PODS Board of Directors
President - Kenneth Greer, Enable Midstream Partners
Kenneth Greer is the GIS Manager of Enable Midstream Partners. He has over 42 years of experience in the Gas Industry with pipelines and compressors. He has been involved with the PODS Association since 1999 and has served as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and is currently serving as President.
Mr. Greer's current term on the Board ends in 2017.
Vice 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 2016.
Secretary - Peter Veenstra, Willbros
Mr. Veenstra is the Principal GIS Technologist for Willbros Engineering. He is responsible for rolling out enterprise pipeline GIS solutions. His experience includes 21 years in the GIS field, product development, software architect, programmer, GIS analysis and consulting, and CAD drafting.
Mr. Veenstra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Geographic Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh.
Mr. Veenstra's current term on the Board ends in 2016
Treasurer - Scott Blumenstock, Novara GeoSolutions
Mr. Blumenstock is a Solution Architect at Novara GeoSolutions and has been involved in the pipeline industry for 26 years in pipeline operator and consultant roles. He specializes in GIS consulting and software architecture and his combined experience helps him to understand what is needed from operators when considering expansion of the PODS model.
Mr. Blumenstock's current term on the Board ends in 2016
Bruce Dahms, Enbridge
Mr. Dahms is the Geomatics Services team lead within the Liquids Pipelines (LP) business unit of Enbridge in Edmonton. He is responsible for the planning and delivery of geomatics products and services to all business areas within LP. This includes the development of a PODS geodatabase and data management environment for roughly 15,000 miles of liquids transmission pipeline assets in the USA and Canada. Before joining Enbridge five years ago, Mr. Dahms worked for roughly two decades in both the public and private sectors in varied roles – all related to the design, development and delivery of applications and systems for managing geographic information.
Mr. Dahms current term on the Board ends in 2016.
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 2016.
Andy Morris, DCP Midstream
Andy Morris is the GIS Manager for DCP Midstream LP. He has 18 years of GIS experience covering numerous industries and projects. His career began with creating digital mapping products for the US Dept. of Defense and other government agencies.
Mr. Morris' current term on the Board ends in 2017.
William "Buddy" Nagel, Kinder Morgan
Mr. Nagel is a Technical Service Supervisor in the Pipeline Data System Department at Kinder Morgan. He leads a team that has the responsibilities for validation of data loaded into PODS, alignment of ILI data, loading of ILI data, data integration, and process/procedure development. He has 37 years of pipeline experience with 25 years of GIS experience using various software applications.
Mr. Nagel's current term on the Board ends in 2017.
Michael E. Ortiz, Plains All American Pipeline LP
Mike Ortiz has over 20 years of experience overseeing risk, integrity and data management programs for the energy transportation industry. He joined Plains All American in 2008 after 5 years at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners where he was Manager Risk Engineering for the Products Pipelines Group. Mr. Ortiz began his career in the early 90’s as a field and project engineer working in various roles at EPC firms supporting the energy industry. His work included experience managing various projects in oil & gas exploration and production, gathering and transmission pipelines, petroleum refineries and marine & marketing terminals across the US. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Mr. Ortiz is currently the Manager of Data Integration at Plains All American Pipeline LP where he leads the GIS and Data Integration groups, which manage pipeline asset and performance data for the organization. His Current focus is the development and implementation of standards and data management practices for supporting pipeline construction projects, project management and KPI using GIS technology.
Mr. Ortiz's current term on the Board ends in 2016.
Dominic Palazzolo, Williams Gas Pipeline
Mr. Palazzolo has been with Williams Gas Pipeline for 25 years, including 9 years in the Pipeline Operations & Engineering group, and 16 years in Operations & Engineering IT Development & Support Departments. In his current role as Senior Information Management Architect with the Williams GIS Architecture Department, he provides consulting for the Gas Pipeline Operations & Engineering IT Business Processes, Requirements & Projects with respect to GIS Systems at Williams. 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 2016.
Victoria Sessions, Noah Consulting
Ms. Sessions is a 36-year veteran in the energy industry working in many aspects of this sector including upstream, midstream, back office, and power generation. she is currently a Principal with Noah Consulting specializing in Project Management and Business Analysis for Information Management Solutions for the Energy sector.
Ms. Sessions is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Computer Science.
Ms. Sessions current term on the Board ends in 2016.
Kathy joined the PODS Association August, 2014 as Executive Director. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Mayo comes with fifteen years of pipeline experience including Communications Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Anchorage, Alaska) for the trans-Alaska pipeline (TAPS) and regulatory oversight of TAPS–monitoring environmental, safety and integrity for the BLM Office of Pipeline Monitoring.
She has also worked on assignments in Washington, D.C. including the Department of Interior Secretary’s Office and the Office of the Federal Coordinator for the Alaska Gas Line project.
Her background also includes leading organizations in planning and organizational development.
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