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Copyright © 2020 Relevant Power Solutions, LLC All Right Reserved   |   Created by Donny Brock

Relevant Power Solutions & RPS are trademarks of Relevant Power Solutions, LLC

About Us

Through growth, integrity and teamwork RPS delivers innovative and value enhancing solutions to our customers and opportunities to our employees for maximum self-expression and growth.

 

Our Mission

RPS delivers innovative and value enhancing solutions to our customers to facilitate their growth and success. We provide our employees with the opportunity and incentive for maximum self-expression and growth. We also protect the environment and the communities in which we operate by preserving resources and utilizing sustainable practices.

What We Believe

Our continuous growth depends upon the growth and success of our customers and employees.

 

  • The success of our customers and employees depends upon us being accountable.

  • Change and innovation are opportunities for improvement and growth.

  • Challenging convention and offering creative solutions create growth opportunities.

Growth

Doing the right thing even when it’s not acknowledged by others or convenient.

  • Growth is meaningful only when it is achieved with integrity.

  • Open and honest communication breeds trust and success.

  • Treat every person with respect, no matter the circumstances.

Integrity

Teamwork

Efficiency and camaraderie is essential to our success.

 

  • Collaborating makes us better and stronger.

  • Teams that work smart and hard excel.

  • We act with urgency and enthusiasm.

  • Success must be celebrated.

Our History

RPS was founded on February 28, 2017 when S&W Energy Solutions, Inc. (SWES) with its rich history in the power industry and Luther King Capital Management (LKCM), a Fort Worth, Texas based private investment firm, joined forces.

 

S&W Energy was founded in 2000 by Stewart & Stevenson and GE Power veterans Jeff Seldenrust and Richard Wolf, RPS’ Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. SWES specialized in power generation plant design, as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction and operation and maintenance services in remote and challenging international locations. SWES executed dozens of projects around the world in places such as Iraq, Kuwait,

Venezuela and Ghana.

 

LKCM, founded in 1979, is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm provides investment advisory

services to high net worth individuals, foundations, endowments, investment companies, pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts and estates, among other organizations. As of December 31, 2018, LKCM had $15 billion in assets under management.

 

Our Team

 

Board of Managers

Bryan King
Chairman

Bryan King, CFA, is a principal of Luther King Capital Management  with approximately $15

billion of assets under managment and has acted as an investment manager responsible for micro and

small-capitalization public and private investments since 1993. He established and leads several alternative investment partnerships, such as LKCM Capital Group, LKCM Private Discipline Partnership, and LKCM Headwater Investments that focus approximately $2 billion of their collective flexible capital on long-term investment strategies in public and private companies.

 

In 2003, Mr. King established the LKCM Distribution Holdings oversight advisory board of operating

partners and thought leaders to support LKCM Capital Group and its affiliates investment activities in

the distribution, packaging, shop, field and engineering services, and rental focused businesses.

TestEquity, Relevant Solutions, Leading Quality Assurance, Industrial Distribution Group, Rawson,

Golden State Medical Supply are among the businesses where Mr. King has served as chairman of the board of directors and the managing partner. He also has served in various capacities on and alongside

of many other boards of both public and private companies as well as numerous civic organizations.

 

Mr. King graduated from Princeton University, Texas Christian University, and the Harvard Business

School.

Tom Comstock
Board member

Mr. Comstock is also a board member for Relevant Solutions and Test Equity. Previously Mr.

Comstock was CEO of Rawson from February 2003 until December 2016. Prior to joining Rawson, Mr.

Comstock was the Chief Operating Officer of Furmanite, a petrochemical service company. Mr.

Comstock spent 16 years with Keystone International, a flow control company, and served as President

of the Keystone International’s Industrial Valve Group in Europe for three years.

 

Mr. Comstock received a BS in Computer Science and MBA from Texas A&M University.

Andy Zacharias
Board member

Mr. Zacharias is a Partner of LKCM Headwater Investments. Mr. Zacharias currently serves on the boards of RPS, Relevant Solutions, TestEquity, Resource Minerals, Applied System Technologies and Heads Up Technologies along with several civic and charitable boards in Fort Worth.

Mr. Zacharias previously served as Vice President for Pacesetter Capital Group, executing and managing

private equity and mezzanine debt investments in the media, manufacturing and service sectors. Prior

to joining Pacesetter, he served as the CFO and COO of Street Advisor, an independent equity research

provider. Prior to Street Advisor, he was in the Corporate Finance Group at Bear Stearns where he

focused on equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions and private placements across numerous

industries in the Southwest US. While in undergraduate school, Mr. Zacharias started his career in finance as an intern analyst for two years for LKCM.

 

Mr. Zacharias graduated with a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University. He

completed a joint MBA and Masters in Engineering Management fellowship at Northwestern

University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he received the distinction of Austin Scholar.

 

Mr. Zacharias is a candidate for the Turnaround Management Association’s Certified Turnaround

Professional Designation (CTP).

Richard Wolf
CEO/Founder

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in the power generation industry. He served in several

project management leadership roles with Stewart & Stevenson and GE Power. At GE, Richard

served as Manager of Project Execution. In this role, Mr. Wolf was responsible for leading

the Project Execution team, which included contract administration, project management, EPC,

start-up and commissioning and warranty administration for all GE aero-derivative products around the globe.

 

Following his entrepreneurial passion, he co-founded S&W Energy Solutions in 2000.

SWES provided balance of plant solutions and constructed and operated power plants around the

world, specializing in projects in remote and harsh locations.

 

Richard has been RPS’ Chief Executive

Officer since its founding. Mr. Wolf holds a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

He also served several years in the US Army Reserves.

Jeff Seldenrust
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President

As Chief Technology Officer, Jeff oversees RPS’s engineering and research and development

departments. Jeff possesses more than 30 years’ experience in the power generation industry. He is co-founder of a full service company, S&W Energy Solutions, Inc. for which he currently is Vice President.

Prior to co-founding S&W Energy Solutions, Jeff was the Manager of the Balance of Plant group for GE Energy Products (formerly the gas turbine division of Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc.). He was responsible for Engineering (mechanical, electrical and controls) scheduling, EH&S and purchasing activities for this group.

Jeff also led the development of a new gas turbine product line. Before assuming his managerial duties, Jeff was a project engineer designing LM2500, LM5000 and LM6000 aero-derivative packages. His duties entailed the development of technical specifications, equipment and material selection, drawing development of technical specifications, equipment and material selection, drawing development, systems integration and feasibility studies. Additionally, he was responsible for the technical interfaces with the field technicians to assure the equipment was successfully commissioned.

 

Jeff has been RPS’ Chief Technology Officer since its founding. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering degrees from Texas A&M University.

Management

Richard Wolf
CEO/Founder
Jeff Seldenrust
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in the power generation industry. He served in several

project management leadership roles with Stewart & Stevenson and GE Power. At GE, Richard

served as Manager of Project Execution. In this role, Mr. Wolf was responsible for leading

the Project Execution team, which included contract administration, project management, EPC,

start-up and commissioning and warranty administration for all GE aero-derivative products around the globe.

 

Following his entrepreneurial passion, he co-founded S&W Energy Solutions in 2000.

SWES provided balance of plant solutions and constructed and operated power plants around the

world, specializing in projects in remote and harsh locations. Richard has been RPS’ Chief Executive

Officer since its founding.

 

Mr. Wolf holds a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. He also served several years in the US Army Reserves.

As Chief Technology Officer, Jeff oversees RPS’s engineering and research and development

departments. Jeff possesses more than 30 years’ experience in the power generation industry. He is co-founder of a full service company, S&W Energy Solutions, Inc. for which he currently is Vice President.

Prior to co-founding S&W Energy Solutions, Jeff was the Manager of the Balance of Plant group for GE Energy Products (formerly the gas turbine division of Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc.). He was responsible for Engineering (mechanical, electrical and controls) scheduling, EH&S and purchasing activities for this group.

Jeff also led the development of a new gas turbine product line. Before assuming his managerial duties, Jeff was a project engineer designing LM2500, LM5000 and LM6000 aero-derivative packages. His duties entailed the development of technical specifications, equipment and material selection, drawing development of technical specifications, equipment and material selection, drawing development, systems integration and feasibility studies. Additionally, he was responsible for the technical interfaces with the field technicians to assure the equipment was successfully commissioned.

 

Jeff has been RPS’ Chief Technology Officer since its founding. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering degrees from Texas A&M University.

Ed Long
Chief Financial Officer

Ed possesses over 35 years of financial and operational experience in senior leadership and

consulting roles. He spent several years in public accounting with Arthur Anderson.  His power industry, experience includes working as an internal auditor at Stewart & Stevenson and head of the commercial finance for GE Power’s global sales group.  He also worked in the automotive, manufacturing,logistics, and recycling industries in various accounting or operational roles.  

 

Ed holds a BBA from Texas Lutheran University.  He is also a CPA, a Six-Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Performance Improvement Leader.

Ron Coker
General Counsel, VP - HR & HSE, Chief Compliance Officer

Ron possesses over 25 years’ experience in the power industry having worked at Stewart & Stevenson, GE Power, Enron, Wood Group’s Gas Turbine Division (now EthosEnergy) and ProEnergy Services. He also served as Deputy General Counsel at Harris CapRock Communications, then the world largest satellite services company. He also served in various commercial roles at Enron. Much of Ron’s career has focused on international projects, including those located in challenging jurisdictions.

 

Ron is a graduate of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law – Houston.

Clarissa Dutra
Chief Procurement Officer

Clarissa has over 18 years of experience in the power generation industry. She spent the first eight

years of her career at GE working at various greenfield EPC plants throughout the world to install

over 2,000 MWs of capacity in some of the largest LM6000 plants to date. She has spent 10

plus years working at S&W Energy Solutions and RPS serving in a variety of positions ranging from

Field Turnover Coordinator, Procurement and Logistics Manager, Director of Supply Chain, before

being appointed as RPS’ Chief Procurement Officer.

 

Ms. Dutra has procured over $11 billion in

assets and transported over 5,000 tons of cargo worldwide. She handled critical projects in

challenging countries, managing the entire supply chain, from vendor selection and contract

management, to end of warranty cycle, including the remote management of various field offices

during construction of various projects.

Rusty Bonnett
Vice President - Global Operations

Rusty’s entire career of more than 30 years has been in the power industry. He started as an

Instrumentation and Control Technician with Stewart &; Stevenson where he worked on 26 packages

around the world. He then transitioned to site management then project management where he

managed 45 project managers for projects ranging from equipment supply to turnkey EPC. For

seven years he managed GE Aero’s global execution team. In this position he managed a backlog of

$ 4 billion plus equipment only to full turnkey and operation of over 1,200 gas turbines including the

TM2500, LM6000, LM2500 and LMS product lines.

Dr. Ron Sickels
Vice President & General Manager - RFS

Ron is a leader in the Tank and Fuel Quality Management field. With over 35 years’ experience,

holds numerous industry credentials. He’s Laboratory Certified on Biofuels, is a SP001 Aboveground Tank Inspector, an A-General Engineering Contractor, a B-General Contractor, is certified in Hazardous Substance Removal, and holds C-61 Specialty license including a D-40 Service Station Equipment and Maintenance and D-64 Non-specialized subcategories.

 

Ron started Environmental Fuel Specialists (EFS) in 1987 to provide Tank and Fuel Quality

Management products and services for fuel users nationally.

 

In 2000, he cofounded EFS Tank and

Power, Inc., a tank and vessel manufacturer and packager of power generation and pump and

filtration skids. EFS Tank and Power was sold in 2007. Ron reentered the Tank and Fuel Quality

Management field when he cofounded Advanced Fuel Services Inc. in 2008.

 

Ron is a respected lecturer, speaker on renewable alternative energy, power generation, petroleum and environmental integrated engineered solutions and strategies.

 

Dr. Sickels, a US Army Vietnam veteran, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Chemical

Engineering, and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Rockville University.

Harley Ross
Vice President - Engineering

Harley has over 37 years’ experience in the power generation industry focusing mainly on packaging

gas turbines and complete balance of plant engineering. Mr. Ross previously served as the Chief

Engineer for GE Energy, Power & Water where he was responsible for all design, safety, specification, position papers and design practice reviews for the entire gas turbine program.

 

Mr. Ross has led the development of several new gas turbine product lines including the Allison 501KB

series, Allison 570 series, TM2500 mobile GTG sets, LM2500, LM2500+, LM2500 G4, LM5000, LM6000, cruise ship power, and the LMS100. Mr. Ross received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas - Austin.

 

Our Facility

Our headquarters is in Houston, Texas near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Our 12+ acre industrial campus includes four buildings totaling over 128,000 square feet. We have crane capacity up to 75 tons. We also have two test lines on which we can test units using liquid and gas fuels and water. Our 45 MW load bank enables us to test units at full load. 

 

RPS Quality

HSE & Quality

Health, Safety & Environmental

RPS is committed to the goal of causing no harm to people and protecting the environment, while providing products and services in a manner consistent with these objectives.  We seek to earn the confidence of our customers and communities by practicing sustainability and offering products and services that create lasting social benefits.

 

Quality

RPS will satisfy our customers by delivering the products and services they need on time and within budget.  We will continuously improve our processes so our work meets requirements and is done right the first time.

     - We received our ISO 9001:2015 certification in 2018.

     - RPS is qualified to produce power generation packages meeting CE requirements of the European Union.​

     - RPS has welders certified under Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) (2014/68/EU).

     - We are members of regulatory compliance qualifier ISNetworld 

RPS Compliance

Compliance Hotline

RPS wants to be made aware of any potential compliance violations.  We provide various ways for internal and external parties to report them.  We encourage compliance reporting be made directly to management or supervisors.  For those who prefer anonymity, concerns may be reported through any one of the following hotline channels which are hosted by Lighthouse Services, a respected third-party. 

·         Website: www.lighthouse-services.com/rps

 

·         Toll-Free Telephone:

-        English speaking USA and Canada: (833) 222-0007

-        Spanish speaking USA and Canada: (800) 216-1288

-        Spanish speaking Mexico:  01-800-681-5340

-        French speaking Canada: (855) 725-0002

·         E-mail: reports@lighthouse-services.com (must include RPS’ name with report)

·         Fax: (215) 689-3885 (must include RPS’ name with report)

 

RPS prohibits retaliation against employee who, in good faith, reports violations or suspected violations of our Code of Conduct, any company policy or applicable law or for participating in any investigation.