November 2015, Vol. 242, No. 11


Business News

Company & Association News

Association News

Ganesan (Subbu) Subbaraman joined the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) as the first member of the newly launched Fellowship Program.

The executive assembly of Pipeline Research Council International, (PRCI), elected Phillip H. DePriest, manager of Integrity, Damage Prevention and Risk Management at Marathon Pipe Line LLC, as chair for a two-year term ending in September 2017. He replaces Christophe Renier, Industrial Assets Programs vice president at France-based Engie, who will continue serving on the executive assembly and executive board as past chair. Jeff Whitworth, manager, Reliability & Integrity-Americas at Shell Pipeline Co., was elected vice chair.

Personnel Changes


Henkels & McCoy, Inc. named Jason Steph as vice president, Pipeline Division, managing the Pipeline Services & Industrial/Facilities groups. Based in Houston, Steph will manage pipeline construction backlog and oversee the expansion of the pipeline division’s facility capabilities.

The company also announced the promotion of Richard Hill to vice president, Major Pipelines. He will be based in Norman, OK.


Wood Group Mustang appointed Elaine Lisenbe as CFO and Valencia Amenson as vice president, Human Resources. Both will join Wood Group Mustang’s executive leadership team.

Select Energy Services, LLC appointed Gary Gillette senior vice president and CFO. He will be based at Select’s Gainesville, TX operational headquarters. Eric Mattson will continue as executive vice president and CFO for parent company, SES Holdings, LLC at Houston corporate headquarters.

Sempra Energy announced Jessie J. Knight, Jr., executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy and chairman of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), retired Nov. 1. Steven D. Davis, president and COO of SDG&E, will succeed Knight as executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy for Sempra.

Atmos Energy Corp. announced promotions to its senior management team. Michael E. Haefnerm, executive vice president, will become president and COO. Marvin L. Sweetin, senior vice president of Utility Operations, was promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of Safety and Utility Services.

Sean Gourley was elected as an independent director of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Amanda M. McMillian was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Anadarko’s Robert K. (Bobby) Reeves will assume the new title of executive vice president, law and chief administrative officer, and will remain a member of the executive committee.

Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. appointed Kelly J. Jameson senior vice president, general counsel and Mark A. Pyburn as vice president, Gas Marketing of Southcross Energy Partners GP, LLC.

Harte Research Institute Chairman Dr. Richard McLaughlin, was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on its newly created committee on Environmental Sciences and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management. The committee will provide independent oversight and assistance in the management of the U.S. offshore energy resources.

Smith Flow Control promoted Sander van den Bos to international business development manager.

James “Bruno” Del Buono was named a key account manager by Greene’s Energy Group.

WHC Energy Services, LLC Board of Directors announced new job roles for two officers. Fred Roberts, previously CFO, was named executive vice president and CFO and Rick Mills, previously vice president of Project Services and Controls, was named senior vice president.

Company News, Mergers & Acquisitions

The judges’ votes are in. B&T Drainage Inc. from Marshall, IL won the Ultimate Crew contest, sponsored by Vermeer. B&T Drainage bested three other crews during the Ultimate Crew Underground Showdown, a live drilling competition held at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, KY.

LQT Industries, LLC won two projects to upgrade and refurbish single-lift accommodations that house a total of 320 personnel on a drillship and a semisubmersible located in the Gulf of Mexico. The projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Emerson named Scott Anderson as president to manage its Control Techniques business unit from company headquarters in the United Kingdom.

H&E Equipment Services Inc. has a new branch located at 2066 South 10th St. in San Jose, CA, 95112. The company has also relocated its operation in San Antonio, TX to a new facility at 5327 Tex-Con Drive, 78220.

Bandit Industries added three new dealers to its North American network: Southland Machinery, serving central and northern Alabama; FMI Equipment, serving eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana; and Yancey Bros. Co., serving Georgia.

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Michael Grimm, vice president of Machine Sales at HOLT CAT and Arron W. Smith, president of Precision Demolition, LLC

DNV GL is building a conference center and large-scale fire and explosion demonstration area at its major hazard testing and research center in Cumbria, U.K. The new training facility is due to be completed in December.

Leaders from HOLT CAT®, Caterpillar® and Precision Demolition gathered recently at Precision Demolition’s headquarters in Lewisville, TX to celebrate deployment of VisionLink™, a fleet management solution. This telematics technology enables customized health and utilization reports, provides additional onboard safety features, and can map fleet movements and overall machine capabilities.

Trelleborg’s pipe seals operation appointed Product Group Manager Dave McArthur to provide its North American customers with a dedicated contact for the pipeline rehabilitation market. He will be responsible for day-to-day management of its pipe rehabilitation solutions in North America including the introduction of new products.

ARB Midstream, LLC, a Denver, CO-based midstream company, acquired Sunwest Canada Limited, a crude oil marketing and trading company headquartered in Calgary. Sunwest will operate under the name of ARB Midstream Logistics Canada, ULC.

Ritchie Bros. sold CA$101 million of heavy equipment and trucks at its unreserved public auction Sept. 9-11 in Edmonton, AB. The auction attracted 9,850 bidders from 50 countries, including 6,150 online bidders. Over 7,300 equipment items were sold.

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