Kerry Brown is the President and CEO of CMW Management Inc., a private investment holding company based in St. Albert, Alberta. Kerry was designated a chartered accountant in 1982 after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1979. From 1979 until 1986, he was employed with Ernst & Young LLP, during which time he worked his way up to Manager of Entrepreneurial Services. In addition to his activities with McCoy Corporation, Mr. Brown sits on the Board of Directors of several other public companies, including Homebank Technologies Inc., Equitech Corporation, and First Yellowhead Equities Inc.
Mr. Brown has been a director of McCoy Corporation and its predecessor since 1995. He is also a member of the Governance and Compensation Committees.
James (Jim) W. Rakievich, ICD.D
President and CEO
As the President and CEO of McCoy, Mr. Jim Rakievich is responsible for overseeing all facets of the business. Jim has a proven executive leadership track record and more than 20 years of senior management experience driving growth. He has led McCoy through significant growth during his tenure to date. Jim was appointed to his current role and as a member of McCoy’s board of directors in 2002, a year in which the company generated just $28 million in revenue. Jim led the expansion of McCoy Corporation over subsequent years, transforming the company into the innovative and growth-focused operation it is today, with five acquisitions and the generation of $168 million in revenue in 2008.
Jim currently sits on the Board of Management for the Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA). He also serves as co-chairman and director on the board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association’s (CME) Alberta division.
Prior to his appointment to president and CEO, Jim served as the company’s chief operating officer for one year after two years as vice president of service. Before joining McCoy, Jim was regional manager for Kleysen Transport from 1987 to 1996. He attended the J.L. Kellogg Executive Development program at Northwestern University in 2001, and completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, receiving his ICD.D designation.
Frank Burdzy, MBA
Frank Burdzy is President and CEO for Champion Petfoods in Morinville, Alberta. Mr. Burdzy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina. He brings additional business acumen to the Board, particularly in such areas as strategic business planning, business operations, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Burdzy was appointed a director of McCoy Corporation in October 2005. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee.
Terry Chalupa is the President and General Manager of Abalone Construction Western Inc. and CEO and general manager of Abalone Construction Services Inc., both located in Alberta. He has held both positions since 1983. Mr. Chalupa serves on the Board of Directors for Foundation Equity Corp. and Foundation Equity II LP and is a director-at-large for the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association. He is the executive director of the Canadian Construction Association where he also serves as a member of the On-Environment Committee and Civil Infrastructure Council.
Mr. Chalupa has been a director of McCoy Corporation since June 2001 and is also a member of the Compensation Committee.
Terry Freeman is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Northern Plains Capital, a private equity firm specializing in growth-oriented oilfield service and energy industrial investments. Mr. Freeman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Flint Energy Services Ltd., where he was previously the chief financial officer, participating in the growth of Flint to an approximate $2 billion revenue level over a 14-year period. Mr. Freeman is also chairman of Parelite Investments Corp., a private company in the remote accommodation business, and is on the Board of Grand Central Properties Ltd., a real estate development and holding company. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Directors Education Program.
Mr. Freeman was appointed as a director of McCoy Corporation in September 2009. He chairs the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee.
John Howard, CA
John Howard, Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner of Howard Gardiner Associates CA's in Edmonton, AB, has been in public practice for 21 years. John is a Director and Shareholder of Foundation Equity Corporation. He acts as chair of three boards, including the Empire Collision Group, City Disposal Containers Inc., and The Hammersmith Group, a real estate and venture capital company. John also served on the audit committee of three public companies for several years, one with $900 million market capitalization.
Mr. Howard has been a director of McCoy Corporation and its predecessor since 1995. He is also a member of the Governance Committee.
Carmen Loberg retired in 2010 as the President and CEO of NorTerra Inc., a private investment and management company based in Edmonton with investments in transportation, logistics, and manufacturing. Mr. Loberg is a director of Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. (formerly Canadian Helicopters Income Fund) and is also a director of The Churchill Corporation. Mr. Loberg also serves as a director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Mr. Loberg has been a director of McCoy Corporation since May 2008 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.
Christopher T. Seaver
Christopher T. Seaver retired as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydril Company ("Hydril"), an oil and gas services company specializing in pressure control equipment and premium connections for tubing and casing, when it was sold in 2007. He joined Hydril in 1985 and held a series of domestic and international management positions after that time.
Prior to joining Hydril, Mr. Seaver was a corporate and securities lawyer and, before that, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with postings in Congo and Columbia. He holds a J.D. and a MBA from Stanford University. Mr. Seaver is presently a director of Exterran Holdings (NYSE - EXH); Oil States International Inc. (NYSE - OIS); and Innovative Wireline Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE:IWS).
Mr. Irwin was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. ("Atwood"), an international off shore drilling contractor, for 17 years. Mr. Irwin joined Atwood in 1979 and retired from the company in 2010 having served as an officer in various executive positions beginning in 1980. His previous experience in the oil and gas industry included resident assignments in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has served as chairman and a director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and as a director of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, and is currently a director of the University of Melbourne USA Foundation. Mr. Irwin is a Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia, and was named an Entrepreneur of the Year, Houston and the Gulf Coast, by Ernst & Young in 2006.
Mr. Irwin was appointed as a director of McCoy Corporation in July 2012.
Vice President, Human Resources
As Vice President, Human Resources, Mr. Tom Watts provides strong leadership and supports McCoy’s human resources capacity. Along with his team, Tom is responsible for all human resources activities, including the effectiveness, succession planning, leadership development, benefits, negotiating agreements with unions, communications, and employee relations for McCoy Corporation, its divisions, and wholly owned subsidiaries.
Developing and implementing a human resources strategy for the organization was a top priority when Tom joined McCoy in 2006. Tom’s strategic human resources plan adds value to the long-term success of McCoy through improved recruitment and employee appreciation. Prior to joining McCoy, Tom gained six years experience with Sherritt International Corporation's Coal Division as its senior human resources professional. He has extensive human resources, labour relations, and management experience along with a B.Mgmt (Labour Relations) and B.Sc. (Psychology), both from the University of Lethbridge. Tom serves as a member of McCoy’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and volunteers his time as a board member with the Alberta Lung Association.
Senior Vice President, Drilling & Completions
Mr. James (Jim) Nowotny joined McCoy in February 2012. He is responsible for overseeing the Drilling & Completions division including operations in Louisiana, Texas and Alberta, Canada. Jim has a long history in the oil and gas industry, working most recently for a premier international offshore drilling contractor for over 16 years in roles of increasing responsibility including engineering, operations, marketing and business development. During these various roles, Jim gained significant international experience, including leading offshore drilling operations and projects in several countries including Australia, Italy, Singapore and Turkey. Because of his engineering and operations experience, Jim understands firsthand how to effectively deliver quality products and services to customers.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and has attended several executive education courses at Columbia Business School and Harvard Law School.
Vice President, McCoy Trailers
Mr. Andy McEachern is a recognized leader within the trailer manufacturing industry and has more than 13 years of experience with McCoy, previously working as engineering manager and general manager for Peerless Limited. As vice president, Andy oversees the operation of the entire trailer manufacturing division of McCoy, including head office operations in Penticton B.C., and the engineering and sales offices located in Edmonton, Calgary, and Penticton. Andy has successfully restructured a once low-performing trailer manufacturing division into one of the top-performing manufacturing organizations operating today. Andy’s labour policies, new cost structure, sustainable technologies, and long-term focus on strategic growth have won McCoy awards and recognition throughout B.C. and Alberta. He is well regarded for turning this division around during tough economic times. Having been recognized for his success by the Penticton Economic Development Group and the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C., Andy can often be found as a keynote speaker. Andy holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has completed the Executive Development Program at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago.