Travis Vander Wert
Travis Vander Wert was born and raised in the Midwest in Pella, IA. Pella is home to Vermeer Manufacturing where he was introduced to the industry at a very young age by his Grandfather, one of the first employees hired by Gary Vermeer. In high school and college Travis spent his summers working at Vermeer Midsouth, a dealership group that his family owned which had 7 locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa Travis moved to the Midsouth to begin his professional career and join the family business. At Vermeer Midsouth Travis had several different roles. He worked 4 years as an Outside Sales Representative before joining the Management team. Mr. Vander Wert took over as Manager of Sales and Operations for all seven locations in 2004. His job responsibilities included Sales Management, Fleet Management, purchasing of the companies rolling stock and yellow iron, Logistics, Training and Talent Acquisition. Mr. Vander Wert took over as Operations Manager in 2007 where he was involved in managing all aspect of the business including acquisitions of expanding product lines and additional dealership locations. In 2009 Mr. Vander Wert’s family sold out and retired from the business. Travis moved to Houston to continue his career with Vermeer Equipment of Texas-Louisiana. He took over as East Texas and Louisiana Operations Manager from 2009-2015 and over the span of 6 years the company nearly doubled in annual sales volume and opened several new locations across Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Vander Wert is an active member in several associations including DCA (Distribution Contractors Association), APCA (American Pipeline Contractors Association) HPLA (Houston Pipeliners Association) and PLCA (Pipeline Contractors Association). He also served a 2-year term as Board Member of UCTA (Underground Construction Technology Association) and served a 6-year term on the Vermeer Manufacturing Dealer Advisory Board for Trenchless Products. Mr. Vander Wert remained active in all his roles until the forming of Maxx HDD, LLC in January of 2016.
With over 33 years in the pipeline industry Mr. Hutcherson has established himself as a leader in the pipeline construction industry. Beginning as a laborer and working his way through the ranks into corporate management, building on his knowledge, from in-the-field operations, managing construction crews, project management, estimating and asset management. Prior to forming MAXX HDD, Kevin held Senior Level Management positions for a couple of major pipeline construction companies overseeing projects and assets both domestic and international. Kevin is often sought out for his pipeline construction and equipment views from many different pipeline construction companies. Here at MAXX, Kevin is a vital part of the day to day business and daily interface with clients. Kevin, a 3rd generation pipe liner, is a state license qualifier and holds construction license in several different states through the US and has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Sam Houston State University.
Mr. Strickland is an executive level manager with more than 19 years of experience in both international and domestic pipeline and trenchless construction. TJ began working for Laney Directional Drilling after graduating high school in 1997. TJ is a third-generation pipe-liner and has been affiliated with the oil and gas industry his entire career. He started working for Laney as a laborer in 1998 and progressively advanced from driller, rig supervisor, General Superintendent and ultimately into the role of Vice President of Operations. He has been involved in numerous projects consisting of both horizontal directionally drilled installations (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) installations. At MAXX HDD TJ manages all aspects of trenchless construction projects, overseeing drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback, organizing superintendents, surveyors and crews to install various pipeline crossings daily.
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Brad comes to us with over 25 years of pipeline experience beginning as a laborer and has held additional roles as Operator, Foreman, Office Manager, Project Engineer, Estimator and Project Manager. The last 20 years of his career Brad has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of US Pipeline. With his knowledge of the pipeline construction process and relationships he has cultivated throughout his career Brad will play a key role in the growth of our organization for years to come. Brad’s primary focus is the development and growth of our estimating department.
Being a 4th generation pipeliner, Kami took her place in the oil and gas industry 10 years ago, starting off as a laborer working her way up to senior project coordinator. She has been involved in numerous projects consisting of both horizontal directionally drilled installations (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) installations. At MAXX HDD, Kami assists in trenchless construction projects, overseeing drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback, assisting superintendents, surveyors and crews to install various pipeline crossings daily. Kami’s main focus is making sure the projects are running smoothly by tracking project progress and timely communicating its status to upper management.
Carlton is a Superintendent with more than 30 years of experience in pipeline and horizontal construction. He has installed 400 HDD crossings totaling +1,000,000 feet of pipe as a supervisor to date and has completed 20 HDD crossings under the Houston Ship Channel totaling 81,152 feet. Carlton supervises crews and rigs, installing pipelines ranging from 2 to 56-inches in diameter and oversees all aspects of HDD construction projects from Pilot Hole through Pullback.
James is a senior level drilling superintendent with more than 18 years in both international and domestic pipeline and trenchless construction. James has been involved in numerous projects consisting of both horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) installations and Direct Pipe® (DP) installations. James has managed all aspects of HDD and DP® construction projects, overseeing all drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback.
Michael is a senior level drilling superintendent with more than 23 years in both international and domestic pipeline construction industry. His project experience includes pipe installations up to 56-inch in diameter and lengths up to 10,000 – feet. Michael has a wide range of experience from overseeing intersects, shore approaches, and land to land crossings. He has been involved in numerous horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) installations worldwide. Michael has managed multiple crews overseeing all aspects of HDD projects, from pilot hole through product installation.
Charles is a senior level drilling superintendent with more than 11 years in domestic pipeline and trenchless construction. Charles has been involved in numerous projects consisting of horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) installations. He has managed all aspects of HDD construction projects, overseeing all drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback. Charles has extensive experience in dealing with owners, contractors and landowners.
Dustin has been a Superintendent for 13 years in the pipeline industry. Dustin started his career as a laborer at and progressively advanced from there. He has been involved innumerous projects consisting of horizontal directionally drilled installations(HDD) as well as HDD Assists and Pipe Extractions across the continental United States. He has managed all aspects of our HDD construction projects, overseeing drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback.
John has been a Directional Driller and Superintendent for 9 years in the pipeline industry. John started his career as a laborer at and progressively advanced from driller, lead man and rig Superintendent. He has been involved in numerous projects consisting of horizontal directionally drilled installations(HDD) as well as HDD Assists and Pipe Extractions a cross the continental United States. He has steered and managed all aspects of our HDD construction projects, overseeing drilling operations from pilot hole through pullback. Throughout his career his leadership abilities have been integral part in MAXX’s continued growth and success.
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