Emerson Global Users Exchange 2014 October 6 - 10, 2014
Orlando, Florida, USA

 


 
 
 

Emerson Global Users Exchange Board

The 2014 Board of Directors:

Advisory Board:

Member Biographies  

Sean Brady
Chairman, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Dominion Resources Services

Sean is an instrumentation and controls engineer with Dominion Resources Services located in Glen Allen, Virginia. He started with Virginia Power 12 years ago as a power station engineer and has been in his current position with the corporate engineering group since 2007. The responsibilities of the group include supporting Dominion's coal, oil, gas and hydro powered generating stations by implementing control system projects and upgrades, assisting with system and component troubleshooting and recommending operation improvements focused on safety and reliability. Sean graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and is a registered professional engineer.

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Daniel Reid
Vice Chairman, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing Inc.

After he received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Cleveland State University in 2001, Dan began working as a control system engineer for a local integrator. After 4 years of software design, programming and commissioning for various pharmaceutical customers, Dan joined Emergent BioSolutions as the DeltaV administrator for a new greenfield vaccine production facility, where he currently serves as automation Supervisor/Principal Engineer. He is chairman of the site's automation committee and member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).

Dan lives in Lansing with his wife Karen and three children: Nolan, Mary and Simon. Aside from work and family obligations, Dan is (slowly) learning to become a potter.

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Doug De Bruin
Clearwater Paper

Doug De Bruin is the Maintenance and Engineering Manager for Clearwater Paper Consumer Products division in Lewiston, Idaho. Doug started his career with Fisher Controls, has worked for PCE Pacific (LBP located in Bothell, WA), started and managed an LLP (Automation Solutions and Kontrols), and now works for a Pulp and Paperboard customer. Doug has assisted in numerous startups around the country including New Zealand, managed projects and upgrades, implemented new technologies, coordinated training, and became knowledgeable with databases and web programming. Doug started in the trenches with PROVOX, wire wrapped UOC's, and LCON's, transitioned to DeltaV, PLC's and sheet scanners as a Sr. Process Control Engineer, and now into management. Doug and his team have been using DeltaV, DeviceNet, AMS, and wireless technologies to upgrade panelboard controls and single loop controllers on the tissue machines to state of the art control systems. Clearwater Paper produces private label tissue products (Napkin, Household towel, Facial, and Bathroom roll towel), and paperboard for liquid packaging and folded carton consumers, and has 16 sites across the country.

Outside of work Doug is active with his 5 children and 5 grandchildren, and resides with his wife Sally in Washington State. Doug is active in his church and community, and is a licensed Hot Air Balloon pilot.

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Rusty Ekness 
Emerson Process Management, Asset Optimization Group

Rustin (Rusty) Ekness is currently the Director of Platform Management for the Asset Optimization portfolio. He has been with the AO group since 2002 focused initially on AMS Suite and the Field Communicator but now has responsibility for the complete portfolio including the Machinery Health Management solutions. Rusty was responsible for Rosemount's Nuclear Business development in Asia-Pacific before joining the Asset Optimization group.

Prior to Emerson, Rusty's experience includes several years of project & process engineering at Anheuser-Busch and 3M respectively. He also managed manufacturing operations for a Marvin Windows company and gained experience in service and sales management at Johnson Controls. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of North Dakota and he also obtained a Masters in Business Administration.

Rusty lives in Minneapolis with his wife, son and daughter. He enjoys attending concerts, traveling and coaching youth sports. Rusty has also attended the last 9 Minnesota Twins baseball home openers with his 8-year old son.

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Javier Hernandez-Gallegos
MetMex Penoles, S.A. de C.V.

Javier Hernández is a Chemical Engineer and MBA, and currently holds the position of VP of Metals and Chemicals Operations for Industrias Peñoles, one of the largest mining and metallurgical companies in Mexico. He has worked for this company for 26 years, where he has held positions of Process Engineer, Chief Engineer, IT Manager, Operations Superintendent, Plant Manager, General Manager and Assistant VP. His operational experience is in the chemical and metallurgical branches of the company, and has been involved and directed important projects and organizational initiatives in Process Automation, Self-Directed Teams, Productivity Management, Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma.

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Dave Imming
Executive Sponsor, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Emerson Process Management, Process Systems & Solutions

Dave Imming is the Executive Sponsor for Emerson Global Users Exchange. The Executive Sponsor’s role is to provide guidance and support to the User-led Emerson Exchange organization, and to manage Emerson’s resources in producing the annual Emerson Exchange conference. Dave has extensive experience in Services Management, Customer Relations, Product Management and Project Management. Dave has over 20 years of experience with Emerson Process Management and has held a variety of positions at Emerson including operations, sales, service, marketing and management. His responsibilities have included domestic as well as international and global assignments. Dave has worked with users in a wide variety of industries and in all world areas. In addition to his Emerson work experience, he worked at Proctor and Gamble doing new product formulation, at Applied Automation doing software development and advanced process control, and at Zebra Imaging managing their service and operations functions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin.

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Bruce Johnson
Secretary/Treasurer, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Emerson Process Management, Process Systems & Solutions

Bruce joined Emerson Process Management in 1988 as a marketing analyst and has held a variety of positions within Emerson including product manager, program manager, industry sales engineer, and sales development manager, working with Emerson's Process Systems & Solutions business unit and PROVOX and DeltaV product lines. Bruce was a founding member of the Emerson Global Users Exchange and has managed the organization and annual conferences since its inception in 2003. He currently manages Emerson's Business Development Events group, with responsibility for customer engagement, trade shows & conference participation, demonstration equipment and facilities, and executive forums & events. Bruce has published several papers for the process control industry and was recognized with awards for Best Technical Paper-ISA/95 and Best Overall Paper-ISA/96. Bruce is a graduate of The University of Texas Business School in Austin, Texas, and previously worked with Carnation/Nestle and IBM.

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Jim Johnson
Novaspect Inc.

Jim is currently the Vice President of Systems and Solutions for Novaspect, Emerson's local business partner in the Upper Midwest region of the US. He started his automation career in 1983 with Kaiser Engineering building the first commercial coal gasification project in North America.

Jim has spent the past 29 years at Novaspect and has held a variety of automation roles including, project execution, industry consultant, project management, engineering management, sales management and business unit management. These roles have enabled Jim to use his passion for both people and technology and bring value to the marketplace.

He has been a regular attendee of the Emerson Exchange, since 1992 when LBPs were invited to attend for the first time. Jim has served two terms on the LBP advisory board to Emerson's Process Systems and Solutions division, is a long time member of both the IEEE and ISA organizations and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Minnesota.

Outside of work Jim is active with his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, friends, church and community. He resides with his wife of 30 years (and best friend) Coral in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Carla Koritnik
Monsanto

Carla Koritnik is a process control engineer at the Monsanto elemental phosphorus plant in Soda Springs, Idaho. Carla has held a variety of positions in project, process, environmental and control engineering. In addition, she has worked at the JR Simplot Co. fertilizer facility in Pocatello, Idaho.

Carla graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1980 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Idaho.


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Dewey Kuchle
Spartan Controls

Dewey is currently an account manager at Spartan Controls, Emerson’s local business partner in western Canada. A petroleum engineering technology graduate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dewey spent the first 5 years of his career in the reservoir and facilities engineering groups at Westcoast Energy followed by a year in automation projects at Colt Engineering.

He has spent the past 16 years at Spartan and Emerson both in Canada and the U.S. and has held roles in project execution, project management, technical sales, research and development, and most recently account management. During his time at Emerson’s systems division in Austin he served as senior product manager in charge of the then emerging DeltaV Advanced Control program. At Spartan Controls he was fortunate to work on some of Emerson’s PlantWeb scope projects in Canada and eventually to manage a large team through a major oilsands upgrader project.

Dewey lives in Calgary with his wife Merry and children Will, Nicole, and Evan. During time away from work he enjoys playing with his band, camping with the family, and pursuing his private pilot’s license.

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Michael McCarty
Emerson Process Management, Fisher Valves

Michael McCarty is the Vice President of the Fisher Sliding Stem and Baumann Valves Business Unit within Emerson Process Management. Michael began his professional career as a Process Engineer designing fluidized-bed boilers with Combustion Power Company, Menlo Park, CA. After five years, Michael shifted his career to Sales and Applications Engineering of process control equipment for PCE Pacific, focusing on the pulp and paper industry in the Pacific Northwest. Michael McCarty joined Fisher Controls in 1994 as an Applications Engineer of control valve solutions, focusing on the refining and chemical processing industries. Michael continued his career with Fisher, holding positions in Product Engineering, Mechanical Design Engineering and New Product Development. Among other accomplishments, Michael led the development teams that brought WhisperFlo™ technology and the GX valve platform to market. He holds 20 US Patents for innovative mechanical products and new acoustic and anti-cavitation technologies.

Michael received bachelors degrees in Energy Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, an Engineering Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He currently resides in Marshalltown, Iowa with his wife Evelyn.

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Paul Schmeling
Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Measurement

Paul Schmeling is Director of Global Pressure Marketing in the Rosemount Measurement business. He has been with Rosemount for over 22 years working in various engineering and marketing functions. Paul has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Paul started his career as an engineering co-op student and then moved into a full-time role where he spent the next decade working in the temperature product group. There he helped launch new technologies and products with a special focus on product development, strategic marketing and sales channel effectiveness. For the last decade, Paul has been focused on developing the global pressure transmitter business. He was the product marketing leader for the Rosemount 3051S Series of Instrumentation and pressure wireless program. Today, Paul has global marketing responsibility for all Rosemount single variable pressure transmitter products.

Paul lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, daughter (13) and son (11). He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, kids sporting activities, travelling, outdoor activities, mentoring and is an avid Minnesota sports fan.

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Robert Sentz
3M Materials Resource Division

Rob Sentz is an instrumentation and controls engineer for 3M Company and supports 3M's internal specialty materials division. He graduated with a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from North Dakota State University in 1989 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota. He started his career working for a local Emerson business partner executing control systems projects for a variety of customers using Provox and RS3 DCS systems. Rob moved to 3M in 1997. He started with the corporate Process Instrumentation and Control Systems department. Rob implemented and managed control systems projects for multiple divisions within 3M using a variety of PLC's and Provox DCS systems. In 2005, Rob moved to a manufacturing facility and focused on supporting operations by resolving process equipment and control systems issues. He started his current position with Manufacturing Technology in 2008. In this roll, Rob supports process equipment and control systems at all division manufacturing facilities. He is driving new instrumentation, control system technology and standards for the division and is the program manager for modernizing legacy control systems to DeltaV. Rob lives in Burnsville, MN with his wife and children. He is active supporting his children, local school teams and activities and enjoys outdoor activities and travel.

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BC Spear ImageBC Spear
Independent Contractor

BC Spear was the SIS Technical Authority at the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. BC started his career in Naval Nuclear Power as an electrician and plant operator. Following a return to school he has worked in Refining and Hydrocarbon Processing for over 15 years. As a project manager and engineer, BC has developed and implemented multi-variable advanced control applications and computer-based process optimization projects, using DMC, DMO, OPC, and SMOC software products. He has extensive knowledge with multiple distributed control and safety instrumented systems, having worked with Emerson, Bailey, Moore, Triplex, Triconex, HIMA, Honeywell, Foxboro and ABB equipment. He has held engineering and project management positions with BP, Equistar (formerly Quantum Chemicals), Flint Hills Resources, Ashland Chemical (MAPCo), Purdue University, and the U.S. Navy. He is currently responsible for the development, reliability, and operation of instrumentation and control systems, particularly SIS, for the BP Whiting Refinery near Chicago.

BC attended Naval Nuclear Power School and is a 1995 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the International Society of Automation (ISA), and the Purdue Alumni Association.

BC is married to wife Jennifer has three children, Elizabeth, Justin, and Jarrett. He lives in Indiana with his family and enjoys outdoor activities and paying for his children's educations.

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Lucinda Weaver ImageLucinda Weaver
Mallinckrodt

Lucinda Bailey Weaver, PE, graduated from Oregon State University's Chemical Engineering program in June of 1980 and started work in the Systems Engineering Group at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa. Since then she has worked at Monsanto, Sverdrup and has spent the last 23 years at Mallinckrodt. In this position Lucinda handles the instrumentation and controls portions of capital projects at sites around the world. She has implemented projects with multiple generations of DCS and PLC systems as well as instruments from pneumatic to bus systems.

Lucinda is a member of ISA and has served as her section's President. Outside of work she is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. She lives in Olivette, Missouri with her husband, Mark, where they can be found on any warm weekend morning getting a "quick 50 miles" on their bicycles. They have one adult son.

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Alan Weldon ImageAlan Weldon, P.E.
Hunt Refining Company

Alan is currently the Technical Services Manager at Hunt Refining Company's Tuscaloosa Refinery, where he has responsibility for the Process Engineering and Process Control activities throughout the refinery. During Alan's 28 year career he has worked for a number of companies in the chemical, pulp & paper and refining industries. Most of his experience has been as an engineer and consultant in the process control and automation fields. Prior to his employment with Hunt Refining Company in 2002, Alan was President of ProCon Technologies, Inc., a process control consulting company, specializing in process optimization through process control.

Alan received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama. He holds a P.E. license in the State of South Carolina and is active in the local AIChE and ISA chapters. Alan has authored a number of Technical articles and has presented numerous papers at various conferences.

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Calvin Burnett
Experitec

Calvin Burnett has been with the Experitec, Emerson's Local Business Partner in Memphis, Tennessee for 28 years. In his career with the Experitec (formerly VRC Company), Calvin has served in several account management and sales leadership roles for Emerson's Valve, Regulator, Systems & Solutions, and Asset Optimization divisions. He currently serves as the company's DeltaV and Asset Optimization Champion.

Calvin's first advisory role for Emerson was on the Fisher Controls "1995" Committee, started in 1985. The charter of this committee was to forecast and brainstorm the technologies that Emerson would be developing and producing for the process automation industry ten years into the future. One of the most significant technologies hatched by the committee was the "smart valve" concept, the first of Emerson's 'smart' digital instruments. Calvin also served on Fisher's Valve Advisory Board for the Chemical Industry. He was instrumental in the launch of the FIELDVUE digital valve controller in his previous role of FIELDVUE Champion.

Calvin holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis, and now serves as an advisor to the university's Mechanical Engineering Department Biodiesel program.

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Guido Mangieri ImageGuido Mangieri
Emerson Process Management - Latin America

Guido Mangieri is a Chemical Engineer and MBA. He has over 12 years in the instrumentation and process control field with focus on asset optimization and digital plant architecture. Guido started his professional career as marketing analyst and Asset Management System specialist. After four years, he was promoted to PlantWeb Business Manager for the Southern Cone and in his role, Guido supported technology users to measure and document the return on investment of digital technologies. After four years as marketing and business development manager for the Southern Cone and belonging to the Emerson's Industry Solutions group representing Latin America, Guido was promoted as Latin America marketing director. He currently lives in Sunrise, Florida, where he enjoys playing soccer, painting and traveling.

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Mahendra Shah
WoodGroup Mustang

Mahendra Shah P.E. is a Control System/Instrument Engineer with thirty five years of experience in engineering and management. He started his career at Engineers Inc, in Newark NJ in 1974 as a Process and Instrument Engineer. He moved to Litwin Engineering in Wichita Kansas as an Instrument Engineer for the refineries and chemical plants. He moved to Koch Refining Corpus Christi refinery as a lead Instrument Engineer, where he was responsible for the day to day support of the refinery. He also managed refinery’s DCS upgrade projects that converted existing pneumatic controls to PROVOX DCS system, and to build a central control room. He transferred to the Koch Corporate office as a Manager of the Technology Group and was responsible for setting the long term technical direction of the Refinery process control strategy. He was also involved with the Fisher/Emerson customer advisory group. Mahendra was a Board Member of the PROVOX user group for 1995-96. Since 2000, he has worked with Mustang Engineering as a Project Manager in the Automation Group and most recently, as an Upstream Sector Lead and Department Technical Authority for the Instrumentation and Control Systems. Mahendra holds BS in Chemistry from India and BS and MS in Chemical Engineering degrees from Texas A&I University and is a registered P.E. in Texas.

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Tracy Waller
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Tracy is on a rotational assignment as Lead Process Control Engineer of the Waste Solidification Building Project. He is responsible for the WSB Facility Control System. He was previously Manager of the Tritium Projects and New Missions group at the Savannah River Site's Tritium Facilities in Aiken, SC, where he was responsible for the the upgrade of an aging air monitoring system to DeltaV. Tracy has 20 years of control system engineering experience having also worked at the H Canyon and the H Tank Farm Facility at the Savannah River Site. He received a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1992.

Tracy lives in Olar, SC, with his wife Dawn and children Brittany, Nicholas, Andrew, and Mattie.

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