Quest Integrity Group’s management brings decades of experience in managing rapidly growing, technology-enabled and innovative service companies operating in some of the most demanding industry environments. Their collective philosophy is centered not upon simply meeting established service delivery standards, but on collaborating with our clients to better understand and then resolve their most complex asset integrity and reliability management problems – those challenges left largely unanswered by the commercial markets to date.
Milton Altenberg – Chairman
Mr. Altenberg is Chairman of Quest Integrity Group. He specializes in managing rapid growth companies, with 30 years of progressive leadership experience in technology, manufacturing and sales-intensive environments. Throughout his career, Mr. Altenberg has successfully utilized entrepreneurial instinct and market discipline, and cultivated management teams to deliver sustainable value to customers and shareholders. He has served as the President and/or CEO of over 15 companies in a highly diverse group of industries including: energy services, petrochemical and chemical processing, plastics processing, construction products, machining services, automotive manufacturing, software, and management consulting. His experience includes business start-ups as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Altenberg is best known for his technology-driven approach to redefining strategies, business models and markets.
Jeffrey Ott – President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ott is President and Chief Executive Officer of Quest Integrity Group. He has been involved with high-growth, industrial technology companies for the past 20 years as an investor, director, advisor, and financier. His industry focus has included energy, automotive performance, software, process controls and NDT/E instrumentation. As a general partner at Gryphon Investors, he was responsible for managing the group's middle market-focused technology investment interests. Mr. Ott previously managed the west coast private equity effort and technology investments as a general partner at Deutsche Bank Capital Partners and prior to that, led the global convertible and equity-linked capital markets effort for Bankers Trust. He began his career as an engineer in the Operations Analysis group at Rockwell International's North American Aircraft. Mr. Ott holds a B.S. in Engineering and Operations Research from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Ted L. Anderson - Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Anderson is Chief Technology Officer of Quest Integrity Group. He is a world-renown expert in fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service methods. Dr. Anderson is the author of a best-selling book on fracture mechanics, which has been adopted as a required text in over 100 universities throughout the world. He was instrumental in the development of the original API 579 Fitness-for-Service document, and continues to be active on the joint API/ASME Fitness-for-Service Committee. Dr. Anderson founded in 1995 Structural Reliability Technology, which was acquired by Quest Integrity in 2007. Prior to 1995, he was a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University for ten years, and prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty, he was a Senior Research Engineer at The Welding Institute in Cambridge, England. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in metallurgy from the Colorado School of Mines in 1983.
Todd A. Katz – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Katz is Chief Financial Officer of Quest Integrity Group. Prior to joining Quest Integrity, he spent a total of nine years in the mergers & acquisitions groups at several leading Wall Street investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, and most recently, as a Director at Merrill Lynch. During this period, Mr. Katz advised senior management and board members on a variety of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, company sales, spin-offs, fairness opinions and shareholder rights plans. Mr. Katz’s transaction experience spans a variety of industries, including energy, healthcare, technology, software, telecommunications, food and general industrial. He began his career as a financial analyst at The MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, a publicly traded engineering software company, where he played a critical role in the company’s global accounting and SEC reporting functions. Mr. Katz holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Roberts– Vice President and General Manager, Process
Mr. Roberts is Vice President and General Manager, Process at Quest Integrity Group. Mr. Roberts began his career in the oilfields of Alaska at Arco Petroleum in 1985, where he was involved in a massive corrosion monitoring and prevention program encompassing critical assets such as pipelines, pressure vessels, tanks and well heads. After departing Alaska in 1992, he helped implement specialized NDE/T division start-ups for various engineering and service companies within North America, such as ABB/Amdata, Combustion Engineering and CTI/Tuboscope. In 1996, Quest Integrated recruited Mr. Roberts to establish a Field Services Division charged with developing and applying its proprietary NDE platforms, LOTIS® and later FTIS™. When Quest Integrated’s Field Service Division and TruTec Services merged to create Quest TruTec in 2004, he assumed leadership for Quest TruTec’s Condition Assessment Division. Today at Quest Integrity, Mr. Roberts leads both operations and engineering activities for the inspection division and coordinates process industry-targeted strategic initiatives. Mr. Roberts received his A.S. in NDE from the University of Alaska and his B.S. in Welding Technology from Ohio State University.
Stefan Papenfuss – Vice President and General Manager, Pipeline Resources
Mr. Papenfuss is Vice President and General Manager, Pipeline Resources at Quest Integrity Group. He has over 25 years of experience in the oilfield and pipeline service sectors, spanning all facets of operations and sales management. His experience includes global direction of products and services sales to pipeline operators and engineering contractors. Mr. Papenfuss also has extensive background in in-line inspection technology, covering both magnetic flux leakage and ultrasonic methods for National Oilwell Varco, Tuboscope and NDT Systems and Services. He has led business development teams and has built and developed technology sales teams both domestically and internationally, which lends to his thorough knowledge of global natural gas and pipeline markets. Mr. Papenfuss extensively participates in inspection-related pipeline professional associations such as API, NACE, SGA, APIA and PPSA. Mr. Papenfuss joined Quest Integrity Group in 2006 to lead the pipeline inspection and assessment effort, including commercial development of InVista™ ultrasonic pipeline inspection technology with a focus on traditionally difficult or unpiggable process piping and pipelines.
Dr. Andy Saunders-Tack - Vice President, Asia-PacificDr. Saunders-Tack is Vice President, Engineering Assessment, Asia-Pacific for Quest Integrity Group. His background is in materials and corrosion engineering in the oil and gas industry. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in metallurgy and materials, and a Ph.D. in fracture mechanics from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Saunders-Tack spent his early career with a power, oil and gas integrity management consultancy in the UK before joining MPT Solutions in New Zealand. He relocated to Singapore to expand the business to Southeast Asia. Dr. Saunders-Tack then joined Royal Dutch Shell’s Materials, Corrosion and Inspection team in Amsterdam, where he contributed to their worldwide asset integrity management initiatives for upstream and downstream facilities. He moved with Shell Global Solutions to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he became East Regional Manager for Mechanical, Materials and Integrity for the Project and Engineering Services division before joining Quest Integrity in 2010.
Barry Fisher – Director of Syngas Resources
Mr. Fisher is Director of Syngas Resources at Quest Integrity Group. He has over 30 years of mechanical engineering experience and has spent the last 23 years in the petrochemical industry holding a variety of positions. He began his career in 1976 with British Shipbuilders’ General Engineering Division in the United Kingdom and focused the early years of his career on developing and extending British Shipbuilders’ range of gas and oil-fired water tube and fire tube boilers, including two years in research and development of multi-fuel fluidized bed fire tube boilers. In 1985, Mr. Fisher joined ICI Engineering Technology as a design engineer in their Furnace and Boiler Group, where he provided engineering design, maintenance, turnaround and operational support to the company’s many businesses worldwide. He supported major capital projects involving fired equipment and the commissioning of large ethylene cracking furnaces. Mr. Fisher has also been involved in performing design reviews of primary reformers and associated equipment for clients outside of ICI. Mr. Fisher joined Katalco, the catalyst business of ICI, in 1999 as a technical sales manager. There he led the development of a service department which supported catalyst clients in the syngas industry while focusing on asset management, reliability, efficiency and environmental service products.
Stephen E. Pirnat – Managing Director, Europe and Middle EastMr. Pirnat is Managing Director, Europe and Middle East for Quest Integrity Group. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Pirnat began his career with Ingersoll-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Corporation, holding various sales, marketing, operational, engineering and executive positions. He then joined Pangborn Corporation, a leading supplier of surface preparation equipment and associated services to the automotive and aircraft industries, where he served as President and CEO. Mr. Pirnat is the former President and CEO of John Zink Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries and a global leading supplier of combustion and environmental solutions. He was instrumental in growing the company’s sales, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety, and served as a Board Member of Quest Integrity Group.
Mr. Rowe is Vice President of Product Development for Quest Integrity Group. He brings 20 years of software and information systems development experience to the company and has extensive experience as a versatile application architect, software developer and program manager for a wide variety of technical engineering and business applications. At Quest Integrity, Mr. Rowe has led teams of talented engineers and software developers in rapid development of several industry leading technical software applications. He has served as General Manager of the software group, overseeing sales, product marketing and development of commercial software products, including Signal Fitness-for-Service. Mr. Rowe led development of LifeQuest™ Pipeline—an industry recognized pipeline analysis and assessment software. Prior to joining Quest Integrity, he was Director of Services for Ensim Corporation, EMEA where he oversaw customer deployments and solution design of the Ensim's enterprise platform for major service providers. Mr. Rowe holds a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, with a major in Geology, from Carleton College.