PODS Board of Directors
President - Paul Herrmann, Chevron
Mr. Herrmann is a GIS Project Manager for Chevron Pipe Line Company (CPL). His current responsibilities include the coordination and management of GIS related projects, data integrity, support of ongoing GIS activities, and the enhancement and evolution of CPL’s GIS platform.
Mr. Herrmann has over 20 years in information technology and business process solutions experience, including over nine years in pipeline and GIS. Most of his career has been in information technology consulting for a variety of industries, but with a primary focus on oil and gas with over 14 years experience. He has been involved in a wide range of initiatives, including full lifecycle software development projects, procurement solution implementations, management consulting, and various GIS related initiatives. In 2002 his career shifted to GIS and the pipeline industry in particular, first from a consulting perspective and then as pipeline operator upon joining Chevron in 2008.
Mr. Herrmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Herrmann's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Vice President - Elizabeth Ziemer, Enbridge
Ms. Ziemer is currently a GIS Project Manager for the Major Projects Group at Enbridge in Superior, Wisconsin. She was previously a Business Systems Specialist III in the Pipeline Integrity department at ONEOK Partners. She has 15 years of GIS experience, 10 years in the Oil and Gas Industry. She has experience as both an operator and a service provider in the pipeline industry. As a pipeline operator she has experience in Pipeline Integrity, Construction, and Operations.
Ms. Ziemer was involved in the original PODS implementation of the ONEOK Partners interstate assets and later managed the migration of the intrastate assets into the same model. As a member of the ONEOK Partners Pipeline Integrity Management Program Committee for 5 years, Ms. Ziemer became involved in the Pipeline Integrity Risk Assessment process and has implemented multiple applications tied directly to their event-driven PODS database.
Ms. Ziemer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Geography from the University of North Alabama.
Ms. Ziemer's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Secretary - Tim Willms, Boardwalk Pipelines
Mr. Willms is a Project Manager for Boardwalk Pipelines, LP. Boardwalk operates over 14,000 miles of pipeline and underground storage fields. Mr. Willms is also the IT departments Subject Matter Expert on Pipeline Operations and GIS.
Mr. Willms has been with Boardwalk Pipelines for the last decade, during which time he has held Architectural Lead and Project Management positions. Prior to joining Boardwalk Pipelines, Mr. Willms worked for several GIS software companies developing oil and gas solutions. Having held positions in both vendor and operator companies, Mr. Willms has insight into the business needs of all PODS member companies.
Mr. Willms holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional. Mr. Willms has served on the PODS Technical Committee for three years. While on the PODS Technical Committee, he served on the Data Modeling Team, and as Release Coordinator for the PODS 5.1 release and the PODS Open Spatial release. Mr. Willms also contributed the Project Management Framework, consisting of processes and templates, utilized to document and execute the PODS release process.
Mr. Willms' current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Treasurer - Kenneth Greer, CenterPoint Energy
Kenneth Greer is the Mapping Leader of CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission. He oversees the pipeline data entry into the PODS model database, system maps, inventory records and GIS support to the natural gas transmission and gathering pipelines owned by CenterPoint Energy. Mr. Greer has worked in the design drafting, inventory and GIS mapping departments.
Mr. Greer has over 38 years experience in the Gas Industry with pipelines and compressors. He has been involved with the PODS Association since 1999 and has served as Secretary, Vice President, President, and is the currently serving as PODS Treasurer.
Mr. Greer's current term on the Board ends in 2015.
Jeff Allen, Coler & Colantonio
Mr. Allen Joined Coler & Colantonio, Inc. in 1992 and heads up all Geospatial Technology and IT Infrastructure for the firm. Jeff has a BS in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and began his career at Coler & Colantonio Inc. working summers on various survey crews and manning a GPS shore station for our prestigious Boston Harbor Diffuser Project.
Over the past 18 years, Mr. Allen has continued setting the vision for geospatial applications development at the firm and his responsibilities now include creation, management and strategic planning of all software development efforts at Coler & Colantonio, Inc. These products have been successfully deployed to many of today’s energy giants and have enabled Coler & Colantonio Inc. to set itself apart from its competition. Mr. Allen's unique problem solving skills joined with his extensive knowledge of the Geospatial marketplace offer the firm, and our clients, an unparalleled resource to help them solve their complex data management issue.
Mr. Allen's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Ron Brush, New Century Software
Mr. Brush is President of New Century Software, a company he founded in 1994. New Century Software, based in Fort Collins, Colorado is a leading pipeline GIS software application and service provider in the oil and gas pipeline industry. Ron has more than 20 years experience in GIS designing and developing enterprise GIS data management and analysis applications, GIS consulting, and data integration services.
A Colorado native, Mr. Brush earned his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He has completed the Stanford Executive Program for Growing Companies. He is also involved in several professional organizations including NACE and GITA and is actively participating in the pipeline GIS professional community.
In 1998, Mr. Brush helped initiate the PODS Association, and served as its President in 2001. As an active member of the Association, Ron has lead advanced PODS training workshops and has participated on many PODS working groups including PODS Spatial, NACE/PODS ECDA data interchange, and the ILI data interchange working groups. He is also a past member of the APDM Steering committee.
Mr. Brush's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Lucas Hutmacher, Willbros Engineering
Mr. Hutmacher is a Senior GIS Consultant at Willbros Engineering. He currently is responsible for rolling out enterprise pipeline GIS solutions for domestic and multi-national clients. His roles include defining and managing project scope, methodologies, and appropriate technologies.
Mr. Hutmacher has over 15 years of Pipeline GIS experience. His highly technical background includes implementing and managing PODS Spatial, PODS Relational, ISAT data management and data migration projects.
Mr. Hutmacher has been an active member of the PODS Technical Committee and is a regular contributor to industry events providing white papers, presentations and overall thought-leadership to the pipeline GIS community.
Mr. Hutmacher's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Mike King, BP
Mr. King is the Pipeline Discipline Lead in the E & P Central Engineering Pipeline and Civil Team for BP America Inc. His primary responsibility is to lead a team of engineers in support of timely and quality delivery of Technical Service, R&D and Continuous Improvement projects across the BP Group. He currently leads BP’s Group wide Pipeline Information Management and Data Governance activities in support of the Risk and Integrity Management programs and Champions the standardization and implementation of PODS and GIS across the Group.
Mr. King joined BP in 2001 and has 37 years of experience in the Pipeline Industry. His career path includes employment in various leadership positions with operating pipeline companies, engineering consulting firms, and oil & gas producers in domestic and international locations. Mr. King has a B. S. in Industrial Technology from Lamar University.
Mr. King has served on the PODS Board of Directors since 2004 and as President of the Association for three consecutive terms 2007-2009. He has also served as Chairman of the PODS Spatial work group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation, member of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) Onshore Pipeline Construction Modernization project and past Chairman of the IPLOCA Novel Construction Planning, Design, & Control workgroup.
Mr. King's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
JW Lucas, Enterprise Products Company
Mr. Lucas is a Senior Project Manager for Enterprise Products Company, a large pipeline operating company. He is responsible for pipeline data integration, analysis, and distribution, as well as business analysis. Mr. Lucas has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for 20+ years, with the majority of that time spent supporting pipeline operations.
At Enterprise, Mr. Lucas has been part of the team responsible for implementing a PODS database for 50,000+ miles of domestic pipelines, including gathering & transmission, liquids & gas, offshore & onshore. This implementation of PODS now broadly serves Enterprise in many business critical activities.
Mr. Lucas has served on the PODS Board of Directors for six years, including terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and now President. He has also participated in PODS working groups and task forces, and has been a regular presenter at the annual PODS User Conference.
Prior to becoming a Project Manager at Enterprise Products, Mr. Lucas was a GIS/Drafting supervisor at El Paso Corporation, where his group supported Project Engineering, Compliance, Operations, and Commercial activities.
Mr. Lucas's current term on the Board ends in 2015.
Dominic Palazzolo, Williams Gas Pipeline
Mr. Palazzolo has been with Williams Gas Pipeline for 22 years, including 9 years in the Pipeline Operations & Engineering group, and 13 years in the Operations & Engineering IT Development & Support Departments. In his current role as Account Manager, he provides consulting for the Gas Pipeline Operations & Engineering IT Business Processes, Requirements & Projects. Mr. Palazzolo was part of the team that developed the original Williams GIS system, and the Williams event-driven database model. This model was used as an initial contributor to the first PODS Data Model.
Mr. Palazzolo has served as Project Manager over many projects for Williams Gas Pipeline during his tenure, including the migration of the Williams pipeline database to an extended PODS model, and the migration of vendor-based GIS application software.
Mr. Palazzolo holds a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston, and an Associate degree in Applied Science from Central Texas College.
Mr. Palazzolo's current term on the Board ends in 2014.
Joanne Sykes, TransCanada
Joanne Sykes is currently the Manager of GIS Strategy and Governance within the Engineering and Asset Reliability department of TransCanada where she has set the vision and is championing the implementation of an integrated Corporate GIS on behalf of all the business units across the company. TransCanada is a leading energy infrastructure company in North America with a strong focus on pipeline and power generation.
Mrs. Sykes has over 6 years of experience in leadership roles including people management and strategy development. She has 15 years of GIS experience in data management, project management and program management working in various industries including telecommunications, engineering, exploration, transmission and pipeline.
The time working at TransCanada has provided her with broad exposure to many of the areas within the company with a focus on Engineering, Pipe Integrity, Facility Integrity and Field Operations. Over the last 10 years the company has experienced a significant growth period due to large acquisitions and construction programs.
Mrs. Syke's current term on the Board ends in 2015.
Chris Vana, Pacific Gas & Electric
Mr. Vana is currently the Director of Gas Transmission Technology at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). His time with PG&E includes experience in Smart Meter/SmartGrid technologies and he currently manages all technologies related to gas transmission, integrity management, and regulatory pipeline safety.
Mr. Vana has over 18 years of experience delivering large projects and managing large teams. In his leadership role with PODS he is committed to sharing PG&E’s experiences to improve the industry.
Mr. Vana's current term on the Board ends in 2015.