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Calculated Controls was founded in November of 2009 with the intention of providing the absolute best in project controls support. Quality over quantity......period. We have worked with a diverse customer base and are constantly breaking into new arenas by assuring our company is in a state of continuous improvement. How can we help you?

Board of Advisors and Executive Management

Whitney Strickland

Whitney Strickland

Chairman of the Board

Whitney Strickland, Calculated Controls Chairman, has been involved in the refining and petrochemical industry for over 30 years. Mr. Strickland worked his way up from Safety Attendant to an Executive in the industry working in all aspects of services businesses. Mr. Strickland is a specialist in market knowledge, business strategy and sales management.

Chris Pettitt

Chris Pettitt

Board Member and Chief Executive Officer

Chris began his career in the industry while in college, working full time and carrying a full time credit load while raising a small family. While at The BIC Alliance, serving as Senior Vice President, Chris was responsible for managing the Houston operations of the company and for leading the market research, online strategy and major account management for the company. Lastly serving as the Executive Vice President of CARBER, Chris was largely responsible for growing the company from a $6m small company to a respectable $60M international specialty service company. He managed all international operations and projects for the company while also overseeing the company's marketing and business development efforts and managing its key major accounts. His responsibilities at Calculated Controls include business development, account management and organizational management.

Clayton Richards

Clayton Richards

Founder, Board Member and Chief Operations Officer

I am excited about the future and what it holds for our company. I am confident in the success of Calculated Controls because the colleagues who drive our company are the reason for our progress to date and they will be the reason for our success in the future. Calculated Controls is an exceptional company; a company of elite professionals proud of the work they do and the solutions that they provide. We are defined by the character and integrity of our people. We work to serve our clients, to build strong relationships and deliver innovative and creative solutions to their business challenges. We rely on our core principals of honesty, commitment, and reliability to guide our decisions and actions to ensure everything we do is beneficial to the client, the company, and our colleagues.

We are totally committed to providing exceptional solutions and outstanding service to all of our clients. We believe we should not only ensure that we continue to live up to the standards we have set, but also to advance our awareness of our client's needs to even higher levels.

Sidney Clifton

Sidney Clifton

Vice President of Operations

Sidney Clifton's name is synonymous throughout the industry with the terms expert scheduler and expert planner. Having started in the field as a young teenager, Sidney's 40+ year career has included an impressive portfolio of key management positions on some of the industry's largest and highest profile turnarounds and projects. Until founding his own company in 2010, Sidney's most recent roles were as the Lead Planner and/or Lead Scheduler on any job in which he was engaged. Clifton Planning LLC grew from small beginnings when he founded it to over 40 employees when the company was purchased by Calculated Controls in 2015.

Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson

Board Member

Jim Robinson, Calculated Controls Board Member, earned his mechanical engineering degree from Louisiana Tech. Jim owned and maintained a company titled Altair Construction until 1986 when it was combined with Wilson Strickland to now form the AltairStrickland Company. Mr. Robinson, with his extensive experience of FCCU Revamps and turnarounds, has earned a reputation in the industry as the one to call before many customers perform their work.

Cliff Atherton

W. Clifford Atherton Jr., Pd.D., CFA

Board Member

Cliff is an investment banker with more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and more than 30 years of experience in teaching finance at the graduate level. His industry experience includes representation of upstream, midstream and downstream energy service companies and related manufacturing and distribution companies. Cliff has served full-time and part-time on the faculty of Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business since 1980 (full-time from 1980 to 1987), where he currently serves as a Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship.

Clayton Richards

Geri Chapman

Human Resources

Geri Chapman has spent the last 11 years of her career in Office Management and Human Resources. She came to us with over 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry. Geri has extensive experience in human resources, contract administration, benefit administration, payroll and accounting functions. Twenty years of this experience was as District Secretary and Operations Assistant for Western Stress, World Stress, Cooperhead and Kelson Industrial Services (JVIC). Geri completed over 180 hours at the University of Houston with her concentration focusing on Industrial Health and Psychology.

Kim Sperlazza

Kim Sperlazza

Payroll and Accounts Receivables

Kim began her refining career with 18 years as an Exxon Baton Rouge employee. She has 35+ years in refinery and refinery-related administrative positions, including financial administration, turnaround scope development, contracts administration, basic P3 scheduling, complete document control management on very large turnarounds and capital projects, and material administrative management.

Nina Everling

Nina Everling

Administrative Assistant and Accounts Payable

Nina has been with Calculated Controls since 2012. She previously worked for AltairStrickland where she worked for 21 years as Payroll Administrator.