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Executive Management Team

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Michael P. Duffy

President

Michael P. Duffy brings 30+ years of executive-level international experience in project management, operations management, sales, as well as, research and development. As president and owner of William Jacob Management since 2004, he brings proven strengths in operations management including all areas of P&L responsibility, startup and restructuring, business/systems development and team building. His reputation as an aggressive, bottom-line oriented executive who builds and leads highly motivated teams to solve problems and achieve operational excellence has been achieved through major projects for Petro-Marine Engineering, Pride International, Inc. and Pall Houston, a division of Pall Corporation. He is an alumnus of the Florida Institute of Technology with a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering.

Peter Cutt

Peter Cutt

Corporate Adviser and Sr. Consultant

Mr. Cutt was with Petro-Marine for eighteen years as President, General Manager and Project Manager. With 40+ years of experience in the oil and gas offshore industry, the vast majority of this time has been spent in the management of projects. Initially as Project Engineer with responsibility for large portions of engineering design with progression to total project responsibilities for all aspects of engineering cost and schedule control planning, subcontractor management, purchasing vendor interfaces and construction and installation management. Most recently, Mr. Cutt acted as the Interface Manager for a multinational deepwater development in Africa that included a major FPSO Conversion and Subsea Production Systems.

Ojin Kwon

Ojin Kwon

Vice President, Finance

Ojin Kwon brings over 10+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry as both project controller and operations manager.  As an operations manager, he uses extensive knowledge to oversee day to day operations which includes Administration, Payroll, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance.  Mr. Kwon also brings value to projects as project cost controller and scheduling supervisor.  He is an alumnus with Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration on Management Information Systems.

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Trevor Francis Smith

Vice President, Drilling Facilities Engineering

Trevor Francis Smith has 45+ years of international experience in bringing projects from conception to completion. A skilled overseer of mechanical engineering, layouts and piping, he has worked with clients such as Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, BP, KCA/Deutag, Smedvig, and many others. He has supervised engineering in design offices, tested equipment at suppliers' facilities, construction commissioning, and overseen start ups both on and offshore. Mr. Smith contributes to some of our most significant projects including his instrumental role in the Polvo Development Drilling Rig Package and the Murphy Azurite first ever FDPSO as Rig Interface Manager.

John Weaver

John Weaver

Vice President, Production Facilities Engineering

John Weaver brings over 40+ years of international experience in project management, design, and supervision, working on major projects with clients such as Shell Oil, Coastal Oil & Gas, Mobil Oil, Hyundai Heavy Industries/Brasoil and many others. He has overseen engineering and construction on field installations of chemical, petrochemical, petroleum refining and natural gas processing facilities, as well as, offshore facilities and pipelines. He has extensive industry experience including offshore and onshore oil and gas, compressor stations, shallow/deepwater, heavy crude and sour production. Mr. Weaver is a University of Houston alumnus.

Jerry Mouton

Jerry Mouton

Vice President, Business Development - Drilling

Jerry Mouton has devoted more than 40+ years to building relationships and delivering solutions in the oil field services industry. In roles ranging from independent owner/partner to corporate marketing executive for a major drilling company, Jerry has come to appreciate the profound benefits that result when clients and contractors share a vision for success. Drawing upon his expertise in operations, proposal development and contract management, Jerry works to ensure that every William Jacob Management engagement achieves our clients' business goals.

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David Cedillo, Structural Design Coordinator

 

David Cedillo

Structural Design Coordinator

David Cedillo has over 12 years of international experience specializing in Project Facility Design/Drafting, Vessel & Piping QA/QC. His field experience includes vessel revamps, new addition piping & expansion projects. He has been with William Jacob Management since 2007 where he worked on some of the company's largest projects such as the Murphy Azurite FDPSO, Devon Peregrino offshore drill rigs, Deep Ocean Ascension FDSO and more. Mr. Cedillo attended Lee College in Baytown, TX and is certified in multiple areas of design and welding including, but not limited to, Advanced Aided Drafting & Design, NCCER - Welding & Rigging, CWI and API 510 Pressure Vessel.

Dan V. Hines, Jr.

Jayant Desai

Facilities Engineering Manager

Jayant Desai has more than 35+ years of domestic and international experience in process facilities design with onshore and offshore, oil and gas facilities and other hydrocarbon processes. Mr. Desai was part of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s International Management Team for their operations in Libya and Scotland.

Charlie Fife

Charlie Fife

Business Development Manager

Charlie Fife has worked more than 38 years in the oil and gas industry and related construction business.  The last 21 years were dedicated to Business Development, Sales and Marketing, focused on the downstream, upstream and midstream oil and gas business sectors.  Charlie’s experience includes facilities/pipeline engineering, project/construction management, technical staffing, and refractory consulting/construction services for domestic and foreign clients.   Projects were located in North/South America, Asia and Africa.  Charlie’s ability to interact with multi-cultural relationships and his international field experience has helped him communicate and grow personal and business relationships.  Charlie strives for successful execution of client contractual requirements and project deliverables.

 

Gordon Gamble

Gordon Gamble

Project Manager

Gordon Gamble brings almost 45+ years of international experience in structural and outfitting design engineering in both offshore and marine applications. He has worked in several countries including the U.S.A., Canada, Scotland, England, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Denmark. He has brought his skills to various design projects such as Statoil Peregrino, Devon Polvo, BP Mad Dog, Murphy Front Runner, Rowan Gorilla VII Jack-up, Marine Drilling’s Marine 700 Semisubmersible, Global Santa Fe Rig updates, various drillship refurbishments, cruise ships, ferries, oceanographic survey vessels, oil tankers, Canadian Coast Guard Icebreakers and various Navy frigate designs.  He has done a four year apprenticeship in Scotland and holds a City & Guilds shipbuilding Technicians Certificate.

Ronald Horton

Ronald Horton

Senior Equipment Engineer

Mr. Horton started his career working for an oilfield casing company while going through high school. He has over 20 years of experience working with drilling contractors in the oil patch. During his career, Mr. Horton was an independent consultant for investors on the purchase & sale of three semisubmersibles, one jack-up, and multiple land rigs. Mr. Horton purchased, remanufactured, and sold all types of drilling equipment ranging from jacking systems, draw-works, rotaries, BOP’s, masts, sub structures, and complete land rigs. Mr. Horton provided rebuild services for various land drilling contractors for both “work-over & drilling” rigs.


Mr. Horton’s experience also includes assignments ranging from Roughneck thru Drilling Superintendant - including several years as a Sub Sea Engineer, Marine Systems Engineering Manager, and Foreign Operations Management for conventionally moored Semi Submersibles & Drillship’s, as well as a Dynamic Position Drillship. He served as Manager of a shore base warehouse facility and Manager of Maintenance for two contractors.

 

Mr. Horton is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from Texas A&M University.

 

Muhammad Shahab

Engineering Manager / Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Shahab has over 17 years of engineering and business management experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Taxila, Pakistan; MS in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Houston and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.  Mr. Shahab is responsible for management of all engineering and design at William Jacob Management for the company’s three divisions.  He is involved in coordinating William Jacob Management’s engineering efforts for services such as FEED studies, detailed design, mechanical completion, commissioning, decommissioning and other related services for new build and maintenance for high-stakes capital projects.  Prior to joining William Jacob Management, Mr. Shahab held senior positions at Aker Solutions, Parker Drilling and MH Wirth.

 

Robert Wheeless

 

Robert Wheeless

Senior Equipment Engineer

With an oilfield career spanning almost 40 years, Robert Wheeless came up through the ranks working on drilling rigs and production platforms and his skillset ranges from hands on to management of repair and maintenance to construction as well as rig-up and commissioning of drilling rigs. Mr. Wheeless has a production background that spans across various areas of discipline such as design, construction, installations, start-ups / commissioning and was a production superintendent. Mr. Wheeless has a background installing pipelines utilizing pipelaying barges and derrick barges. His current certifications are: AWS CWI, Well Control and Production Safety System T-2.

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