petroskills leadership

PetroSkills Ford Brett

J. Ford Brett is the CEO of PetroSkills. Mr. Brett has consulted in over 45 countries worldwide in the area of Petroleum Process and Project Management. Prior to joining PetroSkills, he was with Amoco Production Co. where he worked on drilling projects in the Bering Sea, the North Slope of Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Trinidad, and Wyoming, and led a project that first identified drill bit whirl (which the Oil and Gas Journal Lists as one of the 100 most significant developments in the history of the petroleum industry). In 2010, he advised the US Department of Interior as one of seven reviewers of the “30 Day Study” immediately following the BP Gulf of Mexico Tragedy. He continued serving thru 2012 on a National Academy Committee on the Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations. Mr. Brett has been granted over 30 U.S. and International patents, authored over 30 technical publications. He has also served the Society of Petroleum Engineers International Board of Directors as Drilling and Completions Technical Director. Mr. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and physics from Duke University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, and a Project Management Professional.



PetroSkills Ryan Pivonka

Ryan P. Pivonka, Chief Operating Officer, joined PetroSkills in July 2018, and is a dynamic oil and gas industry professional with diverse experience spanning more than 18 years with Devon Energy. Mr. Pivonka spent 12 years in midstream facilities engineering and construction, followed by five years managing the hiring, training, and professional development of petrotechnical professionals.  During his time in midstream he held numerous roles including project engineer, plant process engineer, pipeline construction superintendent, plant and pipeline engineering supervisor, and manager, engineering & construction.  His experience includes designing and managing a variety of projects including natural gas compressor stations, pipelines, pigging stations, amine treating units, glycol dehydration units, measurement facilities, and all facilities within a natural gas processing plant that included an NGL fractionation train.  Mr. Pivonka has an MBA from Texas Christian University, a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional chemical engineer in the State of Texas.  He is an active member of the GPA Midstream Association, a member of SPE, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation.



PetroSkills Ron Hinn

Ron Hinn, Executive Vice President, is a people oriented technical manager, possessing strong leadership and communication skills. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Hinn’s 35 year career has spanned numerous roles including staff engineering, engineering supervision, corporate knowledge management and professional staffing and competency development. He is active in both the Society of Petroleum Engineers and ABET (Accreditation) activities. He has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations. Ron received a B.S. degree from the University of Tulsa in petroleum engineering.



PetroSkills John Morgan

D. John Morgan is Chairman Emeritus of John M. Campbell | PetroSkills, and has over 40 years experience in the design, startup and troubleshooting of oil and gas facilities. He has published extensively on sour gas treating, sulfur recovery, CO2 treating, materials of construction, LNG training, and cryogenic gas processing.  He consults for both North American and international clients in the gas processing industry. He performs training in LNG facilities, oil and gas process facilities, and gas plants around the world. He is very active in industry activities including membership of the Editorial Review Board of the Gas Processors Supplier’s Association, the Program Advisory Committee of the Laurence Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, and had served as Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Morgan has many years of experience training non-native English speakers. He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from London University and an M.E. in Chemical & Refinery Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA.