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Refinery Petroleum - Petrochemical Process Safety Expert

Technical Consultant #2196


  • Petroleum and petrochemical technical refinery operations excellence in, oil spill, fire emergency response, and litigation.
  • Over forty years of experience in all aspects of refining, including personnel selection and development, line operations (P/M/T) of global refineries.
  • Operations safety, increase in capacity utilization, growth in profitable operations, and development and startup of new facilities.
  • Successful in leadership or support of spills and Fire response.
  • Recognized leader in business unit performance improvement.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Experienced in litigation between companies and regulatory.
  • Led successful litigation to recover replacement costs for six defective reactors.


Undisclosed Company, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Present

  • Providing domestic and international petroleum refinery clients with technical consulting as to spills, fire, safety, and emergency responses.

Saudi Aramco/ExxonMobil (SAMREF), Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Refinery Manager

  • Served as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing for joint venture refinery.
  • Aided in application of process safety principles to existing activities for JV.
  • Guided interaction between refinery and 2B USD Clean Fuels project.
  • Developed Business plan.
  • Guided preparation for successful joint venture operations audit.

Technical Manager, 2005 - 2007

  • Managed JV partner interactions on feedstocks and products.
  • Developed and Managed Capital Budget.
  • Board of Directors presentations on efficiencies, performance, future projects.
  • Rollout of Operations Integrity Management System to SAMREF.

ExxonMobil Refining and Supply, Baton Rouge, LA, 2007 - 2012

Operations Advisor

  • Coordinated preparation/response to OSHA National Emphasis Program for Americas Refining.
  • Led/Co-led six incident investigations involving fatal injuries (USA/Asia).
  • Guided Delayed Coker performance improvement activity to improved financial/safety outcome.
  • Assisted US refineries in startup 2B USD on environmental control equipment to meet EPA consent decree.
  • Startup assistance/ readiness assessments for Refining and Chemicals - worldwide.
  • Multiple Process operations optimization visits to improve capacity, utilization, profitability.
  • Coach/Mentor for Process Managers and Refinery Managers.

Operating Services Manager, Clean Fuels Startup, Cracking and Light Ends Department, 1985 - 2004

  • Led multi-site $1B project from engineering through demonstration.
  • Developed best practice tools for startup preparation and final startup signoff/collaboration during SU/demo.
  • Restructured facilities to improve capacity and efficiency.
  • Oversaw robust program of hiring and training and developed managerial candidates during critical growth period.
  • Consolidated Tankage fleet to improve profitability, lower working capital.
  • Upgraded of instrumentation and control from local to central control.
  • Interim assignment Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Coordinator- Kodiak, Alaska.
  • Developed technician, supervisor, and leadership courses.
  • Led response in offsite area to restore refinery operations following major fire.

Honors & Publications


  • Trainer: Process Safety for ExxonMobil staff worldwide

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Refining representative for Exxon Global Engineering Practices consolidation
  • Served as Americas Safe Operations Chairman during initial HAZOP era- OSHA 1910.119


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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