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This event ran November 3-5, 2015 and has now finished.

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Ivan Fuenmayor
Turnaround & Change Management Specialist, CRL Consulting, Inc.

Ivan Fuenmayor recognizes the importance of transferring knowledge through training and coaching—from the shop-floor to the boardroom—and through change management initiatives. Ivan is a Petroleum Engineer with a master’s degree in Project Management. He lived in Houston while working with Bechte inc. He has also participated as a lecturer in the graduate project management programs. In 1999 Ivan sponsored and led the development and implementation of a Physical Asset Management Program and Turnaround Management Process; a five-year change management initiative to improve business performance across Venezuela’s oil & gas sectors. Ivan will share valuable insights, lessons-learned and best-practices—both on stage and off—providing tools for establishing a formal Turnaround Methodology for improved business performance. It is a pleasure and an honor to have Ivan presenting at our STO Team Building Week in New Orleans.

Arthur Davidson
Contracts, Safety and Training Manager, Worldwide Turnaround Management Company

Arthur has more than 25 years of management experience in project controls, maintenance and training. His first major training role was in 1982 as a technical instructor with the Navy’s Fleet Training Group in Hawaii. After graduating from the U.S. Navy College of Advanced Electronics and serving six years in the military, he distinguished himself as an innovative gas turbine digital and analog controls specialist.

Just prior to joining WTMC, Arthur was the Turnaround Lead Scheduler for BP Products North America TXC Refinery and a Turnaround Specialist for Marathon Petroleum, two roles which required him to devote extensive time to screening, hiring and training staff. In his role at WTMC, he is heavily involved with the EQSP (Employee Qualification and Selection Process) as he performs technical interviews with project controls candidates.

Billy Davis
Director of Operations, Stapleton International

Billy Davis has worked in the Turnaround industry for more than 40 years. He worked his way up through the trades, eventually reaching Mechanical Superintendent. He then served as the Construction Manager for projects completed as Turnarounds for Montell (now Lyondell/Basell). Billy spent the last 17 years serving clients as a Turnaround Consultant, helping develop Turnaround Processes for BP, Exxon, Kuraray, PRSI, and DuPont, as well as the consulting companies he served these past years. Billy is currently serving as the Turnaround Systems Engineer at PRSI in Pasadena, Texas. His role is to guide the site through the turnaround process while focused on achieving safety, quality, schedule, and budget KPI targets.

Gary Smith
Reliability Lead, Hexion

Gary Smith, CMRP, is the Regional Reliability Lead with Hexion Inc.  He is responsible for 10 chemical manufacturing facilities. Prior to joining Hexion, he spent 23 years with Weyerhaeuser in Pulp and Paper and advanced into a corporate reliability role. His other experience includes international oil field, Engineer on merchant marine vessels and an authorized Inspector with Factory Mutual Engineering, all with reliability focus and strong expertise in planning and scheduling. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy.

Steve Rathbone
Commissioning and Startups Operations, Husky Energy

Steve Rathbone began his career in the oil & gas industry in Alberta, Canada as a Plant Maintenance/Operator at a 34% sour gas plant. With a keen interest in safety and quality, Steve set out to improve Turnaround performance through enhanced shutdown and start-up practices. In 2001 Steve joined the team of consultants from Jacobs to assist with implementation of best-practices on a major Turnaround project in Venezuela at Paraguaná Refinery Complex (645k/bbl/d refinery complexes). Following his hitch in Venezuela, Steve moved on to Commissioning Coordinator – Grass Roots Startup of Albian Sands Energy 155,000 B/D Froth Treatment Plant and the Flawless Project Delivery (Quality Assurance) program for Construction phase of a 100,000 barrel a day Brownfield/Greenfield Heavy Oil Expansion project.

For the past four years Steve has been commuting between Red Deer, Alberta and Houston, Texas to work on an Operational Readiness Program for Shell. Steve has a wealth of knowledge in QC, Maintenance, Process Operations and STO, with a passion for excellence in commissioning and start-up.

Termite Watkins
Business Development, Transfield Services

Termite Watkins is a former boxer turned motivational speaker who also served in Iraq—as a pest control guy for the United States military. From there he coached a team of Iraqi boxing hopefuls, with one of his students qualifying for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 for a country that had not participated since 1960. As a boxer, Termite won nearly 60 fights over his career with only 5 losses. A book, titled “Termite,” was written about him, and a movie (“They Call Me Termite”) based on the book was picked up for production, to be released in 2016. He works on the side as a motivational speaker, touching on his time in Iraq and his boxing career, but he mostly emphasizes the importance of safety and attitude while working a job onsite. He currently works in Business Development for Transfield Services in La Porte, Texas.

Kaizad Sunavala
Reliability Advisor, Chevron

Kaizad Sunavala is a Reliability Advisor for Chevron, Downstream Reliability Center of Excellence. He has 26 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries in the field of process design, reliability and maintenance consulting. His areas of specialization are: Design for Reliability, RAM modeling, Reliability analytics, Maintenance data informatics and integrated operations-reliability modeling. Kaizad is a certified Maintenance & Reliability professional (CMRP) and has authored several papers and presented at various conferences. Prior to his career at Chevron, Kaizad worked for the Hartford Steam Boiler Reliability / ABB Technology group for 10 years and served as a reliability consultant to several leading oil & gas companies in Europe, North America and the Middle East.


Alan Warmack
Director of Maintenance and Turnaround Execution, Marshall Institute

Alan brings over 30 years of business & maintenance experience. Alan has spent the last 10 years as a business consultant in the maintenance and turnaround fields, lecturing at NCSU, speaking and providing workshops at conferences, performing public and in-house training and conducting internal coaching and consulting for clients across North America and the Middle East. Alan’s focus is implementing innovative solutions & strategies to ensure productivity and reliability, while ensuring safety. Alan works with clients in Organizational Change Management, Asset Integrity, Planning & Scheduling, PM Optimization, Process improvement and implementation, Shutdown / Turnaround assessments and improvement processes. Over the past 10 years, Alan has worked with Fortune 500 companies across North America, Canada, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Jim Hudson
Maintenance Manager, Honeywell

Jim has 28 years experience in the Pulp & Paper, and Chemical Industries.  He has used his mechanical engineering degree in the roles of project engineer, maintenance planner, supervisor, reliability engineer, and maintenance manager. For the past 6 years he has worked for Honeywell at its Geismar, LA site where he was the reliability engineering leader before moving to his current role as maintenance manager.

Shawn Galloway
President, ProAct Safety

Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and coauthor of the bestsellers STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence and Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence.  His latest book, Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization, is set to release in March 2016. In addition to the books, he has authored over 300 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos and is the host of the highly acclaimed weekly podcast series, Safety Culture Excellence®. Shawn’s consulting clients include most of the best safety-performing organizations within every major industry.  He has been listed in National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World.

Mike Gehloff
Principal, Allied Reliability Group

Mike Gehloff has worked in the maintenance and reliability discipline for over 20 years with a wide range of experience both as a practitioner and a consultant. His particular area of expertise lies within the social sciences related to the discipline, particularly in the work control (maintenance planning and scheduling), operator care, and management systems areas. Today, Mike is the Discipline Leader for both the Work Execution Management and the Operator Care practices. He also enjoys exploring chronic problems and designing integrated solutions using Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) and team problem solving methodologies.  Mike started his career in the Naval Nuclear Power Program, where he eventually trained incoming candidates to the nuclear program. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), as well as a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM). Mike is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and has earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Florida.


Nathan Klarer
Chief Executive Officer, Bridgecrest Medical

Nathan founded Bridgecrest Medical to bring the latest in health technology to the places where these tools can have a massive impact. His experience combines quantitative analysis (equity research for investment firms) and medical device development (including tools to measure viral load in HIV+ patients in Mozambique)—and he’s bridged these two approaches in his work. Nathan leads a stellar team of employees and advisors, and has participated in Acceleprise, the accelerator for enterprise software startups. Bridgecrest Medical was recently named one of the “Top 9 Healthcare Startups to Watch in 2015” by Information Week. He holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California at San Diego.

Houston Outing
Senior Consultant, Kepner-Tregoe

Houston Outing works with Kepner-Tregoe clients to improve their operations. His expert application of KT methodologies and in-depth understanding of our clients’ business issues are based on extensive experience. He works closely with clients to develop and implement improvement programs around operational excellence, shutdown and maintenance excellence, Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, as well as strategy development and implementation.

First certified as a KT Problem Solving & Decision Making Program Leader at Corning Inc., he worked in manufacturing operations, process and equipment engineering, and project management during his 16 years at Corning. He also has 16 additional years of diverse business development experience working in the electric utilty; automotive, commercial, and construction vehicles; and aerospace and defense industries. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Houston has a BS in mechanical engineering and he holds an MBA in management and marketing from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.