Tim Simmerly is the CEO of PFES and the President of The Planet Group, our parent company and a leading global provider of specialized consulting services and outsourced human capital solutions to the Technology, Energy / Engineering, Healthcare and Professional Services sectors. Tim also serves as President of Rokster, Planet's technology consulting business and Planet Forward, a staffing division specializing in the Energy, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing industries.
Tim has more than twenty years of experience in talent and human capital services, including13+ years in the engineering and construction consulting industries, primarily supporting large power and energy projects. Tim's leadership ability, business development acumen, and operational excellence are key to his role in expanding The Planet Group into new market segments worldwide. At PFES, in addition to overseeing global strategy and daily operations, he is championing the evolution of our EPC services to keep pace with the challenging and diverse engineering and construction fields.
Tim joined the Planet Group of Companies in 2009 and has held numerous leadership positions including Director of Business Development, Vice President, and Executive Vice President.
Sr. Vice President of Operations
Mark has 30 years of diversified project management and project controls experience. He has directly led U.S. and internationally based projects in the Power Delivery, Power Generation, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Waste Storage, Commercial and Industrial Construction, US Government, Environmental, and Oil industries. He is recognized as an expert in P6 and Project Controls systems and has been involved in the implementation of CapEx projects for a blend of utilities, municipalities, and oil & gas clients globally. Mark is responsible for implementing and managing project solutions across PFES’s portfolio, while putting the best interest of our customers first.
Senior Vice President
Alfred has over 25 years of experience successfully implementing project management and project controls processes and procedures. He has successfully led both domestic and international projects including Petrochemical, Refining, Power Delivery, Power Generation, Nuclear Construction and Operations, Gas Delivery, Offshore Export Pipelines & Systems), and LNG Ship-loading, Storage and Rundown Pipelines. Alfred is responsible for setting and driving the strategic planning process and has financial accountability for over $1B in CapEx projects across PFES’s utility and petrochemical portfolio of projects.
Sandra has over 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry. A former leader at Southern California Edison, she was involved in leading several key initiatives including Power Purchase Agreements, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and a $5B capital electric investment plan. Sandra is responsible for all aspects of project execution on a wide range of project types, from complex substation and transmission line projects to capital investment strategies for utility clients in North America. Having overseen the design and construction of 200+ miles of 500kV transmission and 66kV distribution lines over a 50,000 square mile service territory and a $3.2B budget she has in-depth knowledge of integrated program and project management.
Vice President of Recruitment & Delivery
Frank serves as the Vice President of Recruitment and Delivery, responsible for building project teams and developing recruiting strategy. He has more than 15 years of experience in the consulting industry, primarily supporting Utility, Oil & Gas, and Engineering organizations. He is focused on building lasting relationships with clients by developing a deep understanding of their business needs and delivering the right projects and services at the right time. Frank has been involved in the start-up of multiple divisions under the Planet Group since our inception in 2009.
Vice President of Sales
Bob has over 20 years of business development and sales leadership experience specializing in the utility, oil, gas, and chemicals industries. He is responsible for managing and carrying out the strategy of PFES's client expansion, delivery, and brand development. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in his customers’ successful execution of capital projects by providing solutions in the areas of engineering, project management, project controls, construction management, and regulatory compliance. Bob attributes his success to the long-standing relationships he has built with his clients and industry sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Roger is responsible for the development and execution of PFES’s operation’s strategy related to the delivery of services. He has over 28 years of power generation and transmission experience, specializing in the implementation of industry best practices related to the successful delivery of large capital projects and programs. He has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering, project management, construction management and project controls. Roger focuses on being highly collaborative with his team and clients, while emphasizing customer service to deliver the expected results. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MS degree in Civil Engineering/Construction Management.
Vice President, Construction Management
Steven has 30+ years experience in Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) services. . His diverse experience in project execution includes the Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, and Energy markets managing and leading high-performance teams on both domestic and international projects. Steve’s extensive expertise in the project life cycle includes direct management of the FEED process gated approach through the commissioning and startup phases of a significant and diverse number of successful projects. His hands on expertise with respect to leadership and thorough knowledge of all project related phases and disciplines gives him a unique perspective on requirements for creating predictable results at the highest level in his fields of Expertise.
Director of Project Controls
Brian has extensive experience in program, project, and construction management, including 12 years with a major electric utility. He has worked in a wide variety of project types, including electrical transmission and distribution, power generation, petrochemical, water / wastewater, transportation, and hazardous waste.. Brian is responsible for Primavera (P6) implementation, tactical and strategic resource planning, process improvement, performance measurement, and reporting. He has been a featured speaker at conferences on program and project management topics including Marcus Evans Seminars, Oracle Primavera Utility Summits, and PMI Chapter Meetings. Brian holds a degree in Finance from the University of Montana.
Vice President of Gas Services
Ted Lenart joins the company with over 40 years of experience in gas utility business and operations management. He spent 10 years of his career at Peoples Gas, as General Manager responsible for leading gas operations planning functions including field service, distribution, construction, and workforce planning. He also led the North District Operations team for Peoples Gas overseeing both operations and construction activities. Lenart also held the position of Assistant VP of Gas Supply Operations at Nicor Gas. In this role, he led gas supply planning and acquisition, gas storage and transmission operations, and gas control functions. Lenart has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, Finance, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.
Director of Sales, Utility Services
John serves as Director of Sales, Utility Services for PFES. He has over 15 years of experience in all types of industrial, engineering, and utility sector design and construction projects. John has a proven history of assembling high-functioning teams and implementing winning business development growth strategies.
Director of Sales, Oil & Gas Services
Chris is a native Texan and is responsible for driving new business development opportunities within the oil, gas, and chemicals industries for PFES. Chris has more than 20 years of combined business development and leadership experience for consulting firms in the energy markets. Chris is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his BA in Government. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and lives in Houston with his wife Angela and their four children.
Director of Projects
Charles has 30+ years’ experience in Field Construction and EPC & EPCM projects which include electric transmission, distribution, and substation; midstream and downstream oil and gas; power generation – conventional and renewable; Petrochemical and Facilities. Charles also has a strong background in and commitment to Safety and currently holds two professional safety certifications. He has successfully led high performing teams and has delivered successful projects to some of the largest domestic and global entities. He prefers a hands-on approach to leadership and likes to stand shoulder to shoulder with his team. His broad base of experience and leadership style combined with his commitment to his team lends itself to highly successful projects and predictably pleased repeat clients.
Director of Program Management
Bob has 30+ years of experience managing large scale programs within the Nuclear, Gas, Electrical and Petro-Chemical industries. He’s recognized by industry peers as a SME who can deliver on a broad spectrum of Construction, Project and Operations Management process improvements and industry best practices. He is a dedicated, results oriented leader with a proven ability to develop effective strategies and recommend solutions resulting in safe and financially successful outcomes. Bob possesses an excellent ability to foster a strong environment for teamwork without compromising world class Safety, Health, Environmental (SHE) and Quality performance. Embraces Quality Programs, Human Performance principles and the utilization of Lessons Learned to maintain a focus on continuous improvement and deliver on customer commitments.
Nabil has 30+ years’ experience implementing a broad spectrum of Energy Construction and Project Management programs. A dedicated, results oriented leader with a proven ability to develop effective strategies that result in safe and financially successful outcomes, domestically and internationally. Highly proficient in facilitating and expediting the key deliverables of complex projects through engagement with all affected stakeholders. Possesses an excellent background in team recruitment and training, fostering a strong environment of teamwork, and embodies a cultural affinity to achieve world class Health, Safety, Environmental (HSE) and Quality performance. Embraces Human Performance principles and utilization of Lessons Learned to maintain a focus on continuous improvement and deliver on customer commitments.
Jake has 10+ years of experience in Project, Program and Portfolio Management within the Energy sector. As a former member of IBEW, Jake brings a practical and experienced based approach to addressing project challenges and generating successful outcomes. He has spent his career working exclusively with top electrical utilities and contractors in the Power Delivery market and has supported over $800M in network upgrades and expansions. Jake has a passion for leadership and utilizes a collaborative approach to leverage team synergy in order to maximize project success.
Senior Project Controls Specialist
Wes has over fifteen years’ experience in project scheduling, estimating and cost reporting. He brings deep experience in Oracle P6 Scheduling for large CapEx programs on linear utility projects. Wes is an SME in contract cost management and change order management for regulatory driven projects. He is a proven leader with an exceptional track record of mentoring and training schedulers and cost analyst at some of the largest utilities and energy companies in the US.
Vice President of Cybersecurity
Dominick leads PFES’ suite of cybersecurity products and services, as well as maintains compliance and data protection for PFES’ customers across the US utility sector. He has extensive information technology, audit, and compliance experience across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining the firm, Dominick served as Senior Cybersecurity Analyst for Archer Security Group where he led NERC CIP compliance and served as the Subject Matter Expert on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Environments and Regulatory Compliance. He’s also held senior Cybersecurity roles with Wurldtech, a GE Company, and North American Energy Alliance LLC (Essential Power, LLC) as well as technology SME roles with AT&T Managed Internet Service. A veteran of the US Army, Dominick holds multiple certifications and is an expert in Cyber Vulnerability Assessments, Evaluation and Remediation as well as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) setup and policy/alert generation.
Business Intelligence Manager
Kaylyn has over 13 years of experience in the utility sector and is a highly skilled and motivated business leader. Kaylyn’s focus and expertise are in Project Controls, Capital Project Management, and Business Intelligence. Within PFES, Kaylyn is responsible for the execution and expansion of Business Intelligence services. Prior to joining PFES, she held roles with advancing responsibility in government, commercial nuclear and high-voltage substation, transmission, and distribution industries. Being a subject matter expert in software applications such as Primavera P6 and Power BI, Kaylyn is successful in taking the time to understand client requirements and transforming their data with Business Intelligence to guide them in making informed business decisions. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management as well as a Master’s in Business Administration.
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