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.
(713) 320-4292 Mobile
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 pipeliner, 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.
(281) 389-9679 Mobile
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 pipeliner 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.
(936) 239-9996 Mobile
Sam is a senior level oil & gas executive with more than 12 years in the pipeline construction industry. His project experience includes estimation and management of pipeline installations up to 48‐ inch in diameter and contracts valued at over $200MM. Sam has a wide range of experience from working in the field, managing high‐profile projects onsite, completing cost estimates, and managing company internal and financial operations.
(832) 364-9323 Mobile
Michael is a senior level manager with more than 33 years of experience in both international and domestic pipeline and trenchless construction. He has been involved in numerous projects consisting of both horizontal directionally drilled installations (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) installations. With his knowledge of the HDD and pipeline construction process and relationships he has cultivated throughout his career Michael will play a key role in the growth of our organization for years to come.
(281) 705-3449 Mobile
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.