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Completed Engagement – WoodRock & Co. – Chief Administrative Officer

Completed Engagement – WoodRock & Co. – Chief Administrative Officer

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for WoodRock & Co. with the selection of Shelley Radabaugh Kessler as the new CAO, based in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Radabaugh brings over 15 years of extensive experience as a finance, accounting, and operations leader, developing and executing visions, strategies and plans for organizations across a spectrum of industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Corporate Communications for the University of Houston, and an MBA from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business.

John P. Dennis III, Principal, Managing Partner of WoodRock & Co., stated, “We are delighted to welcome Shelley to the WoodRock team. Her extensive experience across a multitude of functions and operations made her the perfect choice for our firm in the newly created Chief Administrative Officer role. She will play an important role in helping us accomplish our strategic growth goals.”

This search was led by Darcie Murray, Senior Managing Partner, and Victoria Lopez-Negrete, Partner.


About WoodRock & Co.

WoodRock & Co. was founded on the principle that investment banking is first and foremost a service business.  Our managing directors get deeply involved in every engagement, bringing a level of attention and a long-term view that other advisory firms often do not provide.  Adding to our consultative approach, our bankers are more than just bankers; each principal brings over 25 years of experience that includes “sitting on the other side of the table.”  While having deep financial backgrounds, we have also run businesses and been purchasers of every form of investment banking service. Based on those experiences, we set out to build the investment banking firm we wish we could have hired ourselves.

We bring a unique combination of practical business acumen, global reach and financial experience that is vital to assisting our clients in achieving immediate and long-term success. With international relationships and experiences that span the globe, WoodRock is able to bring a level of service and reach that is truly unique in a boutique firm.


Completed Engagement – Archer Systems LLC – Vice President of Lien Operations

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for ARCHER SYSTEMS, LLC with the selection of Alex Blacutt as Vice President of Lien Operations, based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Blacutt brings over 18 years’ experience in successful business process transformation, change management and cross-functional collaboration. He is an Industrial Engineer, graduate of the Franz Tamayo University, Bolivia. He is certified Agile Scrum Master, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean Practitioner with an MLC from University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Robby Avery, Archer Systems’ Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Alex to the Archer Systems family. He will play a critical role in the continuation of our strategic expansion plans.”


ARCHER SYSTEMS, LLC is a leading provider of comprehensive settlement services including Claims Administration, Lien Resolution, QSF Administration, Medical Record Review and Plaintiff Fact Sheet Services, Bankruptcy and Probate Coordination, MSP Compliance and other settlement services.

The retained search was conducted by Ken Minter, Senior Partner, and Victoria Lopez-Negrete, Partner, at Allen Austin.

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Completed Engagement – Lexitas – Chief Information Officer

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for Lexitas with the selection of John Baker as the new CIO, based in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Baker brings over 23 years of extensive experience as an IT leader, developing and executing technology visions, strategies and plans for global organizations. He holds an MBA from Rice University – Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.

Gary Buckland, Lexitas’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are delighted to welcome someone with the experience and career accomplishments as John. He will play a critical role in the continuation of our strategic expansion plans.”

About Lexitas:

Lexitas is a professional family of litigation support companies that offers an array of litigation support services including expert court reporting, state-of-the-art real-time and internet deposition services, and specialized medical records retrieval services for workers’ compensation cases, plaintiff counsel, defense counsel, corporations and insurance companies

The retained search was conducted by Darcie Murray, Managing Partner, Victoria Lopez-Negrete, Partner, and Echo Green, Partner at Allen Austin.

Completed Engagement – Trecora Resources – Site Leader

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for Trecora Resources with the selection of Rafael (Ralph) Pons as the new Site Leader for it’s South Hampton Resources facility in Silsbee, Texas. Mr. Pons brings over 33 years of extensive manufacturing experience at some of the industry’s top companies, providing effective and decisive leadership in facilities management, construction management, facility support, project/program management, contract administration, operations and maintenance, and facilities planning. He holds a Master of Science, Operations Management, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, from the University of Virginia.

Pat Quarles, Trecora’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are delighted to welcome someone as talented as Ralph, who brings a wealth of knowledge along with a thoughtful, innovative and results-oriented approach to this role.  As new site leader at our Specialty Petrochemicals production facility, Ralph’s deep experience in increasing reliability and reducing maintenance costs will be a significant asset in the development of advanced processes and procedures.  His proven leadership and track record of success in manufacturing, will be an invaluable component to achieving the Company’s overall goals and objectives, both now and in the future.”

About Trecora Resources (TREC)
TREC owns and operates a specialty petrochemicals facility specializing in high purity hydrocarbons and other petrochemical manufacturing and a specialty wax facility, both located in Texas, and provides custom processing services at both facilities. In addition, the Company is the original developer and a 33.3% owner of AMAK, a Saudi Arabian joint stock company.

The retained search was managed and completed by Kelly Thomas, Partner at Allen Austin

Completed Engagement – Arkos Field Services (Burckhardt Compression) – President

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for Arkos Field Services with the selection of Bill Sayre as the President. Bill will be joining the Burckhardt Compression family. Bill has more than 30 years of professional experience including assignments as Vice President Business Development-Midstream at SNC-Lavalin, CEO at Hicor Technologies, Inc., various VP functions at Exterran including Vice President Mid-South Region which included responsibility for a significant aftermarket services business, and Vice President of Operations at IMW Atlas industries. He attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater studying Public Relations and Industrial Safety.

Arkos was formed in 2014, but the management team has decades of industry experience. They are an experienced equipment service partner that understands the issues and challenges of keeping field equipment running at peak performance. From installation and startup through operations and overhauls, they will maintain, monitor, and service your equipment so you can concentrate on your core business.

Since November 25, 2019 Arkos Field Services is part of Burckhardt Compression Group. Burckhardt Compression is the worldwide market leader for reciprocating compressor systems and the only manufacturer and service provider that covers a full range of reciprocating compressor technologies and services. Its customized compressor systems are used in the upstream oil & gas, gas transport and storage, refinery, chemical, petrochemical and industrial gas sectors. Burckhardt Compression’s leading technology, broad portfolio of compressor components and the full range of services help customers around the world to find the optimized solution for their reciprocating compressor systems. For 175 years its highly skilled workforce has crafted superior solutions and set the benchmark in the gas compression industry

The retained search was managed and completed by Kelly Thomas, Partner at Allen Austin.

Completed Engagement – CTCI Americas – Director Business Development

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for the CTCI-Americas (CTCIA) with the selection of Don Chaney as the Director Business Development. Don is joining CTCIA having developed and led business over 35 years in the refining, chemical, petrochemical, gas processing, and renewable energy markets winning both licensed process technology and open art process Studies, FEED’s, and EPC project phases. Don joins CTCIA after leadership roles at PCL Industrial Construction, KP Engineering, CB&I, and Foster Wheeler.

CTCI-Americas is a relatively new entrant into the North American Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) marketplace. Its parent company, CTCI is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, and is recognized as one of the leading global EPC players with over 40 years of industry experience, operations in 15 countries, and a successful track record of managing fully integrated EPC projects everywhere in the world. To better position it as a major player in the fast-growing Americas refining and downstream industries – particularly the US – CTCI formed a wholly-owned, US-based, subsidiary headquartered in Houston, Texas, CTCIA.

This placement of Don was preceded by the placement of Patrick Jameson as the President of CTCIA.

The retained searches of both placements were managed and completed by Ken Minter, Senior Partner at Allen Austin.

Completed Engagement – NeuLife – President

NeuLife Rehab
2725 Robie Avenue
Mt Dora, FL 34757

February 21, 2020
For Immediate Release

Immediately Providing Executive, Sales and Marketing Leadership

DORA, FL, February 20, 2020 – NeuLife Rehab in Mount Dora, FL, one of the nation’s leading CARF Accredited residential post-acute rehabilitation centers and the largest free-standing facility of its kind in the southeastern U.S. specializing in the treatment of individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries and diagnoses, announced its new President, Tera Welch, has already made a significant impact since coming on board at NeuLife on January 6, 2020.

Ms. Welch has expertise in executive and sales and marketing leadership, with an extraordinarily successful history of growth and expansion in the very challenging investment management industry.

Meeting with NeuLife’s talented, highly experienced and deeply passionate and caring team, Ms. Welch shared her initial objectives: streamlining the referral and admission process; expanding NeuLife’s specialized rehabilitation, care, and related services to meet the needs of individuals served; building upon established and generating new relationships with payor and referral sources; and enhancing all business development platforms including marketing, sales, and education.

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Completed Engagement – Texas Automobile Dealers Association – President

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and Darren Whitehurst was selected to serve as the Association’s next President. Darren is joining TADA after spending fifteen years at the Texas Medical Association. Darren’s career has been dedicated to leadership roles where, time and time again, he has led organizations to new heights.

Prior to joining TADA, Darren enjoyed a 15+ year career in senior leadership with the Texas Medical Association. Darren’s first job at the Capitol in 1991 was a clerkship for the Texas House of Representatives Transportation Committee. Darren earned a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University, a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University.

“TADA conducted a thorough search considering dozens of candidates before narrowing on the sole finalist for the job. Darren’s long-standing reputation of leadership was exciting to the TADA board,” said Nancy Harper, TADA 2020 Board Chairman.
The retained search was managed and completed by Jackie Gorman, Senior Partner at Allen Austin.

Completed Engagement – Energy Corridor District – Executive Director

Allen Austin recently completed a retained search engagement for the Houston Energy Corridor District® (District)and Elijah J. Williams was selected to serve as the District’s Executive Director. Created in 2001 by the Texas Legislature, the District consists of over 2,000 acres that extend along both sides of Interstate 10 from east of Kirkwood to west of Barker Cypress and along Eldridge Parkway from north of IH-10 to south of Briar Forest. The District is one of the Houston region’s most important business centers. It is a bustling, professional area filled with many high-paying jobs.

Williams brings over 15 years of experience, most of which has been with the federal and state government. He was a presidential appointee (Obama Administration) at both NASA and the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as Committee Director (Chief Clerk) of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

The retained search was managed and completed by Jackie Gorman, Senior Partner.