Officers / Board of Directors

PAH / PAH EF President

Alex McConnell

Alex McConnell currently serves as the President for The Pipeliners Association of Houston and The Pipeliners Association of Houston Educational Fund. This position holds the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer of the Association and shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association. As President he also Chairs the Board of Directors.

Alex has been in the natural gas and oil industry and a member of The Pipeliners Association of Houston for more than 30 years. Alex also serves on the Website Committee.

Professionally, Alex is a Senior Project Development Engineer for Shell. He joined Shell 10 years ago, first in the Project and Technology group, and later, he transferred to Shell Midstream, and is now in Lubricants. He has held various roles.

Prior to Shell, Alex worked for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, which was originally, Tenneco, then sold to El Paso Corporation, and finally by Kinder Morgan. There, he held a variety of technical, project management, and management positions all revolving around natural gas transmissions.

Alex graduated from Western New England University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He has been married for 29 years and have three children. Additionally, he has been active through other organizations by assisting with planting gardens for food pantries and trees in wetlands, plus painting homes for seniors, and for several years, he coached elementary and middle school basketball and soccer teams through his children‘s school and church leagues.

PAH / PAH EF Vice President

Paul Prodoehl
O: (713) 215-4461

Paul Prodoehl has over 32 years of natural gas pipeline industry experience with Williams. At Williams he has had varying responsibilities in Accounting, Transportation Marketing, Transportation Services, Business Development, Customer Services, and Commercial Services. Paul serves on the Advisory Board for The Williams Companies' Political Action Committee (WILLCO PAC). Paul's team oversees the systems Transco, Gulfstream, Pine Needle, Cardinal, Northwest, and Mountain West shippers use to conduct business with those pipelines. Paul is a proven leader with strong commercial, technical, and analytical skills.

In addition to being the Association's Vice President, Paul serves as the Chairman of the Association's Website Committee. Outside of industry activities, Paul previously served as a Board Member for Transtar Federal Credit Union (TFCU).  During his 23 years of service with TFCU he served as the Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer.

Paul graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting and later earned his MBA in Finance also from the University of St. Thomas.

PAH / PAH EF Treasurer

Tim LeVrier
C: (281) 381-9816

Tim LeVrier has been in the oil and gas industry for 15 years and pipeline industry and a member of The Pipeliners Association of Houston for the past 10 years. He has served PAH in other roles on the Membership Committee as Chair and Co-Chair. Tim has also been involved in the Pipeliners Young Professionals, previously serving as the group’s Chairman. He is a member of the Tulsa and Rocky Mountain Pipeliners organizations as well.

Currently Tim is the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Equix Inc., a nationwide infrastructure contractor specializing in pipeline, renewable energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater, and heavy civil markets. Previously he worked with Michels Corporation as Sr. Manager of Pipeline Business Development and Mustang Engineering (now Wood.) as Director of Business Development. Tim has spent additional time in his career at Weatherford International specializing in LWD/Well Evaluation and working in-house at ExxonMobil and Occidental Petroleum. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Tim has been married to his wife Lauren for 15 years, and they have 12 year old triplets.

PAH / PAH EF Secretary

Andrew Bermack
O: (713) 973-3951

Andrew has 25 years in the pipeline construction business and has been involved with The Pipeliners Association of Houston since 2001. Within the Pipeliners he previously served as the Chair of the Membership Committee and has volunteered for more than ten years at meetings and events.

Andrew grew up as a second-generation pipeliner and worked on his first pipeline in 1997. After completing that overseas assignment as a warehouseman on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, he graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Economics and moved to Houston. There, he ascended the industry value chain by working for suppliers, engineering companies, and contractors. Currently, Andrew is the Vice President of Business Development at Michels Pipeline, Inc. He also provides customer support across the Michels family of companies.

Andrew is active in the INGAA Foundation, where he serves on the Public Policy and Communications Committee. He is a member of the Tulsa Pipeliners, Appalachian Pipeliners, and Rocky Mountain Pipeliners.

He has been married to his wife for 18 years and has two wonderful children.

PAH / PAH EF Assistant Secretary

Rob Koenig
O: (713) 646-4411

Rob has over 30 years in the pipeline industry and has been involved with The Pipeliners Association of Houston since the early 2000’s. Within the Pipeliners, he previously served as the Co-Chair of the Sporting Clay Committee and still serves on the Committee today.

Rob began his pipeline career working as a field engineer for United Gas Pipe Line in Victoria, TX. Since then, he has worked for Koch Industries and Kinder Morgan across the Gulf Coast. Today, he is the Director of Project Management for Plains and is responsible for the development and execution of projects in both the U.S. and Canada.

Rob has been active in his local community, including coaching youth sports, serving as President of the Little League Board, and Chairman on a church committee.

Rob graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He and his wife of over 30 years have enjoyed living in the Sugar Land area raising their two children (well, young adults now). In his free time, he enjoys spending time on their family ranch property near Gonzales, Texas.

PAH Director Immediate Past President

Jim Hughes
O: (281) 719-1934
C: (713) 204-2521

Jim Hughes served as 2022 President.

Jim has been in the pipeline industry for 35 years and involved with The Pipeliners Association of Houston since 2001. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and served as Vice President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers while there. Within the Pipeliners he has volunteered on both the Golf Tournament and Sporting Clays Committees and in 2016 he became Chairman of the Sporting Clays Committee. Jim's leadership and coordination skills have led to bring a very successful event while fostering exceptional relationships with the team and Westside Shooting Grounds. With his and the committee's hard-working efforts over $250K per year for scholarships has been raised while creating a fun atmosphere for both PAH members and pipeline company clients.

Jim has been at Hunt Guillot & Associates (HGA) for over six years and is currently the Senior Director of Integrated Services. Previously he worked at Kinder Morgan as a Senior Project Manager and an area Engineering Lead for Enterprise Products in their Seminole Pipeline office in Sugar Land. He has also worked as an Engineering Manager and an Engineering Advisor for Chesapeake and Devon Energy. Jim's extensive pipeline operations management and project management knowledge plus his tireless work ethic has helped build HGA's Houston area office and client base into a widely recognized industry service provider with exciting opportunities for future expansion.

Jim's primary passion is his faith and family. He has been married for 31 years and has three sons. He enjoys working with his church and has made numerous trips to Nicaragua and El Salvador on missions. He also volunteers at Mission Centers Houston as time permits to assist with rebuilding facilities.

PAH Director - 2nd of 2 year term

Brandy Roberts
C: (713) 504-5208

Brandy Roberts served as President of the Association in 2019/2020 and is the co-founder of the PYP group.

Brandy has been dedicated to the organization from day one and her focus to see it persevere, improve, and grow diligently to ensure the future success of the organization. Her passion shows by her commitment to stay actively involved with each event, giving back through volunteering, showing strong membership outreach and support, and her efforts put towards dynamic fundraising for the association.

Apart from the Pipeliners, she has founded an all-women's non-profit organization, The Belles of Houston. The purpose of founding this organization is to support and reach out to other like-minded women in the industry who are passionate about philanthropy, women empowerment, community outreach, networking, event organizing, and giving back through charitable event fundraising efforts.

Brandy has recently accepted the role as the upcoming Chair of the Scholarship program and in the past has spearheaded events for the Association such as the Golf Tournament, and PYP. She has also taken an active role on the Clay Shoot Committee, helping with registration at the monthly dinner meetings, and volunteering at the annual Fish-Out.

Brandy has 16 years of experience in the Energy Industry, and is currently starting her own Marketing agency to help continue to serve the energy industry in our modern digital world.

PAH Director - 2nd of 2 year term

Todd Sakai

Todd Sakai is a long time Member and volunteer. He is the former Chair of the Pipeliners Young Professionals (PYP) group.

Todd has been in the oil and gas industry for over 21 years and has been in various technical and managerial roles supporting operational assets and projects domestically and internationally, including participation on joint industry committees to help improve pipeline safety and environmental performance through analytics, industry advisories/recommended practices/standards, development of new technologies, or more thorough research of existing phenomena.

Outside of work and volunteer activities, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and puppy.

PAH Director - 1st of 2 year term

Gary Daileda
O: (713) 381-3504
C: (713) 301-3138

Gary Daileda served as 2020/2021 President.

Gary is currently Director of Project Management at Enterprise Products Company. Gary began his career in the Pipeline Industry in March 1982 with Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation and has held a variety of positions in Engineering, Operations and Business Development during his 40+ year career in the pipeline industry.

Gary holds a B.S. Degree in Water Resources Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Gary is a Past Member of both the ASME B31.4 Code Committee and Pump Advisory Committee of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Laboratory.

PAH Director - 1st of 2 year term

KC Yost
C: (713) 254-3350

KC has been in the pipeline industry for 47 years, attending his first Pipeliners Association of Houston meeting in 1977 (and first golf tournament in 1978). He served as the Association President in the 2000/2001 year (the first year our scholarship distribution exceeded $100,000), a number of terms on the Association Board of Directors and acted as the Scholarship Committee Chairman from 2002 through 2005.

KC is a third generation pipeliner and has participated in, managed or directed projects in over 30 states (including Alaska) and throughout the world (North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia): transporting crude oil, refined products, natural and industrial gasses, slurries, and water. His is a licensed Professional Engineer in 27 states.

KC is currently the Vice President of Engineering at Percheron LLC. He and his wife, Dana, enjoy traveling and spending time with their five children and ten grandchildren.

PAH EF Director - 2nd of 2 year term

Robert "Bob" Brink
C: (713) 299-7306

Robert (Bob) Brink had 35 years in managerial experience in Engineering Design, Project Management and Construction areas of the Gas Pipeline operator’s business with Transco and Williams and El Paso and Kinder Morgan. In addition, he developed a Project Management program for a construction firm and did marketing and business development for an engineering firm located in the Northeast, trying to break into the Houston gas pipeline design market. Bob was retired by the engineering firm in November 2019 as the COVID shutdown came upon everyone.

Bob's education experience is kind of odd for a pipeliner as he has two Chemical Engineering Degrees. The initial application of the skill set with Transco Energy Company was applicable as he was assigned to the first commercial size coal gasification plant making pipeline quality natural gas in Beulah, ND, called Great Plains Coal Gasification project, made up of a consortium of five Interstate Gas Pipeline Companies. Upon returning the Transco tower in 1985, Bob was assigned to a Project Management developing group and started his Pipelining journey.

Bob has been married for 33 years to his wife, Bhaswati and they are both now retired and enjoying a less stressful life away from the project demands of pipeline project or chemical plant projects.

PAH EF Director - 2nd of 3 year term

John Lohman
C: (713) 725-7458

John has been in pipeline construction full time since 1986, starting off in the field and ending up in business development and project development.

In 1999, John relocated to Houston and worked for a major construction company and has a strong background in cognitive behavior through leadership training in ZIP and ThinkWyn. He has been involved in The Houston Pipeliners Association of Houston since 1996 and held all offices up to President and served on the board three different times.

He attended the University of Texas.

John is currently the Vice President of Project Development at WB Pipeline, LLC.

PAH EF Director - 1st of 3 year term

Gregory "Greg" Ford
C: (713)420-4849

Greg's profile is coming soon.

Greg is currently the Principal Project Manager at Kinder Morgan.