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National Leadership Team

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Patrick Webb

National President / Board Member


Webb manages the Technical Sales, Product Distribution, and Customer Support throughout the world for Wabtec.  This includes the coordination and support of a Channel Partner Network.  This Marine & Stationary Group driven by a robust Channel Partner team Sells and services a line of State-of the-Art Diesel Engines for ships and stationary power applications from Canada to Chili.


Webb has proven to be a strong commercial and technical business leader for the past thirty years in the global marine and power generation industries.


Webb’s business leadership has been honed by many years as a Ship Officer, Shipbuilding Design Engineer, Class Surveyor, Shipyard Program Manager and Principal, as well as a Major Equipment Manufacturers’ Director of Services and Sales


Throughout his long career, Webb has supported, sold, and / or managed more than a billion dollars in projects in over 25 Countries.  With this level of business experience, he is convinced that grace, integrity, and follow through are keys of success in our modern-day business world.   


Webb is an active member of many industry associations, a licensed Engineer, formally trained Project and Lean Manager, Naval Reserve Veteran Officer; avid Public Speaker, and a part-time / Senior Level Marine Engineering Professor at the University of S. Alabama. 


Webb holds a B. S. in Marine Engineering Systems from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, an MBA from Auburn University, and a Strategic Management Certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Finally, Webb has been married to his Wife Thania for the past 29 years and together they enjoy their busy life with six children and three grandchildren.

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Marc Broussard

Chapter President / Board Member


With over 25 years of experience, Marc specializes in energy, telecoms, maritime, nuclear and infrastructure. He currently serves as an Ambassador to Scotland’s department of trade, serves on the board of a few PTSD foundations, Business Development for Fe Demolition and Remediation and a Flotilla Staff Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Pastor Robert Burdett

National Vice President / Chaplain


Robert Burdett serves as the Senior Pastor of PowerHouse Church in Katy Texas.  PowerHouse Church has been in Katy since 1996 and is active in impacting the community through various social outreaches such as food drives and neighborhood family outreaches.  PowerHouse has church plants world-wide including Peru, Namibia (Africa) and Sri Lanka and is committed to preaching the Gospel to all nations.  Robert has been with PowerHouse Church since 2000 and has been the Senior Pastor since 2016.  Robert also has a background in manufacturing.  He spent time running an automotive electronic manufacturing factory and a corrugated paper factory prior to being called into the full-time ministry.  Robert is married to his wife Yolanda for 30 years and has 3 daughters.

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Melanie Woods

National Vice President - Career Enrichment


As an HR professional with over 25 years of experience, Melanie’s areas of expertise include HR consulting, talent management, strategic planning, developing human capital management systems, cross functional team building and coaching management teams at all levels within an organization.


Melanie founded CGL Recruiting with the intention of creating an HR consulting and recruiting firm focused on developing a true business partnership with the organizations they work with. She believes the best way to build a top performing company is by selecting the talent which best aligns with the short and long-term goals of the corporation to accomplish their strategic business objectives. Melanie has a degree from UT in Applied Learning Development, holds several HR certifications including a GPHR, SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

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Amy Wood

National Vice President - of Communications / Board Member

Amy Wood is a marketing strategist with over 20 years of international experience in product and service marketing and strategic planning. Her background is primarily in Energy and Technology industries, servicing global brands with content development, design, and delivery. Amy is the Founder and CEO for Flint Avenue Marketing, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas with offices in the Gulf Coast and Offshore. Amy serves several organizations including Texas Women in Business, Association of Women in Communications (AWC), Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, 1MillionCups and the Kauffman Foundation, and is a Startup Mentor at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Guest Lecturer at Texas Tech University.

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John Robertson

National Vice President, Veterans Affairs


John Robertson is a 45-year veteran in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has experience in the Equipment and Services industries as well as Exploration and Production. John has owned and operated his own oil and gas company, been on the boards of many industry organizations.


John is a 2019 Honoree of “25 Impactful Veterans in Energy”


He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1973. John attained the Rank of Captain, AH1G(Cobra) Pilot in Vietnam-received Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards.


I want to help people and veterans connect with each other with the help of this organization.

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Darrell Ortiz 

National Vice President - of Innovation and Technology

Darrell Ortiz, CEO & Founder of CDM Software Solutions, Inc.Professional BiographyCDM Software Solutions, Inc. ∙ 2591 Dallas Parkway ∙ Suite 300 ∙ Frisco, Texas ∙ (972) 469-3082Over three decades ago, the planet was set on its axis. From a time when computers were not a staple of how we function and those that existed utilized the elemental PC-based DOS, technology became the driving force impelling the reshaping of society. On the cusp of such transformative change, Darrell Ortiz, a 19-year University of Texas at Austin student, had an idea. Founding CDM Software Solutions, Inc., with a vision and a handful of employees, he leapt into the software technology revolution, and with subsequent unparalleled growth in logistics, Homeland Security and Oil & Gas asset tracking sectors, he has assumed a global leadership role serving an international clientele ranging from small home businesses to top Fortune 500 titans, as well as working with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and Major League sports franchises. The recognition for CDM spans a ranking among the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers by Inbound Logistics magazine to being named as the third-fastest growing private company in the Houston Business Journal. It has also been designated as a CERTIFIED U.S. CUSTOMS software provider since 1990. The company has also notably grown, with 100 top professionals around the world with global alliance partnerships with Roanoke Insurance Group, Omni-ID, IBM, Impinj, GT Nexus, and Descartes When asked to describe his approach as a leader, Darrell is characteristically humble, identifying personal strengths of an adaptability depending on the project and the timeline to completion. When a customer describes what they see as insurmountable challenges, he consistently demonstrates the ability to expertly apply technology, business rules, and therein, deliver a software product that meets the needs of operations through management. This goes far to explain CDM’s growth and extraordinary 99 percent customer retention rate or as Darrell explains, “by staying agile, we’ve been able to see our customers through the dotcom bubble, energy crises, the energy boom, an increasingly connected global marketplace and much more,” The innovations pioneered by the firm with Darrell at the helm include Cargo Intelligence, a product enabling mission critical global asset tracking utilizing GPS, RFID, IoT and Barcode technologies with On-Demand Tracking and Exception Notifications, offering comprehensive shipment compliance and regulatory solutions for the United States, European Union, Canada, Japan, Singapore and China and CDM Asset Tracking, one of the first tablet and web-based asset tracking software solutions designed to enable Oil & Gas service providers/producers, Utility Contractors, airports, professional sports teams, broadcasting and manufacturing companies to effectively manage their assets utilizing that the latest in data capture technologies.

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