Johnny Spell


Johnny Spell is an Advisor at Pilko & Associates and has 36 years of petrochemical experience.  He has over 24 years of olefins experience in various positions including operations, process engineering, project improvement and process safety.  He also spent six years as Production Leader for a Polypropylene plant and six years as an EHS Leader. During his career, he spent 26 years with Dow Chemical, two years with Braskem, six years with Flint Hills Resources and two years with Motiva Enterprises.

Johnny’s most recent assignment was as the plant manager for Motiva Chemicals and Integration Manager of the Port Arthur Motiva site. His passion is to help organizations achieve the most out of the assets they own and operate them in a safe and reliable manner. He enjoys working with all levels of the organization to achieve their desired results.

Over his career, Johnny has served on industry and community-based organizations. These include:

  • Board Advisor to the Port Arthur Salvation Army
  • FHR and Motiva Plant Manager on the Port Arthur Community Advisory Panel
  • Member of the AICHE Ethylene Producers Conference Operations Subcommittee

Johnny graduated from Lamar University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering.