Kelly Osborn — President
For the past twenty-five years Osborn has established himself as a true leader in the pipeline industry since beginning as a welder’s helper in the early 80′s. Prior to joining USPL, Osborn held project management positions at M.J. Sheridan & Sons, Michael Curran Associates and at Willbros Group, where he built experience in all aspects of pipeline related engineering, project management and construction and developed a reputation for creatively meeting his clients’ needs. Osborn oversees all of those areas at USPL as well as the technical evaluation of contract documents, procuring materials and assisting field operations with labor and technical issues. He is often sought out by both clients and non-clients for his views on construction methods and technical matters. Osborn is a state license qualifier in Texas, Virginia, Arizona and Utah, and studied finance at the University of Oklahoma.
Bret Roper — CFO
Mr. Roper has worked in public accounting, Oil & Gas, manufacturing and service companies for over 25 years. He worked in pipeline accounting and retail gasoline for the Coastal Corporation before the company was acquired by El Paso and later Kinder Morgan. Mr. Roper served as CFO for U.S. Interactive, Hennessey Performance Engineering and Houston Pipe Benders. Roper joined USPL in 2009 and worked as project controller on several mainline jobs and due diligence on acquisitions. Roper is a licensed CPA in Texas and has MBA in Finance and an Accounting degree from the University of Houston.
Ryan Palazzo — Vice President Operations
With over 17 years of experience in the pipeline industry and more than 10 of those at an operating company in various operations, engineering, construction and project management roles, Palazzo understands the needs and objectives of his clients. Palazzo’s background includes extensive pipeline, compressor station and meter station experience including the areas of budgeting & estimating, management, organizational planning and acquisitions. Just prior to joining USPL, Palazzo was a principal and owner of a regional EPC company with approximately 250 employees prior to its sale to a larger entity. His depth and variety of perspectives are invaluable components to the USPL management team. Palazzo is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and is based in Denver.
Lowell Brien — Vice President Operations
With over Twenty-four years of construction and industrial engineering experience, comprised of sixteen years of pipeline construction and eight years with a major HVAC manufacturer specializing in gas package units up to 30 tons. Brien has designed and managed construction of new manufacturing plants and modifications to existing facilities. He began working in the field on pipeline construction projects as a project engineer and foreman before moving to the corporate office in Houston, TX to estimate, manage projects and perform client negotiations with a strong involvement in client relations. Formerly a partner in a foundation business, which specialized in construction of pits and bases for high tonnage stamping/forming presses with capacities over 300 tons. Brien is the current qualifier holding licenses in thirteen different states for pipeline and utility construction. Brien completed an Associate Degree in Applied Science at Houston Community College.
Daniel Holmes — Vice President, Plant Construction Group
Holmes has over 30 years of energy sector construction experience ranging from his start as as a mechanical laborer and welder to managing the station and pipeline rehabilitation groups of increasingly larger and nationwide entities. Before assuming his current position at USPL in 2004, Holmes was Vice-President of the Station Unit at Northern Pipeline and then was Vice President of the Mechanical Group for Murphy Brothers. Holmes’ extensive experience managing grass roots station projects, horse power additions and station modifications of all types and sizes is perhaps unequaled in the industry. He carries a Master Contractors High Pressure Piping and other state licenses and attended Bemidji State University.
Kevin Franzen — Director of Safety
Franzen is a dedicated safety professional knowledgeable in management of safety training, policies, worker’s compensation, and safety programs including OSHA and DOT regulatory compliance. Franzen has over 20 years experience in the construction field and over 15 years experience in safety. Prior to taking a safety officer position at USPL in 2008, he worked 18 years for a major clearing contractor as an office manager, project manager, estimator, and field safety officer. In 2010, he assumed the role of Field Safety Manager at US Pipeline and then Director of Safety in 2011. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Brad Vickers — Director of Estimating
With over eighteen years of experience in pipeline construction, Vickers began working as a laborer, operator and foreman before advancing into positions of safety lead and project engineer. Vickers later relocated to the corporate office to learn estimating and project management, where is currently heading up the estimating efforts, while managing client relations. A second generation pipe-liner, Vickers completed a degree at the University of Auburn, while working summers on the pipeline gaining what proved to be invaluable experience that he can still draw from in his day to day duties.
Luke Kesner — Director of Project Controls
A third generation pipeliner with over 15 years of industry experience, Kesner began his pipeline career initially working as a Journeyman Apprentice in the summers while attending school. He was offered a supervisory position in 2006 and progressively advanced to Director of Project Management with a prominent construction and engineering firm before accepting his current position as Director of Project Controls for US Pipeline. Over the past 15 years he has garnered broad experience in pipeline and facility construction, modification, replacement, and integrity work. This experience has included extensive involvement in project estimation, contract negotiations, set-up and monitoring of project controls, ongoing project management, and operations management – with direct participation in over 30 major pipeline projects.