth C2.

  • Chris Parish
    PlanGrid
    Chris Parish Regional Sales Director, Texas
    PlanGrid
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    Chris Parish lives in Austin, Texas, and has a background specializing in earlier stage high-growth software companies transforming industries with mobile applications.

  • Tom Mankowski
    AP Networks
    Tom Mankowski Senior Consultant
    AP Networks
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    Tom Mankowski is a Senior Consultant with Asset Performance Networks, based out of the company's office in Houston, Texas. His career spans more than twenty years, and includes experience in both refining and the U.S. Army. Throughout his career, Tom has honed his skills in driving continuous improvement initiatives. With extensive leadership experience in turnarounds and many other refinery management roles, Tom is uniquely qualified to coach site leadership on the most effective means of supporting turnarounds and turnaround teams. In addition to conducting leadership training sessions, he has also helped to develop AP-Networks' leadership training process. Prior to his work in refining, Tom held various operations, maintenance, and logistics positions in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot. Tom holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

  • Jared Hartness
    Baker Hughes GE
    Jared Hartness Product Marketing Manager
    Baker Hughes GE
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    Jared Hartness is the Product Marketing Manager for the APM Integrity solution within GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management software suite. Prior to joining GE Digital, Hartness began his career with Meridium serving in a number of different capacities ranging from product marketing, marketing programs and digital marketing for their Asset Performance Management software solutions. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and Media Studies from Radford University.

  • Jared Carter
    Cisco Systems
    Jared Carter Energy Specialist, Industry Sales, North America
    Cisco Systems
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    Working for Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group, Jared Carter helps Energy customers understand and apply solutions to address their most important business challenges. These Line of Business solutions apply to operational systems and often relate directly to system safety, reliability, adoption of next-generation capabilities, and lower system operating costs. Increasingly, these benefits are realized by securely accessing data from machines, devices and sensors.

    Jared joined Cisco in 2005 and holds the industry’s most respected technical certification (CCIE #12375). In his 17+ years in IT networking he has designed, built, and now helped customers deploy secure IT and operational networks for power substations and distribution automation, plant floor automation and control, and for core IP wide-area networks.

    During Jared’s time focused on the Industrial IoT, he has continually helped Cisco’s IoT business unit understand the requirements of its industrial customers, which has led to the development of new features specifically built for IoT applications. These features have increased Cisco’s ability to solve customer problems and are being used globally.

    Jared has proven successful in the role of a bridge between a customer’s Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) teams, as the two become more integrated across industrial verticals. The result has been solutions delivered that meet not only the production and availability requirements of the business, but also the security and manageability needs of IT.

    Jared Carter
    Industry Lead, Oil and Gas
    jarcarte@cisco.com

  • Paras Trivedi
    Dassault Systemes
    Paras Trivedi Energy Process & Utilities Business Consultant Director
    Dassault Systemes
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    Paras has nearly two decades of industry experience in downstream, chemicals, and energy sectors covering project engineering, design, and management; operations analyses and process optimization; program management; and digital/business transformation consulting activities. As a business experience director at Dassault Systemes, he largely focuses on helping owner operators and EPCs to undergo progressive business transformation via digitalization and streamlining of their key business processes. With the help of robust but pragmatic value assessment programs, he advises them on how to to invest in strategic technological solutions supporting their competitive capital project execution, operational excellence, robust asset/portfolio management, asset virtualization, and supply chain management initiatives. Paras has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering.

  • Brad Chatham
    Appian
    Brad Chatham Senior Solutions Consultant
    Appian
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    Brad Chatham is a Sr. Solutions Consultant working for Appian on the presales engineering team in the Oil and Gas practice. Prior to Appian, Brad held the same role at Metastorm/OpenText in the Business Process Management practice, and in the same capacity at Cognos and IBM in their Business Intelligence group. Originally from Oklahoma, his family moved to the Permian Basin when he was 12, and he graduated high school under the Friday Night Lights in Midland, TX. He resides in Dallas, and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems and International Business from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Ken Deng
    Hilti
    Ken Deng Senior Product Manager, Global Application Software
    Hilti Corporation
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    Ken is a senior product manager in Hilti’s global software business unit, where he manages plant design software portfolio that aims to advancing the adoption of modular support systems in capital projects. Ken started his career with Intergraph (Hexagon PPM) where he served various roles as engineer, support manager and product owner. Ken has over 10 years’ experience in working closely with EPC and O/O clients to define and deliver innovative digital solutions to the oil and gas industry. Ken holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

  • Bill Wasilewski
    Day & Zimmermann
    Bill Wasilewski President, Process & Industrial
    Day & Zimmermann
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    Bill Wasilewski is president of Process and Industrial for Day & Zimmermann and is responsible for oversight of the company’s chemical, fibers, petroleum refining, and consumer products customers.

    He has more than 35 years of engineering, construction and maintenance services experience across a wide range of industries and has held senior roles in business operations, technology, sales and marketing, and planning. He has led global initiatives that improved profitability, productivity, and client relationships. Before joining D&Z, Bill was Executive Vice President and President of Energy, Chemicals and Infrastructure for CDI, a global provider of engineering and technology solutions and recruitment and staffing services to Fortune 1000 clients.

    Earlier, he spent more than 25 years at global service providers, including Fluor Corporation where, as Vice President and Group Executive in the company’s $2.1 billion Global Services division, he was responsible for sales, marketing, and strategic planning. He also served as Executive Director responsible for managing major accounts, including IBM, DuPont, and Hitachi.

    Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed the executive education program in Strategic Decision Making at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a certificate in International Business Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

  • Kelly Maloney
    Coreworx
    Kelly Maloney Senior Product Manager, Interface Management
    Coreworx
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    Kelly brings over 15 years of experience with enterprise software applications for project management and information management. Kelly has worked with some of the largest EPCs and owner/operators to implement interface management solutions that service multi-billion-dollar projects with thousands of interfaces.

  • Ian Russell
    ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation
    Ian Russell Business Unit Director, Africa, Middle East and Asia
    ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation
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    Ian Russell is the Business Unit Director for Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation.

    Mr. Russell has more than 30 years of experience in the downstream petrochemicals industry. During his career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles including business development, corporate strategy and planning and operations. He also leads ROCKWOOL’s new Global Key Account Management team, that works with major asset owners in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries to support significant improvements in operational efficiency.

    Prior to being named to his current role, Mr. Russell was ROCKWOOL International’s commercial director where he was responsible for leading business development efforts throughout India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Russell held various leadership roles with ROCKWOOL Group, overseeing segments of the company’s growth, strategy development, operations and manufacturing. Mr. Russell’s prior roles included senior positions at Akzo Nobel, Imperial Chemical Industries, and ATP Adhesive Systems.
    Mr. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in business and computing from the University of Hertfordshire in England. You’ll typically find Ian at an airport near you, but when he’s not traveling, you’ll find him sitting in his garden watching the local cricket team outside Manchester.

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