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

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

Brandon Bell
P.E. - Senior 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

Gary Bell
Senior Vice President - 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.

Arvind Patel

Arvind Patel
P.E. - VP Business Development & Director of New Generation

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.

Jillian Garcia

Jillian Garcia
Manager of External Affairs

Jillian brings her experience building relationships and reputations for organizations to Valdes Engineering Company. She has worked in corporate, government and non-profit spaces to help organizations gain more exposure and extend their reach. She is proud to share Valdes’ strong project management and engineering services with its partners and potential clients, while also promoting its reputation as an experienced Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Jillian can use both English and Spanish interchangeably and has a depth of international experience. She looks forward to meeting you and identifying ways Valdes can support your business with its project management and engineering solutions.

Richard (Rich) Hill

Richard (Rich) Hill
P.E. - Director of Process Development

Rich has 30 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. As the Director of Process Development, Rich is responsible for the growth, strategic direction and execution of the Valdes front-end (FEED and pre-FEED) group with a primary focus on process intensive industries (refining, chemicals, and bio-processing).

Bob O'Hara

Bob O'Hara
Director - Power Delivery

Bob has over 25 years of power delivery experience working with electrical utility clients. He is responsible for project execution, staff development, business development, and client relationships for the Power Delivery group. He has extensive experience serving as a department manager, project manager, and project engineer for substation design projects, transmission line design projects, and transmission impact studies. Bob has served as the project manager for substation projects over $100 MM, including numerous gas-insulated substation (GIS) projects.

Max Mather

Max Mather
Business Development Manager

Max recently joined Valdes as a Business Development Manager for Process Industries. He brings experience in account management with a metals background and also within the energy sector for base and emergency backup power generation. In his role at Valdes, Max will expand our client base within the chemical processing market. His background in consultative roles allow him to partner with our clients and provide a foundation of experience for process related solutions.

Torre Leddy

Torre Leddy
P.E. - Manager of Engineering

Torre has over 20 years of experience in mechanical design, project management, cost estimating and procurement across multiple industries. He is skilled at managing engineering design teams to prepare and issue contract scope documents, project specifications and drawings within project budget and schedule constraints. He has extensive experience with equipment and system design, product development, commercial negotiations and scope definition, and managing projects from conception through commissioning. His experience is with both domestic and international customers and he is accustomed to adapting to prevailing codes, specifications and practices. As the Manager of Engineering, Torre is responsible for the technical execution of projects and development of the engineering disciplines to continue to exceed our customers' expectations.

Pam Bruggeman

Pam Bruggeman
J.D., SHRM-CP - Manager of Human Resources

Pam oversees the support services teams at Valdes including Human Resources, Marketing, Safety, and Administrative Support. She is a double alumnus from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in English followed by her Juris Doctor with a concentration in Employment Law. Pam works with the entire staff on talent development, career progression, and making sure our internal teams have the resources necessary to achieve superior client and employee satisfaction. Pam believes in an integrated approach between all departments to ensure our employees, and ultimately our clients, receive top-notch support from Valdes Engineering Company.

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