Whit Martin, Chief Operating officer (CEO), brings a strong background in finance and business transformation to GCES and also serves as VP, Corporate Development at Archaea. Before joining GCES and Archaea, Whit served in senior financial and development roles for Air Liquide, including Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, based in Paris, from 2017-2020 and head of M&A for the Americas from 2014-2017. While at Air Liquide, Whit led some of the largest and most transformative transactions in the company’s history. Before joining Air Liquide, he served as VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer of Voltaix, a high-growth advanced electronic materials business. In this role, he managed the financial development and growth of Voltaix from 2003 to 2013. Whit also has a background in investment banking with Credit Suisse and ING Barings in their New York offices. He received a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. Whit will help lead the transformation of GCES into a world-class leader in air pollution control solutions.
Mrs. Corina Sheridan is the Director of Business Development at Gulf Coast Environmental Solutions. After a year of consulting for the company, her passion for pollution control inspired her to join the team as a permanent fixture. Now, 4-years later, she is considered GCES’ swiss army knife. With over 15-years in sales, marketing, and international business development, Corina works constantly to refine and enhance the overall customer experience GCES offers each client. This mother of two continues to grow within the organization, gaining substantial knowledge in all parts of the business, and overseeing all sales and marketing operations. When Corina is not traveling the world to ensure clients get exactly what they need from their pollution control equipment, she is home with her family, and great dane, Optimus Prime. She enjoys cooking, geocaching, camping, and fundraising for causes near and dear to her heart… like child welfare. Her passion for the environment was evident at a young age, appearing on PBS at just 8-years-old, to discuss preserving ecosystems for Common Loons. Though a lot has changed since then, that outspoken environmental advocate is still fighting for the planet she loves, by ensuring Gulf Coast Environmental Systems provides our clients the most efficient, cost-effective pollution control equipment on the market.
Mr. Jay Swoboda, a proud Aggie, husband, and father, is the General Manager here at GCES. With over 30 years in the industry, his approach is hands-on, and needless to say, it works. He can regularly be found on the manufacturing floor, checking in on production and his team. Mr. Swoboda expanded the GCES Excellence Inspection System in the production shop for quality control; this system has since expanded to other areas of the company, and has improved communication, quality control, teamwork… and the result has not gone unnoticed by customers, who often rave about the GCES process, which includes regular checkpoints and communication. Mr. Swoboda has degrees from Texas A&M and attended Harvard Business School, has over three decades of engineering, operations, manufacturing, and service experience building heavy industrial equipment, and holds United States Patent Number 4,384,901 for an automated pipe cutting/beveling system. Mr. Swoboda’s efforts extend beyond the walls of GCES and into the community, where he volunteers for many organizations, including the Lions Club, as a career development mentor, and as an advocate for education alongside his wife, who works in the local schools.
Mr. Cary Allen recently joined GCES as Technical Director, filling the role previously held by CEO, Mr. Chad Clark. Graduating from Ohio University as a chemical engineer in 1991, he has spent the last 3-decades specializing in the air pollution control field. Mr. Allen has experience in many roles within the industry, including roles in Engineering Lead, Business Development, Project Management, and Applications Engineering. As Technical Director at GCES, Mr. Allen is tasked with product development, providing our application engineering team with technical support, and project oversight from conception to completion. With his wife of 25-years, and 4 sons, Mr. Allen and family join our Conroe team from Southfield, MI. A forever-student, he has Customer Excellence training by Mercuri International, Effective Negotiating training by Karass, and has completed the Project Management Course offered by the National Society of Professional Engineers. His love of learning and how things work has been passed on to his sons, two of which are in school to become engineers, themselves, and plan on joining their dad in the pollution control industry. His two younger sons, twins, will be juniors in high school this fall. He is an avid reader, sci-fi movie enthusiast, and Texas Hold’em fan. He also enjoys cooking and golf, though he is admittedly not great at either. Mr. Allen and his family look forward to immersing themselves in the Greater Houston community.
Before becoming the Operations Manager at GCES, Mr. Erik Halvorsen was an up-and-coming pitcher in the MLB minor league. His work ethic, and commitment to teamwork, have helped him become a valued member of the GCES team. After baseball, Mr. Halvorsen entered the industrial world, where he gained extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. Starting off as a Project Manager, his previous large project knowledge quickly elevated him to a higher position within the organization. He is involved in every step of the manufacturing process, and is a trusted partner to our customers. When he is not running operations in the office, he enjoys spending time with his daughter.