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Darrell J. Piwonka 28802 Misty Oaks Dr.

Huffman, Texas 77336 Home: (281) 324-3189 | Cell: (281) 883-3962 E-Mail:

EDUCATIONTexas A&M University, College Station, Texas Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology, 1978 Recipient of G.M. Scholarship at Texas A&M University. Dean of Engineerings List for Three Semesters Texas A&M University. Deans List for four semesters Wharton Co. Jr. College. Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Various company-related seminars.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Dome Hydrocarbons | August 2010 Present Contract Plant Manager Trial start-up of an individually owned hydrocarbon distillation processing facility. Managed twelve operations/maintenance employees. Responsible for raw material inventory, product quality and logistics. Further responsibilities included operations/maintenance expenditures, plant safety and HR issues. GEO Specialty Chemicals | May 2008 January 2010 Maintenance/Capital Projects Manager Written justification for capital project approvals. Manage implementation and track costs. Managed plant maintenance department. (All crafts) Planned and scheduled all maintenance activity. Outside contractor coordinator. Managed plant-purchasing agent. Participated in annual ISO 9001 audits. Initiated Process Safety Management Mechanical Integrity program. Reds Grass Farms Inc. | July 2007 August 2008 Re-organized family owned sod business. KMCO, L.P., Crosby, Texas | January 1996 June 2007 Reaction Area Operations Manager Key member of team to develop procedures to comply with Plant Safety Management (PSM) program guidelines. Coordinated maintenance and operations to minimize costs and production downtime. Implemented positive attitudes and programs directed toward improving safety. Coordinated activities with engineering and assisted in the design of plant modifications to improve operations. Assisted in developing ISO 9001 procedures and their implementation following principles in Process Safety Management. Managed all aspects of personnel relations in maintenance and reaction departments including

promotions, disciplining and commendations for additional 2 salaried and 36 hourly personnel. Assisted in training and development of processes and production engineers.

KMCO, L.P., Crosby, Texas | July 1988 June 2007 Maintenance/Engineering/Construction Manager Report directly to company owner for setting priorities, construction activity, major expenditures, equipment troubleshooting, etc. Direct responsibility of plant Purchasing Department, approving total plant purchase orders. Monitor efficiencies and expenditures of plant utilities, and approving all billings. Provide estimates to prospective clients on capital expenditures necessary to conduct business. Frequent meetings with plant customers to assist in Health, Safety & Environmental, as well as production audits. Work closely with plant operations manager to provide technical assistance on specific plant operating problem areas. Implement positive attitudes and programs directed toward improving plant safety. Manage all aspects of personnel relations including promotions, discipline and commendations. Direct personnel management includes five salaried supervisors, 35 hourly personnel and various amounts of contract personnel (up to 50 people) depending on Construction activities. Implementation of cost saving programs power factor correction; company owned nitrogen generation system versus cryogenic nitrogen; implement plant personnel training to minimize use of outside contracts (refrigeration, deionized water system, chemical cleaning, heat exchange repair, etc.). Assisted in developing ISO 9001 programs for certification and Process Safety Management compliance. Reds Grass Farms, Inc. | October 1985 July 1988 Manager Managed all areas involved in the production and marketing of sod produced on a 400-acre, family-owned St. Augustine sod farm. SDS Biotech Corporation (formerly Diamond Shamrock Corp.) | July 1984 October 1985 Senior Process Engineer Assigned to aid in the start up of a fully automatic process unit for a $6 million plant. Generated punch lists and accepted the various plant systems from a process/operations standpoint, following construction completion. Issued step-by-step commissioning instructions necessary for safe and successful plant start up. Training hourly personnel on proper plant operating techniques. Troubleshooting computer software logic and making changes as necessary for proper plant operation (Modicon 584 programmable controller). Provided day-to-day technical assistance on specific plant operating problem areas. SDS Biotech Corporation (formerly Diamond Shamrock Corp.) | July 1983 July 1984 Unit Operations Superintendent Controlled and monitored operating procedures to achieve optimum product quality and peak raw material efficiency. Coordinated maintenance supervision to minimize costs and production downtime. Implemented positive attitudes and programs directed toward improving safety.

Coordinate activities with engineering and assist in the design of plant modifications to improve operations. Recommended policy changes, procedure improvement, process changes and capital expenditures. Managed all aspects of personnel relations including promotions, disciplining and commendations (20 hourly operating personnel). Maintained production within governmental air and water pollution guidelines. Assisted in training and development of process and production engineers. Diamond Shamrock Corporation (Chemical Division) | February 1981 July 1983 Unit Maintenance Supervisor Directed supervision of fifteen hourly maintenance personnel (all disciplines). Scheduled, coordinated and forecasted costs of unit turnaround work including routine maintenance, contractor activity and capital projects. Reported monthly on unit maintenance budget variations ($1.8 million annual maintenance budget). Specified and obtained all unit maintenance materials (mechanical, instrument or electrical). Explained and enforced plant safety policies in area of responsibility. Diamond Shamrock Corporation (Chemical Division) | October 1979 February 1981 Plant Maintenance Engineer Assisted maintenance supervision in troubleshooting problems related to plant equipment. Recommended improvements of plant equipment by changes in design, materials of construction, techniques, etc., to minimize maintenance costs and operations down time. Implemented and maintained preventive maintenance programs. Set up spare parts on major plant equipment. Conversed frequently with service and manufacturer representatives to inspect plant problems. Initiated appropriation requests for maintenance items requiring capital investments. Brown and Root, Inc. (Power Division) | June 1978 October 1979 Area Electrical Engineer Field design and reported on any engineering changes made in assigned area of the project. Assisted scheduling and cost engineers in developing accurate construction schedules and cost estimates. Developed electrical turnover packages and presented to the client. Resolved all non-conformance reports generated by the quality control group dealing with assigned work area. Contacted all levels of management, supervision, and the client daily in coordinating and evaluating construction activities, specifications and procedures. Tenneco Oil Company | Summers of 1975-1977 Student Employment Summer maintenance work at gas processing plant. REFERENCESJeff McFerrinVenita Smith Vice PresidentHR Director Kmco L.P.Kmco. L.P. 16503 Ramsey Rd.16503 Ramsey Rd. Crosby, Texas 77532Crosby, Texas 77532 Additional references available upon request