Pilko & Associates Global Team
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.
“The bulk of what I do is legal,” says Dave, “but the most important part is figuring out exactly what the client’s problem consists of. Sometimes the solution to a legal problem is actually a solution to a practical business problem.” Dave cites an example from the days when Material Safety Data Sheets were first required by regulation. The client wanted new contracts (with penalties) that would require suppliers to provide the Sheets, but Dave helped them realize that the sheer volume of business they did with their suppliers provided sufficient leverage to ensure that the suppliers would comply with the regulations. “That saved them from having to redo a bunch of contracts,” he says, “and it also saved them from the exposure of renegotiating.”
Dave credits this kind of practical approach for his success. “What I find the most satisfying,” he says, “is developing client relationships where we trust each other and I’m able to help the client get their problems solved.”
Dave’s interest in law surfaced while he was a chemistry major at Case Western – he liked “the idea of being able to use analytical passion to change outcomes.”
His passion for analysis and law paid off in big ways for his career employer, BP Inc. In one of his most challenging cases, the neighbors of a BP chemical plant filed a billion-dollar class action suit related to hazardous waste disposal. “I was able to turn down the panic button up front,” he says. “A lot of technical information had to be absorbed and distilled to figure out a successful trial strategy – and how we’d tell our story in ways that would play well in the media.” BP won in the court of law and the court of public opinion.
Dave’s “most fun” case was an oil spill offshore Southern California about a year after the Exxon Valdez. “The media and regulatory attention was intense,” he relates, “and the chance to put together a world-class spill response, going from 0 to 60 in a nanosecond, was exhilarating. One of the things I’ve learned in the practice of law is that success has as much to do with predicting the reactions of the public and the regulators as anything else you do. Particularly in situations that are continuing to develop, you have to be focused not just on legal analysis, but on how you’ll create and assemble the facts to tell a good story. That’s the creative side, projecting yourself forward to look back at the story.”
Asked about his “ecological niche” at Pilko, Dave stresses his integrative approach. “Because I’ve been a generalist, I’m able to bring expertise from several different directions,” he says. “I know a little bit about many different things, so I am able to figure out what questions to ask.”
Dave earned a JD from Case Western Reserve University Law School and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.
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.
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.
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 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.
EDWARD (ED) EMMETT
Edward (Ed) Emmett recently joined Pilko as Executive Advisor. Mr. Emmett is a professor in the public policy practice at Rice University. He is also a senior fellow at the Rice University/Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at the Rice University/Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
In addition to his duties at Rice University, Emmett is the owner of The Emmett Company, a consulting firm advising public and private entities in transportation policy, emergency management, international marketing and strategic development.
From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as County Judge of Harris County, Texas. As County Judge, Emmett was the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience. A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 44 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Alan joined Pilko & Associates from ConocoPhillips, where he has spent his entire career including the last 15 years working in the Health, Safety and Environmental field. Alan most recently served as Health, Safety and Environmental Manager responsible for stakeholder relations and for the development and implementation of a major programme to install state-of-the-art environmental controls. Reporting to the Europe and Asia Pacific Presidents and as a member of the European leadership team, Alan had functional accountability for the HSE aspects of approximately $6 billion worth of assets which included five refineries and approximately 1000 retail sites. At ConocoPhillips’ Humber Refinery, he helped to achieve industry leading accident and incident rates in businesses. Under his leadership, the ConocoPhillips European business consistently benchmarked in the top quartile of manufacturing businesses; the Asia Pacific (Malaysia and Thailand) retail businesses were widely recognised as the industry leader in safety.
Throughout his career, Alan has been recognized for his strong technical and operational background as well as his extensive experience in both process and occupational safety. Alan has the proven ability to provide practical HSE management systems, programs and solutions that are applicable to a wide range of operations, countries and cultures. The combination of Alan’s extensive experience as well as his international acumen position him well to advise companies and their stakeholders in these complex, multi-jurisdictional situations across transactions, operational excellence and governance and assurance needs. Alan obtained a first class honours degree from Teesside in chemical engineering and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Kimberly Gustafson recently joined Pilko as an expert with 29 years experience in the oil & gas industry. She has extensive experience across upstream, midstream and downstream operations, as well as in chemicals and mining. Kimberly spent 8 years with PwC where she led transformation projects for clients in the energy industry. Prior to PwC, Kimberly spent 20 years in refining, the majority of which was with BP at their Toledo, OH and Carson, CA refineries. Kimberly has significant experience in maintenance, reliability, and supply chain operations.
Kimberly has led the delivery of maintenance work process transformations, procurement transformations, and asset management system implementations, as well as assisted clients in the carve-out and integration activities associated with mergers and acquisitions. She has held positions in IT management, Capital Projects and Turnaround management.
Kimberly has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Toledo, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).
Ricky Hagler has almost 40 years of industry experience including 37 years with Chevron working mostly in Downstream facilities in Port Arthur TX and Pascagoula MS as well as working Upstream internationally in Kazakhstan. Most of his experience is in Operations and Major Capital Projects in both Chemicals and Refinery processes. Ricky has operator experience and operations management experience in process units, turnarounds and Major Capital Projects. Ricky is based in the U.S.
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.
• Organization Redesign
• Leadership and People Engagement
• Operations Excellence and Workforce Development
• Business Improvement Planning
• Leading Change and Change Management
• Reliability Strategy Development
• Management Systems and Work Processes
• Process Safety Culture & Leadership
• Risk Management
• Delivered Martinez Refinery results
- Improved reliability by 40%
- Achieved record rates at 67% of process units
- Achieved record personal safety, process safety and environmental performance
- Delivered >$220 million EBITDA
• Implemented production centric organization with teams focused on defect elimination
• Redesigned operations major maintenance planning process and led numerous maintenance outages in excess of $800 million
• Spearheaded “best in class” operations procedures and training program
• Championed Product Quality/Giveaway Management resulting in record on-spec product run rates and increased profit >$3 million in one year
Heidi began her career at the Shell Oil Norco Refinery, LA where she was the Refining East Capacity Assurance Manager.
Heidi received her B.S., Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a Global Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
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.
ROBERT (BOB) KENT
Bob Kent recently joined Pilko. He started his career with Chevron in their process design group followed by 20 years with Koch Industries in a variety of roles including process engineer, manager of planning and economics, and technical manager at both their St. Paul and Corpus Christi refineries. He also spent time in Wichita in the trading group, leading business development, and managing the overall refinery optimization group. Bob then joined CITGO Petroleum where he managed the Lemont refinery, the Lake Charles refinery, and prior to taking an early retirement, was the EVP-Refining with responsibility for all three refineries, HSSE, Capital, and Planning & Optimization.
Since leaving CITGO, Bob has been self employed providing technical assistance and problem solving to a wide variety of downstream refining and petrochemical companies throughout the world.
Bob has BS ChE from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA-Finance from the University of MN, is a registered professional engineer in MN, is a member of the board of directors for Sinclair Oil Company, and participates on several advisory committees for smaller start-up companies.
Rex Kenyon joined Pilko & Associates in July 2013 with over 48 years of experience in over 100 oil industry facilities across the world, including refining, upstream (onshore and offshore), midstream, pipelines, and chemicals.
Rex retired from Chevron as an executive 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, process safety, process reliability, risk management, gated turnaround management best practices, turnaround planning and execution, and routine maintenance planning and scheduling. During his tenure at Chevron, Rex led the effort to improve refinery reliability across all domestic refining operations, resulting in statistically significant improvement to refinery performance.
Rex spent 2 years in Kuwait focusing on improving operations at three KNPC refineries with specific projects to eliminate the practice of shutting down their entire refineries and country-wide gas plants to do turnaround maintenance. Impact of improvements for KNPC totaled USD 1 Billion.
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.
Rich Marcogliese has over 40 years of experience in the refining industry. He joined Pilko & Associates from Valero Energy Corporation, where for the last 10 years of his career he was highly regarded and well-respected for his operating and refining expertise and executive leadership. Before retiring in December 2010, Rich served as Valero’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Since 2011, Rich has been advising clients primarily on refining transactions and contributes insights on asset valuation issues and on Operational Risks during mergers, acquisitions, JV formations, and divestitures. His in-depth experience includes over 25 years with ExxonMobil followed by more than ten years with Valero. Rich brings to clients the experiences of disciplined, systems-oriented management at a major integrated company and nimble, execution-oriented management at a large independent refiner. Since 2016, Rich has also been a member of the board of directors of Cenovus Energy Inc, an integrated oil sands and tight oil producer with joint venture refining assets in the US.
Rich, a native of New York City, holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from New York University.
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 35 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 and 10 years as a senior consultant and advisor in EHS and Operational Risk, both in the chemical and energy sector. He has served as a Senior Advisor and Principal Consultant for Pilko & Associates as an adjunct to his corporate career. In his last corporate role, he served as Executive Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety for Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., a post he held beginning 2004. Mr. Monty’s prior background included EH&S executive and management roles with Huntsman International, General Electric Plastics and Monsanto Corporation. 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 and Operational Risk for potential deals and interfacing with corporate buyers/sellers, private equity investors, lenders and boards. More recently in his Senior Advisory capacity, Rick has performed Operational Risk Management assessments 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. Within his executive roles with Huntsman and Hexion, Rick directed Operational Risk reduction efforts in programs specifically aimed at insurance loss reduction and premium optimization. Rick led major enterprise risk analysis and implementation processes that significantly improved property and casualty loss performance at both Huntsman and Hexion. This experience has been translated to risk reduction efforts on behalf of Pilko clients. Rick was one of the principal authors of Pilko’s proprietary 8IGHT DRIVERS® protocols.
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. and resides in Park City, Utah.
Jim Overman recently joined Pilko & Associates after spending over 38 years with Royal Dutch Shell and establishing Bay Oaks Consulting, LLC. Jim is an accomplished business executive with a proven track record of delivering strategic opportunities and improving business results. While at Shell, Jim served in multiple positions concentrated in Downstream Manufacturing. Jim held Operations Manager roles in both refining and base chemicals and was Refining Operations Superintendent before concentrating in refinery business management encompassing short and long-term planning, optimization, business development, trading interface, and hydrocarbon scheduling. Jim additionally has extensive experience in strategy development, strategy implementation, and benefits realization holding positions such as Strategy Advisor, Business Opportunity Manager, and Manufacturing Business Lead. Jim enhanced his strong Manufacturing background with leadership roles in Supply & Trading (Supply Operations Manager), Commercial Marketing (Director eCommerce), and Technical IT (VP Programmes). Jim has experience in managing joint ventures having worked in Motiva Enterprises LLC and having served in both operations and business leadership roles for the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (DPRLP), a 50/50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica S.A. de C.V. (a subsidiary of PEMEX). Jim ended his successful career with Shell as Vice President of Business Management for DPRLP.
Jim is passionate about improving operational and financial performance through results-focused delivery. Jim works with clients to align strategic intent and define the organizational capability key success factors including; the structures, processes, governance, and organizational readiness fundamentals, required to quickly and effectively operationalize delivery. At the core of all successful improvements is leadership and Jim can assist clients in increasing leadership readiness and commitment.
Jim is on the Board of Bay Area Turning Point, Inc., a non-profit advocating to end sexual and domestic violence.
Jim received his BS Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Jim is married to Diane and has two adult children, Catherine (Chicago, IL) and Michael (New Orleans, LA).
Walter Pinto recently retired from LyondellBasell as a Senior Director, where he had responsibility for global project execution, engineering, turnarounds, maintenance and reliability functions, responsible for supporting 55 manufacturing sites in 17 countries. Previous to that, Walter served as Site Manager at several locations including Bayport, TX, Morris, IL, Tuscola, IL, Fairport Harbor, OH & Newark, NJ. As Site Manager, he was responsible for health, safety, environment, security, technical, capital projects, quality, engineering, reliability, maintenance, cost and employee development. At Bayport, TX, he managed a large manufacturing facility with over 700 employees and 500 resident contractors. Walter is a people oriented and customer focused executive with a track record of delivering results.
Walter received Education MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. He has published or presented several papers.
Greta, head of Pilko’s Governance & Assurance practice, joined Pilko & Associates in September 2010 from Petro-Canada, where for the past seven years, she had managed global responsibility for environment, health, safety, aboriginal affairs, security, stakeholder relations, emergency response and crisis management as well as corporate responsibility. As Vice President of Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility, Greta reported directly to the CEO and was the primary contact with the Petro-Canada Board EHS Committee. She contributed to Petro-Canada’s Human Resources efforts including five years as Vice President, responsible for HR service delivery globally.
Greta has focused on corporate governance and operational excellence for over 15 years. She is an experienced environmental, health and safety (EHS) and human resources professional with in-depth expertise in the oil and gas industry. She advises Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives on operational and EHS risk assessment and governance. As Pilko’s head of Governance & Assurance, she works directly with Boards of Directors and senior executives on operational, environmental, health, safety, and stakeholder risk assessment, mitigation and governance. In addition, Greta leads the members-only Governance Forum, where she develops case studies on relevant Operational Risk and EHS governance topics on behalf of member companies and facilitates the Forum discussions.
Greta is an Independent Director of Tidewater Midstream, where she serves on the Governance, HR, and EHS Committee. She is a member of the Board of CAWST, a non-profit that brings clean water to the very poor in 53 countries around the world, The Alberta Water Portal Society, and the Calgary Opera Association. Greta is also professionally certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD), the professional association representing Canadian Directors and Boards across the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors. The ICD.D designation is recognized both nationally and internationally.
Greta graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in human biology and from the University of California at Berkeley with an MPH in environmental health. She attended the Executive Management Programme at the University of Michigan School of Business.
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.
John Robinson joined the Pilko Board in December 2011 as Lead Director and since January 2012 has been appointed lead of the Chemicals Industry Practice. Previously CEO of ChemConnect, Inc., Group Vice President at BP, and President of BP Chemicals Inc., John spearheads Pilko’s ongoing expansion in the global chemicals industry.
With more than 30 years of in-depth industry experience, John has an outstanding track record in executive management, strategic planning and hands-on P&L experience. Throughout his career, John has managed operations on four continents, with more than 11 of his 18 years at BP in Europe. John was a member of the negotiating team for the acquisition of Amoco and led the integration of the BP and Amoco chemical companies. He has led numerous other acquisitions in his career.
More recently, he has held consulting roles with biofuel companies including PetroAlgae, Arbor Fuel, Solix Biofuels and Endicott Biofuels and served as a board member for Better BioDiesel.
While at BP, John called on Pilko & Associates for its services on multiple occasions. John’s firsthand experience as a Pilko client further enables him to understand our clients’ unique needs and challenges. He understands the importance of executive and operational leadership and makes it his priority to ensure that our clients continue to receive the full range of expertise and high-quality independent advice that they have come to expect from Pilko.
John holds a doctorate in chemistry from Rice University and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Houston.
Terry D. Roby retired from Phillips 66 in December 2018 as Global Compliance and Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager for Phillips 66. He had over 39 years of experience in a variety of HSE and operations leadership roles within the oil and chemical industries.
Roby began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1979 and served in various HSE and operations positions in chemicals, refining and corporate headquarters.
In 1996, he transferred from Bartlesville, OK to the Puerto Rico Chemical Plant as Environmental Compliance Manager. In 1998, he was named Operations Superintendent at the Borger Refinery. In 2002, he transferred to ConocoPhillips headquarters in Houston, TX as the HSE Functional Excellence Coordinator.
Beginning in 2005, Roby worked in Russia four years as ConocoPhillips HSE Manager Consultant to Lukoil in Moscow, and as HSE Deputy General Director, NaryanMarNefteGas in NaryanMar, Russia. In 2009, Roby transferred to Houston, TX in the ConocoPhillips Midstream organization, where he worked 2 years as Midstream HSE Manager and one year as Midstream Pipelines Manager. At the spin-off from ConocoPhillips in May 2012, Roby became HSE Compliance Manager for Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, OK. In July 2014 he transferred to Houston, TX as Global Compliance and HSE Manager.
Roby was born in 1958 in Borger, TX. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, TX.
Ed Rule is a Manufacturing and Environmental, Health and Safety professional with over 36 years of global, cross-cultural experience in corporate, business, site and JV leadership roles. He has experience in the petrochemical, energy and automotive sectors. He is passionate about helping leaders understand how they can make positive changes in their culture, improve their workplace and safely deliver their business objectives.
Ed served as a Global Director, Culture Development for Momentive Performance Materials, a leading specialty chemicals company. In this role Ed provided leadership focused on driving positive change in the corporate culture overall while providing targeted support and consulting to the company’s underperforming sites globally.
Ed’s 30+ year career at The Dow Chemical Company, saw him in 30+ manufacturing facilities across 25 countries. He served for 3.5 years as the EH&S Expertise Director during the formation and launch of Sadara Chemical Company, a JV company between Saudi Aramco and Dow, in Khobar and Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Ed was responsible for standing up Sadara’s EH&S organization and management systems. During this assignment Ed regularly interfaced with Sadara Board of Directors, Senior management, 3rd parties and the $20B project’s global lenders.
Ed served in several other leadership roles at Dow including as a Business Operations Leader (EH&S) for Dow’s specialty plastics businesses, where he managed the business’ global EH&S issues - overall performance, M&A and divestitures. He served as a Production Leader for Dow, where he supervised all operations of Bromine and Calcium Chloride manufacturing and labor relations at the Ludington, MI site.
Earlier in his career Ed worked in a variety of functions for Dow including manufacturing, and capital project engineering. Ed also had brief experiences in the automotive industry at Diamond Star Motors, a Chrysler-Mitsubishi greenfield JV, and the electric power industry at Central Illinois Public Service Co. (now Ameren).
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Larry Schmid joins Pilko after retiring from Dow as Global Manufacturing & Engineering Operations Director of Performance Materials & Coatings, where he managed 5 Dow businesses with total revenue of $10B: Performance Monomers, Coating Materials, Plastics Additives, Dow Performance Silicones, and Home and Personal Care. Member of senior Operations Leadership Team reporting to Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. He managed 8.5K employees worldwide, where he:
- Led manufacturing network of ~ 70 sites in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia (Replacement Asset Value ~ $17B), enabling businesses to deliver profitable growth.
- Directed teams in Environmental, Health and Safety, Process Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Plants, and Technology Centers (Capital Execution, Reliability, Technology Stewards, External Manufacturing, Competitive Intelligence, Process Automation), developing collaborative teams where team members developed and grew into larger roles.
Prior to that, Larry was Global Operations Director of Dow Performance Silicones where he led the integration of Dow Corning Silicones, a $5B+ business with a manufacturing network consisting of 25 plants in Brazil, North America, Western Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia. Directed 5K employees internationally. He:
- Collaborated as member of Operations Leadership Team and one of 4 Corporate Envelope Directors (Consumer Solutions), driving operational excellence across businesses.
- Partnered on Global leadership team, representing manufacturing and technology development, integrating and supporting business growth.
Larry is results-oriented with broad international experience, driving safety and environmental improvements, cost reduction, operating discipline, and process improvements that deliver profitable growth and superior financial results. Sustainable competitive advantage built on developing loyal customer relationships, continuous improvement, and a culture of innovation. Highly accomplished in attracting talent and building high-performance teams. Thrives in a fast-paced environment that requires adaptability and decisive action.
Larry also filled roles such as Global Manufacturing & Technology Director at Dow Coating Materials, (Advanced Materials Division) and Texas City Operations, Site Leader & Oxygenated Solvents Business Manufacturing Leader (Performance Products & Systems Division).
Previous to Dow, Larry was with Rohm and Haas as President & Plant Manager of the Deer Park Texas site (Primary Materials) and Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director (Process Chemicals & Biocides).
He received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa. Larry is based in Texas.
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 led 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 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.
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 professional designations of Certified Safety Professional (1981-2018) and Certified Industrial Hygienist in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (1980-2017) and is currently licensed to practice law in the State of 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 Turri 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. He was also the Corporate Operations Excellence Leader for HollyFrontier Corporation, overseeing 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 and was also the Facility Manager at the Sunoco Tulsa Refinery.
Mark worked 32 years with ExxonMobil Corporation, completing an assignment as the Site Manager for the ExxonMobil Cerro Negro Jose Heavy Oil Upgrading Plant in Venezuela.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and is also registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He and his wife Donna have a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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.
Dave Wandor was the Chief Operations Director for a small consulting firm (2015 – 2018) following a 34-year career at The Dow Chemical Company. During his Dow career, Dave worked in various roles within Manufacturing, Technology Expertise Centers, and Environmental Operations. He is experienced in managing manufacturing processes, capital projects, research programs, and technical professionals globally. During his time as a consultant, his field and office staff worked incident free under his direction.
Within Manufacturing and Environmental Operations, Dave has experience with driving EH&S issues to zero, while improving product quality and transforming operations for new products. He has led root cause analyses for a variety of EH&S issues and has two six sigma certifications. Dave has advised and negotiated globally in a variety of regulatory environments. He has audited numerous plant operations throughout the world for the past 25 years.
In addition to his management expertise, Dave has technical expertise in the areas of wastewater treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, deep well injection, and persistent chemicals (such as dioxin, PCBs, and PFAS). He has advised people globally in these areas for over 20 years. He has also been called on as an expert witness.
Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He resides in Michigan with his family.
Peter Webb recently joined Pilko with 38 years’ experience in the chemical industry. Peter retired as HSE Director, Europe Asia and International Region, LyondellBasell Industries NV. He was accountable for health, safety, environmental and security performance in LyondellBasell’s activities in 23 manufacturing sites in Europe, India, Thailand, China and Australia as well as commercial offices with a total of 7,000 employees, 23 Manufacturing sites producing 2 MM tonnes ethylene, 1 MM tonnes propylene, 4.5 MM tonnes polyolefins, and other chemical products, $75MM pa HSE Capex. 22 technologies. Prior to this, Peter filled other roles such as site management, HSE management, process technology, patents & licensing. Peter also worked for Shell Canada and Shell International, based in the UK, Canada, The Netherlands and Germany.
Peter has experience in process technology and plant management and is able to achieve results in process safety as well as occupational safety. He has led HSE due diligence teams for merger and acquisition activities.
Peter was instrumental in LyondellBasell becoming an industry leader in HSE performance at the same time as being honoured as one of Fortune Magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies”. He has the ability to engage and motivate front line staff to stimulate outstanding safety behaviours. He can also coach and advise senior vice presidents on strategy and management practices. He is able to be effective regardless of the national context in which he is working, with experience spanning Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. He gets results by making safety performance personal.
Peter’s Education and Accreditations include:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management (with distinction) Loughborough University (2003 to 2004)
- BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, Manchester University (1973 - 1976)
- FIChemE (Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers)
- CMIOSH (Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)
Peter’s citizenship is British and Canadian.
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.
Kelli Whiteneck, a professional educator of 10 years, is an expert in knowledge management. With a focus on behavioral change, she designs training and development programs that deliver superior performance, far exceeding that of traditional functional task training. By thoughtfully incorporating scientifically proven principles, such as Bloom's Taxonomy, Kelli provides opportunities that develop greater depths of knowledge resulting in heightened critical thinking skills and, ultimately, internalization. These skills equip individuals with the capability to not only analyze new challenges but to create unique solutions. Additionally, Kelli is fluent in various Microsoft O365 tools including: MS Offices Applications, SharePoint, PowerApps and TEAMS. She provides support in deploying and implementing client projects by establishing these tools in technology to support virtual teams and promote optimal collaboration and engagement. Prior to entering business consulting, Kelli has held educator's licenses in 3 states. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belhaven University in 2009 receiving her degree in education.
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.”
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