AWS 2014- 2015 Houston Section
Executive Board of Directors
1st Vice Chairman
2nd Vice Chair
Barney Burks, Jr.
Barney Burks currently serves customers as a Sales Engineer for Sowesco who is a supplier of welding filler metals with offices in Houston, TX and Phoenix, AZ. Barney received a BS in Welding Engineering Technology from Letourneau University in 1984 and is also an AWS CWI/CWE. Barney currently serves AWS Houston Section as their Chairman. During his 32 years in the welding supply business Barney has worked for Oerlikon Welding Industries, Hobart Brothers Company, Red Ball Oxygen Company and since 2003 with Sowesco. Barney and his wife Renella live in Oil City, LA on Caddo Lake.
Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University
Grant has 22 years of experience in outside sales in the welding supply industry. The last 17 years have been with TWSCO/ PRAXAIR, evaluating manufacturing companies welding practices and implement cost reduction improvements. Develop welding procedures and conduct welder training on new processes. Designed and installed filler metal calculator for customer use on TWSCO website.
Dennis K. Eck has serviced the welding supply industry for nearly 34-years within the Texas market. He has been involved in Sales Management, Operations Management, and General Sales Management during his tenure. Dennis is currently General Sales Manager for Praxair and has supplied the South & Central Texas market for the past 4½ -years. Dennis has an extensive history spanning 26-years with the AWS-Houston Section. He has been involved with several committees, including Secretary, Treasurer, 2nd Vice Chair, 1st-Vice Chair & Section Chairman for 3 terms. He also sits on the AWS Board in Miami with the Membership Committee.
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Currently Employed by ESAB Welding and Cutting as an Account Devolepment Manager, Ronnie Mercer has worked in all facets of the welding supply industry over the last 20 years. While studying at LSU in Shreveport, LA, Ronnie worked in a fill plant for Red Ball Oxygen. Beginning in 1994 at age 20 loading and unloading trucks, Ronnie became the Operations Manager at age 21. In 2001 he was moved into a sales and management roll as Branch Manager in Texarkana, AR. In 2005 Ronnie took a job with Thermadyne as a Plasma Sales Specialist before becoming a District Sales Manager and eventually a Technical Sales Manager before leaving in 2011.
Accound Development Manager
Derek Stelly is currently employed by Powertherm Co., Inc. located in North West Houston performing a Fabrication / Quality Control Management position. Serving the Houston welding industry for 8 years, Derek has experience in Pipe Fitting & Welding, General Fabrication as well as Quality Control Inspection. His involvement in the Quality Control department throughout his career has exposed him to the major welding codes such as ASME, AWS & API. His roles consist of weld inspection, development & procurement of welding procedures, qualification of welder and weld operators. Throughout his career Welding Inspection also included Non Destructive Testing such as PT, MT, VT, UT & Radiographic Interpretation. He also received an education in both Specialization in Welding Technology and Specialization in Inspection Technology. Since 2006 his involvement with American Welding Society Houston Section consists of serving and Chairing Program & Publicity Committee and Hospitality Committee. He is currently serving as Chairman in his 5th term on the AWS Houston Section Executive Board.
Derek Stelly Powertherm Inc. 832-435-5701 email@example.com
Chairman- Dan Jones
Membership and Sponsorship Committee
CDC-Evans Automatic Welding
Publicity and Program Committee
Section Certification Committee
Chairman - Justin Gordy
Student Chapter Committee
Chairman - Justin Kirby
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Chairman - Justin Gordy
Past Chairmen - Thank you for your service