When I was about eight years old, my parents gave me a Golden Nature Guide published in 1957 called “Rocks and Minerals – A Guide to Familiar Minerals, Gems, Ores and Rocks.” I’ve been fascinated by minerals and geology ever since.
By the time I took my first field geology class in the Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania as an undergraduate at Penn State, there was no going back - I was hooked on a career in geology for life.
After becoming both a first-time dad and registered geologist in 1992, I decided it was time to relocate our little family from the Los Angeles megalopolis to a small town somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. While researching companies in the University of California at Irvine library, I found Trihydro listed in an environmental consulting directory. When I called to find out whom to address my resume and cover letter to, the receptionist commented that she thought they were looking to hire a California-registered geologist. Before I could object, she connected me with Trihydro’s Vice President at the time, Henry Richter. I joined the company as its 45th employee in May 1993.
In the more than two decades I have spent with Trihydro, my role at the company has evolved quite a bit. For 17 years, I was a project manager for active refinery projects in southern California and Kansas. For five of these years, I also served as Trihydro’s ConocoPhillips Account Manager once we had been selected as one of their “converged” (i.e., preferred) contractors - an accomplishment many of us had worked very hard for several years to achieve. In 2011, my role changed to my current position as Trihydro’s Operational and Service Excellence (OSE) Director.
When I am not helping manage the Trihydro’s safety and quality programs, I enjoy hiking with family or friends, climbing 14ers, going for drives in the mountains, and researching my family history. My plans for future adventures include returning to the beaches and clear waters of Hawaii and floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.