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We believe true innovation occurs when brilliant minds and motivated people work together to deliver creative solutions. Over the past years, Art and Brent Richard have assembled an extraordinary team of top-tier talent in all disciplines; encouraging personal and professional development in order to achieve the best project outcomes. Our secret to success is simple: By valuing our people, providing a supportive work environment, and challenging them to excel, we deliver exemplary results and foster creativity and innovation.

RIG senior management is directly involved in each project from beginning to end. We believe in streamlined communication and information sharing to ensure that decisions are made effectively and efficiently. It is due to this open and clear line of communication between leadership and management that project delays and overruns are avoided and progress is seen on a continuous basis.

Brent Richard

Brent Richard

CEO & Co-Founder
Brent is co-founder and principal owner of the Richard Industrial Group. During his 22 years in the business, he has worked on some of the country’s most complicated industrial projects and helped grow RDS into a full service engineering company. His hands-on experience as a piping designer and project manager give him a thorough understanding of the company’s broad scope of projects. Brent is a graduate of Lamar University Institute of Technology.
Arthur R. Richard

Arthur R. Richard

Program Director
Arthur Richard is the father of our company’s co-founding brothers and continues to be their role model and inspiration for success. Starting over 40 years ago as a In-Plant Maintenance Engineer, within a short time thereafter, Arthur established his own company which provided engineering and construction services to the oil refining and petrochemical industries. Projects ranged from process unit modifications to complete grass roots oil refinery units that were successfully completed on a lump sum, turnkey basis. His company completed projects with TICs as high as $360MM. Today he oversees and provides advisory support to RIG’s Management Team, including reviews of procedures, costs estimates, proposals, design concepts, progress schedules, project reports, and overall business planning of the company’s services. Arthur holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Dean Wenner

Dean Wenner

Executive VP & General Manager – Houston
Dean brings first-hand experience with a wide range of engineering and design projects, as well as extensive management experience. He began his career as a piping engineer with Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and rose through the ranks to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of that company. After his 23 years with Foster Wheeler, he joined RDS in 2012. Dean holds an engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Michael Krautz

Michael Krautz

CFO
Since joining RIG in 2011, Mike has fulfilled the role of corporate CFO and manages a wide range of operational activities including Finance, Accounting, Project Controls, Procurement, Risk Management, Human Resources and Legal. With over 27 years of experience as a Finance and Accounting Executive specializing in the Energy Industry and a CPA from the state of Texas, Mike’s career has encompassed time in Public Accounting at Deloitte & Touche, Vice President Accounting at a Fortune 50 International Energy Company, and working in Engineering and Construction as well as Banking. Mike is an honor’s graduate from Lamar University and holds a BBA in Accounting.
Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett

General Manager – Corpus Christi
Andy is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry, engineering, procurement and construction. Skilled in Petroleum, Gas, Process Control, Project Execution and Management, and Refining. Strong business professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

General Manager
Justin's personal experience includes, but is not limited to: pipe stress analysis, fixed and rotating equipment specification, pipe specifications, API 650 tank design and evaluation, ASME Section VIII pressure vessel evaluation, design, and re-rate, project management.
Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Project Manager
Shelly Leedy

Shelly Leedy

RAI President
With over 20 years of experience in the process and automation field, Shelly is uniquely qualified to understand the client’s perspective and possess the talent for leadership and identifying effective technology solutions in the ever evolving world of industrial automation. Before joining RIG in 2012, she served as the President of the ENGlobal Automation Group. Shelly is a graduate of Lamar University Institute of Technology.
Ranjan Nandi

Ranjan Nandi