ABOUT UTEX

Our Leadership

PIOTR GALITZINE

Chief Executive Officer

Piotr is the CEO of Utex Industries and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Utex, Piotr was Chairman and CEO of the American Division of TMK. His professional legacy spans the globe and includes senior positions with Mannesmann AG and BASF SE. Since graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Piotr has worked in 20 countries on four continents while developing a proficiency in six languages. When he’s not leading the way at Utex, Piotr is working to help rebuild churches and rehabilitate children in Russia and empower women through education. Mr. Galitzine’s accolades include numerous awards and distinctions, the most recent being the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He has six children, is an avid hunter, and divides his time between the USA, Europe, and Russia.

WELLON PIERRE, III

Vice President 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.

WELLON PIERRE, III
DON-KOETTING

DON KOETTING

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Don is the interim CFO of Utex industries. Don has spent the previous 8 years with Alvarez & Marsal advising companies on financial and operational issues with a focus on oilfield services and oil & gas exploration. Don has recently served as financial advisor to Valaris plc, Sanchez Energy, iHeart Media, Gulfmark Offshore, Quintana Energy Services, Forbes Energy Services, and Knight Oil Tools, among others. Don earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

DAVID WALLACE

Vice President of Sales

David is responsible for leading global commercial strategy and driving sales growth of existing and new products. Prior to joining UTEX he worked for companies like AF Global, Forum Energy, FMC Technologies and Oceaneering International. David has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.

DAVID-WALLACE
ALVIN PIERCE

ALVIN PIERCE

Vice President 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.

ZACHERY KOKEL

Vice President of Engineering

Zach leads engineering for the UTEX.  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.

ZACHERY KOKEL
CHARLIE PITTS

CHARLIE PITTS

Director of Capital Projects

Charlie spent the first 18 years of his 40 years in the industry on the engineering side before moving to sales. He is now tasked with the execution of large‐scale capital projects for all of UTEX.  His responsibilities include identifying and
coordinating the resources needed, tracking the costs and budgets, and assuring that all projects are
justified and meet the ROI requirements.

JULIAN HIGUERA

Treasurer & 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.

JULIAN HIGUERA

DENNIS PEDERSON

Director of Sales

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.

LORENA HIGUERA

Director of Supply Chain and Logistics

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.

LORENA HIGUERA
JONATHAN HICKS

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.

Dawn Swofford

Director of EHS & ESG

Dawn is responsible for leading the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Initiatives and maintaining compliance throughout all UTEX facilities. She is also responsible for implementing the company wide strategy for the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program to enhance business performance and meet UTEX goals.    

Jess Ibanez

Jessica Ibanez

Director of Operational Excellence

Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering, and a Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt.  She is tasked with leading the execution of Lean manufacturing and cost saving initiatives. These initiatives will result in continuous improvements and optimization across all functions and value streams within UTEX to enhance operational and financial performance.

MARK NAEDLER

Chief Engineer

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.

MARK NAEDLER
ED Landry

ED LANDRY

Chief Scientist

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.

Louis Tan

Director of Operations – Asia Pacific

Louis is responsible for UTEX Sales and Operations in Asia Pacific.  Started his career as a Field Service Engineer with Applied Materials and progressed to Sales Manager role with Greene, Tweed & Co.  He has more than 15 years of Sales and Operations experience in leading and coaching teams to grow new businesses and products. Louis has a BEng degree in Mechanical & Production Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Louis Tan