Jon began his career in 1970, after graduating with honors in his chemical engineering class at the University of Kentucky. After being heavily recruited by Exxon, he went to work for their East Texas production division, Humble Oil Company, where he worked for six years. After Exxon, Jon worked for several engineering and construction companies including The Randall Corporation, F.P. Ross, Refrigeration Engineering Company (RECO), and PetroFac, Inc., which brought him back to East Texas where his career began. In March 1992, he and long-time friend, Charles Lassiter founded Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Inc. (EPC, Inc.) in an effort to refocus their endeavors in the domestic engineering and gas plant construction business. After nearly forty years in the industry, Charles retired in June 2011, but Jon still enjoys his work and feels he has much to contribute to employees, clients, and the larger hydrocarbon industry. In 2016, Jon decided to reorganize and expand the current company to better meet the needs of its clients. He hopes to remain active in the gas plant engineering and construction business for as long as possible. In his leisure time, Jon enjoys reading, watching Kentucky Wildcat basketball, and spending time at the lake with his wife, children, grandchildren, and dogs.
Vice President of Finance
Brent returned to East Texas in 2016 to join the company after residing in the Dallas area for the previous 15 years. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Major in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University in 2000. While in Dallas, Brent worked in a variety of industries including professional sports, automotive, commercial construction, and oil and gas. Prior to joining EPC, Inc./Jasper Ventures, Inc., Brent spent 9 years with Shelby Resource Management Corporation where he oversaw all accounting and administration functions for the Shelby family’s businesses, which included gas gathering and E&P activities. Brent is passionate about his faith in Jesus Christ, loves spending time with his wife and son, and enjoys summer vacations in the Rockies.
Vice President of Human Resources
Carrie-Ann joined the team in 2011 as the Business Manager, following the retirement of Mr. Jasper's former business partner. In 2016, she returned to her human resources roots, taking the role of Vice President of Human Resources for the newly organized Jasper Ventures, Inc. and affiliated companies. Prior to coming to EPC, Inc./Jasper Ventures, Inc., she spent the first sixteen years of her career in human resources management in manufacturing, financial services, and banking. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with honors, in 1995 and decided to return to school in 2013 to pursue her MBA in order to better manage her responsibilities at EPC. In 2015, Carrie-Ann obtained her Master of Business Administration Degree from The University of Texas at Tyler, graduating Summa cum laude. Carrie-Ann enjoys the water – lake, pool, or beach, and spending time with her husband, kids, and extended family.
Vice President of Operations
Kenny joined the company in 2002 as the Drafting and Design Team Leader. In 2013, in addition to his leadership role, he accepted a role as a Project Manager so he could broaden his knowledge of the company and the industry. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, taking over the day-to-day operational responsibilities for engineering, project management, drafting and design, business development, procurement, and fabrication and assembly. Before he came to work at EPC, Inc./Jasper Ventures, Inc., Kenny was with PetroFac, Inc. as Senior Piping Designer for eleven years, having worked in all disciplines of the design and drafting group before traveling to the United Arab Emirates and coordinating the drafting department for PetroFac, International. Kenny has over twenty-five years of experience in the design and construction of oil and gas facilities. In his leisure time, Kenny enjoys spending time with his family, refereeing high school football, and watching his sons play a variety of sports.
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Les is the most recent addition to the Jasper Ventures executive team joining as VP of Strategic Planning in spring 2017. He recently re-located his family to East Texas from the Austin area where he spent the vast majority of the past 17 years working in the services business unit for Dell Technologies. His responsibilities there spanned multiple functions, but perhaps most notably he was responsible for driving continuous process improvement allowing for scale and efficiency gains within the field service business. Les will apply many of those same principles allowing Jasper Ventures to tune our strategic offerings and operations to meet the evolving needs of our customers as we move forward. Les earned his BS in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in 1990 and his MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. When not in the office Les can be found at the golf course, on a baseball field or home with his 3 kids and wife of 10 years.