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MIKE BALAS

President & CEO

Mike focuses on expanding company’s growth & developing the next Generation of UTEX leaders worldwide.  He joined UTEX in 2006 as CEO and serves on Board of Directors. Mike has held various leadership positions throughout his career including President of Danaher’s Setra Systems, Dolan Jenner and Sensors & Controls – Asian Companies. Mike has a Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Lowell and an MBA from Boston University.

PETE SANCHEZ

Chief Financial Officer

Pete leads the Company’s finance, HR, IT, risk management and administrative functions that support operations. Pete has over 25 years of experience in senior management roles, including UTEX, Border Media Partners, Containment Solutions, Inc., and Baker Hughes INTEQ. Pete began his career in the audit practice of PriceWaterhouse Coopers and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Accounting.

WELLON PIERRE, III

VP of Operations

Wellon is responsible for the development of the Lean Culture across all segments and disciplines within UTEX, focusing on rapid-continuous improvement, process discipline, and team development. Prior to UTEX, he worked for General Motors and General Electric, in various leadership roles and served as the Director of Supply Chain & Quality and Continuous Improvement for CSWI-Strathmore. He served in the United States Marine Corps, has a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University at Marion, Indiana.

WES CASWELL

Director of Business Development - Well Services

Wes leads the Well Service Products group that services the Pressure Pumping industry.  Wes has 19 years of experience in the aftermarket sales of pressure pumping equipment. Prior to joining UTEX in December of 2017, Wes was co-owner of Energy Products Inc where he served as President and oversaw the sales and services teams and managed vendor relationships / negotiated pricing. Wes has a degree in Communications from the University of Tulsa.

DENNIS PEDERSON

Director of Business Development - Custom Products

Dennis leads the Core Products sales group that services multiple markets beyond the High Pressure Pumping industry.  Dennis has over 40 years of experience in direct sales of custom components for the O&G and Industrial markets. Prior to this role, Dennis worked on the sales team having direct account responsibilities and mentoring the sales team.

CHARLIE PITTS

Director of Operations - Custom Products

Charlie spent the first 18 years of his 40 years in the industry on the engineering side before moving to sales. Charlie is currently responsible for developing UTEX business in the Asia Pacific as well as developing local leadership. He has both operations and commercial responsibilities.

ZACHERY KOKEL

Director of Operations - Well Service Products & Services

Zach leads manufacturing and service operations, product management, and engineering for the UTEX Well Services business segment.  Zach has almost 25 years of experience in the upstream Oil & Gas industry.  Before UTEX, he began his career as a product and project engineer in subsea completion and tie-back systems for FMC Technologies, then spent the last 15 years in a variety of engineering, technology, and product management leadership positions with both FMC and Weir SPM.  Zach has BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

MARK NAEDLER

Director of Engineering

Mark leads a team of Engineers and Technicians supplying designs and support to our customers.  The team also expands and supports Utex product lines with innovative solutions.  After graduating with a BSME from UW-Madison, Mark spent 10 years in the automotive industry.  From there he transitioned to the pumping industry and has served with Utex for more than the past 15 years.

ED LANDRY

Technical Director

Ed is responsible for the development of new material formulas and maintaining the existing manufacturing process of non-metallic materials for UTEX.  Before joining UTEX in 2002, Ed held various positions within Keystone Polymers and was responsible for managing the rubber molding business unit.  He started rubber mixing and molding divisions in China and Mexico for Keystone Valve.  Ed also worked for Gates Molded Products Company, Cameron Elastomer Products, and Brown Oil Tools.  Ed has a BS degree in Chemistry from Sam Houston State and attended the University of Akron’s MS program studying Polymer Science.  Ed is currently a member of the Energy Polymer Group (EPG) and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.  He has been published in several technical papers and holds patents and patent applications.

 

JONATHAN HICKS

Director of Quality

Jonathan is tasked with promoting and maintaining a quality mindset across UTEX Industries through organizational discipline that meets domestic and international standards.  He has over 18 years of experience in manufacturing as a Six Sigma Black Belt with extensive experience in both ISO 9001 and 14001. He is a graduate of Auburn University, earning a BS in Chemistry. Prior to joining the UTEX team, Jonathan served as a chemist and quality leader for Valspar, AkzoNobel, and Sherwin-Williams.

 

LORENA HIGUERA

Supply Chain and Logistics Director

Lorena leads Supply Chain and Logistics.  She has extensive experience in Logistics, Trade Compliance, and Supply Chain within the Oil & Gas and Industrial markets.  Lorena is also responsible for cost reductions and continuous process improvement. Before joining UTEX, she held Leadership Global roles with FMC Technologies and Emerson Actuation Technologies. Lorena received her BA degree from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

ALVIN PIERCE

Director of Human Resources

Alvin leads Human Resources for UTEX and responsible for driving talent management and human capital strategies for the company.  He has over 20 years of human resource leadership experience.  He holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan and a BS Degree from Indiana University along with certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management – SCP, the Human Capital Institute, Human Capital Strategist, Myers-Briggs facilitator, and Development Dimensions International, Certified Trainer. Prior to Utex, he served as Director of Operations & Human Resources, Burckhardt Compression (US) Inc., Flexitallic Group, Siemens, 84 Lumber, and Eli Lilly & Company.

Jill McMurrey

Director of Accounting

Jill leads the Company’s Accounting team to support management objectives and ensure the Company is in compliance with financial reporting standards and government agencies. Jill has 30 years of accounting experience including public accounting. Prior to joining UTEX in 2003, Jill held roles as Controller and Director of Treasury Operations in various industries and well as 10 years in public accounting and is a graduate of the University of Houston system with a degree in Accounting.

JOHN BILLINGS

Director of Information Systems & Continuous Improvement

John leads the Company’s Information Systems organization as well as Continuous Improvement. John has over 25 years of management roles, including UTEX, RR Donnelley, Containment Solutions, & Owens Corning Fiberglas. He has supported various roles in IT, Engineering, Operations, Project Management, & Lean Six Sigma primarily around Operations support. John is a graduate of UT Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. John began his career in the US Navy serving as an Electronics Technician on a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine.

JULIAN HIGUERA

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Julian leads Financial Analysis, Planning, and Budgeting efforts for UTEX. Prior to joining the Company in 2013 and transitioning into corporate finance, Julian held various roles in Private Wealth Management and Portfolio Financial Analysis for Global Financial Services. Julian has a degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

Our Proof.

Rapid Development BOP During the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Utex was tasked with rapidly developing a blowout preventer to deploy on the severed pipe. From commissioning to shipment, Utex was able to produce a part from scratch in three weeks, a task that normally takes two months.

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