Steering Committee 2020

CHAIRMAN: Bronson Pate, TRICORD Consulting




Nasr Alkadi, Energy Ecology and Sustainability Leader, Baker Hughes

Dave Anderson, Sales & Marketing Director, Score Diagnostics

Mitchell Anderson, Technical Director – Butterfly Valves and R&D, Bray International

Joel Baulch, Director – Engineering & Technical Services, Teadit Group

Tom Blake, Vice President of Sales, Jet-Lube

Troy Boley, Vice President & Co-Founder, Spectrum Environmental

Steve Butler, Consultant

Luke Chou, Quality Assurance, Sunbelt Supply

Davi Correia, Senior Mechanical Engineer

George Davet, Executive Vice President, Solon Manufacturing

Ned Davis, Founder, Maui Innovation Group

Carlos E. Davila, PE, Product Manager, Crane ChemPharma & Energy

Sam Davis, President, RFS Compliance Solutions

Dan DeVine, Valve Technology & Piping Material Consultant, Midland Engineering

Brindesh Dhruva, Chief Marketing & Technology Officer, Bray International

Jim Drago, Principal Applications Engineer, Garlock Sealing Technology

Claire Dwyer, Piping Material Engineer, Fluor

Matthew Gobert, Vice President, EMSI

Tim Goedeker, Senior Principal Environmental Consultant, Phillips66

Paul Heald, Vice President of Product Engineering, Specialties & China Operations, Bonney Forge

Tanya Jackson, LDAR Division, Director of Client Account, Montrose Air Quality Services

Greg Johnson, CEO, United Valve

Billy Karlen, Senior Design Engineer, Bray International

Gobind Khiani, Global Subject Matter Expert, P.E., M.E.

Phil Mahoney, Director of Engineering Services for Stationary Equipment, A.W. Chesterton

Kevin Moses, Director of Operations, LDARtools

Craig O’Neill, Director of Business Development, FLIR Systems

Rodney Roth, Global Valve & Subject Matter Expert, Carrara

Michael Shorts, President, Triangle Fluid Controls

Ray Smalts, Environmental Specialist II, HollyFrontier Corporation/Navajo Refining Company

Rafael Souza, Mechanical Engineer

Brandon Sumners, Principal Applications Engineer, Airgas

Foster Voelker II, Director of Engineering, Beric Valves

Steve West, LDAR/Environmental Engineer, Solvay

Gerald Whitley, Vice President of Product Development, CIRCOR International

Christopher Wild, Department Chair of Physical Science/Engineering, San Jacinto College



DAVID M. ANDERSON, Sales & Marketing Director, Score Diagnostics

David Anderson is a Director of Score Diagnostics Limited and is responsible for the global deployment and development of the company’s valve condition and performance monitoring products and services, which are focused on delivering operating cost reduction, risk minimization and efficiency maximization for its customers. David has worked in many roles in the valve industry in his 36 year career to date. He has been working in the Score Group for 25 years and has been involved in valve diagnostics and condition monitoring for over 20 years. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and coaching / mentoring others.

MITCHELL ANDERSON, Technical Director – Butterfly Valves, Bray International

A valve and actuator industry veteran of over 10 years, serving roles in engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance.  Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He has been a committee member for development of API, ISO, and ASME standards.  Mr. Anderson currently holds the role of Technical Director – Butterfly Valves for Bray International in Houston.

TROY BOLEY, Vice President & Co-Founder, Spectrum Environmental

Biography to come

TOM BLAKE, Vice President of Sale, Jet-Lube

Biography to come

STEVE BUTLER, Consultant, Fluoroseal

Biography to come

LUKE CHOU, Assistant Plant Director, Neway

Mr. Chou is the Assistant Plant Director of Gate Globe Check valves at Neway Valve (Suzhou). Stumbled into the valve industry since graduating from University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and have been actively engaged in the standards and subsequent fugitive emission standard development process since 2010. He had worked closely with multiple packing manufactures to develop Neway’s API 600 gate valve line into the first third party indecently API 624 certified line and have been pushing for the adaptation of API 624 globally at various conferences. Luke believes in action over words so can often be found at site re-packing valves to low emission, please withhold any Star Wars jokes until the end of the presentations.

DAVI CORREIA, Consultant, formerly Petrobras

Davi Correia is a senior mechanical engineer who has been working the last 15 years for a major oil company based in Brazil. Mr. Correia is a part of multi-disciplinary team that provides technical support for topside piping and equipment of production platforms. In this period, he started working with materials & corrosion and then later moved to piping and accessories technology, where he has become one of the lead technical advisors on valve issues. Mr. Correia was part of the task force that revised the IOGP S-562 standard and wrote the S-611 standard. He also has a Master and a Doctor degree in welding by the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia.

GEORGE DAVET, Executive Vice President, Solon Manufacturing

Biography to come

NED DAVIS, Founder of Maui Innovation Group

Ned Davis is the Founder of Maui Innovation Group and CTO of Zero Leak Valves Inc.  He has been working on Magnetically Actuated Valves for over 8 years, and holds 4 patents on this technology with 5 more pending.  He has a PhD, Masters, and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering all from Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to founding his own company in 2013, he worked for Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, and Trex Enterprises, and has over 20 years’ experience in engineering and management.

CARLOS E. DAVILA, Product Manager-Americas, Crane ChemPharma & Energy

A registered professional engineer, PE, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. With over 49 years of experience in the valve industry, including design, development, application and production of valves. Currently the Product Manager-Americas, for Crane ChemPharma & Energy. Previously held positions include Chief Engineer, Technical Operations Manager and General Manager. He has written and published several papers in ASME, Hydrocarbon Engineering, VMA, Valve World and LNG publications. Voting member of the API Manufacturers Subcommittee on Piping and valves for 40 years. Chair of ASME B16 Standards Committee, Member of the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes & Standards, member of B16 Subcommittee C and N, and USTAG. Voting member of ASME B31.3, Process Piping. Member of the MSS Board of Directors. Member of ISO TG 153, Valves and Chair of ISO TC5/SC10, Metallic Flanges.

SAM DAVIS, Vice President, RFS Compliance Solutions

Biography to come

DAN DEVINE, Valve Technology & Piping Material Consultant, Midland Engineering

Dan DeVine began his career in 1987 working for the Union Carbide Corporation after graduating from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined The Dow Chemical Company in 2001 through the acquisition of Union Carbide. He has worked in multiple chemical industry roles including production, chemical distribution, with the majority of his time spent in engineering design and project functions dealing with valve, piping, and pressure vessel technology. He was the Valve and Sealing (Packing) Technical Resource Leader at The Dow Chemical Company, who successfully implemented a low emission valve and packing program at the Midland Michigan Operations Site. He currently works as a consultant for Midland Engineering.

BRINDESH DHRUVA, Chief Marketing & Technology Officer, Bray International

Dr. Brindesh Dhruva serves as Vice-president of Technology for Bray International in Houston, leading valve and actuator technology development worldwide. He holds a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. Brindesh holds multiple patents and has been published in several technical journals. Prior to joining Bray in early 2013, Brindesh held several strategic management positions over a 14-year period with Schlumberger with responsibility for product development within various business units and worldwide locations.

JIM DRAGO, Principal Applications Engineer, Garlock Sealing Technology

Jim has worked for Garlock in the area of sealing technology since 1983 in engineering roles related to compression packing, gaskets, oil seals, OEM, marketing  and business development. Jim helped lead the integration of Pikotek and Pipeline Seal & Insulator companies into what now known as GPT-Garlock Pipeline Technologies.  He has helped the chemical process industries with sealing solutions to meet the demands of the USA’s the new enhanced leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs.  Jim has three patents, is the author of articles on sealing technology and sealing to meet emissions regulations, presented papers at technical symposia and contributed to the industry standards of API, ASME, EPRI and STLE.

CLAIRE DWYER, Piping Engineer, Fluor

Ms Dwyer is a piping material engineer with Fluor and began her career with Fluor in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 1988.  She began as a piping designer and soon took an interest in piping material.  In that office there was a variety of projects including hydrocarbon, mining and even brewery piping.  After a number of years as a specialist in the Johannesburg office, she was offered a position in the Fluor office in Houston. Claire is now one of the representatives of Fluor at the API Refining Meeting, which is held twice a year and gives the participants a direct chance to influence the content of the valve standards.


Matt is the Vice President of Business Development for Emission Monitoring Service, Inc., where his passion for building strategic partnerships has afforded him a strong alliance throughout the environmental industry. His dedication to providing exceptional customer service is integrated into every opportunity presented.Highly recognized as an expert in Leak Detection and Repair, Matt is actively engaged in the environmental community.

TIM GOEDEKER, Environmental Manager – HSE Refining, Phillips 66

Tim Goedeker, Environmental Manager – HSE Refining at Phillips 66 Company, graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and in 1999 with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Montana. In his present role in the Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) organization, he is accountable for assisting all Phillips 66 refineries with eliminating Environmental regulatory non-compliance, managing emissions footprint and enhancing the corporate sustainability strategy.  He oversees the completion and termination of the two EPA National Petroleum Refinery Initiative Consent Decrees which cover the Phillips 66 US refineries.  Two refineries recently were terminated from the Consent Decree obligations.  He leads a number of internal networks including the LDAR, BWON, Waste and Environmental Leadership networks and is an active participant in industry environmental trade group networks.

PAUL HEALD, Vice President of Product Engineering, Specialties & China Operations, Bonney Forge

Paul joined Bonney Forge in 2009 as Vice President of Product Engineering. Responsible for Specialties and China Operations, Paul spends his time interfacing with both domestic and international operations and sales to supply Bonney Forge products and services that exceed customers’ expectations. His broad responsibilities include engineering, operations and sales. Paul began his career 33 years ago as a Design Engineer, first working at Fisher Controls and then PECO. He also worked as Engineering Manager/Director at other valve companies, including Valve Technologies, Tyco and MGC. He successfully managed diverse design, manufacturing, operations and specialty sales groups, both domestic and international, for varying types of valve products including ball, control, gate, globe, check, regulators and relief valves.

TANYA JACKSON, Director of Client Accounts, Montrose Air Quality Services

Tanya Jackson is Director of Client Accounts for Montrose Air Quality Services, LDAR Division. Ms. Jackson has been a Project Manager for 6 years, specializing in agency liaison, regulatory compliance analysis, and data management. Her expertise includes Tagging and Inventory, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, LDAR Method 21 Monitoring, Optical Gas Imaging, and Tank Seal Inspections. Prior to joining Montrose Environmental Group, Inc., she was employed as an Air Quality Inspector with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California, where she served on the enforcement team, providing her with a unique perspective on quality assurance in the LDAR industry. Ms. Jackson is a frequent presenter at national LDAR conferences.

GREG JOHNSON, CEO & President, United Valve

Greg Johnson has been in the valve industry for 37 years and is the president of United Valve, a 54-year-old valve service company located in Houston, Texas. He has been active in standards development activities for over 25 years in API, ISO and MSS. He is past-president of MSS as well as chairman of the VMA Education & Training committee. He also serves as chairman of the API sub-committee on piping and valves, manufacturers and contractors group. frequent presenter at national LDAR conferences.

BILLY KARLEN, Senior Design Engineer, Bray International

Biography to come

GOBIND KHIANI, Global Subject Matter Expert, P.E., M.E., Enbridge

Biography to come

PHIL MAHONEY, Director of Engineering Services for Stationary Equipment, A.W. Chesterton

Phil Mahoney is currently a Principal Managing Engineer in the Subject Matter Expert Services group for the A.W. Chesterton Company. He has a BS in Marine Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management.  With over 27 years of experience in the sealing industry, he has held various positions including Applications Engineering, Product Management and New Product Development.  He has been involved in the area of Low Emissions sealing for almost 20 years and actively participates in a number of standards groups such as API, MSS and ASTM.  Phil is currently the President of the Fluid Sealing Association, and he has been active in FSA since 2004.

KEVIN MOSES, Director of Operations, LDARtools

Kevin Moses started as a monitoring Technician with Environmental Analytics, in 2003 working at the Dow site in Texas City. Eventually, he was promoted to the position of Manager of Advanced Maintenance. In his free time he began studying the theory of Flame Ionization Detectors and, along with Jeremy Bollinger, began to imagine what an FID engineered specifically for Method 21 monitoring would look like. As the Director of Operations for LDARtools, he has contributed to the development of virtually every piece of hardware and software that the company offers. Just as importantly, he has been the driving force behind the development of important client/business relationship around the world, most notably in Taiwan and China. As of 2014, he shifted his focus toward the design, development and deployment of important software projects. (As Project Manager, NOT a programmer.) LTI Mobile, Chateau, and Freedom are all LDAR applications to manage and efficiently run an LDAR program. One of Kevin’s recent accomplishment, is developing the latest generation of portable FID with his good friend and LDARtools cofounder Jeremy Bolinger.

CRAIG O’NEILL, Director of Business Development, FLIR Systems

Craig R. O’Neill is employed by FLIR Systems as a Business Develop Manager for the Instruments Division with responsibility for the Premium Business Segment in the Americas. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Distribution, Craig worked in the hydraulic industry in sales and power system design for Hydradyne Hydraulics.  In 2002, he joined FLIR Systems as the Sr. District Sales Manager covering the South Central US and Puerto Rico. He is currently certified as a Level II Infrared Thermographer through the Infrared Training Center.  He also has certifications as a Building Science Thermographer, Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer and as a Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist.

RODNEY ROTH, Global Valve & Subject Matter Expert, Carrara

Biography to come

MIKE SHORTS, President, Triangle Fluid Controls

Mike Shorts is a senior executive for several global, associated companies in the fluid sealing, valves, and pump expendables sectors with responsibility for operations in Canada, United States, Singapore, and China. Mike received his BSE in 1996 and his MBA in 2005 both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Mike started in the fluid sealing industry in 1996 with Durabla Canada Ltd. and is currently the President of Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. Mike has been an active member in the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) since 2000, and with more than 20 years of comprehensive fluid sealing industry experience, he is recognized as a fluid sealing subject matter expert.

RAY SMALTS, Environmental Specialist II, HollyFrontier Corporation/Navajo Refining Company

Ray Smalts began his career in the emissions industry 15 years ago as a LDAR monitoring technician.  He has since been promoted to Regional Project Manager of the southwest region, managing approximately 24 clients and 42 facilities.  In 2013, Ray was offered a position at HollyFrontier’s Navajo Refinery. Currently, Ray acts as an Environmental Specialist at HollyFrontier Navajo Refining LLC in Artesia, New Mexico.  Some of his daily responsibilities include: Program Management for the Leak Detection and Repair Program, MACT CC Compliance and Reporting, NSPS GGGa Compliance and Reporting, NSPS QQQ Compliance and Reporting, BWON Compliance & CEMS Tracking.

RAFAEL SOUZA, Mechanical Engineer

Biography to come

BRANDON SUMNERS, Principal Applications Engineer, Airgas

Brandon Sumners is a Principal Applications Engineer for Airgas, an Air Liquide company.  Based in Houston, TX, as a member of the Chemical, Environment and Technical Solutions Team, Brandon has worked in the chemical and refining markets for 20 years providing applications support and industrial gas expertise.  Prior to Airgas, Brandon worked as a run-plant engineer for Dow Chemical in ethylene, high density polyethylene and Ziegler-Natta catalyst production.  Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.  Brandon is also recognized by Air Liquide as an International Expert in Cryogenics.  Currently, Brandon lives in Houston, Texas and supports the Gulf Coast area in Chemical, Petrochemical, and Refining Applications.

FOSTER VOELKER II, Director of Engineering, Beric Valves

Biography to come

STEVE WEST, LDAR/Environmental Engineer, Solvay

Biography to come

GERALD WHITLEY, Vice President of Product Development, CIRCOR International

Biography to come

CHRIS WILD, Department Chair of Physical Science/Engineering, San Jacinto College

Biography to come