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Expert in All Refinery Catalytic Units; Reforming (Fixed Bed and CCR); Isomerization; Hydrogenation; and FCC

Expert ID: 735043 Florida, USA

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Expert possesses more than 30 years of executive level experience working directly with the world’s largest petroleum and petrochemical companies, specifically in catalyst manufacturers and end users.

As the head of global business development for this critical component of their business, Expert was tasked with maintaining constant contact with the catalyst manufacturers and the end users alike.

Any change in the catalyst by the manufacturers -- constituent components, support, shape, size, metals and promoters, and other amendments -- or changes in usage patterns by the end user, would directly impact their core business.

Expert has worked with literally every petroleum refining company and most of the petrochemical plants using catalytic processes in North America. He has also worked with hundreds of petroleum refining and petrochemical processing operations across Europe, the mid-East, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. Examples include: Aramco, BP, Celanese, Chevron, Citgo, Eastman, ExxonMobil, Hess, Huntsman, KNPC, Lyondell, Marathon, PDVSA, Pemex, Petrobras, Petro Canada, Phillips 66, Shell, Sunoco, Suncor, Texaco, Total, Valero, and others.

Expert has more than 30 years' experience working directly with the major catalyst manufacturers: Albemarle, BASF (Engelhard), Criterion (Cytec), Haldor Topsoe, Johnson Matthey, UOP/Honeywell, WR Grace (ART), and others.

Expert is experienced with heterogeneous catalysts (alumina, zeolite, carbon substrates, and others), as well as homogenous catalysts.

Expert has worked closely with the catalyst R&D groups at ART, Chevron, Criterion, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, and others, on catalyst development projects. He has consulted on projects involving HDS catalysts, catalytic reforming (fixed bed units and continuous cyclical regeneration units), hydrogenation, isomerization, and others.

Expert was a special consultant to BP as part of the investigation into the March 15, 2005, explosion in the isomerization unit (a fixed bed catalyst unit) at their Texas City refinery, which killed 15 people.

Expert has given presentations on catalysts to the AIChE, the AFPM, and the Colorado School of Mines. He has published articles on catalyst in Oil & Gas Journal & Hydrocarbon Processing, and contributed chapters to books on reforming catalyst technology. He also collaborated with the History channel in the production of a 20-minute segment on spent petroleum catalyst recovery. The collaboration has been repeatedly broadcast worldwide.

Expert has undertaken consulting work in all areas of catalyst; petroleum, petrochemical (precious metals & base metals, heterogeneous and homogeneous); nitric gauze catalyst; mobile and stationary source abatement; and related fields. Expert also consults on:

• Conflict minerals and smuggling;
• Precious metals banking, trading, and financing; and
• Developing cross-discipline business development programs, including the petroleum and petrochemical sectors, mining, nuclear, and other fields.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Mobile, Alabama - Pensacola, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: Masters Subject: International Business Institution: University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Year: 1975 Degree: Bachelors Subject: Pre-law Institution: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA USA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Executive Responsibilities: Expert is CEO of this eponymous company. He is responsible for all operations. The company works with a special emphasis on the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.
Years: 2012 to 2017 Employer: IPMI Title: President Department: Executive Responsibilities: As CEO of the company, Expert was responsible for all operations. Key members hailed from the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: International Precious Metals Reifners Title: Senior VP Global Business Development Department: Executive Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for business development across the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.

Years: 2008 to 2010 Employer: Tricat, Inc Title: Chief Commercial Officer Department: Executive Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for business development across the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: Heraeus Metals Processing Title: Vice President Refining, the Americas & Asia Department: Executive Responsibilities: He was responsible for business development across the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.
Years: 1980 to 2003 Employer: Gemini Industries, Inc. Title: Vice President & General Manager Department: Executive Responsibilities: Expert was tasked with business development across the global petroleum refining and petrochemical processing sectors.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1980 to 2018 Agency: US / EPA Role: Liason Description: Expert worked consistently with the EPA on regulations pertaining to catalyst (all types) which impacted processing, transportation, disposal, and other related activities.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1980 to 2018 Country / Region: Global Summary: Expert has worked directly with petroleum refining and petrochemical processing companies in every part of the globe.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers: 1981 to present
American Institute of Chemical Engineers: 1985 to present
International Precious Metals Institute: 1982 to present
Kunming Institute of Precious Metals: editorial advisory board, 2017 to present
Professional Appointments
Chair of the Board, IPMI (for one year)
Awards / Recognition
Life Member IPMI
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published numerous articles on catalyst usage, handling, asset management, and the related activities, in: Oil & Gas Journal, Hydrocarbon Processing, and AIChE.
Expert has contributed chapters on catalyst to books on reforming catalytic processing.
He has also produced a television show on the History channel regarding the processing of reforming catalysts.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has undertaken confidential litigation work in the mining industry. The suit involved a dispute over key processing equipment not performing as promised, significantly reducing volumes produced and subsequent major loss of revenue (tens of millions of dollars).

He has undertaken confidential litigation work in the banking industry. The suit involved the commodity liquidity providers of major commodity banks vs alleged price fixing by overseas operations.
Training / Seminars
Expert has conducted hundreds of training seminars and conferences on every aspect of catalysts.
Vendor Selection
Expert has assumed full responsibility for all vendor selection for major CAPEX plant expansion projects. CAPEX budgets ranged from $500,000 to $10,000,000 (USD).
Marketing Experience
Expert has been fully responsible for marketing his company's services to their target markets across the globe.

Fields of Expertise

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