Who We Are

Personalized services and solutions

About Valdes

Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering and project management company with an expert focus on the energy industry. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.

Valdes is a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE). We proudly execute all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients.


Meet Our Team

Our integrated management team works seamlessly to produce quality solutions to fit our clients’ needs.

Robert (Bob) Valdes

P.E., S.E. - President

Bob has been the Project Manager for refinery projects of all sizes including some as large as $100MM in total installed cost. Since Bob founded Valdes Engineering Company in 1992, he has guided the leadership team and provided strategic direction to ensure unmatched quality, services and efficiencies. Bob tirelessly promotes doing the work correctly and cost-effectively in a timely manner for Valdes clients. The message of not taking the easy path and always communicating with the client is one that Bob consistently advocates to the Valdes staff. We encourage you to visit Valdes and meet with Bob in person to truly understand what separates Valdes from the rest.

Brandon Bell

P.E. - Vice President of Operations

Brandon has over 13 years of professional experience in the power industry. He is responsible for the continual development of operating principles and technical excellence at Valdes. These principles include: project management, program management, standard operating procedures, staff development, and technical competencies for both field and home office applications. Brandon's extensive background includes working as a Project Manager and Project Engineer performing EPC projects, field and home office engineering support, operational and technical studies, start-up and commissioning experience, specifications, commercial negotiations and procurement within the Power and Utility sector.

Gary Bell

Vice President of Process Industries

Gary has over 35 years of experience in all phases of Project Management and Engineering in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, and Industrial industries. He establishes and maintains long lasting client relationships, along with both informal and formal long-term alliances for the development and execution of projects. He has served as a VP, Sr. Project Director, and Sr. Project Manager responsible for the commercial and technical performances of contracts; ensuring project execution is in conformance with the clients requirements in terms of quality, cost and schedule. Gary has directly managed projects in excess of $150MM, as well as multiple project teams executing small projects to $80MM projects concurrently.

Thomas (Tom) Zimmermann

P.E. - Vice President of Business Development for Power Sector

Tom has over 35 years of experience in engineering, project management, and program management with a focus in the electric utility industry. Tom is now responsible for Business Development in the Power industry for Valdes, including client satisfaction after award. Always with a strong customer focus, Tom was previously a Program and Project Manager for hundreds of plant upgrades at fossil-fuel-fired power plants and the installation of several new coal and natural gas plants. The retrofits included identifying solutions to problems, preparing business cases, and implementing the solutions for major Midwest utilities.

Arvind Patel

P.E. - Director of Power and Engineering

Arvind has over 20 years of diversified power engineering experience, and has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from the design of new simple cycle gas fired generation units to retrofitting existing coal units with multi-pollutant control systems. He has a great history of working closely with customers to build and maintain long term relationships while providing high quality engineering services that maximize value. Recently, Arvind has been involved in the development of over 250MW of reciprocating internal combustion engine (R.I.C.E.) based generation in the US and serves on the planning committee for Power-Gen International.

Rick Scheck

Business Development Manager for Process Industries

Rick has over 25 years of business development, management and operations leadership experience in the Industrial Construction Industry. He is focusing on supporting growth across the chemical, petrochemical, and process industries throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Rick is responsible for cultivating new an growing existing client, contractor and industry relationships. He has a deep history in working closely with contractors, suppliers, consultants, EPC firms and industry leaders.

John Gieseman

Director of Business Development for Process Industries

John has over 30 years of experience in the Refining and Petrochemicals industries, with a strong background in technical service and management. He has actively licensed numerous process technologies to companies worldwide, as well as technically supported these technologies. His technical and commercial background enables him to fully understand the nuances required to implement a large project in the process industry. John’s research and development and technical service experience provides the foundation for his current work in selling engineering services to the process industry.

Richard (Rich) Hill

P.E. - Manager of Engineering

Rich has over 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with significant experience in refining, unconventional oil production and fracking, CO2 capture and mitigation, and water treatment. He has extensive history working for and with owners and operators, technology providers, consultants, and engineering companies as a process engineer, process lead, project manager and business development manager. Rich is responsible for continually improving our engineering and design tools, as well as creating high performing project delivery teams.

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