Business News

February 2017

EnLink Midstream names Leffel senior vice president

EnLink Midstream LLC and EnLink Midstream Partners LP announced that Robbie Leffel joined the company as senior vice president of Crude Oil Commercial. Leffel is leading EnLink’s commercial crude oil services, working to significantly increase the crude oil segment’s contributions to EnLink’s portfolio.

“Robbie is known in the industry for his deep crude oil expertise and leadership in commercial endeavors,” said Barry E. Davis, EnLink Midstream chairman and chief executive officer. “His addition emphasizes EnLink’s commitment to expanding our crude oil business. I look forward to seeing his team – and EnLink’s crude oil business as a whole – continue to grow and succeed.”

Leffel has over 30 years of industry experience, specializing in crude oil. Most recently, he successfully managed his own consulting firm. Prior to that, he led the crude oil marketing and commercial functions for Enterprise Products, as the senior vice president of crude oil. He also served in a marketing director role at Occidental Petroleum Corp. and spent a number of years at Amoco Oil Co. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management from Texas Tech University.

Burns & McDonnell grows environmental studies & permitting team

Erica Bowyer-Grason has joined Burns & McDonnell in the Northeast as a project manager. In this role, she will lead environmental permitting projects — specifically within the natural gas and energy industries — from the firm’s new location in Pennsylvania.

Bowyer-Grason has more than 16 years of experience supporting and managing a range of projects including site remediation, air quality, permitting and compliance for commercial and industrial clients. She has spent the past six years focused on permitting and compliance, managing multi-million-dollar large-scale natural gas pipeline siting and licensing projects in the Northeast.

“I enjoy the challenge of finding sustainable, environmentally-friendly solutions for clients building the infrastructure of our future,” said Bowyer-Grason. “Regulations are constantly evolving and can be complex. I help clients meet requirements by obtaining all environmental permits and approvals associated with projects at county, state and federal levels — alleviating pain points and assisting with keeping the project on schedule and under budget.”

Bowyer-Grason received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Nevada.

Kirby-Smith Machinery appoints Ferrell to pipeline services account manager

Kirby-Smith Machinery has appointed Woody Ferrell to account manager for its pipeline services division.

In this role, Ferrell will focus on developing relationships within the oil and gas pipeline construction industry, and represent Kirby-Smith nationally as the company expands its presence in the sector. As account manager for Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, he will work closely with customers to understand their needs and create effective solutions. Ferrell’s sharp understanding of pipeline equipment applications and tireless effort to see his customers succeed made him a natural fit for the position.

Ferrell is a co-chair of the Membership Committee with the (DCA) Distribution Contractors Association, and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently held the position of director of National Accounts Pipeline Construction with Volvo CE, where he spent the last four years developing their pipeline division. During his time at Volvo, Ferrell held roles as region manager, product manager and vice president of remarketing. Prior to this role, he worked with CNH where he developed and launched their heavy compaction line offering to asphalt paving industry. He has also spent several years in the rental industry as a field representative and managing a location.

Exxon says farewell to Tillerson, elects Woods chairman, CEO

Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil has retired and has been replaced by Darren Woods, previously president of ExxonMobil Corp.

Tillerson was scheduled to retire in March 2017 when he reached 65, the company’s mandatory retirement age for his position. After consideration, Tillerson concluded, and the board agreed, given the significant requirements associated with the confirmation process, it was appropriate to move the retirement date. With the retirement of Tillerson, the ExxonMobil board is comprised of 12 directors, 11 of whom are non-employees.

Woods, 51, was elected president of ExxonMobil and a member of the board of directors in January 2016. Born in Wichita, KS, Woods joined Exxon Co. International in 1992. During his career, he held various senior domestic and international positions in ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co., ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Exxon Co. International. He also served as manager of ExxonMobil investor relations.

In 2012, he was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co. and a vice president of the corporation. In this role, Woods had primary responsibility for the company’s global refining, supply and transportation activities. In 2014, he was named a senior vice president of the corporation and became a member of its management committee.

Woods earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Obituary: Winston A. Johnson II

Winston A. Johnson II is preceded by his father and mother, Winston and Mary Johnson, and his brother Robert Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vivian, his brother Kenny & wife Kathy of El Paso, his sister-in-law Resa Johnson of El Paso, his father & mother in-law George & Daisy May, his 3 children and their spouses, Diana & Brett Seward of Las Cruces, Sheri & Keith Franzoy of Hatch, Vernon & LeAnne Johnson of Rio Rancho, his 8 grandchildren, Heath, Shelby, Fayth, Katrina, Garrett, Bryce, Blake, and Lacie, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Winston earned a Master’s Degree from NMSU in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout the years, he continued to give back to the school by serving on an engineering advisory board and establishing an endowment scholarship. He proudly served in the Army as a chief helicopter maintenance officer and served in Vietnam for a year. After Vietnam, he worked for El Paso Energy and retired after 32 years as their vice president of engineering. Anyone that knew Winston didn’t expect him to stay “retired”. He continued to provide years of valuable knowledge to many people in the industry. He was also very active in his grandkids endeavors providing them wisdom, knowledge, and any help that he could supply.

Over the years, he was part of many organizations and received many awards. He was chairman of the Gas Machinery Research Council for 6 years, and received a distinguished service award in 2004. He also served as chairman of Pipeline Research Council International for 4 years.

He was a great wealth of knowledge for his family, for everyone in the natural gas industry, and for anyone that crossed his path.