Leader Bios

Jason Tranter

Mobius Institute

Jason Tranter is the founder and Managing Director of Mobius Institute.  Jason is the author of the majority of the Mobius Institute training courses and e-learning products covering reliability improvement, condition monitoring and precision maintenance topics.  Titles include iLearnReliability, iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment, and iLearnBalancing.  Vibration analysis classroom and distance learning courses follow ISO 18436-2 Category I – IV.

Mobius Institute has training centers in over 55 countries, and also provides certification through the ISO/IEC 17024 accredited organization, Mobius Institute Board of Certification.  Mobius has direct offices in Australia, Europe and the United States with over 20 employees.

Mr. Tranter has been involved with this field of work since 1984.  He has worked with people in a variety of industries to help improve reliability and implement successful condition monitoring programs.  He is an Australian delegate to ISO TC 108/SC5 “Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machine systems”.

Jason has written numerous articles and presented at conferences around the world. Jason has also been awarded “best presenter” at seven conferences in 2013 and 2014 alone. Thousands of people have viewed Jason’s Webinars and YouTube videos on the Mobius YouTube channel.

Jeff Shiver, CMRP, RCM2 / RCM3 Practitioner

People and Processes, Inc.

As a trusted advisor, Jeff Shiver helps people and organizations transition their culture to a reliability centered proactive state driving safety and profitability. A Certified RCM2 Practitioner with the Aladon Network, Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), and book author, Jeff helps people improve beyond the status quo. He initiates positive change in organizations with respect to culture, business processes, and most importantly, people.

Jeff has over 25 years of practitioner experience in manufacturing and facilities environments. Within Mars North America, he worked at four plant locations and held 2 corporate roles. In Columbia, SC, he was a vital team member starting a new pet food plant, initiating a predictive maintenance program, and pioneering plant floor information to the web. In Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations management roles, he led proactive culture transformations that yielded significant results at the Waco, TX Mars site. Prior to Mars, he held Engineering positions at Proctor and Gamble, and IBM sites. In 2006, Jeff founded People and Processes to encourage others on their Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices journey.

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David Rosenthal

Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy

David Rosenthal is Senior Consultant with Maine Pointe Consulting where he is responsible for providing guidance and expertise for Operation Excellence. He is owner of a consulting firm, Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy LLC. He was previously a Business Director for Phillip Townsend Associates for the Site Personnel Index benchmarking solution.

He has led the delivery of Reliability and Asset Management practices for Jacobs Houston Asset Management Services clients in the US. He has been involved in Reliability and Maintenance for over 30 years with previous roles as a Reliability Manager for Coker units with Marsulex, Maintenance Director in Polysilicon manufacturing, Reliability consultant assisting Lanxess producing Butyl Rubber and Kellogg’s in their Snack Foods Division in the development of their reliability programs.

The majority of his career was with the Rohm and Haas Company, a former specialty chemical manufacturer. His most recent positions as a Maintenance leader, site Reliability leader for their Deer Park, TX Acrylic Acid facility and a Manufacturing Excellence Manager in their corporate Asset Management group.

Dave was the 2012 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  Dave graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Texas with a M.S. in Chemical Engineering. Dave is registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the SMRPCO board and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. He currently leads the Board of Advisors to SMRP. He has helped form our SMRP Houston Chapter West Houston group and the Oil and Gas Special Interest Group.

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Walter Barringer

Allied Reliability Group

Walter Barringer joined the Allied Reliability Group team in 2012 and has worked more than 25 years in the reliability and maintenance fields, setting up and running Predictive Maintenance (PdM) programs and developing and delivering training courses, as well as coaching and consulting. He is currently a Senior Reliability Professional and Instructor, teaching a variety of courses, developing materials, and coaching students in a number of disciplines.

Walt brings experience gained as a former Field Services Specialist and Project Implementation Site Lead from a variety of industries, such as paper, chemical, food processing, mining, petroleum and natural gas refineries, steel and aluminum, power generation, machine tool, auto manufacturing, facilities, and others into the classroom. This blend of consulting and training knowledge affords him the unique ability to bring relevant examples to training. His strong background in instructing lets him identify the specific needs of his clients and adapt the session to address them.

As an instructor, Walt uses a systematic approach to training focusing on application of the material in a relevant way so the new knowledge and skills can be implemented immediately. As Allied’s master trainer, he is responsible for qualifying new instructors and ensuring they maintain proficiency in the subject material as well as presentation skills. Always searching for opportunities to make the training experience more relevant and impactful, he has also led the revision and development of many of Allied’s courses.

Walt is an active member of the Reliability Community and can be seen presenting papers and workshops for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), International Maintenance Conference (IMC), the Reliability Conference, and the International Machine Vibration Analysis Conference (IMVAC), to name a few. In addition to a number of professional certifications, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Education from the University of Tennessee.

Walt currently resides in Tennessee with his wife. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, cycling, and sightseeing with his wife.

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Forrest Pardue

24/7 Systems, Inc.

Forrest Pardue, President of 24/7 Systems, has worked in the field of vibration analysis and production maintenance for the last 25 years. After working in vibration analysis and production maintenance, Forrest co-founded 24/7 Systems with his partner, Paul Wolfensberger, in 1998. They realized that the greatest needs facing industrial maintenance had shifted to the measurement, management, and improvement of plant machinery reliability. 24/7 Systems is focused on the development of reliability information management software and services. Forrest earned a BSEE from North Carolina State and an MBA from Lynchburg College.

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Paul Dufresne

Reliability Playbook

Paul Dufresne has been president and CEO of Reliability Playbook since 2017, following 28 years of experience in maintenance and reliability roles in the U.S. Military and at Georgia Pacific, Trico Corporation and Koch Industries.

Incorporating knowledge from his military and business careers, Paul uses a hands-on approach to help customers across the country and internationally develop and implement world class maintenance and reliability programs.

Paul serves as chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Best Practices Committee. He is a member of the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers and the Industry Council for Machinery Lubrication. He holds credentials through STLE as Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); through SMRP as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Technician (CMRT); through the Association for Facilities Engineering as Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM); and through the Association of Asset Management Professionals as Certified Reliability Leader (CRL). Paul is certified in predictive maintenance technologies such as vibration analysis and thermography. He has written several articles and technical white papers, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences.

Paul is a Distinguished Military Graduate, and has a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in military science from the University of Central Florida.

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Shon Isenhour

Eruditio and The Institute at Patriot Point

Shon specializes in Business Process Management, Adult Education, Strategic Planning, Organizational Change Management, Leadership, and Reliability Engineering and has lead improvement initiatives for industries such as pharmaceuticals, metals, petrochemical, paper, and power generation, among others. Shon has been asked to speak at numerous professional conferences on these topics in the US as well as Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Shon is an engineering graduate of North Carolina State University and has become an expert in the implementation of holistic reliability solutions using tools such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA), as well as Six Sigma and Lean to drive significant bottom line results.

Shon is currently serving as the Past Chairman of the National Board and past Director of Education for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and is a past committee vice chairman in the area of benchmarking. Shon also serves on the boards of other global asset management organizations. Shon is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and has been certified by Prosci and Colorado State University as a Change Management Professional.

Shon is a Plant Engineering Future 30 honoree and 2011 and 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival Nifty 50 Speaker as well as being the recipient of the Solutions Magazine Best Article Award.

Shon currently writes and manages one of the most visited industry specific blog, www.ReliabilityNow.com. The blog is viewed monthly by over 4,000 visitors and contains over 150 posts on topics ranging from manufacturing to leadership, reliability, and education.

For a full job history including skills and recommendation please see my LinkedIn page at http://www.linkedin.com/in/shonisenhour

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Tom Carr

Reliability Solutions

Tom Carr demonstrated his technical expertise at a young age by graduating with honors from a 24-month welding certification program in 15 months.  He was immediately hired by a major manufacturing company where he worked as a Maintenance Mechanic for 18 years.  In 2000 he was promoted to a Mechanical Maintenance Instructor for 165 technicians.  When Tom was selected in 2001 for the original team of 24 instructors to rollout the “Precision Maintenance” program company-wide, he was very pleased with the opportunity to develop his coworkers to their full potential and grow profits for his employer.  In 2002 his role expanded to also include curriculum development and he created the content for classes in bearings, laser alignment, packing and mechanical seals, three of his specialty areas. He traveled to seven other mill locations training maintenance teams until 2003 when he was promoted to Maintenance Training Coordinator for his mill. In 2004 he was promoted again to Maintenance Supervisor for an 18-21 member team. In 2009-2010, he was selected to serve on an engineering reliability team tasked with creating preventive maintenance routes. In 2011 he joined Reliability Solutions to return to developing maintenance teams in all aspects of “Precision Maintenance” and contribute his 27+ years of expertise to client companies.

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Expertise & Client Contributions

  • Aligning, rebuilding, and repairing rotating equipment using advanced technical expertise in bearings, packing/mechanical seals, and laser alignment.
  • Instructing managers, maintenance teams, craftsman, and engineers on all aspects of “Precision Maintenance” including operational benefits.
  • Serving as a consultant and adviser for clients’ management and leadership teams regarding the implementation of “Precision Maintenance” programs and the internal cultural changes and commitments required.
  • Developing “Precision Maintenance” course content and manuals.
  • Building individual skills and confidence of maintenance teams as viewed in classrooms, acknowledged on instructor course evaluations, and confirmed through post-training communication.
  • Helping clients reap the significant financial, environmental, employee development and competitive benefits of “Precision Maintenance” that he has witnessed in numerous corporations.

Credentials & Professional Development

  • Certified Welder, Wallace State Community College, honor graduate-2 year program
  • Certified Industrial Maintenance Technician, John Patterson Technical college, honor graduate-3 year program
  • Extensive training over 28+ years in: welding, various bearings, laser alignment, pumps, packing and seals, dial indicator alignment, rotating equipment, and manufacturer-specific industrial equipment.

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Paul Casto

GE Digital

Paul Casto is a leading practitioner in reliability and maintenance improvement methodologies. He has hands-on experience in reliability, maintenance, operations and engineering in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical, aerospace, consumer goods and construction industries. His current areas of focus include: value creation through reliability and maintenance, leveraging reliability to reduce operating cost, the application of advanced reliability tools, integrating operations into reliability and maintenance, reliability based maintenance and shop floor culture change.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Marshall University Graduate College, an MBA from Clemson University and a Masters in Maintenance Management and Reliability Engineering from the UT/Monash University program. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and completing the Applied Statistics Strategies Certificate. Paul is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt, holds ASQ certification in Reliability Engineering and Quality Engineering and is a SMRP Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. He serves on the University of Tennessee’s Reliability and Maintenance Center’s advisory board, serves as the Chairman for the SMRP Best Practices Committee, the SMRP Benchmarking committee, the SMRPCO Advisory Council, is an officer so the SMRP Analytics Special Interest Group and is a section leader for the API-691 sub-committee on Mechanical Equipment focused on Risk Based Integrity for Management of Machinery. Paul is also an active member of ASQ and IEEE.

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David Reiber

Reliabilityweb.com

Dave is currently Senior Reliability Leader at Reliabilityweb.com.  Prior to joining Reliablityweb.com, he served as the Predictive Maintenance Lead for General Motors & Led Global Training for Maximo.

Mr. Reiber has 20 years as a leader in Enterprise Asset Management and Asset Condition Monitoring as the former Global Training Lead for Enterprise Asset Management & Predictive Maintenance Business Lead for General Motors.

Reiber is a seasoned international trainer with deep experience in handling diverse cultures and languages. Mr. Reiber received a Chairman’s Honor Award for Leading Team in developing Global Maintenance Business Process and a CIO award for successful Enterprise Asset Management deployment in Liuzhou, China.

Dave serves as part of the Reliabilityweb.com Functional Leadership team responsible for developing long-term strategy with a focus on expanding capabilities for the Uptime Elements Reliability Framework and on continually improving the Certified Reliability Leader™ learning management system.

Reiber is a CRL (Certified Reliability Leader) from the Association of Asset Management Professionals, CMRP (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional) from the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals, a Certified Deployment Professional for Maximo Asset Management, Certified Level 1 Infrared Thermal Imaging, and Certified Level 1 Ultrasound. He is also a member of Plant Engineering Advisory Board, a member of the North American Maximo Steering Committee for GM, a member of the IBM International Maximo Advisory Council, a member and co-leader for the International Manufacturers Group for Maximo.

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Buddy Lee (iRAMX), Ken Piety (Predictive Maintenance) & Dale Cooper (Tekwell Services)

Buddy Lee, CMRP, MBA, CRL is a 2013 MBA graduate of the University of the Tennessee Graduate School of Business and a 1987 graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Engineering, holding a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. His first degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Carson-Newman College in 1982. While the 1986 Chairman of the 300-member student chapter of the IEEE, he founded and published Common Ground, the first and only student produced magazine of the IEEE at the University, with a press run of 9,000 copies.

After his 1987 graduation from UT, Buddy was employed by the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he was responsible for data entry oversight for five energy databases. In 1989 he joined CSI as an Applications Engineer, and was subsequently promoted to sales, where he was Salesman of the Year in 1992. In 1996, he founded MAARS (Machinery Analysis And Reliability Systems) where he served as President for 11 years. He is co-holder of US Patent #6,276,213 “Signal Conditioner for a Vibration Sensor”. In January of 2007 he merged MAARS with Windrock, Inc. In July of 2009 he joined AESSSEAL, Inc. as National Account Manager for North America. Under company reorganization in January of 2011 he became the Strategic Marketing and Reliability Manager at AESSEAL. In May of 2013 he was employed by Industrial Information Resources as Sr. Account Manager, Ohio Valley. April 1, 2015 he joined Mobius Institute as Reliability Training Specialist for North America. He became a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) in May of 2015.

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Buddy has been active in the field of machinery monitoring for 24 years, publishing several papers. Vibrations Magazine “Motor Current Analysis Using a PC-Based System” Technical Article, September, 1992. Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine “Using Wireless Technology and the Internet for Predictive Maintenance” May, 2001. Buddy is an active speaker at Conferences and Seminars, including Process Reliability, PPM, SMRP, PdM and various chapter meetings of the Vibration Institute. Buddy’s interest turned to Industrial Reliability in 2004, and he became a CMRP in 2007. He co-organized and led the development of the Greater East Tennessee Chapter of the SMRP in 2010, and was elected Immediate Past Chair, and currently serves on the GET SMRP Chapter Board of Directors. In 2012 he was confirmed as the Chairman of the Membership Committee for the National SMRP.

The SMRP approved two papers for presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH in October 2015. “Industrial Perception of the Correlation of Reliability and Safety” presented the results of Buddy’s year-long  MBA program study on the current perception of the correlation of Safety and Reliability among plant personnel. This paper attempts to answer the question “Are industrial plants with reliability programs in place safer places to work than those without reliability programs?” The second paper, “Wireless Condition Monitoring of High Value Assets” presented the lessons learned in four case histories over the last 7 years. This paper will attempt to answer the question “Does Wireless Condition Monitoring technology work to deliver viable financial returns for heavy- asset, harsh-environment applications?” The four case histories are from the Power, Paper, Nuclear and Roll Service Industries. In October of 2016, Buddy presented “The Life-cycle Costs of Mechanical Seals” at the SMRP Annual meeting, which resulted in the following evaluation from one of the attendees: “This was the best presenter with the most specific and technical information of the entire conference. Most others marketed services or products or just presented broad, general overviews of implementing an improvement project. I was looking for specific, technical reliability information and this one (the last of the conference) and this one delivered.” October 2016 SMRP Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.

In October of 2017, Buddy presented two papers at the SMRP Annual Meeting: “Accelerating Your Reliability Program” and “Fault Trees and Event Trees: Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Reliability”.

In June of 2015 Buddy was accepted into the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tennessee where he began working on his Master’s Degree in Reliability in the Fall of 2015.

In August of 2016 Buddy was admitted to Lincoln Memorial University’s first DBA Cohort, where he is currently enrolled in addition to his enrollment at UT (he is dual-enrolled at both Universities). Buddy has a 4.0 GPA at LMU after four semesters (Fall 2017), two-thirds through the classes section of the program.

After a position as Director of Engineering at Tekwell Services, Buddy founded iRAMX, a reliability consulting and training company.

In addition to refereeing Upward League church basketball games and playing bad golf, he enjoys flying, boating and skiing with his wife Lisa, son Adam, and daughter Ashley.


Ken Piety (Predictive Maintenance)

Ken Piety is currently an independent PdM consultant.  He was formerly the Vice President of Technology at Azima DLI and was responsible for the development of a new paradigm in vibration analysis tools and a second generation cloud-based vibration diagnostic center.  He has been a pioneer in making vibration analysis and other condition assessment technologies useful on the factory floor for almost 40 years.  He is the holder of more than 30 patents and numerous publications related to reliability-based maintenance technologies.  Dr. Piety was a cofounder of CSI and was employed there for 18 years.  Prior to CSI, Dr. Piety worked as a development engineer at General Electric, Technology for Energy Corporation, and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He holds a B.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1976) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Adrian Messer, CMRP & Chase Sasser

UE Systems

Adrian Messer is the Manager of US Operations for UE Systems, Inc.  For more than a decade, Adrian has been helping facilities around the country transform their reliability programs by successfully implementing Ultrasound technology for condition monitoring and energy conservation applications.  As a subject matter expert on Ultrasound technology and implementation best practices, Mr. Messer has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events.  He is a graduate of Clemson University and maintains close ties to the University assisting current students in a mentorship program through the College of Business & Behavioral Science.

Adrian is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP), and he is also a charter member of the Carolina’s Chapter of SMRP and the current interim Chairman of the chapter.

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Publications:

Plant Services, June 2013, “PdM Can Impact Bearing Failure”
Bearing News, February 2014, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices”
Plant Services, April 2014, “North American Electrical Safety” & “NFPA 70B
& CSA Z463…Where Does Ultrasound Fit In the Standards?”
MaintWorld, April 2014, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices”
MaintWorld, November 2014, “Towards Predictive Maintenance”
Machinery Lubrication, January-February 2015, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices”
MaintWorld, April 2015, “Using Spectrum Analysis of Recorded Ultrasounds”
Plant Services, July 2015, “Sound Analysis, Implementing Ultrasound for Condition Monitoring Applications”
Bearing News, September 2015, “Preventing Failures at Sea”
Bearing News, February 2016, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices”
Solutions, March-April 2016, “Ultrasound: Critical Component to Reliability Centered Lubrication”

Previous Speaking Events:

2016 SMRP Annual Conference – Jacksonville, FL
2016 International Machinery Vibration Conference – Orlando, FL
2016 Noria Reliable Plant Conference – Louisville, KY
2016 IR/Info Infrared Users Group Conference – Orlando, FL
2016 EPRI Condition Monitoring Users Group Conference – Savannah, GA
2015 SMRP Annual Conference – Cincinnati, OH
2015 Society for Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers Conference – Houston, TX
2015 International Maintenance Conference – Bonita Springs, FL
2015 Noria Reliable Plant Conference – Cleveland, OH
2015 International Maintenance Conference – Daytona Beach, FL
2014 SMRP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL
2014 International Maintenance Conference – Bonita Springs, FL
2013 SMRP Annual Conference – Greensboro, NC
2013 Southeast Facilities Expo – Greenville, NC
2012 Southeast Facilities Expo – Charlotte, NC

Chase Sasser

UE Systems, Inc.

Chase Sasser is the Southeast Regional Manager and co-manages the Corporate Implementation Team for UE Systems, Inc since 2011.  A graduate at the University of Alabama where he studied General Business. Currently he has achieved his Ultrasound Level 1 and Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certifications.  He served on the steering committee as a co-founder & currently serves on the board of the SMRP Alabama chapter as Treasurer.

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