Craig Smith, a registered mechanical engineer, has more than 30 years’ experience as a mechanical engineer and project manager. He received his engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
He started his career working for a major engineering company and then worked at a system manufacturing company, which gave him a diversified background in design and project implementation.
One of his primary strengths has been his ability to successfully handle multiple projects and work closely with clients and vendors/contractors. A strong technical background has been instrumental in this success. He has experience managing projects in the food and beverage production, petrochemical, chemical, consumer, and industrial sectors.
Recently retired from TPGC, Craig and his wife look forward to engaging further with their church’s various ministries, while he remains a valuable resource consulting and assisting with projects as needed.
Michael has more than thirty years of diversified experience in project management and engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Michael worked for SEMCO and held various positions including business manager, manager of product design and development and project manager. Gaining experience in the petrochemical market, he expanded into the oil and gas industry working for several different engineering companies where his responsibilities included being the project engineer for the installation of 54 miles of 24” natural gas pipelines, managing and engineering the redesign of many topsides structures for clients including British Petroleum (BP), ChevronTexaco and Kerr-McGee. His success has propelled him to manage and engineer multimillion-dollar projects including the installation of a first-of-its-kind offshore fiber optic network for BP.
Joining the TPGC team in 2006 as a senior project manager and principal, Michael brought his broad background in mechanical equipment, system design and project management as well as his experience with a vast number of EPC projects for the oil & gas industry, field development planning, production equipment and support systems design. His diversity and wealth of knowledge led him to also be responsible for the expansion of new bottling and packaging lines at multiple beverage plants.
Michael is actively spearheading the installation of equipment and structures on multiple oil and gas platforms in order to bring 4G LTE voice and date capabilities to the entire Gulf of Mexico for Tampnet.
**We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and partner, Alan Shores. This company would not be where it is today without his leadership and wisdom. May you rest in peace dear friend.**
Alan Shores was an operations manager and project manager with 23 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. He received his degree from Tarleton State University in 1994. Shores started his career working for a dairy co-op company and spent six years with Coca-Cola North America. He served in many roles there including production, maintenance, and engineering. He had installed several production lines, and did costing and budget tracking for more than $50 million in projects. He also spent time in the extrusion business in the areas of operations and engineering.
One of his strengths was his ability to successfully handle multiple projects and work closely with clients and vendors/contractors. Putting together large-scale projects, starting with budgeting, site planning, scheduling and contractor selection, set him apart as a business development director. A strong technical background has been instrumental in this success.
Alan enjoyed shooting and spends a lot of time in the deer stand come fall. He was also the greatest fisherman of all time!
Tim is an electrical and control systems engineer with more than ten years of experience in a wide variety of industries. Project experience includes working with clients in the water/wastewater fields, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food and beverage industries. Prior to his engineering work, Tim was a licensed water treatment plant operator in Texas. Tim's strengths are process engineering, control system design, conveyor system design, and project management. He received his B. S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. In his spare time, Tim enjoys working on cars, golfing, and billiards.
Licensed Professional Engineer in Control Systems. TX License #118965.
With more than 25 years in the food and beverage industry and extensive experience as a project manager, Tony has planned and led multi-million dollar projects relating to system upgrades, equipment installation, water quality, validations and process improvements. Some of his areas of expertise include project planning, quality assurance, process analysis, manufacturing systems, process design and problem resolution.
Tony has quite successfully managed multiple projects recently for Coca-Cola North America that provided timely solutions including the installation of an in-line blow mold, bottle and can line conversions, turn-key design build of an RO room and a plant-wide LED lighting project. Prior to his work with The Project Group Consulting (TPGC), he worked for Hydrite Chemical as a Sr. Account Manager; Sales Engineer with Statco Engineering; Sr. Account Manager for Ecolab; and the whey plant Manager for Dairy Farmers of America.
With a B.S. in Animal Science-Reproductive Physiology from Texas A&M University, Tony’s management skills and experience are evident in the contract jobs he has received.
When free time allows, Tony tends to his ranch—expanding his herd of cattle, hunting, fishing, and enjoying time with family. He has a trophy.
Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and most recently worked for Coca-Cola Refreshments. For twelve years, Chris held various roles including Director of Technical Manufacturing and sponsor of the National Productivity Team where he was responsible for the productivity improvement programs and initiatives across 78 production plants. He has also held positions of Region Operational Excellence Manager, Operations Manager, Process Improvement Team lead and Manufacturing Supervisor.
Prior to working for Coca-Cola Refreshments, Chris held positions in R&D, quality assurance, and manufacturing for companies such as The Schwan Food Co., Dairy Farmers of America, Dannon, and PepsiCo (Gatorade). Chris has a unique background of experience in many areas of the food and beverage business: manufacturing, warehousing/shipping/receiving, process improvement, quality, and R&D.
He holds a B.S. degree in Food Science & Technology from Texas A&M University. He has been certified as an Operational Excellence Practitioner at Coca-Cola Refreshments and has been trained in Six-Sigma DMAIC, line optimization, and root cause problem solving.
Todd Ivy, born and raised in Central Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 where he studied industrial distribution. In 2009, he took his experience and entrepreneurial spirit, and started a company selling and installing industrial resinous floors. With a primary focus on beverage and chemical processing industries, he was able to establish many valuable relationships. As his business grew and his network deepened, Todd merged his flooring business and project management experience with the mission of The Project Group Consulting (TPGC). Today, Todd serves as the Director of Resinous Flooring, as well as holds a support role within the construction division of TPGC. Todd, and his wife, Erin, have two sons, Graham and Griffin. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time outdoors at the family ranch.
Carlos Cavallone has 23 years of experience in the construction industry, primarily in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical arena. He has worked on fast-tracked, high-visibility projects in research and development and manufacturing facilities with a special emphasis on projects that required culmination amidst full client operations. Carlos has taken many of these endeavors from scope development through to completion. Proving his ability to efficiently succeed through value-engineering and a reliable network of vendors, when awarded an in-line blow molding facility expansion that was $1.5 million over budget and eight weeks behind schedule, Carlos not only shaved four weeks from the timeline but brought in the project under budget. His philosophy is to understand his clients’ operations and needs. In this way, he can work as an extension of their team to achieve their goals—be it budgetary, speed-to-market, uninterrupted operation, etc. Safety is his first consideration on any project. Carlos received his M.S. Construction Management, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ and B.S./ B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Bryan graduated from the University of Houston in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a minor in History. For more than two decades, he was a successful and sought-after bar manager in the Houston area. Thanks to being in the right place at the right time, Bryan was offered an opportunity with The Project Group Consulting to apply his food and beverage management skills on a much larger, industrial scale. Since 2011 he has proven that his business acumen, integrity and cohesive style of management, leads to successful project completions and satisfied customers. He is attending classes to complete the Project Management Professional exam later this year. When not traveling for work, Bryan and his wife stay busy in Rusk, TX raising their family of five children ranging from 7 months to 17 years, three dogs, one cat and Mocha, the goat.
Mark Perry spent his early years in the Permian Basin oilfields of West Texas and southeast New Mexico working for 31 years in various positions. During a span from 2000 through 2010 he was an operations manager for a major well servicing company overseeing multiple construction and well servicing projects. In 2010 he joined the corporate learning and development department and used his expertise to develop training for multiple lines of business to include operations and safety expectations.
Joining the TPGC team as an associate in 2012, Mark has overseen a wide range of projects to include demolition and installation of beverage related equipment including conveyors, labelers and batching systems as well as construction renovations and installations. He also managed the development of the TPGC onsite contractor safety and environmental binders for various projects and facilities. Mark is experienced in safety related processes and paperwork and has knowledge of DOT and OSHA requirements. His personnel and business expectations would be to succeed in emulating the company goals of integrity and honesty and to provide top notch support for their customers.
Mark has recently remarried and enjoys antiquing and traveling with his new wife. He has a son and a daughter and 10 grandkids.
Tony Parente is a project manager who spent seven incredible years helping turn around a near bankrupt, failing business in Houston, Texas. When he started, there was less than $100 in the business account and the owner had not taken a check in more than a year. With a precise strategy, severe determination and superiorly effective management, Tony put the business back on the map when not only he, but also the owner, could viably receive a paycheck just one week later and continued to receive weekly paychecks for the next seven years. Within a year, all debt was paid off and the business enjoyed a growing client base and a continually growing bank account. This inspiring experience definitely impacted Tony’s career/professional direction. It was a long way from his start at Graphic Controls Corp., Houston, Texas, where he was a warehouse worker.
Self-assured, fearless and task-oriented, Tony welcomed the opportunity to take his management qualities to the next level and has been with TPGC since 2014. He has managed multiple turnkey projects relating to redesigned product lines, bottle conversions and the installation of a new distiller, mineral skid and RO system. In addition to the bottling and process experience, he has also managed multiple general construction projects involving the building and installation of a new secure customer package pickup area, added office space, air exchange systems and an on-site facility maintenance shop.
Working now to attain his PMP certification, Tony was awarded a B.S. in Business Management from Stephen F Austin State University, 1995. Away from work time includes sharing activities with his 18-year-old son Hunter. He’s also an avid duck hunter, loves bass and saltwater fishing, and golf.
Bryant began his career at Crepaco warehouse in parts distribution and pump assembly. Then he progressed to field installation for process and ammonia systems where he oversaw welding and fitting both sanitary tubing and ammonia piping systems.He then moved to San Antonio, spent a year as a contract fabricator with H-E-B Foods working for Sanitary Welding Services. At the end of his contract he returned to the DFW area with Alloy Equipment doing installation, crew management, and scheduling. There he remained through the buyout by Statco Fabrication and Engineering, which resulted in his 25 combined years with them moving into engineering and sales departments.
Steward left Statco to join Harvill Industries’ engineering team for three years to grow their business and was successful in this endeavor. When the opportunity to work for The Project Group came along it was an opportunity he could not pass as he knew many of the founders for years and held them in high respect.
Through the years Bryant has worked projects ranging from a few hundred dollars to several million dollars, and dirt to distribution provided him a well-rounded education in the business of projects and processing. While he doesn’t proclaim to be an engineer, as he doesn’t have a degree, his 30-plus years of process fabrication, installation, and design experience makes him quite capable to support customers’ needs.
Equally committed on the home front, Bryant enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years, daughter and 2 grandkids. He’s a pretty good hunter too.
Dustin began attaining his construction experience in 2008 when he worked for Brazos Valley Contracting and Knife River Corp in Waco, Texas. With estimating, surveying and project management experience already under his belt, he graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a degree in Construction Science. Ready to embrace new challenges, Dustin was hired as a project engineer for International Paper and worked in multiple locations including Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. His work included project management, project development, cost management, budgeting and procurement on capital projects worth more than $10 million. In August of 2017, Dustin began working for The Project Group Consulting and is now providing project management services to Coca-Cola on various capital projects in Waco, TX. He and his wife Siérra, recently had their first child (Harper) in November 2017 and in his spare time Dustin enjoys hunting, skiing, boating and traveling with his family.
Jason Krueger is the Director of Ranch and Real Estate Development for The Project Group Consulting, LLC. Jason has been managing and developing ranches for greater than 14 years, and has extensive sales management experience in the construction industry dating back to the late 90s. He is also a Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Jason has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his free time hunting, fishing, and long-range shooting. This includes hunting Texas white-tailed Deer, New Mexico elk and mule deer, Canadian bear, and Alaskan moose. He has been involved in dozens of real estate transactions and is truly “at home” on a ranch. Jason owns or manages thousands of acres of ranchland in West Texas and is expanding the real estate venture for The Project Group Consulting, LLC.
A strength demonstrated by Krueger is his passion to successfully improve your ranch and help with your game herd. He can handle multiple projects—big or small. He works closely with customers to find the right ranch at the right price and develop it through the customers’ eyes.
Jason is involved with his church and is currently raising three young children.
Pamela began her professional career in the broadcast industry while attending Tarleton State University. After graduating with a B.S. in Speech Communication in 1997, she worked at several radio stations in management roles focusing on continuity, music and production as well as serving as an on-air talent continuously for more than ten years. In 2010, Pamela accepted a position as the Assistant Marketing and Development Director for the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX. Helping to promote, market and develop the City of Richardson’s performing arts center, she succeeded in implementing and managing all social media marketing as well as creating and directing a first-ever student art exhibit, further strengthening her marketing and organizational talents.
In 2013, Pamela made the difficult but exciting decision to leave her position at the Eisemann Center to join her soon-to-be husband Tony Heady on the road full time as he focused on work in California. Since then, she has become a part of the TPGC team contributing organizational support for project managers, engineers, programmers and clients. The opportunity to apply her knowledge and skills and be able to engage in a completely new industry has been an exciting one. She has generated custom downtime reports, assisted with AP/AR for clients, provided line and tank labeling solutions and created 3D renderings of proposed projects, all while learning and gaining experience in an industry that was new to her.
When not traveling with Tony for work on his many projects, she enjoys being at their ranch cultivating their cattle business, practicing her photography, hunting and fishing. She also has a trophy and wants a scissor lift.
The Project Group Consulting
6600 N. State Hwy 6, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
The Project Group Consulting team not only understands what it takes to deliver for multi-national corporations, but also the unique needs of smaller companies, engineering firms, and municipalities. We will handle your project no matter the size.