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Leadership

Our management is dedicated to leading employees in the pursuit of excellence.

Tony Phillips,
President & CEO

As an expert in the world of heat transfer, Tony’s experience and knowledge of the industry have been invaluable throughout the course of leading the CUST-O-FAB team in the daily pursuit of excellence. But when it’s all said and done, Tony is the first to tell anyone that “It’s all about our incredible employees.” He gives all credit to the men and women who make up the CUST-O-FAB team.

“I’m grateful to be serving our customers with the best team in the industry. That’s the greatest thing about CUST-O-FAB. We’ve built a culture of company-wide dedication to excellence in all that we do. Safety. Quality. Schedule. Value. Our core values say it all. And my team gets it, they really do. Day-in and day-out, everyone is committed to delivering the highest quality products and services to our customers. CUST-O-FAB is absolutely the best in the industry, and it’s all because of our rock-solid team. It’s an honor to tell our customers that no matter what the project is, they can always count on CUST-O-FAB.”

Ron Kuegler,
Vice President of Manufacturing

Ron has led fabrication and machining operations since 1989.  His knowledge of manufacturing processes is an asset to our team and our customers. He believes that if you keep your people safe and provide high-quality, on-time products, then everything else eventually works out.

“It’s a real honor to be able to lead our fabrication businesses in Sand Springs and Beaumont. We’re an organization that is unwavering in our commitment to the safety of our employees, the quality of our products, and an unsurpassed dedication to exceeding our customers’ expectations. I’m proud of the culture that CUST-O-FAB has built over the last four decades. Our team feels like a family, and our leadership actively supports that atmosphere. It’s an incredible feeling to be part of an organization that is committed to its employees, all while providing our customers with high-quality service 24/7, 365 days a year.”

Jeff Claybrook,
Vice President of On-Site Services

Jeff has a diverse history in the on-site and turnaround services industry. His knowledge comes from over 35 years in the business. From firsthand experience in welding to managing large companies in the heat exchange industry, Jeff’s experience is a testament to CUST-O-FAB’s agility in the On-Site Services division of the company.

“It’s a real privilege to lead our on-site crew. This division has become an efficient machine—especially on high-pressure emergency turnarounds and capital projects. We know that our customers are depending on us to provide high-quality services on a tight schedule. We have 24/7 communication with our fabrication locations and a large pool of talented craftsmen that are always on-call, which really sets us apart from the competition. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a team that’s more at home with difficult turnarounds than the one we’ve got here at CUST-O-FAB. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys in the field.”

Paul Stokes,
General Manager of Manufacturing

Paul has been working in the fabrication business for over four decades. He oversees all fabrication projects that come through CUST-O-FAB. From heat exchangers and vessels to emergency fabrication, his leadership maximizes efficiency for every project.

"Our people in the fabrication shop are incredible. You should see the projects we roll out of here. We work on huge exchangers and vessels that require highly detailed logistical planning. Our whole team works like a well-oiled machine—from project managers to our installation crews. The moment we get a customer’s request, we start getting their specifications processed, approved, and into production. It doesn’t matter if a project schedule is 3 days or 3 weeks, our customers always get high-quality equipment. I’m incredibly proud to be leading this group of talented engineers, welders, and craftsmen, and I honestly believe that CUST-O-FAB has the best group of supervisors in the industry."

Jason Church,
General Manager of On-Site Services Gulf Coast Division

For over 25 years, Jason has maintained a proven and trusted reputation in the oil and gas industry. With his valuable experience and dedication to excellence, he serves CUST-O-FAB’s On-Site Services division with a high level of quality and character.

"It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the industry wearing the CUST-O-FAB brand. I'm lucky to help lead the most knowledgeable people in the business. From craftsmen to supervisors, our guys are at the top of their game. With our team's skill set and laser focus on safety and quality, CUST-O-FAB really is the best in the industry when it comes to project execution."

Alan LaValley,
General Manager of Geismar, LA

Alan has 34 years of On-Site Services experience in the petrochemical and turnaround business. He manages our Louisiana and Gulf Coast operations, while also acting as our chief specialist and manager of refractory services.

"I am proud to be a member of the CUST-O-FAB team, and I absolutely believe our success as a company is due to our people. We have the best managers, supervisors, and craftsmen the industry has to offer. They make up our company culture and continuously live out a 'never quit' attitude. It's that kind of grit that makes CUST-O-FAB the industry leader in successfully executing complex and critical-path projects. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the growth of this incredible company that values and respects its employees. When our industry is busy, good craftsmen choose to work for the best. And there's no doubt that CUST-O-FAB is the best."

Gary Martin,
General Manager, CUST-O-FAB Power Division

With 30 years of experience in the Power Gen business, Gary is responsible for sales, estimating, and scheduling projects for our Power division. He oversees all CUST-O-FAB Power projects, from design and fabrication to field installation, making him a valuable part of our operations.

“It's been a real privilege to be part of the CUST-O-FAB team. Our power division has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and that’s primarily due the dedication and hard work of our people and the quality they provide our customers. Not only do we provide replacement components, but also components that have the newest and best technology in the industry. This company always goes above and beyond our customers’ expectations. I truly believe that CUST-O-FAB’s culture and its leadership are the best in the Power Gen industry.”

Darryl Stach,
General Manager of Gulf Coast Fabrication

Darryl began his career at CUST-O-FAB as a Fitter Trainee in our Sand Springs facility. He continued to develop his knowledge and skills, and eventually moved into the QC Manager position in Sand Springs. He then moved his family to Beaumont in 2016 and became the Quality Manager for our new Beaumont fabrication facility. Darryl brings with him a knowledge of what has made CUST-O-FAB successful, along with a deep understanding of our products and processes.

"Since I joined the CUST-O-FAB family in 2008, I knew I had finally found where I would spend the remainder of my career. After transitioning from our Sand Springs facility to Beaumont, we have developed a talented team that prides itself on being the front-runner in safety & quality on the Gulf Coast. I am privileged to work side-by-side with an extraordinary crew that strives for excellence in everything they do."

Bubba Fox,
General Manager of Midwest

Bubba oversees the execution of all field jobs related to our Sand Springs location and helps ensure that CUST-O-FAB employees serve our customers well while staying committed to our core values of safety, quality, schedule, and value, and customer requirements. He has been working turnarounds since 1987, has worked in refinery or chemical plants across the majority of the United States and in several countries.

“Every time I visit one of our job sites, I'm reminded again and again of how lucky I am to be a part of the team at CUST-O-FAB. We have the most engaged and talented craftsmen working hard every single day to provide our customers with the highest quality products and service. The dedication of the men and women on our team never ceases to amaze me. In emergency situations, they drop everything they have going and drive through the night to help our customers get back up and running. That's the kind of culture we have at CUST-O-FAB. Ask any employee and they'll tell you we aren’t just a team, we're family.”

Doug Hoffman,
General Manager of Northwest

Doug is a third-generation refinery and industrial construction manager who grew up in the construction industry. From the ground up, he understands what it takes to make a project successful and what needs to be done to deliver a superior product to our customers. Doug’s leadership skills and industry experience in oil, gas, and chemicals make him an invaluable part of our team.

"This partnership was a decade in the making. It was a bold vision on the part of both CUST-O-FAB and myself, and I’m very excited to help grow the company in the Northwest Mountain Region. I’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand from a client’s perspective the amount of pride and quality that CUST-O-FAB brings to this competitive industry. Whether it’s rebuilding furnaces better than anyone else, pulling difficult bundles, pipe fabrication, tower internals, or plant-wide demolition—the same effort in safety and quality is always applied. I’ve always had great respect for how well CUST-O-FAB treats their employees and I’m honored to be a part of this team."

Claude Bly,
Operations Manager

With 30 years of experience in specialty welding, furnace work, and piping, Claude oversees the day-to-day operations the field. He’s self-motivated and is able to thinks critically the fast-paced environment of our industry, especially when it comes to major capital project planning and execution.

“When I was asked to join the CUST-O-FAB team over a decade ago, it became one of the easiest and best decisions I made for my family. CUST-O-FAB is the best in the business and working with this team has been a true blessing. There’s nothing better than serving our customers well alongside coworkers that I call my friends.”

Rick Willson,
Corporate EHS Director

When it comes to CUST-O-FAB's top priority of safety, Rick’s industry experience, military background, and leadership are vital to the wellbeing of our employees and our customers. He knows that at the end of the day, it's not about how many awards we win or the safety councils in which we're members. What really matters is the collective efforts of each individual inspiring fellow employees to work safely—that's what makes CUST-O-FAB's safety culture the best in the industry.

"The true measure of a company's safety culture can be defined by the attitude and daily actions of its leaders and subordinates to always do the right thing. When conducting job visits, my favorite comment from new employees and new customers is how undeniably obvious it is that safety is CUST-O-FAB's #1 priority. When I hear that affirmation, it's a reminder of how blessed I am to work with the industry's finest safety professionals."

Our entire team values Safety, Quality, Schedule, & Value.