Curriculum Vitae





A Ceramic Engineer that consults / assists in all aspects of industrial plant refractory requirements including planning, scheduling, defining work scopes, estimating cost projections, managing subcontractors and 3rd party vendors, assuring quality, analyzing failures, recommending refractory products/anchors /materials, designing and engineering installations.

January 2009 to Present - Independent Refractory Consultant - Palm DesertCA 


Refractory consultant for various projects.  Supported the Copper Industry with on-site inspection services and engineering along with various research projects to improve Smelter refractory life.  Provided detail refractory root-cause failure analysis for various industries and refractory applications.  Served as Expert Witness representing the End-User in two cases.  Provide refractory technical knowledge and expertise to various customers.


December 2001 to December 2008 - Refractory Reliability Engineer

Stewart Services - Los AngelesCA and Kansas CityMO


Founder and Vice President of Stewart Services. Inc.  Managed installation projects in the Cement Industry as a Project Manager.  Managed all company bidding, planning, engineering, technology, daily cost tracking, billing, accounting, payroll, benefits, banking and corporate filings.  Built Stewart Services from a start up company to a $13M company in 7 years.


April 1993 to December 2001 - Project Manager

J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc. - La MiradaCA


Responsible for the complete management of industrial construction projects ranging in size from $2,000 to $6,000,000. Specialized in all fields of refractory installation including cement, petrochemical, power, non-ferrous metals, manufacturing, iron and steel, incineration and fireproofing industries.


April 1991 to January 1993 - Project Engineer

Total Refractory / Hartney Industrial - GardenaCA


Engineer that provided typical refractory construction activities such as estimating, sales, services, writing proposals, planning, scheduling, cost tracking, engineering designs and calculations for a variety of customers namely in the Petrochemical Industry.


February 1990 to April 1991 - Sales Representative and Sales Support

Resco Products, Inc. - Santa Fe SpringsCA


Refractory salesman and technical sales support.  Managed all in-house refractory product formulations, quality control and assisted in all major field installations.


June 1989 to February 1990 - Refractory Inspector

International Refractory Services - CarsonCA


Worked as an on-site refractory inspector and quality control representative.  Job functions included laboratory testing and management, material recommendations, repair procedures, and construction management.  Developed software and procedure for refractory thermomechanical failure analysis.


December 1987 to June 1989 - Research Engineer

Combustion Engineering (currently Vesuvius Refractory) - BettsvilleOH


Worked in a refractory research laboratory where my position was new product development, quality control, testing, product recommendation, failure analysis and field installation supervision.