The MTS Organization
MTS people are professionals with ample industrial experience. Our team members come from various process industries in which we have held operating, maintenance and management positions. We are supported by document professionals who are able to create electronic manuals and/or train our customers on electronic conversion.
Karin Aronson, Director of Operations, MTS World LLC, has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Upon graduation from MU in 1994 she worked in the packaging department at Dial Corporation and transferred to operations manager of the sulfonation unit. She was also a sales consultant in the Design Group of Barry Wehmiller. Karin joined MTS in 2009 and manages the business operations of MTS World.
Ravi Prakash, Director of Business Development, MTS World LLC, has a Mechanical Engineering degree (1992) and an MBA (2000) from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He began his career in 1993 working for Monsanto, then moved to Air Products and Dial Corporation. Most recently he was business director of Eastman’s Specialty Fluids global business unit with profit/loss responsibility. Ravi joined MTS in 2014 and manages the business development activities of MTS World.
Neil Blahut, Chief Learning Officer, MTS World LLC, has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology, specializing in Training and Development. He has over 40 years’ experience in industrial training, mostly in the process industries of oil and chemical processing. Thirty of those 40 year with MTS. He managed a series of projects over a six year span for a major multinational refining company documenting the operations of a large chemical complex and has personally written, or supervised the writing of, hundreds of training manuals and other training materials. He is also a trained ISO Lead Auditor.
Vince Estrada has a Chemical Engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Xavier University. Vince is also certified by The Institute of Management Consultants. He began his professional career at Monsanto and joined MTS in 1972. Since joining MTS, he has performed/managed numerous projects world-wide. Vince’s primary focus has been in the international arena. Vince is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Greg Raeman has a BA from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has 22 years of experience training and developing people. His areas of expertise include Executive Management Development, Strategic Business Planning, Leadership Development, Presentation Skills, Financial Benchmarking, Delegating, Teamwork, Flow Efficiency, Regulatory Compliance and Recruiting. In addition to his professional career, Greg has 15 years of practical experience in business start-up and development and 2 years with MTS.
Heather Bateman has a Chemical Engineering degree from Auburn University. Her experience includes process engineering, market development, sales management, technical service and quality management with Honeywell, Hexion, Solutia/Eastman and Merck.
Jim Fordonski has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Bradley University and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Lewis University. His professional experience includes operations and maintenance management and sales and business management with Stepan and Solutia (now Eastman).
David Haselbauer has a Chemistry degree from Grinnell College and a Chemical Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis. His professional experience includes technical service, project engineering, and process engineering design at Monsanto/MECS, M&K Engineering and Ambitech Engineering. David is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and California.
Ann McCollum has a Chemical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and her professional experience includes process engineering and project management at Monsanto and Fru-Con.
David McCollum has a Chemical Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His professional experience includes technical service and research and development with Eastman/Solutia/Monsanto.
John Palmason has a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia. John took early retirement from Cominco after 25 years of employment there. He was Training Manager at Cominco during an MTS project. John has managed / worked on MTS projects since 1990 in Canada, United States and Malaysia.
Mark Saake has a Chemical Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology (aka University of Missouri Rolla). His professional experience includes a variety of operations management, engineering design and technical services at Rheox (now Elementis), Ethyl (now Afton) Monsanto (now MECS), Agrium, Bilfinger Industrial Services and Barry Wehmiller Design Group. Mark is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.
Ken Taylor has a Chemical Engineering degree from the Indiana Institute of Technology. He worked for ARCO Refining as a project engineer and director of operational training prior to joining MTS in 1976. He has written hundreds of manuals and has managed many MTS projects.
Gary Usery has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. His 30 years of experience include roles in plant commissioning and startup, operator training, manufacturing/operations management, engineering management, project engineering and process engineering. His industry experience includes catalyst manufacturing, chemicals manufacturing, biodiesel production and environmental services. He was a customer of MTS while in leadership roles at 3 different chemical plants beginning in 2002. He joined MTS as a consultant in 2016.
Jack Wagner has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems design from Indiana University. Jack has over 30 years’ experience in writing training materials for the oil refining, chemical processing industries beginning with the American Petroleum Institute Pilot/Profit Series. More recently Jack worked on the ExxonMobil Chemicals Beaumont project.
Nancy Wall has a Chemical Engineering degree from University of Texas (Austin) and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Chicago. Her professional experience includes operations, marketing, technical service, sales and business management with Monsanto/Solutia/Eastman, Tempel Steel and EaglePicher Technologies.
Donna Dunlap started with MTS in 1982 and is currently the owner of Dunlap Technical Publications, Inc. Donna manages the final production of all manuals to meet MTS standards.
Hector Terrazas (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering) had been with MTS for 31 years. Prior to joining MTS he was employed by Monsanto. Hector was a Mexican citizen and performed many MTS projects in Latin America and the U.S. He was bilingual Spanish and English. Please note that Hector passed away in 2016 and is greatly missed by the entire MTS family.
NOTE: MTS is organized on a project basis. Any team member can be assigned to any project as dictated by project needs. Ultimate responsibility for the project and overall management lies with the leadership team.