Pilko & Associates Global Team
At Pilko, we are facilitators and advisors on an ongoing basis. We have become the most respected global consulting firm to senior executives of leading chemical and energy companies by providing results, innovative solutions and advice on strategic operational and EHS risk control issues critical to our clients’ business success.
Our competitive advantage is the experience and expertise of our people contained in our industry leading CONTROLSOLUTIONS™, 8IGHT DRIVERS® methodology, and Remote Sensing® process.
Our global team averages more than 38 years of industry experience, and our professionals each have extensive real-world and operational knowledge. They share their thinking, expertise and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.
At Pilko, we foster collaboration, active listening and engagement. We challenge conventional wisdom, while seeking exceptional results. Our advisors thrive in environments where they are challenged to be creative and innovative in the ways they work with clients to deliver “outside of the box” solutions.
Take a look at the strength of each of our Global Team members. You’ll agree that they have exactly the kind of background that your next operations, EHS, and transactions project needs to ensure you have the highest increase in control of risk.
PILKO GLOBAL TEAM MEMBERS
John has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental and engineering geology consulting. Since joining Pilko in 1999, John has been involved in the soil and groundwater contamination aspects of numerous transactions.
His experience in the upstream oil and gas industry includes identifying and assessing environmental issues related to properties (including coal-bed methane ones) in the U.S., Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Peru, Trinidad and Venezuela. This experience includes both on-shore and off-shore properties. He also has worked on numerous projects involving chemical facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and the U.K.; for coal and gas-fired electric power plants across the U.S.; for several petroleum refineries, storage terminals and pipelines; and for miscellaneous industrial facilities, principally in the U.S, but also in various Latin American countries.
Previously, John worked on several large CERCLA and RCRA programmes and geo-engineering projects, including foundations for large buildings, bridges, dams, reservoirs, transmission line routing and slope stabilization. He was retained by the U.K. government to advise a Central American organization, based in Guatemala City on engineering geologic factors associated with the construction of various capital infrastructure projects. The assignment required extensive travel throughout Central America. This was followed by a three-year term with a major German civil engineering firm as resident engineering geologist working on the Masterplan for Electric Power Development for the Republic of Guatemala. During this period John became fluent in Spanish as a second language. He subsequently spent a year in Peru working on the stabilization of a major landslide in the Andes.
John is a registered geologist in the State of Texas. He was awarded a B.Sc. (Honours) in applied geology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
MARTIN (MARTY) BROWN
What I like most about consulting is the diversity,” Marty says. “There are so many opportunities to apply the lessons learned from previous experiences to a variety of client issues with a very positive impact.” And Marty has more than 35 years of experience to apply, having risen to top management levels at DuPont, Henkel/Cognis, and Champion Technologies.
Marty’s experience spans several technologies/market segments in both US and International management assignments. His expertise in Manufacturing, Quality, EHS, Human Resources, and Operational Excellence are but a few of the portfolio of experiences that uniquely positions Marty to bring considerable value to client engagements. Marty’s competency based, results driven approach provide the basis for exceptional results in a variety of consulting needs.
Marty brings extensive understanding of International cultures and business requirements as he has lived and worked in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
DuPont (1966-1991): Various positions from Research Chemist to Plant Manager, Corporate Economic Analysis, Corporate Environmental Management, and Vice President of Manufacturing. Broad experience across the U.S., South America and in Korea and the Pacific Rim.
Henkel/Cognis (1991-2002): Corporate and Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, EHS, Quality and Human Resources for The Americas. Operations Vice President for divestiture of Cognis chemicals division, which involved 40 facilities on three continents.
Pilko & Associates – Senior Advisor/Consultant (2003-2007): Assisted clients in the areas of HSE, Quality Systems and Operational Excellence as well as Buy and Sell side due diligence for acquisitions from 100 Million to 8 Billion USD.
Champion Technologies/Nalco Champion (2007-2014): Global VP with responsibilities for HSE, Quality, Security and Regulatory Affairs for $1.5 Billion Energy sector specialty chemical company. Oversaw the integration of Champion and Nalco post acquisition of these two companies by Ecolab.
In the course of his career, Marty has become an expert in acquisition due diligence, EHS compliance, business process improvement, Behavior Based Cultural organizational improvement and post-acquisition integration. Some specific projects include:
Building, staffing, technology transfer and start-up: Managed construction and start-up of new plants in USA, Brazil and Korea.
Transactions: Successfully led acquisitions, divestitures and turn-arounds for both DuPont and Henkel, where, for example, he merged six unrelated acquisitions into a strong competence-driven regional company that routinely met or exceeded EBIT targets.
Team-based management systems: Excelled in implementation of the EHS management systems that took DuPont to the level of a top-tier EHS performer. Implemented Responsible Care, ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-18001 and Six Sigma at both Henkel and Champion Technologies.
Enterprise Resource Management: Successfully implemented SAP across Henkel’s North American operations, resulting in a savings of $28 million from an operating budget of $215 million.
OSHA PSM: Implemented OSHA PSM compliance systems across Henkel’s U.S. facilities to assure safe handling of all hazardous materials.
Cognis divestiture: Managed the divestiture of Cognis by Henkel’s Chemicals Division. This project involved 40 facilities on three continents.
Pilko & Associates – Worked due diligence for both buy and sell side of transactions from 100 Million to well in excess of 10 Billion USD. Worked extensive Management Systems implementation and improvement projects in the Chemical and Energy Sectors helping clients lower risk profiles while achieving improved efficiency.
Education and Certifications
B.S. in Chemistry and Physics, University of Tennessee
Continuing Education in Six-Sigma, Human Resources and Manufacturing/Operations Excellence
Fluent in Portuguese.
Jerry Byars has more than 42 years of experience in maintenance, manufacturing, safety, and consulting at five DuPont highly hazardous chemical plants and many client facilities around the world, prior to joining Pilko. Jerry started his career as an engineer before becoming a maintenance manager and reliability engineer. He moved to help lead a struggling Sulfuric Acid plant and within two years the plant was recognized as DuPont’s best acid plant due to quality, cost, and safety improvements. Jerry then joined the Titanium Dioxide business where he had maintenance and operation management roles at two sites before becoming the EHS Manager with Process Safety Management responsibility for the Titanium Dioxide worldwide.
In 2006, Jerry joined DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) as a Senior Consultant. His most recent assignment was working with BP at several of their downstream plants and one upstream facility to identify risk and work to reduce the risk by implementing the Exemplar risk reduction process. Jerry developed a training package for identifying risk and addressing these risk in a positive way. He trained over 100 managers at BP in classroom environment and then coached on how to have a positive interaction in the field. Jerry has assisted clients in the utility (including linemen), construction, trucking, refining, chemical, and concrete industries in improving their personal and process safety performance. Jerry worked with leadership to establish safety systems and a safety leadership organization, and spent many hours working with employees and supervisors in the field, including remote locations.
Jerry possesses excellent people skills, and the ability to work well with all levels of an organization. He is talented at engaging employees to affect improvements in the working environment. Jerry graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.
Ron has over 40 years of business experience having held various senior management positions with P&L responsibility. Ron’s corporate career was primarily in the rubber industry with BF Goodrich and successor organizations including Uniroyal Goodrich and Michelin. He also has experience in the oil, chemical, pharmaceutical and transportation industries.
Ron’s diverse skill set has afforded the opportunity to consult with mid market companies to the Fortune 500 on a broad range of assignments including process and operation improvement and turnaround situations. He is also a certified Six Sigma black belt and has professional competency in Process Improvement, Deployment, Implementation and Sustainability, Project Scoping and Functional Integration, Training and Seminar Facilitation.
He brings to engagements analytical and leadership skills with proven strengths in developing insight from a quantitative perspective, solving complex problems, building consensus, and effectively interacting across all organizational levels, from the shop floor to leadership teams.
Ron holds BS degrees in Administration and Management Science and Economics and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Trista Chen has over 10 years’ experience in Strategic Environmental Consulting in China and Asia-Pacific, advising multinational clients on M&A programs, Post-Merger-Integration, as well as operational compliance and HSE excellence. Her expertise lies in the evaluation of environmental liabilities and their impacts on industrial operations in the context of increasing regulatory complexity in China. Trista has lead over 500 Environmental Due Diligence projects and portfolio programs in China, and her guidance to M&A executives and operational leads has helped to secure investment sustainability and facilitated integration and compliance assurance. Her advice on EHS liabilities and quantification of associated risks as well as their potential financial impacts enabled MNCs to evaluate the viability and future sustainability of their investment plans. Aside of supporting inbound investment into the region, her responsibilities in recent years increasingly covered assistance to the growing number of Asia based industrial clients in outbound growth and expansion.
Trista received a BSc in Science and Business from the University of Waterloo, and an MSc in Environmental Design from University of Calgary, Canada. In 2015, she was a delegate to the CEO- lead World Business Counsel for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Leader Program.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Art Colwell earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science degree in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His career in the chemical industry has spanned over 30 years. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Art was responsible for BASF’s largest North American manufacturing facility located in Freeport, Texas. In this role, Art oversaw the daily operation of 24 plants that manufacture 23 different products, including acrylic acid used in textiles, adhesives, and plastics; superabsorbent polymers used in baby diapers; caprolactam used in nylons and solvents; and intermediate chemicals like oxo alcohols used to produce polyesters, surface coatings and plasticizers. During Art’s tenure, the Freeport site was recognized by the Texas Chemical Council with its two highest honors – the Best in Texas Safety Award (4 of the last six years) and the Sustained Excellence in Caring for Texas Award (last 4 years).
Art also served as Chairman for BASF’s North American Manufacturing Community (2005-2008). In this role Art was responsible for the development and implementation of operational excellence programs across all North American manufacturing facilities.
An active supporter of the industry, Art served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Chemical Council for 9 years holding various offices culminating in his selection as TCC Chairman for 2009 – 2010.
At Pilko & Associates, Art has been able to leverage his extensive chemical industry experience to help companies improve overall EHS performance. Working directly with senior corporate executives, Art has advised and provided guidance on EHS risk assessment, risk mitigation and governance.
Art and his wife Nita reside in Magnolia, Texas. They have one son, Paul, a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Chemical Engineering. Paul is married and currently a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service.
Larry received his Ph.D. in Toxicology and spent the majority of his career at Exxon, at both the petroleum and chemical companies, where he established the company’s first product stewardship programme. He soon became the Exxon corporate guru and one of a handful of recognized experts in the country. “It doesn’t make sense to acquire a company whose products may have components that are going to be banned in a couple of years,” says Larry, “but you’d be surprised how easily something like that can slip through.”
After Exxon, Larry worked at Colgate-Palmolive as their Global Director of EHS. Larry planned, built and executed a worldwide EHS programme that provided management direction to more than 100 manufacturing facilities in 90+ countries. He later jumped at the chance to move from New York City to Research Triangle Park in North Carolina to become President of the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association, Inc. “We had a real issue with companies facing significant operational risks from the mining and metals refining processes.” We were able to help them achieve operational improvements that surpassed even their expectations, in record time, by using novel approaches to age-old problems.
Larry has worked as a senior consultant for Pilko since 2003. His particular niche is in working the areas of strategic transactions and Corporate Governance. Larry has been intimately involved in numerous $100MM+ transaction projects, providing expertise on both the buyer and seller sides of the due-diligence process. He has also provided management guidance on governance activities to numerous Fortune 100 companies. Larry has been involved in several in-depth management assessments of organizational effectiveness and Operational Excellence especially as it pertains to Process Safety and Risk Mitigation. “The beauty of the Pilko problem-solving approach is in the strategic use of multi-talented teams that are familiar with all aspects of a particular company’s challenges.”
A focus on emerging issues is a natural outgrowth of Helmut Dörr’s lifelong desire to undertake new challenges. He spent a year of his graduate work at Columbia University in New York, where he was involved in the first models of climate change and greenhouse warming, and he received his Ph.D. in environmental physics from Heidelberg University based on work with natural and artificial radioactivity in soil and groundwater. Helmut joined Arcadis in 1991 as project engineer, became Head of the Environmental Division in Darmstadt in 1997, and by 2001 was Managing Director. By 2008, he was responsible for 120 employees and 15 million € in gross revenue. “After seven years of increasing profitability, it was no longer a challenge, so I decided to leave Arcadis and sell my professional experience. What gives me satisfaction is that my clients benefit directly from my experience,” he says.
During his professional life, Helmut has led a number of innovative projects. Based on his work with radioactive contamination, he was drafted to the seven-nation team that developed a permanent solution to Chernobyl, helping to devise a shelter that would stand apart from the ruined reactor and not be compromised by further collapses or radioactive releases. He introduced innovative in-situ remediation technologies in brownfield redevelopment, increasing cost-benefit relations for the clients and making Arcadis to a market leader in this business sector.
At present, Helmut is developing and implementing forensic methods to identify polluters and their contribution to soil and groundwater contaminations on the German market. He also leads the implementation of sustainability criteria for the selection of remediation technologies and concepts in the German environmental market.
During his work for Pilko, Helmut has been involved in numerous HSSE related transaction projects in Central and Eastern Europe in the Oil & Gas and Chemical industry, including Vendor- and Buyer Due Diligence, Operational Excellence Assessment as well as preparing and accompanying transition phases.
Helmut is very enthusiastic about his work for Pilko. “In the past, I had on average 10 seconds for a decision,” he says. “Now I have time to find the best solution – that is one reason why I like this new job. I have much more direct contact with clients. And I feel very strongly about providing solutions to the whole range of climate issues, renewable energy, and other emerging issues. It’s really all about challenge and innovation.”
David Dunbar has over 35 years of experience in strategic environmental consulting nationwide serving as a partner in a major international consulting firm and later as an independent consultant to private industry for over 15 years. This experience includes the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste, chlorinated solvent, perchlorate, and petroleum hydrocarbon contamination at a variety of sites, such as refineries, transportation and aerospace facilities, industrial manufacturing and food-processing plants, chemical handling and wood-treating sites, landfills and military bases. David has provided these specialized consulting services to a variety of clients, including the railroad, oil, aerospace, chemical and electronic industries, and major law firms, among others. He has worked extensively with legal counsel providing expert witness services for environmental litigation, conducted site assessment and remediation, performed due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, site decommissioning and property transfer assessments. He has been called upon to provide technical support to the EPA and state agencies on Superfund matters and has appeared and testified as an expert hydrogeologist on behalf of Fortune-500 clients.
David received an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona and his B.A. degree in geology from Princeton University. He is a Professional Geologist in California and a member of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers and the American Geophysical Union.
JAMES 'MIKE' EDENFIELD
Mike Edenfield has 43 years of experience building, maintaining, operating and improving highly hazardous chemical facilities in over 15 locations in the United States including at nuclear facilities. He spent 30 years at DuPont beginning in Engineering building new chemical plants and conducting major turnarounds. He then moved into plant operations and held supervisory positions in maintenance and operations from first level up to plant manager. Mike was a plant manager at three different large chemical plants including the two largest titanium dioxide facilities in the world. When DuPont started its Six Sigma program, Mike was chosen to lead the effort for DuPont’s most profitable business. He managed 13 Master Black belts and over 100 black belts around the globe and delivered outstanding results. Mike and several of his team are featured in “The Six Sigma Field Book” coauthored by one of the original developers of Six Sigma, Dr. Mikel Harry. Based on Mike’s strong project management skills and proven results in multiple diverse assignments, he was chosen to lead the two billion dollar project to convert DuPont from multiple systems to one standard SAP platform globally even though he had limited information technology background. After many successful SAP global conversions, Mike retired based on his previous long term plan. That did not last long due to hurricane Katrina. Mike was sought out to become a consultant to manage multiple large chemical plant property damage insurance claims because of his experience and knowledge of construction and operation of these type facilities. He performed this work for seven different plants along the gulf coast for hurricanes Katrina and Ike. This led to other consulting work rebuilding hurricane damaged facilities. In 2011 after the Macando incident, Mike was recruited by BP and began a five year effort consulting for BP on risk reduction and operating management systems. Mike was a major contributor to developing and implementing the Exemplar risk reduction process at all the major downstream plants. The results from this team based problem solving process were substantial and sustainable at all six BP facilities where the process was deployed. Mike served as the lead consultant and managed a team of six to eight other consultants along with conducting the workshops and serving as liaison and coach for the Site Leadership teams. Mike graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in Texas since 1980.
Jeff is an accomplished, results oriented upper level manager with extensive production, operations and business improvement experience in refining and chemical manufacturing including commercial environments. He has demonstrated ability in vision and strategy development, change management, team building, HSE performance delivery, cost reduction and control, reliability improvement, profit optimization, organizational effectiveness and management system/process improvement.
Prior to joining Pilko, Jeff was Site Production Manager at Phillips 66, responsible for operations at the Ferndale, WA refinery. He was accountable for operations, producing propane, butane, gasoline, diesel, and hydrocarbon bottoms.
- Beat the operations expense budget by 10%
- Improved clean product yield by 2%
- Led the operations preparation for shutdown, safe work permitting and startup of our 2017 site wide turnaround.
Prior to Phillips 66, Jeff held numerous roles at Shell Oil Co. including Manager Workforce Development – Contingency Planning; GM Supply Americas; Site Production Manager at Shell Chemical Co. in Geismar, LA; Business Improvement Leader; Production Unit Manger (Lubes, Distilling & Hydroprocessing (D&H)) in Martinez, CA., among others.
Jeff received his MBA: 1996, Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA and Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering, 1990, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL.
Bart has 34 years of experience in manufacturing, EHS and marketing in the chemical industry. Throughout his career, he has been a large site Responsible Care Leader, with accountability for Title V permitting and subsequent compliance, as well as process and personal safety performance. He has also served as Dow Chemical’s Director of Personal Safety, where his team developed safety processes that led to a 50% reduction in injuries and episodice environmental events over a five year period.
He has been a Site Leader of a large manufacturing facility that employed 2000 employees and contractors. He has also been the Maintenance Leader at various sites where he has worked. In his last maintenance assignment, he was responsible for the maintenance of 75 operating plants. The total workforce included approximately 1500 direct employees and ‘nested’ contractors, with peaks to more than 3000 total employees. He has led the development of reliability programmes and cost reduction through the use of Six Sigma and implementation of maintenance and contracting strategies.
Bart also has extensive experience in leading integration efforts that resulted from mergers and acquisitions. These experiences include operation of separately-owned facilities within large complexes, integration of acquired facilities and blending them into the culture of the buying entity and carving out operations in multiple facilities around the world for an independent joint venture.
Bart has a chemical engineering degree from Rutgers University.
Greg Hanggi recently joined Pilko. Greg retired in 2017 with 43 years of distinguished service for Chevron and Chevron Phillips Chemical companies. Greg’s career focused on refining and chemicals manufacturing in a variety of senior leadership roles spanning numerous facilities and international assignments. Greg also led significant corporate initiatives improving manufacturing productivity, operational excellence and process safety.
In 2011, he led Chevron’s response to the tragic Pembroke Refinery, U.K. fatal vacuum truck incident including advancing industry lessons learned. Responding to significant process safety needs with Chevron Refining, in 2014 he took on a new role for Chevron’s Global Downstream and Chemicals. In this position, he led the creation of an organization that successfully developed and deployed strategies and methods enabling rapid step change improvements in the prevention of fatalities and high consequence process safety incidents.
Greg received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He joined Chevron that same year as a design engineer in San Francisco, California. With Chevron, he held numerous operations and leadership positions in the United States, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He joined Chevron Chemical Company in 1997 which became Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) in 2000. With CPChem he held senior leadership positions including General Manager for the Cedar Bayou, Texas, Petrochemical Complex and Corporate Vice President for OE/HES/PSM at the Woodlands, Texas, headquarters. During his career, Greg served on the Boards of Korea’s GSCaltex, Singapore Refining Company, Chevron U.K. Limited, and Peteropiar in Venezuela.
Greg and his wife Kathy now reside in Houston, Texas, taking extended summer stays in Idaho’s backcountry.
Qualifications and General Information
BSc Geology, Bedford College, University of London, 1976
MSc Hydrogeology, University College, London, 1982
Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, 1984-87
Post Graduate Experience: 34 years in environmental and hydrogeological services.
Previous Employment: consulting, contracting and research.
Sector Experience: petroleum, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, power generation, water, waste, automotive, construction, defence and mining industries.
Regulatory/Legal Experience: Expert Witness in the High Court (England) and at Planning Inquiries; wide experience of regulatory consultation in UK and Europe.
Training/Conference: has run numerous training courses and presented papers at seminars and conferences.
Locations: UK; Europe; Worldwide
- Due Diligence: Merger/acquisition audits – health, safety, product liability and environmental
- Soil and Groundwater Investigation/Remediation: investigation, development of remedial strategies, and implementation of remediation.
- Litigation/Regulatory/Permitting: Expert witness (civil and statutory litigation); regulatory consultation. Permitting: industrial, waste and water abstraction.
- Risk Assessment and Groundwater Modelling: contaminated site risk assessment, groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling; dewatering.
- Waste Management: landfill design, permitting and environmental effects.
- Groundwater Resources and Control: worldwide public, industrial & agricultural supply development; resources assessment. Dewatering and groundwater control.
Geographical Areas of Experience
UK; Belgium, Botswana, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, The Gambia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, North Yemen, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Vanuatu.
Jack has 38 years of experience with major oil and gas companies and has consulted for several independent oil and gas companies. He spent 35 years working with the upstream divisions of Getty, Texaco and Chevron Corporation. In that capacity, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Operations, Reservoir, EOR field development, SHE, and Drilling for domestic and international operations. He managed international offshore operations and their integration with capital projects upgrades. Jack has managed field abandonments and worked in harsh environments (arctic and H2S). He has also performed numerous safety and environmental audits for independent companies throughout the USA to ensure compliance with all Federal and State regulations.
He spent 35 years with Chevron and for ten of those years was on various International Management assignments in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Angola. In the past 10 years he has focused on managing a safe and environmentally friendly operation in very sensitive areas (High H2S and Offshore). He has performed operational, safety and environmental audits routinely for the last 12 years both domestically and internationally.
Areas of Expertise:
- EHS Compliance and Regulatory Audits
- Oil and Gas Production, Drilling, Reservoir and Property Evaluations
- Instructor on Oil and Gas Production Operations topics and Quality management
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines 1972.He is dedicated to his belief that operations can be made safe and profitable at a world class level. He has seen it and done it thanks to his developed knowledge in Operational Excellence and Behavior Based Loss Prevention systems. The journey takes a while but it is worth the effort. He recalls leading one of the largest and worse performing terminals in areas of safety and expense management to having the best safety record and profitability in less than two years. It takes support at all organizational levels and the correct implementation of the Operational Excellence and Behavior Based Loss Prevention systems. It works, it can be done and it can be sustainable.
Brenda is a successful executive, with over 35 years of experience working in the process industries, including 30 years with The Dow Chemical Company. At the time of her retirement from Dow, Brenda was EHS Mergers and Acquisitions Senior Director, responsible for all aspects of EHS integrations and de-integrations across the company. Brenda has a solid record of accomplishments as a key member of merger and acquisition teams and is an out-of-the-box thinker who drives innovation and executes seamless transition of both operations and teams during complex acquisitions.
During her 30-year Dow career, Brenda had numerous responsibilities including: Dow’s EH&S performance improvements, EH&S Management System, EH&S I/T strategy, EH&S Six Sigma strategy, and managing organization of regulatory experts. She possesses in-depth knowledge of work process design, project management, information technology, EH&S management system, and EH&S M&A due diligence and implementation.
Prior to joining Pilko & Associates, Brenda assisted companies in assessing and improving their EH&S management system. Brenda has leveraged her past mergers and acquisitions experience by serving as senior consultant for Pilko & Associates. She has participated on Pilko teams in assessing the valuation effects of EH&S risks and ensuring our clients have the critical information to make informed transaction decisions.
Rex Kenyon joined Pilko & Associates in July 2013 with over 40 years of experience in over 100 oil industry facilities across the world, including refining, upstream (onshore and offshore), pipelines, and chemicals. Rex retired from Chevron in 2000 after 29 years of service and has extensive experience in the fourteen elements of Process Safety Management, rapid implementation of change for improved work processes, reliability, risk management, gated turnaround management best practices, turnaround planning and execution, and routine maintenance planning and scheduling.
Rex spent 2 years in Kuwait focusing on improving operations at three Kuwait refineries with specific projects to eliminate the practice of shutting down entire refineries and country-wide gas plants to do turnaround maintenance. Impact of improvements for Chevron totaled USD 1 Billion. Prior to the Kuwait assignment, Rex held management roles at the BAPCO Refinery and El Segundo Refinery; and various supervisory and engineering roles with Chevron.
Rex received his Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical in 1971 and is a Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Thomas Kovar has 40 years’ industry experience including 36 years with Chevron. Experience includes both Upstream and Downstream with the majority of time in Refining. During Tom’s role as Chevron’s General Manager at the Pascagoula, Pembroke, Burnaby and Hawaii refineries, he managed several major turnarounds, projects, improvement initiatives including process safety and environmental performance. International experience includes Technical Service and operational assignments in Argentina, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Canada and the UK. Tom is based in the U.S.
Peter found his way to environmental work through geology. After graduating with a degree in applied geological sciences, he had planned to take a vacation when his professor told him of a job opening with Dames & Moore. “It was a very small office that had just been open for a few months, and there were only four people,” Peter says, “so we did everything and was a really good education.” In addition to on-the-job training, Peter completed multiple certification programmes, including one that brought him to the University of Florida.
“The due diligence and compliance auditing, this is what I like most,” Peter says. “I have done courses on environmental regulations, and I feel very comfortable with this work. And I like working with different industries, from dairies to oil refineries to auto manufacturing plants, all very different methods of production.”
Some of Peter’s noteworthy projects include soil and groundwater remediation on the site of what used to be Germany’s largest dry cleaning facility; hazardous material surveys for the US Military in Germany and Italy; asbestos surveys for the US Military and for the New York school system; geotechnical field investigations, including the rubble mountain in Berlin (the American radar installation at the top was crumbling) and the Suez Canal (for a new sewer and wastewater treatment system); cost estimates for the demolition of a nuclear laboratory; due diligence audits for Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries; and litigation support in European soil and groundwater contamination cases. Since the end of 2005 he has been partially living and working in Shanghai, China.
Peter’s work has taken him to many countries in Europe and beyond. After two weeks in China, he says, “I thought, oh Europe, you will have problems!” Travel remains a key attraction for Peter – and at one time he took off from work for an eight-month motorbike trip through South America. “I wrote a book about the trip,” he says. “Publishing companies would only print books with advice, so I printed it myself. The best time was writing it – all the journey came back again.”Peter discovered Pilko on a project with Jim Tapp and Arthur Penny in East Germany. “What I like about Pilko is their understanding of consulting work,” he says. “They really want to serve the clients, and that’s also my idea of consulting – to identify what the client needs and do exactly that.”
Areas of Special Qualifications
- Project Management
- Environmental compliance and due diligence audits
- Soil and groundwater investigation and remediation
- Asbestos surveys
- Health & Safety regulations and compliance
- 1995 – Present: Environmental consultant for industrial clients, investors and regulatory authorities. Since the end of 2005 based partially in Shanghai, China and Frankfurt, Germany to serve both markets
- 1988 – 1995: Dames & Moore GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt/M, Project Manager
- Countries worked in: Germany, USA, UK, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and China
Due Diligence and Compliance Assurance
- Managed and performed environmental compliance and due diligence audits of more than 150 sites (automotive, general metal processing, plastic, paper and food processing) in Germany, China, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Morocco and Kazakhstan. Work included review of applicable local and national legislation for hazardous materials, hazardous waste, air emissions, wastewater discharge, storage tanks, groundwater protection and occupational health & safety. Clients have included multinational companies such as Rohm & Haas, General Motors, Ford, Philips, Unilever, Delphi, ABB, Freudenberg, plus some medium-sized companies.
- Performed surveys of storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials at numerous vehicle maintenance facilities for the US Military and private clients. The surveys assessed compliance with German regulations.
Assisted an American multinational client in a lawsuit against an Austrian company for a building it had constructed for the client in Romania according to a reference building in Hungary. The building was constructed on land contaminated by nearby refineries dating from WW II, and the shielding in the basement did not prevent buildup of hazardous concentrations of benzene and other toxic organics migrating from the soil. Peter coordinated the technical aspects of the proceeding, including contractual arrangements with local certified fire protection engineers and consultants for ambient and indoor air pollution issues, and he also testified during the tribunal.
Contaminated Site Evaluation and Remediation
- Investigated and classified soil and excavated materials before and after construction at sites throughout Germany. (Since much of the ground in populated areas is contaminated to some extent, soil must be classified and handled according to the degree of contamination.) Supervised excavations to manage disposal according to relevant regulations while minimizing costs. Clients have included investors and construction and planning companies.
- Planned and carried out numerous soil and groundwater remediation projects, including concept development, design of the remediation facility, management of permits, and documentation of results. One notable project was the site of a large dry-cleaning facility that had extensive contamination dating from the 1950s and 60s. Because some of the original chlorinated hydrocarbons had degraded to vinyl acetate, many advanced remediation methods could not be used; nevertheless, the approach that Peter designed and implemented has been very successful.
- Performed asbestos surveys at US Army installations in Germany and Italy, at public schools for the City of New York and for private US clients in Germany, and in Czechoslovakia. The US Army project involved more than 200 buildings and required nearly a year to complete with a team of 10-15 investigators.
- Provided cost estimate for the demolition of a nuclear laboratory (hot cells). Developed tests using dry coring systems to avoid high disposal costs for contaminated water, and investigated methods for decontaminating radioactive concrete. The solution – removal of the outermost 2 cm of the walls and floor – proved to be both simple and economical.
Geotechnical and Hydrological Field Evaluations
- Performed environmental field investigations to evaluate wastewater treatment sites along the Suez Canal in Egypt. Field work included chemical and biological sampling of surface water from canals and lakes and measurement of flow rates.
- Performed geologic studies of the railway tunnel near Hainrode. Work included participation in the design of the rock support for the tunnel, measurement of the deflections of the rockwalls, supervision of exploratory rock drilling, and review of dewatering measures.
- Performed soil stability studies on the Berlin Mountain, which is composed of rubble from WW II reconstruction to ascertain whether the American radar station on top was cracking due to ground settlement or poor construction.
Environmental Permitting and Policy
Performed studies concerning Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Legislation in Germany for an international client.
Education and Certifications
- 2003 Umweltinstitut Offenbach
- Waste Disposal Legislation in Germany
- 2000 Umweltinstitut Offenbach
- Emission Control according BImSchV
- Degree: Air Emission Controller/Manager
- 1995 WCI, Wenningsen, Germany
- Health and Safety on Contaminated Land Sites
- Degree: Health & Safety Coordinator
- 1990 University of Florida, Treeo Center, USA
- Asbestos Inspector and Management Planner
- Degree: Accreditation in Florida
- 1982 -1988 Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
- Study of Geology
- Degree: Diploma Geologe
- Language skills: German, English, French, Portuguese (basic), Spanish (basic)
Sue Krienen joined Pilko in 2017 and has 37 years in the oil industry having worked with Mobil Oil, ExxonMobil, Williams, Marathon Oil and Shell Oil. Her most recent position was the Shell Oil Regional Director for Americas Growth Projects for 8 refineries and chemical plants within North and South America. Sue also has extensive leadership experience in all aspects of refining and has been a Refinery General Manager for Shell and Williams. She also has completed Health, Safety and Environmental Audits around the world across a number of business units. Sue has excelled at coaching many people to improve their leadership capabilities and increase the performance of their organization. She also recently was the Company Bargaining Lead for the Shell Sarnia Refinery Union contract negotiations. She achieved very significant contract improvements and led the implementation efforts.
Sue received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1979.
Terrance Kutryk joined Pilko in 2017, bringing over thirty-five years of proven achievement across energy sectors as a strategically focused, results-oriented executive. Terrance is passionate about real-world operational excellence and risk management. Has demonstrated disciplined financial performance, a track record of business growth and organizational development, successful team selection and management, on-schedule — on-budget project development, safe operations and environmental stewardship.
Prior to joining Pilko, Terrance was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Pipeline. He established a market leading service resulting in fully recontracting 1.6 BCF/day (one fifth of Canada’s natural gas exports and 150,000 BPD of NGL’s), dramatically reduced the company’s cost structure, achieved all-time record throughput, reliability and availability commensurate with improving safety performance.
Before that, Terrance held the position of Senior Vice President, Midstream & Refined Products at Husky Oil Operations Limited and was responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio including global commodity marketing, logistics and trading, storage, refining and upgrading business, pipelines, cogeneration, retail and wholesale operations, asphalt marketing, product supply and distribution, and new ventures. Terrance has also held the position of Chairman of the Board for Sultran Ltd. and Pacific Coast Terminals Company Ltd.
Terrance is Past Audit Committee member and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Society of Canada, Canada Heavy Oil Association, CFA Institute and the Calgary Society of Financial Analysts.
Terrance holds Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Calgary, is a graduate of the Petroleum Land Management program at Mount Royal University and graduated with an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds designations from the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Charles adds 40 years of executive and technical leadership in the oil refining and petrochemical industries to our collective experience here at Pilko. Over the last four decades, he lent his expertise in asset optimization, performance management, process transformation, operations excellence, and benchmarking for the refining industry to all aspects of the oil refining industry.
Prior to Pilko, Charles was with Solomon Associates following 8 years at Valero Energy as Regional Vice President. Prior to Valero, Charles spent 14 years at CITGO in a variety of technical and operations management positions: Supply Chain Management for all business units; General Manager of Operations, Maintenance, Safety and Training. Before CITGO, in the early 1980`s, he spent 5 years at Valero Energy as Operations Superintendent and later Operations Manager, involved in the project management of building the Valero Corpus Christi refinery. Charles began his career as a chemical engineer for UOP for 7 years providing technical assistance to UOP`s clients in Europe, Japan, Korea, the Caribbean, and South America.
Charles is a published author of numerous technical papers and has presented and chaired numerous international industry conferences. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Just recently Charles published a paper with the AFPM on “A Survey of US Refinery Use of Growing US Crude Production” at the AFPM Annual Meeting in March 2015.
Charles is an extreme athlete and has completed 13 marathons, 50 triathlons, and two Iron man competitions. When he is not competing, he enjoys golf and tennis and spending time with his family. He is active in his community and church.
Mark Lesky is currently an Executive Advisor with Pilko & Associates providing guidance to senior executives in the energy and petrochemical industry with respect to EHS governance, management systems and transactions.
Mark started his career with Shell Canada exploring for natural gas in Alberta, East Cost Offshore and the Western Arctic. He joined the NOVA Corporation Group of Companies in 1979 and served in a diverse range of technical and management roles in Foothills Pipeline (Yukon) Inc., Husky Oil Operations and NOVA Chemicals. He has an extensive background in EHS, sustainable development and Responsible Care management systems, acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, EHS governance, risk management, project management, occupational health and safety, and crisis preparedness and response. His background includes projects ranging from the environmental design and regulatory approvals for natural gas pipeline systems to the Beaufort Sea; construction of heavy oil refineries, steamfloods and pipelines to the Alberta Oil Sands; and due diligence and negotiations in support of transactions valued at over $ 2 billion.
In 2013, he retired as Director of Responsible Care for NOVA Chemicals Inc. managing the companies environmental, health and safety operations. He was instrumental in building the company’s world-class EHS and Responsible Care management system for olefin, polyolefin and styrenics operations on three continents.
Mark graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Earth Sciences and a Master’s degree from University of Calgary in Environmental Science.
John complements the Pilko team with 35 years of experience in petroleum and chemical infrastructure bringing with him a uniquely diverse bandwidth. He has earned success in C-level executive management, economic analysis and business strategy. John is an MLP expert with impeccable integrity. His leadership roles include start-ups, acquisitions, divestitures, recruiting and complex negotiations. John focuses on the customer, utilizing team building, collaboration and closing skills. He has been successful in turnaround operations resulting in extensive growth for his clients by closing or managing the closing of over $1 billion in transactions. He has successfully managed multi-year engagements with major pipeline, terminal, private equity and trader clients.
John, for the last 5+ years has managed multiple advisory agreements successfully closing seven and eight figure deals as President of Bomack Capital LLC. Previous to Bomack, John served as a Business Development exec at Colonial Pipeline where he added several multi-million dollar deals in related assets as well as developing a robust deal pipeline. As VP for Oiltanking Americas, he was responsible for investments, multiple JVs and growth initiatives. Previous to that, as VP of Business Development for Vopak, John performed similar responsibilities and also implemented a structured, transparent location management process that documented priorities, strategy milestones and personal accountabilities. Prior to Vopak, John was a founder and VP of Shore Terminals, managing their commercial development, acquisitions, ventures and growth strategy which included the purchase of seven petroleum terminals for approximately $80 million. He also spent 18+ years with GATX as VP and General Manager where he implemented a customer-friendly, EVA-based business model that resulted in divestiture of several plants and over $10 million in annual cash flow increases. He also lead a strategic and financial turnaround increasing annual cash operating profit by over $2 million in Chicago, over $5 million in New York and doubled revenue to approximately $90 million from $45 million in Houston.
John is a member of several associations including American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago. He is a former President of Houston Kellogg Alumni Club, a contributor to the Economics Advisory Board of Illinois State University, VP of Rugby Clubs in Chicago and New Jersey and has held leadership positions for various home owners groups and sports clubs.
John is a CPA, CFA level 1 passed, and received his Bachelor of Science and Graduate Study, Economics from The Illinois State University subsequently acquiring his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Double Major in Finance and Marketing.
MICHAEL MARSHALL, PE
Michael Marshall recently joined Pilko, bringing at least 33 years’ experience in the energy industry. While working first with Chevron (10 years) and then Marathon Petroleum Company (23 years – retired), Mike progressed through various downstream (refining) and midstream frontline and corporate engineering, operations, maintenance, and equipment inspection/reliability supervisory and managerial positions. He has hands-on experience in areas of equipment reliability, mechanical integrity and process operations, and has particularly strong insight and expertise in areas of PSM and EHS management systems design and implementation (RC 14001 RCMS, ISO 55001). Mike has also served as subject matter expert on risk-based equipment inspection and mechanical systems design relative to LOPC damage mechanisms, safety systems and overpressure protection. And, from a regulatory counter-culture point of view, Mike’s diverse exposure and cross-organizational experiences have given him unique insights, proficiencies and know-how both at the plant and corporate executive levels.
While at Marathon and serving in both downstream and midstream corporate environments, Mike was often tasked with overseeing and coordinating the design and implementation of enterprise-wide performance improvement initiatives. For example, in response to OSHA’s 2007 National Emphasis Program (NEP) following the 2005 BP Texas City incident, Mike oversaw and coordinated the urgent improvement of refining-wide process safety programs and operations, with a special emphasis on upgrading overpressure protection, safety critical equipment reliability as well as other critical safety system installations in all Marathon refineries. Responsibilities included formulating risk management and minimization plans, engaging and negotiating with regulators, and managing all aspects of safety system upgrades (flare installations, PRVs, SIS, EIVs, etc.) across all facilities, as well as numerous other reliability and process safety improvement initiatives necessary to strengthen and ensure compliance with various OSHA industry enforcement actions and consent decrees.
Also while at Marathon and soon after formation of the DOT PHMSA (2004), Mike served as the corporate EHS manager over all divisions of pipeline, terminal, transport and marine facilities, operations and engineering. Responsibilities involved oversight of all risk management, environmental (including corporate-wide remediation projects, and notably demolition and clean-up of the shuttered Indianapolis refinery) and process safety management programs and initiatives. Similarly, following promulgation of the OSHA PSM rule (1992) and in anticipation of the EPA RMP rule making, Mike successfully designed and developed a management systems approach for program implementation throughout all Marathon refineries.
Mike has published white papers on topics of PSM, safety systems, overpressure protection and LOPC, with acceptances for presentation at numerous process safety conferences including MEPEC, MKOPSC, and AIChE GCPS.
Mike graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Jonathan Miller is a Senior Risk Management Executive with 39 years in leadership roles at CGG, a company recognized for excellence in its field and a worldwide leader in Geoscience. During those many years of experience, Jonathan’s career was well balanced between corporate and operational responsibilities. Jonathan retired from CGG in Paris as a SVP, where he managed the global Enterprise Risk Management, Health, Safety, Security and Environment, and Sustainable Development departments. While in this position, Jonathan created a strong risk management culture with clear responsibilities and engagement deep into the organization, resulting in improved performance and reduced costs. He led a worldwide team of over 100 HSSE managers and experts, working tightly with operations to produce industry leading performance. Prior to this corporate role, Jonathan held a variety of executive positions in CGG operations around the world. He served as President and CEO, CGG US and CGG Canada, overseeing a period of rapid growth and development for the company in North America. As Regional Manager Latin America he was CGG’s Senior Executive in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, and earlier as Area Manager, Jonathan was exposed to the management of oil exploration in Syria and Jordan.
Jonathan’s global corporate experience combined with his international operations experience have provided him with strengths and insights which help executive teams develop risk management and HSSE cultures with strong line management engagement. His experience managing several complex international crises have reinforced his conviction that management teams must be prepared for crisis events and that executives must build company resilience. Jonathan’s work with Board Committees on structuring oversight and governance of Risk, HSSE and Sustainable Development supports Boards which are called to play larger roles in these areas.
Supporting his belief that industry associations have an important role to play, Jonathan served on the Board of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors(IAGC) and served a term as Chairman of the Association.
Jonathan graduated with a BA in Political Science from Trinity University and attended the Masters program in Technology and Modernization at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. Jonathan is fluent in French and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Al Mok is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in environmental, health & safety (EH&S) management, and operational excellence in the Canadian oil & gas industry. Al began his career with Schlumberger in SE Asia, performing open hole logging and other downhole testing operations on offshore drilling platforms.
Throughout his career as an EH&S executive, Al has developed and led the implementation of various EH&S programs, including integrated EH&S management systems, operational integrity audits, transaction due diligence initiatives, as well as leading a successful merger between two EH&S departments of two major oil and gas companies in Canada. As an executive advisor, Al specializes in assisting clients in reducing operational risks and improving EH&S performance through implementation of effective management systems, robust & strategic enterprise risk management practices, change leadership, personal & process safety management programs, and safety culture transformation.
Al is based in Canada.
Richard (Rick) L. Monty has over 40 years of experience in the chemical industry. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Principal Consultant for Pilko and Associates for the past 7 years. He retired in his corporate career in 2010 as Executive Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety for Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., a post he held since January 2005.
Mr. Monty previously served as Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety for Borden Chemical Inc. beginning in January 2004. His background previously includes EH&S management roles with Huntsman Chemical, General Electric and Monsanto. He was employed by Huntsman Corporation from July 1992 to January 2004 in various Environmental Health and Safety positions, ultimately serving as Director, Global Environmental Health & Safety from 2001 to January 2004. During his tenures at GE, Huntsman and Hexion, Rick was a key M&A team member in 45 separate chemical deals and he has international due diligence experience in 22 countries on six continents.
Rick is experienced in assessing the valuation effects of EHS risks for potential deals and interfacing with corporate buyers/sellers, private equity investors, lenders and boards on EHS and Operational Risk due diligence factors and their implications. More recently in his Senior Advisory capacity, Rick has also performed Environmental and Operational Risk Management advisory projects in a number of assignments for clients in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. His in-country experience in the Middle East for major petrochemical sites is extensive.
Rick is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He is based in the U.S.
Mary has a unique, demonstrated approach to improving performance and turning a workforce into competent, business-oriented employees. She is widely recognized by senior managers as an expert in identifying key information needed to develop and implement EHS leadership programs focused on first line supervisors that have proven impact to clients. These programs have helped drive the EHS culture of organizations from reactive to proactive to a culture of excellence.
Mary has developed industry-recognized techniques for assessing performance and delivering the tools necessary to grow employees’ abilities to higher standards than that achieved through traditional training. She has improved their bottom line through reduced training costs, a more efficient and dedicated workforce and clearly focused management. Her methods are focused on the needs of the business, the capabilities of the workforce and exceeding management’s goals for operational excellence.
Her domestic and global business experience includes developing, implementing and overseeing management systems for the world’s largest construction project at that time (Karachaganak Petroleum Operating bv.) and managing the performance improvement process for Texaco Worldwide Exploration and Production. Mary’s business clients include industry leaders in the USA and across five continents. Mary has nearly thirty-five years of experience that includes:
- Assessing the culture of an organization
- Defining the workforce and organizational needs to drive culture change.
- Identifying the gaps between the existing and desired employee capabilities.
- Shaping the skills and knowledge of the workforce to meet business needs.
Mary is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College majoring in Communications and Mathematics and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Hugh Morton has over 35 years of operations experience driving organizational excellence in EHS, Cost Productivity, Quality & Customer Service, and efficient Asset Utilization.
Hugh retired in 2008 as Vice President of Manufacturing for the Forest Products Division of Momentive Specialty Chemicals. He also served as Vice President of Manufacturing, leading global operations for Thomson Consumer Electronics and served as GM of Operations for GE Plastics – Americas and GE Silicones. In addition, he served as Executive Vice President of Great Lakes Chemicals, running the global Polymer Additives Division.
Throughout his career, Hugh has demonstrated the ability to successfully lead diverse manufacturing teams, driving excellence in key operational metrics. He also has broad due diligence experience in support of manufacturing acquisitions.
Hugh is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is based in Eatonton, Georgia.
Michael Olbrich has 36 years’ experience in refining and petrochemical operations with BP, Amoco and Phillips 66. He has extensive experience in managing all aspects of refineries and chemical plants including operations, engineering, maintenance, and process safety. In the aftermath of Macondo, Michael was selected as the VP, Safety and Operational Risk, US Refining System, responsible for the dramatic improvement in risk management for BP’s 5 US refineries. Mr. Olbrich has also served as the Petrochemical Plant Manager for both a US and Belgium plant. He was also responsible for Technical, Engineering and Turnaround at the 400 kbd Whiting Refinery.
Michael is a passionate process safety and operating leader who also has expertise in asset optimization, energy management and change management. Michael led the first site transformation to the BP Operation Management System, and was key in the development and roll-out of the BP Operation Excellence Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Sam Preckett has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 35 years. He began his career at Chevron and over a 25 year time frame, worked through the ranks from a contract laborer to mechanic to corporate level responsibility. During that time, he managed all aspects of a maintenance organization, helped establish and create high performance organizations, lead multiple reliability and maintenance best practice teams, and was responsible for global maintenance and reliability information systems.
After an early retirement, Sam leveraged his skills and experience gained from Chevron and continued working in the oil and gas industry, assisting organizations solve a wide variety of complex problems around solving asset and plant reliability problems, guiding organizational transformations and operational excellence that required a complex blend of human and technical skills. For the last 12 years, Sam has had the great fortune of working around the world in over 250 facilities for super-majors, IOC’s, NOC’s and independents, providing a wide range of services aligned around solving problems and increasing asset performance, capital project and turnaround management, commissioning and startup of new facilities, turnaround performance, organizational performance and operational excellence. Sam has broad and in-depth oil & gas knowledge and has working knowledge of most oil & gas industry standards, working in upstream onshore and offshore, pipelines and gathering systems, midstream production and storage and upgrader facilities, offshore and onshore terminals, chemical plants, refineries of all scales, LNG facilities and power generation plants in countless countries on every continent, including Oman, Canada, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Norway, Chile and Venezuela and many others.
His greatest strength lies in the ability to communicate at every level of the organization, helping clients quickly diagnose, understand and resolve complex technical and organizational issues and help them implement solutions that realize immediate gains.
Ken Richter has 49 years of experience with Chevron and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company including petroleum refining and petrochemicals both domestic and internationally. Ken retired from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in 2017. He has manufacturing expertise and leadership experience in refinery and chemical process plant operations, process design, construction, organization design, health, safety & environmental management and business processes. Ken provided leadership and operating expertise on several major capital projects during his career. This experience includes major refinery capital projects, operations management consulting in Argentina as well as two greenfield petrochemical major capital projects in the Middle East. He worked 12 years in the Middle East and served as the Benzene Project and Ethylene/Polymer Project Operations Manager for the Saudi Chemical Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Ken also served as Plant Manager for the Qatar Chemical Company green field Ethylene/Polymers facility from the design phase through construction and startup. As Operations Manager and Plant Manager for both Middle East mega projects he served in operating, technical and leadership roles through the design, construction and start-up phases of operation. Ken provided leadership to build the organizations and create the foundation and culture of incident and injury free operations In the U.S. Ken has refinery operations experience in both daily operations as well as major capital projects including crude, cracking and hydro-processing facilities. Daily responsibilities throughout his career included, improving personnel and process safety, developing and providing leadership for a team culture, developing and meeting operating cost challenges, major capital project operations planning and inspiring teams to work injury and incident free.
At Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Ken held several professional titles such as most recently, Corporate Project Team Operations Consultant, Operations Manager for Saudi Polymer Company in Jubail, Manager Refinery Chemicals Operations at Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Plant Manager at Qatar Chemical Company in Doha, Qatar and Operations Manager at Saudi Chevron Petrochemical in Jubail, Saudi Arabia among others. His global and leadership experience provides the knowledge and perspective needed to facilitate management teams to get control of risk before it leads to catastrophe. Ken is based in the U.S.
Leonard Schooler worked in the Chemical Industry for 42 years, both domestically and abroad. He has held management positions in Engineering, Production and EHS. He retired from BASF Corporation in 2017 as Director off EHS/Texas Hub. In this role, he lead an organization of EHS professionals providing EHS programs, support and services for BASF manufacturing sites, businesses and laboratories in Texas. BASF Corporation utilizes a number of safety concepts Leonard developed, among these are the AB Index, Schooler’s Triangle and the Career Safety Rate (cSr). He also organized and lead the Annual BASF/Contractor Safety Conference, which helped align safety goals with major contractors. These programs and and concepts contributed to significant improvement in safety. Leonard has shared many of these concepts with industry groups such as Texas Chemical Council, American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association and others.
Leonard has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas @ Austin and a MBA from Corpus Christi State (now Texas A&M Corpus Christi). He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Leonard resides in Lake Jackson, Tx.
Paul Snyder has 38 years of EHS experience. He is knowledgeable in safety management systems, OSHA VPP, emergency planning, process safety management, OSHA compliance, OSHA recordkeeping, safety and Industrial hygiene auditing, culture change, and incident investigation methods. Paul held various EHS positions during a 32 year career with Rohm and Haas including Plant Industrial Hygiene Manager, Plant EHS Manager, and Corporate Safety and Industrial Hygiene Director. Prior to this, he served in the US Navy as an Industrial Hygienist.
Paul’s Certifications include: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) retired status 2016; Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) retired status as of 2010; and Special Government Employee for VPP (SGE 2003-2007).
Professional Organizations include: American Industrial Hygiene Association –National and Philadelphia Chapter –Philadelphia Chapter: President 1990-1991, Director 1986—1988 and 1994-1996; American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; American Society of Safety Engineers, National and Philadelphia Chapter; OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region III Board of Directors charter member, Secretary 1996-1998; Treasurer 1998-2003; and Director 2003-2006.
Paul received his BS, Biology /Public Health from the University of Kentucky and MS, Environmental Health Science from Tulane University.
Phil Snyder has more than 38 years’ experience in the petroleum and chemical industries where he held various senior managerial HSE positions combined with multiple technical roles earlier in his career. In 2014, Phil became an independent HSE consultant with Pilko & Associates and since January 2015, has regularly worked participating to help characterize the business risks associated with proposed M&A transactions and supporting efforts to improve client HSE performance.
Prior to Pilko, Phil served as the General Manager for Product Stewardship at Shell serving the global refining and chemical business lines where he designed and implemented a new global organization and supporting systems across 100 countries. Prior to this, Phil was the General Manager for HSE for the newly formed global Chemicals organization and led changes in HSE processes, manufacturing standards (including HSE), risk management and organizational learning.
During his 34-year career at Shell, he also served in various plant and operational positions where he successfully provided leadership to improving HSE risk management, process safety, epidemiology, toxic tort litigation, incident & crisis management, compliance issues, capital projects, business divestment and plant acquisitions. His experience included working to better leverage the technical knowledge inside Shell to support priority site risk issues. Phil is recognized for his breadth and depth of professional experience in health, safety and environmental management (multimedia) as well as his ability to integrate across these disciplines to provide pragmatic solutions to support business strategy. His global experience provides a sensitivity of international issues and considerations. His legal training enables him to readily incorporate and pragmatically bridge law and business needs. His leadership at one of the world’s largest integrated refining and chemical plants, coupled with his many global leadership roles provides him with the knowledge and understanding to bring unique perspectives for delivering solutions to highly complex organizational issues involving HSE risk. He is uniquely positioned to identify and drive organizational change and the effective use of management systems and networks to support business needs.
Phil holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University; a Master’s Degree in Public Health (specializing in Occupational Health & Safety); and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the South Texas College of Law. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Phil is married, has two grown children and resides in Houston, Texas.
William Strayham joined DuPont in 1979 at its Delisle, MS. Plant. He spent 31 of his 39 years working in the chemical plant operations. The past eight years as a Safety Consultant with DuPont Sustainable Solutions have been spent in numerous multi-national oil and gas facilities throughout North America and one year as an Electrical Construction Safety manager. Throughout his career, William has gained an extensive understanding and appreciation for a safe work environment and has a vast experience in managing a safe workplace. Regarded as a subject matter expert in plant safety procedures, he has specialized knowledge and experience in training and managing safe operating management systems in the chemical and petroleum environment. He has been involved in numerous on- and off-site safety audits, either participating in or leading these efforts. He also has provided a wide range of training and expertise in the safe handling of chemicals during chemical processes involving highly hazardous materials.
William has successfully managed numerous teams utilizing DuPont’s proven safe practices. He has identified, developed and implemented numerous significant safety and process improvements throughout his career, including hydraulic extraction device, redesigned confined space, improved chemical isolation procedures and auditing processes for facility isolations. William has engaged in sharing his knowledge and experiences by implementing a Process Safety Management (PSM) program at one of Canada’s largest oil refineries in Regina, SK. He has participated in Operating Management Systems (OMS) improvements at two of the United States’ largest petroleum refineries as well as an Offshore production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. He also was part of Control of Work team Implementing improved Work Management Systems at 13 production facilities on the North Slope, Alaska.
Mike Tierney has 39 years’ experience with Chevron in chemicals and refining in domestic and several international assignments before retiring in 2016. Mike’s manufacturing expertise includes engineering and leadership roles in plant operations involving petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, refining, and organizational design and optimization. Experience includes capital projects in the U.S., three greenfield petrochemical projects, one in the U.S., one in the Middle East and one in Nigeria. Mike also has extensive operations experience while holding various positions in the U.S., Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and led a refinery operations focused consulting group in Kuwait.
Mike worked more than 25 years in international assignments, with 14 years in the Middle East, five years in south Asia and six years in Africa, with assignments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Kuwait and Nigeria. In Bahrain, Mike was a superintendent for crude, Merox treating and vis-breaking for three years and served two years as a project leader for a refinery wide IT project. In Saudi Arabia he served as the technical & maintenance manager and designed and hired the technical and maintenance organizations and for the Saudi Chevron Benzene and Cyclohexane project & ongoing plant support operations. In Singapore Mike served as G.M. Operations, leading an extensive effort to overhaul training and process safety. In Kuwait Mike served as G.M. Technical Services Agreement for a Chevron refining consulting group with major focus areas in hydrocracking, training, FCC, process control, maintenance, reliability, operations optimization in addition to improving performance in Health, Safety and Environmental management. Mike was the Integration and Project Completions Manager in Nigeria, merging a downstream / chemicals organization with an upstream gas plant / crude oil export organization that included merging and streamlining of engineering, operations, maintenance, supply chain and other support organizations in addition to serving as the Project Completions Manager for a $800 million chemical / refining export project.
At Chevron, Mike held several various job titles, including Technical and Maintenance Manager at the Saudi Chevron Aromatics plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Operations General Manager at Singapore Oronite (specialty chemicals) , General Manager for the Chevron Technical Services Agreement in Kuwait and Integrations and Project Completions Manager in Nigeria. Mike is currently based in the U.S.
Mark has worked in the oil refining industry for over 40 years. His approach to operations excellence is based on the belief that it can best be achieved through a competent, engaged workforce with clear roles, responsibilities, expectations and aligned behaviors. This belief has been formed through multiple Refinery Manager assignments both domestically and internationally and also many years of organizational development work. His goal is to guide people to a culture of “Doing the Right Thing, The Right Way, Every Time”.
Prior to his role at Pilko, he was Vice President West Coast Refining for Alon USA, responsible for the AltAir Paramount renewable fuels refinery in Paramount California. This is a 42 million gallon per year renewable jet and diesel fuel facility. Feedstock for the plant is inedible agricultural waste fats and oils. Green jet fuel and green diesel were the main products.
Mark has also had considerable corporate experience over his 47-year career. He was the Corporate Operations Excellence Leader for HollyFrontier Corporation. In this role, he supported the operations of 5 refining fuel sites in the implementation/improvement of effective Conduct of Operations (COO) practices, including process unit operating practices, organizational effectiveness, operations training, and other operational improvement strategic initiatives.
Previously, he was appointed Refinery Manager at Western Refining in Gallup, New Mexico. Prior to joining Western, Mark was the Facility Manager at the 90,000 bpd Tulsa Refinery of Sunoco, Inc. Before Sunoco, Mark worked 32 years with ExxonMobil Corporation. He completed a 3 1/2-year assignment as the Site Manager for the ExxonMobil Cerro Negro $700 MM Jose Heavy Oil Upgrading Plant in Venezuela. Mark managed the organization during the final year and one half of construction through start up and into stable operation.
Prior to going to Venezuela, Mark was the People Network Team Leader for Mobil Global Manufacturing. Mark was responsible for leading the Manufacturing People Best Practice Network to help Global Manufacturing achieve the goal of developing a high-performance workforce by benchmarking best practices and sharing internal programs, experiences and expertise across the Global Manufacturing organization.
Mark joined Mobil as an engineer at the company’s refinery in Buffalo, New York in 1971. He held a variety of engineering and supervisory positions at the Refinery, including an assignment in the Safety Department. He also spent 2 years in the Corporate Purchasing Department at Mobil Headquarters in New York City. He became Manager of the Technical Department of the Buffalo Refinery in 1979. In June of 1981, he transferred to the Torrance Refinery as the Economics and Planning Manager and later transferred to the Operations Department as an Assistant Manager in charge of the Crude and Coker Units as well as the Sulfur Plants. In May 1986, he transferred to the 230,000 barrel per day Joliet Refinery as Production Manager. He became Midwest Regional Engineering Manager in October 1996, and then assumed his Team Leader positions, first as Operations Best Practice Leader and then People Best Practice Leader, taking advantage of his operational and workforce expertise.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. He is also registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He and his wife Donna have a home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their two grown children, Justin and Jennifer, and their families, live in Puerto Rico and Minnesota.
Ms. Margaret R. Walker, also known as Maggi, has been the Owner of MLRW Group, LLC since January 2011. Ms. Walker served as Vice President of Engineering Solutions, Technology Centers and Manufacturing & Engineering Work Process of Dow Chemical Company, at retirement. She has been a Director of Methanex Corporation since April 30, 2015.
She has been a Director of Independent Project Analysis, Inc., since 2011. From 2004 to December 2010, she served as a Vice President of Engineering and Technology for The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow Chemical”). Prior to this, she held other senior positions with Dow Chemical including Senior Leader in Manufacturing and Engineering, Supply Chain, and Business Director of Contract Manufacturing.
Ms. Walker holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas.
Tim was “internationalized” at an early age, since his father worked for the British Overseas Development Administration in Ethiopia and the Seychelles. After a stint with BP Chemicals, Tim completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in the UK and went to work as a consultant for ERM (Environmental Resources Management), soon wangling a spot in ERM’s small Hong Kong office in 1990. Within five years, he’d helped the office grow from six people to 75 – and with nowhere further to go in Hong Kong, Tim opened an office in Malaysia, now his home country. He directed ERM activities around Southeast Asia from 1996 until an intended “sabbatical” in 2004/5 instead became a spell volunteering with the United Nations in Aceh after the Asian Tsunami. Tim’s work with UNDP included the US$40 million Tsunami Recovery Waste Management Programme (TRWMP) and emergency response to various subsequent natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region.
As work in Aceh ratcheted down, Tim left ERM to consult on his own and with his friend Andrew Young. Today the two men oversee Pilko’s Asian consultancy. Tim’s expertise covers environmental due diligence, environmental assessment, risk and health & safety assessments, site investigation & remediation, technology appraisal, emissions abatement, solid waste management and economic implications for proposed developments in the power, waste, industrial and oil & gas sectors. Tim says. “I’ve managed a lot of multidisciplinary projects, where there were environmental, health, safety, and social issues all wrapped up together. Tim’s work has taken him to the UK, Europe, Cyprus, the Middle East, Africa, India, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Tim’s work for Pilko has included advising clients such as Shell, Infineum (ExxonMobil), SCG Chemicals (Thailand), Rhone Group and AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group on the appropriate extent and focus of due diligence and providing technical support during contract negotiation and the development of mitigation plans. “We live in Asia, we know Asia, we’ve worked in most of the countries, and we know their regulations and the way they do things.
Greg Weber’s thirty-eight year career in the energy industry spans from the shop floor to the executive ranks. He is effective leading the hourly work force and collaborating with members in the C-Suite. His professional experience includes major IOC’s; spanning North & South America, Europe and the Middle East; refineries, chemicals, upstream and mid-stream. He has broad experience leading all facets of plant operations, maintenance and technical. In his corporate roles he managed implementation of management systems across multiple sites; focusing on effective results delivery through the application capability maturity models delivering enterprise wide performance.
Initially a Pilko ‘client’, he served on EHS Op Ex governance teams successfully implementing Pilko’s OE model at two IOC’s. He is currently active in Pilko’s EHS Operational Excellence Playbook practice and M&A due-diligence team, guiding clients through their OE design and implementation.
Greg graduated with high honors from Michigan Technological University.
Bill Weisnicht has over 33 years of experience in the chemical process industry with significant experience in the operation and management of petrochemical plants. He spent his career working for Monsanto and later Huntsman Corporation. Bill has experience in KSA, where he led the effort to license Maleic Anhydride technology to a Saudi client. Most recently, he participated in a comprehensive Pilko risk review at a major petrochemical site located in Al-Jubail, KSA. Much of Bill’s career was involved in the licensing of Maleic Anhydride technology on a worldwide basis in both business and technical roles. Organizations that Bill participated in and later led these projects through all phases of the technology transfer including training of the client’s staff and providing on-site manpower resources to assist during the commissioning and start-up phases of these projects. Projects were completed in Taiwan, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China. Bill has participated in 4 world class start-ups in the United States, Taiwan and Germany.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He is based in Pensacola, FL.
Barry remembers his years as a rookie engineer in Exxon’s New Jersey refinery as fun years. “My passion was to get my hands dirty working on real things,” he says. “Every day there were operating and engineering challenges, long days, late nights and weekends working to make an ever increasing volume of products as efficiently as possible. And every day I went home feeling tired but feeling that I had made a difference.
This passion for operations remained with Barry throughout his 35-year career with Exxon. In the late ‘70s, he moved from New Jersey to Texas, where he managed all the new capital investment projects at Exxon’s largest refinery in Baytown. From there, he served in a number of capacities, which broadened his understanding of the business: assistant to the Exxon USA Management Committee; fuels marketing business analysis manager; lubes business analysis; and, in the early ‘90s it was back to operations, as manager of Exxon’s lubricant blending and packaging plants in the U.S. “We faced numerous EHS challenges in the lube plants,” Barry says, “because these were small standalone plants scattered throughout the country, and each had its own unique EHS issues. Several lube plant acquisitions and divestitures during this period introduced him to due diligence and the hurdles thrown in the path by lawyers!
During Barry’s tenure in the lubes business, he was responsible for developing and implementing Exxon’s Operations Integrity Management System framework at all of the lubricants plants. “We recognized that if Exxon were going to operate manufacturing facilities, we were going to execute according to the highest standards,” he says. “The standards were not clearly defined when I got there. So, we were challenged to develop all of the detailed standards, practices and systems for operations integrity.” Barry is proud of what he helped create by setting the bar high.
After Exxon’s merger with Mobil, Barry moved over into the computing and systems world, where he was responsible for change management and training associated with implementation of a new $500 million dollar global chemicals SAP system. Barry says, “it was my job to train 10,000 employees on the new computing system and associated work processes. Barry capitalized on this IT experience to become Exxon’s Global Refining/Chemicals Manufacturing Training Manager. This encompassed nearly 50 plants worldwide and 25,000 employees. Barry understands that one of the cornerstones of operations excellence is to develop all the personnel in an organization through a comprehensive training program, which ensures the workforce has achieved the skills and competencies to enable them to perform at very high levels of excellence. He says, “this is a key element for manufacturing businesses to successfully compete in today’s global market.”
During his years as an advisor with Pilko & Associates Barry has focused extensively on driving Operational Excellence systems, processes, leadership and culture across a wide variety of refining, chemical and pipeline clients. This work has taken him to many plants and locations across North America, Europe and the Middle East. The message is always simple: OE in high risk operating facilities requires a workforce that “does the right thing, the right way, every time.” Most plants today are well along the path of having systems and processes to support OE, but the challenge is to help leadership embed a culture of behaviors which manages risk and delivers high performance flawlessly.
As an environmental economist, Andrew says his “firm belief is that the environment and business should always work together.” Drawing on his extensive experience in consulting, industrial planning and operations and business development, Andrew brings this outlook to all his projects.
Andrew arrived in Singapore in 1994, where he worked to assist western companies gain a foothold in Asia, until he joined a developer as environmental specialist to help plan and build a 23,000 Hectare integrated industrial and resort development in Indonesia. In less than four years, Andrew helped build ferry terminals, ports, power stations, reservoirs, electrical and water distribution networks, 30 km of roads, a township housing 7,000 employees and 7,000 hotel rooms, five golf courses, and in a separate area, a light industrial park development. Andrew subsequently moved on to develop and run the EHS operations and Emergency services for the development of its employees and its half a million annual visitors.
Andrew moved back to Singapore in 2001, where he tackled major waste management and project development jobs and accumulated extensive transactional experience in the chemical and oil & gas sectors. Andrew has worked on some of the largest deals in Asia, racking up projects across South, South East and East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. “It’s a small world out here,” he says, “and I’m very well embedded in the Asian infrastructure. Dealing with local authorities, understanding the government and the regulations is key to any deal going through – and it’s also key to projecting the impact five or 10 years down the road.”
TOM J. ZIMMERMAN, PhD, PEng
Tom Zimmerman has thirty-seven years of experience in engineering management, design and research. He retired from Enbridge in May 2016 as VP, Integrity & EHS after ten years in senior engineering and executive positions in Edmonton, Alberta and Houston, Texas. Positions held with Enbridge include: Manager, Pipeline Integrity; Director, Operations Services; and most recently VP, Integrity & EHS.
Tom holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Enbridge, he spent twenty-one years at C-FER Technologies in Edmonton, Alberta, and was involved in engineering research and development activities related to pipelines and offshore structures.
During his career, Tom has gained a unique perspective on critical safety issues, via involvement in a number of high-profile incident investigations involving pipelines and oil storage facilities.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Zimmerman has been active on CSA and ISO code committees, including CSA Standard Z662 (pipelines) and CSA Standard S473 (offshore steel structures). He is the former Vice-Chair of the Z662 Design Subcommittee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Z662 Task Force on Limit States, Reliability-based Design. He is also the former Chair of PRCI International’s Design, Materials and Construction Research Committee.
Tom currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.
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