Veteran Experience to Meet the Most Demanding Challenges.
The PTS management team has over 250+ years of process plant experience with backgrounds in human resources, training, safety, operations, maintenance, instrument and electrical systems, engineering, design, construction, project management, and plant reliability. The management team adheres to employing dependable, and proven methods for plant process operations which has distinguished the company as an industry leader in plant technical services.
J. Gary Veazey
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PTS, Mr. Veazey has over 40 years’ experience in managing and directing technical service companies. PTS was incorporated in 1987 to provide both technical and managerial expertise to the oil and gas industry. Mr. Veazey’s vision has since been transformed into a worldwide service organization which is recognized as an industry leader.
Prior to PTS, Mr. Veazey worked as a managing consultant in the reorganization of small, medium and large size businesses. He performed audits and evaluations of specific elements in client companies and held line management positions within their organizations. The client base included diversified manufacturing companies and large business service organizations.
Mr. Veazey was also previously employed as a manager with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in their Systems Engineering Development Program, where he was responsible for developing the criteria, hiring practices and orientation program for this organization. Mr. Veazey also worked for Consolidated Freightways and served as a US Army Officer during the Vietnam Conflict.
Mr. Veazey is a graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in business administration.
Jerry L McAfee
Project Consultant and Course Director for Professional Seminars International (PSI) a wholly owned subsidiary of PTS that presents the Process Plant Startup Seminar. Mr. McAfee has over 35 years of chemicals manufacturing and project experience, and worked 32 years for DuPont in a broad range of technology, business, manufacturing, and project managerial positions. His last project was recognized as a DuPont Engineering Top 10 Accomplishment as part of their Centennial celebration.
After a successful assignment as Operations Director–China, Mr. McAfee left DuPont in 2001 to become Manufacturing Manager for Conoco-Phillip’s ambitious new technology venture for carbon fibers. Responsibilities included start-up of the first-generation prototype facility already under construction, as well as global expansion planning for several larger plants anticipated within the decade.
Mr. McAfee received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the Project Management Institute.
Chief Operating Officer (COO), Business Development Manager for PTS, Mr. Veazey is responsible for marketing, and management of client projects. Mr. Veazey’s responsibilities include initial project evaluation, sales, project recruiting and management. The scope of these projects includes Procedure and Manuals Development, Training, Construction QA/QC, Precommissioning, Commissioning, Startup, Operations, and Maintenance requirements.
Mr. Veazey has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, and operations management, and holds a BBA in Management from Texas Tech University.
Vice President – Project Management and Business Development. His current role at PTS includes developing and managing projects, developing precommissioning, startup and operations schedules and plans, identifying personnel and resources for projects, assisting clients to successfully commission and startup their facilities.
Mr. Sandlin’s 35 plus year career started in the field commissioning, starting up and operating refineries, petrochemical, gas processing, power generation, pharmaceutical and chemical plants.
Field assignments included Outside and Board Operations, Unit/Area Supervision, Operations Manager and Project Manager. Responsibilities included Precommissioning, Commissioning, Startup, Operations, Procedure Development, Training Program Development, and Employee Training.
Mr. Sandlin also conducts a Commissioning Workshop to identify key resources and needs for projects.
Robert (Greg) Bourgeois
Vice President with over 35 years of experience in industrial automation as it relates to construction management, operations management, multi-project supervision of direct-hire personnel, and supervision of multidiscipline subcontractors. Mr. Bourgeois has served as a construction consultant for international and domestic projects involving the installation, commissioning, and start-up of instrumentation and electrical DCS projects.
Mr. Bourgeois has been responsible for managing a wide range of project activities including estimating, scheduling, cost control, procurement, budget and scope compliance, project controls, account receivables and payables, and payroll. Some of these responsibilities have been in regards, but not limited to QA/QC surveillance of field and shop fabrication in the rebuilding and restoring of facilities such as power generation plants, petrochemical refineries, pulp and paper plants, food and beverage operations, and pharmaceutical projects.
Mr. Bourgeois has served as President of Operations, Vice President and General Manager of Operations, Manager of Construction, Instrument/Electrical Superintendent, and Project Manager of multimillion dollar corporations and projects for their various subsidiaries. He is a member of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and ISA Southeast Texas regional group.
Senior Technical Manager at PTS, responsible for technical oversight of projects, business development, project management and specialist placement.
Mr. Herzik has over 26 years of experience in chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas sectors. His experience includes over 22 years of hands on operations experience with chemical reaction, distillation and purification, as well as a lead role in the grass roots startup of the first Propylene Dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in the United States.
Subsequent to his operations career, Mr. Herzik served as a Project Manager for a large engineering firm managing the production of operating manuals, procedures and training, as well as providing commissioning and startup expertise for the upstream oil and gas sector. He has managed projects for large offshore oil and gas platforms domestic and overseas, Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels overseas, Marine-Well-Containment Systems (MWCS) and onshore oil and gas processing facilities domestically and numerous chemical and petrochemical plants domestically.
Charles E. Atkinson
Business Development Manager for PTS with responsibility for supporting North American clients during shutdowns, turnarounds and outages with PTS personnel.
Mr. Atkinson has over 39 years of industrial experience that includes commissioning and startup of projects, as well as management of plant maintenance activities. Mr. Atkinson is a qualified OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) consultant and has worked with industrial sites to achieve Process Safety Management compliance.
Mr. Atkinson has held Supervisory and Human Resource positions with the DuPont Company. His experience also includes the research, development, and marketing of new products. Mr. Atkinson invented animal repellent LLDPE plastic and was granted United States Patent number 5,013,551. He was featured for this discovery in The Wall Street Journal, Success Magazine, and The New York Times.
Mr. Atkinson has served as the general manager for Global Heat Exchanger Services Company of Beaumont, Texas, and as a Senior Consultant for the C. J. Baxter Group, LLC. He has served on the board of directors for the Orangefield, Texas Water Supply Corporation, is on the Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the Board of the Sabine Federal Credit Union.
James Grizzle (In Memoriam 1935 – 2016)
Certified Safety Professional with PTS since 1995. Mr. Grizzle retired from Shell Oil Company after 36 years having numerous supervisory and managerial positions in Engineering Services, Security, Construction, Health and Safety, and Emergency Response. Mr. Grizzle has served as a Sales and Outside Consultant and as a Safety Consultant for PTS. Mr. Grizzle holds numerous safety related certifications including HAZWOPER Instructor, Incident Commander, Junior College Instructor, Certified Boiler Inspector (Illinois) and others. Mr. Grizzle is a skilled procedure writer and is proficient with OSHA, NFPA, DOT, API and ANSI requirements. He received his BS and MBA degrees in Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Bill Word (In Memoriam 1937 – 2009)
Business Development Manager with responsibilities consisting of prospective project evaluation, sales, contract proposal development, recruiting and project management. Mr. Word has over 40 years’ experience in various industrial projects and has held management roles in operations, construction, precommissioning, commissioning, startup and troubleshooting of many processes that include EPC, environmental, chemical, specialty chemical, refining, gas processing, pharmaceutical and technical service companies. Many of his assignments have been in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America.