Chemex Global is driven by a genuine commitment to the mission of each client. Meet our team.

Doran N. Oancia

Chief Executive Officer

Through nearly 30 years’ leadership experience, Doran Oancia has demonstrated and sustained disproportionate business success in multiple industries, in two countries, and in entities both private and public which range from startup to Fortune 50.

Prior to joining Chemex Global in the summer of 2019, Mr. Oancia was a founding partner of West Edge, a Colorado-based, privately-held and diversified Oil & Gas midstream company. From 2013-2016, Mr. Oancia was Vice President at NGL Energy Partners (NYSE: NGL), where he was responsible for produced-water recycle and treatment operations, leading NGL’s water R&D group, and was the founding executive lead for NGL Resource Recovery.

From 2006-2013, Mr. Oancia served as a founding executive team member for Strad Inc., a diversified, North American upstream drilling and completion services company. Mr. Oancia was the founding President of Strad USA in 2009, and later also served as Chief Operating Officer for Strad Inc. Mr. Oancia’s leadership and the successful launch, and subsequent growth, of Strad USA was instrumental in driving the factors which formed the basis for Strad’s successful IPO in 2010.

Mr. Oancia spent his early career in accelerated leadership roles at Fortune 50 companies in global manufacturing and finance. Mr. Oancia holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the Edinburgh Business School, and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Great Distinction) degree [Finance, Marketing] from the University of Saskatchewan.

Matt Rodgers

Chief Commercial Officer & General Counsel

Matt Rodgers joined the company in 2016 and is responsible for sales, legal matters, coverage issues, and compliance. Mr. Rodgers and his team grew Chemex Global sales revenue 900% annually from 2016 to 2017, recording company-record revenue in 2017, nearly again in 2018, and will set a new record in 2019. Mr. Rodgers brings to the table a unique understanding of the technical, commercial, and legal process for guiding project development towards bankability and financing. Some of the matters for which Mr. Rodgers had a major role include:

  • Principal negotiator, project sponsor, and lead client contact for a first-of-its-kind $125 million refinery expansion project in Nigeria, including in-excess of 25 separate work orders for six process units, extensive off-module engineering services, balance of plant material supply, and a structured plant turnover plan which included construction supervision, a process unit, balance of plant commissioning and startup services, and multiple phases of training.
  • Principal negotiator, project sponsor, and lead client contact for a southwestern US turnkey diesel hydrotreater project, including complete EPC of all work inside unit-battery-limits at an existing facility, which operated its existing infrastructure without interruption for the duration of the project. Overcame a late-stage negotiation switch from a Chemex Global standard contract to a lender-preferred AIA form contract, managed technology licensor interface, issued zero change orders, and turned the project over 13 months after engineering kickoff.
  • Principal architect of joint venture between Chemex Global and its anchor client in Nigeria to develop and fund Sub-Saharan Africa refinery projects. Transaction included the creation of four new Chemex-held or joint venture-held entities in Texas, Nigeria, and Mauritius.
  • Startup and management of Chemex Modular India Private Limited, registered in India and headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Initiated and developed Chemex Global specialty in renewable diesel refineries, with Chemex Global involved in more US renewable diesel projects than any other modular fabricator in the world.
  • Assisted clients with development of dozens of eight- to nine-figure projects to bankability, both in the US and abroad.
  • Prior to joining Chemex Global, Mr. Rodgers litigated high profile patent cases, primarily in the high technology space, for 13 years.

    Mr. Rodgers received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

    Richard (Cooper) Cleveland

    Chief Operating Officer

    Cooper Cleveland joined Chemex in the spring of 2019. He has been in the forefront of the engineering and construction industry, driving business success and innovation for over 25 years. Adept at both strategy and execution, he leverages a strong foundation as a construction engineer and project manager to plan and lead projects for a diverse range of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) initiatives. Mr. Cleveland has built a reputation for his ability to design project plans and frameworks that actualize customers’ vision, and has a talent for exceeding expectations by managing the execution within budgeting and scheduling parameters.

    Mr. Cleveland has delivered numerous small-to-large capital construction projects, primarily for the Oil & Gas, petrochemical, and power-and-energy industries. He also has experience servicing steel, rail, mining, transportation, and other industries. He has led projects from <$5M to complex enterprise projects up to $750M for customers such as BASF, Bechtel, BP, Calpine, Dow Chemical, EOG, Formosa Plastics, Goodyear, Kinder Morgan, Marathon Oil, Mobil, Phillips 66, Oneok, Worthington Steel, XTO, and many others.

    In his previous executive leadership role as Vice President at Corval Group, he built, launched, and managed a new national non-union division in Houston, providing engineering and turnkey services to midstream O&G, downstream petrochemical, and power generation market segments. He established an ASME/NB certified fabrication shop and created a client pipeline with a strong employee base. As a result, Mr. Cleveland delivered $185M in revenue and hired 350 people within the first 18 months’ operation of Corval Builders & Erectors, Inc.

    Prior to Corval, Mr. Cleveland was VP of Operations for CapCon Industrial, a privately-owned lump sum turnkey business. Before this, Mr. Cleveland spent 20 years at Kiewit/TIC, where he spent his first 12 years executing field projects. His reputation at Kiewit/TIC earned him the opportunity to take on complex business projects, such as consolidating multiple business divisions and creating and managing project controls for a $3.2B multistate district.

    Mr. Cleveland received his associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology early in his career and has since earned with his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. He is currently pursuing an MBA as well as being an active member of PMI, CMAA, and AACE International.

    Muhammad Uzair Ali


    Muhammad joined Chemex Global in the fall of 2019 and is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing Chemex’s financials and has full responsibility for all things therein related to including but not limited to AR/AP, Compliance, Payroll, Reporting and Information Technology.

    Muhammad previously worked at Enerflex where he built a successful career in a series of continuously progressing roles, most recently as the Assistant Controller for the USA Region. During his tenure at Enerflex, he was tasked with leading the Operational and Project Accounting teams through a stage of aggressive growth and system implementations.

    Prior to Enerflex, he worked in a variety of challenging Accounting & Finance roles in various Oil & Gas organizations in Alberta, Canada.

    Muhammad holds a degree in Accounting from York University and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

    Kirk Johnson

    Chief People Officer

    Kirk Johnson has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources. He started his career at Shell where he was promoted to work with senior management on national labor negotiations as well as supporting a large E&P unit. Mr. Johnson then took a position as head of HR for a smaller, but industry-leading, chemical transportation company. Before leaving he was head of both HR and Safety.

    Mr. Johnson has held top level HR positions with Fortune 500 companies, including Cemex, Brinks and Pride International (now Ensco). More recently Mr. Johnson has held CHRO roles for two large equity backed companies in the industrial services industry, Brock and RailWorks, Ltd.

    Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of North Texas with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Business Administration, and later completed a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa.

    Clinton Hallford

    Director of Operations

    Clinton Hallford serves as Chemex Global’s Director of Projects. He has over 25 years of experience in industrial construction and is responsible for the modular design and fabrication of Chemex’s units, on-site construction, commissioning, and start-up. His experience started with CDK Contracting in Farmington, NM in 1994. He served in several different capacities before leaving CDK Contracting in 2001 to join the team at Chemex Global and its affiliates. Mr. Hallford has a broad range of experience in downstream industrial construction, including:

  • Construction and operation of a used lube oil facility in the Texas Panhandle.
  • Construction of four hydrocarbon processing units at a fuel terminal in Reno, NV.
  • Oversight of the upgrade of a loading and storage facility in Tulsa, OK at the Port of Catoosa, which delivered the first sweet crude shipment by-barge out of the State of Oklahoma.
  • Decommissioning of a refinery in Mersin, Turkey for British Petroleum.
  • Construction of a modular 6,000 bpd Atmospheric Distillation Unit and a 3,000 bpd Vacuum Distillation Unit in Bakersfield, CA, as well as oversaw the assembly, commissioning and startup of the process units in Indonesia.
  • Management of the construction of a modular 1,000 bpd Diesel Production Unit (DPU) in Bakersfield, CA, as well as lead the team that advised the client in the assembly, commissioning and startup of the DPU in Nigeria. Consequently, it is the first, and only, privately-held refinery in operation in Nigeria today.
  • On-site oversight of the assembly and commissioning process for a 3,000 bpd naphtha reformer and hydro-desulfurization unit in Bangladesh.
  • Management of the construction and assembly of a modular 12,000 bpd Atmospheric Distillation Unit and a 6,000 bpd Vacuum Distillation Unit in Bakersfield, CA, in addition to leading the team that oversaw the assembly, commissioning, and startup of the process units in Indonesia.
  • Led the detailed design team, as well as the fabrication team, for the construction, installation, and successful startup of (3) modular 2,000 bpd diesel hydro-treaters, each one for separate clients located in Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.
  • Led the effort for de-bottlenecking and expanding a 2,100 bpd naphtha reformer in Bangladesh.
  • Currently managing the detailed design and fabrication teams of an expansion project for Chemex's previously listed Nigerian Client. The project consists of (2) 5,000 bpd crude distillation units and a commonly shared gasoline production train consisting of (1) each of the following process units: naphtha splitter, naphtha stabilizer, naphtha hydro-treater, and catalytic reformer.
  • Mr. Hallford was honorably discharged from The United States Marine Corps in 1994, earned a A.S. degree from the University of Phoenix, subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in Manaufacturing Management from Tarleton State University, and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and Certified Welding Inspector.

    Lyle Schoellkopf

    Director of Engineering

    Lyle Schoellkopf joined Chemex in early 2019. Mr. Schoellkopf has over 25 years of experience in the refining and O&G industries, and he has been managing diverse multi-disciplined engineering teams since 2006. He honed his process engineering and leadership skills by working for companies such as Valero, Lyondell, BP, Merichem, Saulsbury Industries and WR Grace. He has extensive project experience both domestically and internationally, from concept and detailed design to commissioning and startup. Technologies that Mr. Schoellkopf has worked with include all of the units normally found in large refineries, renewable fuel units, and units more specifically associated with the chemical industry. He was the lead process incident investigator for all process related safety and environmental incidents at a 350,000 BPD refinery and has experience as a technical expert witness.

    Mr. Schoellkopf presented a technical paper on amine units and was a panel member at the annual AFPM Q&A conference in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Mr. Schoellkopf was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1989, graduated from the University of Houston with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and earned his PE license in the State of Texas.

    Johnny Hallford

    Director of Sales

    Johnny Hallford serves as Chemex Global’s Director of Sales. He has 30 years of experience in training and mentoring manufacturing teams, which includes:

  • Taught manufacturing processes and destructive and non-destructive testing for 15 years to mechanical engineering students at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Curriculum included mechanical testing of metals, polymers, and composites; non-destructive evaluation; heat treating; metallography; metal joining and fabrication processes; injection molding; blow molding; metal casting; CNC machining; conventional machining; rapid prototyping; and advising student design teams on Capstone engineering design projects. Mr. Hallford further worked with the Dean of Engineering as project manager for the implementation of the first-of-its-kind Engineering Innovation Center, which serves the College of Engineering as a workspace and forum for the collaboration of interdisciplinary design teams for industry sponsored design projects and collegiate design competitions.
  • Served as shop foreman and project manager for Machine Works, Inc. in Bryan, Texas. The Machine Works facility had a shop capacity of up to 50 tons and 30 fulltime engineers, welders, equipment mechanics, draftsmen, CNC programmers, and machinists.
  • Served as a precision weapon technician in the Marine Corps where he mentored Marines in the manufacture and maintenance of precision small arms for competitive shooting sports and special operations teams.
  • Served as Chemex Global’s quality control manager prior to supporting the sales effort.