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Expert in Water/wastewater, environment, occupational safety and energy

Expert ID: 735707 Texas, USA

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Expert is a seasoned professional with expertise in water, energy, environmental management, occupational safety and operational excellence. He is currently a consultant in for upstream and midstream energy, and mining firms. Prior to this, Expert was the Director of Project Development for Veolia North America, the Manager of Operational Excellence for TETRA Technologies (an oil and gas services firm), and Director of Operations for CEMEX-MRT, a company producing and marketing "green" cement and concrete. He has also worked for the Port of Houston and several energy and water companies developing projects and handling their engineering, environmental and operational aspects. Expert holds civil and environmental engineering degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) from Colorado State University, an MBA from Texas A&M University, and an MPA in environmental management and economics from Harvard University. He is an agricultural engineering graduate of the National Agricultural University-La Molina in Peru. He is a licensed Environmental-Civil Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, and a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer. Expert is an Environmental and Engineering Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. Expert is a professor and Center for Water and the Environment Management at GĚRENS Graduate School of Business. Expert is a frequent speaker at water events and has published extensively in water, energy and environmental management.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2007 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration-Finance Institution: Texas A&M
Year: 1996 Degree: MPA Subject: Economics & Environmental Management Institution: Harvard University
Year: 1989 Degree: MS, PhD Subject: Civil & Environmental Engineering Institution: Colorado State University
Year: 1981 Degree: BS Subject: Agricultural Engineering-Water Resources Management Institution: National Agricultural University-La Molina

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Water/wastewater, environment safety and energy consultant
Years: 2017 to 2019 Employer: Veolia North America Title: Director, Business and Project Development Department: Responsibilities: • Directed business and project development of water/wastewater (desalination, reuse, treatment, DBO) projects. Ensured streamlined operations cost and budget control, stage gate approvals, contingency measures, and risk assessment/mitigation. Total value of construction projects: $100+M.
• Bid and closed O&M contracts for mid-size water and wastewater municipalities in TX and OK. Worked with large municipalities to issue three large O&M and construction projects in TX. Value: $100+M.
• Cultivated robust customer relations and provided high level of service exceeding expectations. Strong focus in quality, productivity, and environmental and safety culture development.
• Led a strategic growth plan (inc. acquisitions) for existing and potential new markets and customers, meeting financial and profitability KPIs ($80M). Coordinated with BD staff with strong use of Salesforce.
Years: 2013 to 2017 Employer: TETRA Technologies Title: Operations Excellence Manager Department: Responsibilities: • Directed all water transfer, treatment, storage and facility construction for oil & gas operations (2015-16 revenue: $120M/yr.; staff: 300+; PBT: 6%+). Worked in all oil & gas US plays, Canada and Mexico.
• Managed P&L, profitability, margins, budgets, cash flow, CAPEX, asset and staff utilization (2016: 20% cost reduction, productivity increase with 25% HC decrease).
• Successfully managed $70+M capital construction projects and $50+M of heavy equipment, vehicles, over 70 pumps and related facilities. Focused on Kaizen, continuous improvement, reliability, waste minimization and recycling.
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: TETRA Technologies, Inc Title: HSEQ Director for the Western Hemisphere Department: Responsibilities: • Managed the company HSEQ programs; designed, monitored, reported progress and implemented strategies and systems, and their alignment/compliance across all business units.
• Developed, monitored, evaluated and reported KPIs and compliance of standards/procedures and regulations. Greatly improved KPIs (90% in two years), training and safety and environmental conditions.
• Performed site assessments and audits, incident investigations, risk evaluations, and environmental due diligence and permitting. Coordinated and implemented proactive and corrective actions.
• Hired, trained, coached and mentored and led a team of 35 in US, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Canada.
Years: 2009 to 2011 Employer: ERM Title: Senior Environmental Consultant Department: Responsibilities: • Led a team of motivated professionals to provide water management and environmental, safety and sustainability consulting services to oil & gas, LNG, electrical, maritime and mining firms, and lenders.
• Construction projects: water treatment facilities and natural gas/liquids pipelines (US); gold mines (S. America); wind farms (Americas); gas-fired power plants and LNG plant (Peru); hydropower projects (Panama, Guatemala). Led the HSE audit of the third set of locks of the Panama Canal construction ($5.4 Billion CAPEX) on behalf of the lenders.
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: MRT a CEMEX Company Title: Director of Operations Excellence Department: Responsibilities: • Managed the manufacturing of "green" cement, concrete, gypsum and other products, reporting to the President ($150M in sales/year). Oversaw 22 facilities within coal power plants and industrial sites.
• Directed operations, P&L, balance sheet, margins and cash flow (30% cost reduction in ‘07), budgeting and sales. Accomplished productivity enhancement (15% increase with 10% HC reduction in ’07-‘08).
• As project manager, directed $20+M capital construction projects. Negotiated with vendors and EPC contractors and monitored compliance. Managed all civil works (construction) of 12+ settling ponds, industrial buildings and landfills (inc. permit application, monitoring, dredging, water quality improvement, etc.)
• Led engineering, asset management, and HSEQ compliance by applying continuous improvement, operational reliability and consistency.
• Hired, trained, coached and mentored 40+ employees (engineers, supply chain, sales and HSEQ staff).
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: Port of Houston Authority Title: Senior Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: • Managed the construction of maritime/inland facility projects ($100M+) that are commercially linked to the POHA (container, petroleum liquids, and general cargo terminals and intermodal/storage assets) and compliant with engineering standards, ISO, OSHA, OHSAS 18001, DOT and Federal/local regulations.
• Performed infrastructure engineering, financial and cost evaluation for several terminals (inc. one in Mexico). Coordinated project tasks with internal units, unions and consulting and EPC firms.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1989 to 1995 Agency: South Florida Water Management District Role: Manager of Operations Description: Technical staff member
Years: 2004 to 2007 Agency: Port of Houston Authority Role: Senior Project Manager Description: Technical staff member

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to Present Country / Region: Canada Summary: Water/wastewater, oil & gas, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting.
Years: 1995 to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Water/wastewater, oil & gas, electricity, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1996 to Present Country / Region: Guatemala Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: El Salvador Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: Honduras Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1996 to Present Country / Region: Costa Rica Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1996 to Present Country / Region: Panama Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: Ecuador Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1990 to Present Country / Region: Peru Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, oil & gas, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1995 to Present Country / Region: Chile Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: Argentina Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, oil & gas, mining, safety, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, ports, mining, safety, oil & gas, environmental consulting. Environmental sustainability training.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: The Philippines Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, environmental consulting.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Country / Region: Puerto Rico Summary: Water/wastewater, electricity, environmental consulting.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Member, the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Member, American Association of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES). Member of the Finance and planning Committees, and Chief Examiner for the Texas Region.
Member, Water and Environmental Association of Texas (WEAT).
Member, Society of Petroleum engineers (SPE).
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, State of Texas. Expires: September 2020.
Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Expires: December 2019.
Certifications: HAZWOPER, PEC Premier Trainer and Certified Safety Professional candidate (expected November 2019). Trained in Kaizen and Six Sigma.
Environmental and Engineering Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellowship at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water Washington, D.C.).
Awards / Recognition
Outstanding Academic Partner Award, Colorado State University
Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship, American Association for Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.
ConAgra Agribusiness Award, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Student Excellence Scholarship to the Graduate School of Business Administration, Lima, Peru
Publications and Patents Summary
Published extensively on economics, energy, water, environment and business. Forty-three papers published in professional journals plus thirty major publications have been written. This includes one case study for the Harvard Business School.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Deposed in several severe safety incidents.
Training / Seminars
Computer training: Google and MS products.
Project management.
Total Quality Management, Kaizen and Six Sigma.
Safety training instructor.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Very proficient
Spanish Very proficient
Italian Proficient
Portuguese Basic

Fields of Expertise

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