Travis Millhollin joins Pilko with 32 years of experience in oil and gas, construction, and consulting. He worked in refining for BP, Phillips 66, and Tosco, gaining experience in operations and maintenance management, process engineering, environmental, health, and safety, and business/commercial planning. Since leaving a full-time role in the oil and gas industry, Travis serves as the Executive Director of the Northwest Construction Consumer Council, an organization which facilitates education, information exchange, and networking among project and construction managers in the Pacific Northwest. Travis has also worked as a consultant over the past seven years to provide leadership and safety consulting to a variety of refining, engineering, and contracting firms.
A significant portion of Travis’ safety experience was overseeing the implementation of process safety improvements stemming from the The Report of The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel, commonly known through the industry as the “Baker Panel Report” which stemmed from the BP Texas City accident in 2005. Extensive changes and additions to both equipment and management processes required a years-long effort which was integrated with both corporate guidance and continued independent monitoring and oversight. Balancing the rate of change with the continued need to safely and efficiently operate the facility was a tremendous learning experience in managing a myriad of risks. While in an operations role, Travis’ area of responsibility included the safe operation and extensive safety upgrades of an HF Alkylation Unit in light of the EPA’s original Risk Management Plan rules of 1999.
Travis has also benefited from several opportunities involving business planning and optimization. He was assigned to the team overseeing the Conoco-Phillips 66 merger to determine best practices, gap assess, and generate improvement actions for short-term commercial optimization among the refineries. His final role with BP was to lead the implementation of a new integrated business planning process for the company’s West Coast downstream operations. The process led to major improvements in making the region’s long-term strategic objectives integrate into the shorter-term business optimization processes.
Following his departure from a full-time oil and gas industry role, Travis still remains active. Along with his wife Kara, he conducts frequent leadership training sessions for front-line leaders who work at the area’s refineries and has assisted firms with safety performance improvement and business strategy development. He also enjoys reading books and articles on how human factors impact the safe operation of complex systems, particularly with why humans make mistakes and what can be done to reduce the occurrence of these mistakes. Travis volunteers significant time to his church as the financial administrator as well as leading an ongoing building remodel. For recreation, he enjoys many outdoor activities such as triathlons, golfing, hiking, and fishing.
Travis received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from Western Washington University. He also has a certificate in Operations Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.