Cole Morehead knew that he wanted to start and run his own Non-Destructive Testing company the day he graduated from Southeast Community College in Milford, NE.
While working in the NDT industry prior to starting XCEL NDT, Cole noticed many service gaps that NDT companies were unable to fill for their clients. He knew he could fill these gaps and offer a better, more complete customer experience. With this idea in mind, he soon started XCEL NDT LLC and has continued to put client needs as his number one priority. Cole is committed to leaving an everlasting impression on the world of Non-Destructive Testing and is determined to put together the best team of NDT professionals in the industry.
Richard Bundrick. Chief Operating Officer, brings 30 years of solid knowledge and experience to the XCEL team. He is instrumental in organizing a team for success as he develops mutual respect from all levels in the organization to maximize financial performance for the overall organization.
Gerald Northcutt, Vice President of Operations – Southern Region, brings a combined 34 years of experience to the company. Gerald holds an NDT degree from T.H. Harris College and has worked in the industry gaining multiple certifications along with much respect. Taking time to consider employee’s opinions and insights into his decision-making process, Gerald goes above and beyond for his team.
Chris Schropp, Vice President of Operations, has been with XCEL NDT from the beginning and currently oversees the day to day field operations. Hired in 2013 as XCEL NDT’s first employee, Chris brought 10 years of combined NDT and management experience. Through hard work and dedication, Chris has developed some of the strongest client and employee relationships in the industry.
Chris prides himself as being a key contributor to XCEL NDT’s growth. Chris has trained many of XCEL’s top field technicians. Every day he enjoys watching the company mature into an industry powerhouse.
Stewart White, Midwest Regional Mgr, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2014. He graduated from Southeast Community College with a degree in Nondestructive Testing. With 10 years prior management experience, Stewart brought with him his reputation of being a great radiographer, the ability to deliver quality work, and strong communications skills.
Stewart’s Midwest Regional Mgr role oversees the NE, MN, IA, and KY offices. Stewart has a very strategic approach to both paperwork and the management of his team. From start to finish, Stewart ensures every project is handled with complete accuracy and professionalism.
Travis Sweetser, Quality Assurance / Level III Mgr, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2015. He graduated from Southeast Community College with a degree in Nondestructive Testing. Travis’s prior 10 years of NDT experience spans from diverse NDT fields ranging from aerospace to wind energy and petrochemical to manufacturing. With a very unique background working with one of the most advanced UT Equipment suppliers in the world, Travis was a contributor in developing new UT technologies.
With XCEL NDT's continued expansion, the need for one dedicated manager pursuing and overseeing quality control is a necessity to ensure that the foundation on which the company was built on remains in place. With Travis’s unmatched attention to detail, he was the perfect candidate to fill the new Quality Assurance / Level III Management position.
Mark Nordell, Health & Safety Mgr, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2015. Mark brings 30 years of health and safety experience to XCEL NDT, with 15 years of public safety in emergency medical, law enforcement, and US Navy, and another 15 years in environmental health and safety. Prior to XCEL NDT, Mark was a certified corporate auditor that traveled to various locations, including China, Germany, and several US States, to identify compliance to company, OSHA, and ISO regulations. Mark’s vast safety knowledge and focus on risk analysis aids XCEL NDT’s mission to employ safety from the top down.
Jay Thomas, Purchasing / M&TE Manager, brings 13 years in the NDT industry with a focus on purchasing. Jay holds an Associated Degree and knowledge and contacts that aid to manage business expenses. As a problem solver, researching the most cost-effective options is natural for Jay. His multi-tasking nature helps him to get the job done efficiently.
Todd Dirksen, Business Development, brings 28 total years of industry experience to the team. Todd served in the US Navy, obtained a degree from Northlake Community College, and holds certifications in API 510/570, and 653. With extensive knowledge of API and ASME codes, Todd is an asset in all phases and techniques of the inspection and testing of equipment. Knowing the importance of client relationships, Todd’s personal skills are valued daily.
Shane Shankles, Business Development, brings 19 years of industry experience to the XCEL team. With API 510, 570, 653, and UT Thickness, Shane has extensive knowledge maintaining safety and mechanical integrity of equipment. Project management and knowing how to motivate a team is a strength Shane possesses. Shane is great at getting a task completed so the entire team can keep moving forward.
Gary Burnfield, NDT Level III Quality Auditor, brings 14 years of industry experience to the team. Gary graduated from Universal Technical Institute and holds certifications in ASNT Level III RT, MT, PT, and VT. He is also an AWS CWI, PEC and NCCER Instructor, and a Veriforce Evaluator. With a vast knowledge of the industry regulations and codes, Gary has an ability to convey information and skills in a straight forward manner that is easy to understand.
Eddie Gentry, Radiation Safety, brings 9 years of radiography experience to the team. His certifications include: RT Level II, MT Level II, PT Level II, PMI task qualification, and BHT task qualification. With a true love of the industry, Eddie shares his knowledge with co-works always striving to improve the team. Displaying a positive attitude even through trying situations is something Eddie strives to demonstrate.
Jerry Kinney, Operations Manager, brings 41 total years of experience to the XCEL team. From a radiography trainee to a Radiation Safety Officer to Operations Manager, Jerry’s knowledge and experiences over the years is invaluable. Developing positive relationships with his employees, Jerry strives to help everyone succeed.
William McBride, Mechanical Integrity Manager, brings 24 total years in the NDT world with the last 15 of those working in leadership levels of operation, engineering procurement, and project management in both oil/gas and chemical. With multiple ASNT, advanced services, and API certifications, William has gained a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the Mechanical Integrity requirements of PSM. William’s understanding and interpretation of the codes and standards that apply to asset Mechanical Integrity programs are a tremendous asset for XCEL.
Eric Vineyard, Longview Operations Manager, brings 16 years of oilfield experience to XCEL. With extensive experience working with drilling rigs and offshore oilfields, Eric’s vast knowledge helps him handle stressful situations effectively. His ability to get along with various personalities makes him a great leader. Going above and beyond for every job is just how Eric is wired. Eric’s skill set is invaluable to the XCEL team.
Barrett Winter, Minnesota/Iowa Office Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2015. He graduated from the University of North Carolina. From the beginning, Barret’s willingness to help in any facet of XCEL NDT’s business was noticed. With direct training in the field and classroom, Barrett has proved to be a valuable asset to the company.
Barrett and his team help cover the Midwest region's inspection needs, and allow XCEL to offer more competitive pricing for many of their clients due to the logistical benefits of the shop location. Excited to set a new level of excellence for XCEL NDT, Barrett’s professionalism towards his work and clients are clearly aligned with XCEL NDT goals.
Dillen Anderson, McPherson Office Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in March of 2016. Dillen brings 7 years of NDT knowledge and experience from the field working on large refinery and pipeline projects in the Midwest. Dillen has made a name for himself as a quality radiographer with his clients and will keep quality and safety as the company focus.
Dillen and his McPherson, KS team cover the Midwest regions. His “never say die” attitude and willingness to please clients has proven him to be a great addition to the XCEL Management Team and the McPherson location.
Grant Cain, Kansas City Office Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in April 2017. He graduated from Cowley County Community College with a degree in Non-Destructive Testing and possesses 13 years of experience. Grant has a broad range of knowledge in inspection and welding, and has worked in refineries, process plants, and on pipelines and structural steel. Always applying integrity, character, and a strong work ethic to every opportunity, Grant was a clear fit for the Kansas City Office Manager position.
Grant and his team will focus on bringing the same quality of service to the KC Metro area that XCEL NDT offers at all of its other locations. With excellent communication skills and great organization, Grant’s professional attitude and passion for industry is mirrored every day by his team.
Mike Davis, Ingleside Office Manager, was one of XCEL NDT's first employees starting in 2013. He started as a road employee completing work in over 13 states and overseas. Mike has broad inspection knowledge ranging from new storage tanks, refineries, pipelines, and most process facilities. Mike’s attention to detail along with his tremendous work ethic has excelled him through the ranks of technician up to his current position of Office Manager.
Mike and his team will cover the region of southern Texas and Corpus Christi. With vast knowledge and experience, Mike’s customer relations and focus on safety will be demonstrated to his team every day and help ensure the office's success in the years to come.
Jory Criner, Gretna Office Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2014. Jory’s hard work and attention to detail has made him one of the best radiographers in the area. His strong work ethic and professionalism with clients made him a clear choice to step into the Gretna Office Manager role.
Jory and his Gretna, NE team help XCEL NDT cover the Midwestern regions. Focusing on safety and quality, Jory and his team ensure that every project is completed correctly and professionally.
Brandon Promes, Colorado Office Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in January 2017. He graduated from Southeast Community College with a degree in Non-Destructive Testing. Brandon brings an enthusiasm to the XCEL team that is next to none when it comes to the oil and gas industry. His versatility, dedication, team-oriented approach from day one has always been noticed and appreciated by the clients and coworkers. Therefore, when the Colorado Office Manager position became available, Brandon was the perfect fit.
Brandon and his Greeley, CO team cover the majority of the Mountain Region with a large focus on the Niobrara Shale formation throughout Colorado and Wyoming. The excitement that Brandon has with the growth potential of this office has became infectious throughout Brandon's team, and his ‘going the extra mile’ attitude is mirrored every day by all of the office's employees.
Cameron Marshall, Advanced Services Mgr, graduated from Southeast Community College with a degree in Nondestructive Testing. Cameron brings 10 years of NDT experience and knowledge to XCEL with a specialized focus in refineries and chemical plants.
Cameron and his Advanced Services team will go wherever needed. The Advanced Services team has traveled throughout the lower 48 states and have even completed large projects in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. With an outstanding reputation as a reliable and knowledgeable inspector, Cameron is excited to take the Advanced Services team to a whole new level with the intents of making the group the most respected in the USA.
Eric German, Pipeline Integrity Manager, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2014. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Education. Through hands on training, much professional development, and an incredible work ethic, Eric found his niche in the area of pipeline integrity. As XCEL NDT continues to expand, the need for a dedicated manager pursuing, researching, and overseeing pipeline integrity became evident. Eric German was a natural pick because of his strong leadership qualities.
Eric and his Pipeline Integrity team will go wherever needed. With strong communication skills and a tenacious attitude, Eric is excited to establish XCEL NDT’s Pipeline Integrity department as industry leaders.
Von Schattel, Mechanical Integrity Leader, brings a combine 32 years of industry experience specifically within chemical plants. Holding a Bachelors a degree in Industrial Technology from Texas A & M, Von’s knowledge base is a tremendous asset to the team. Von’s certifications include: API 510 and 570 Inspector and STI-SP001 Tank Inspector. Striving to assist co-workers and customers meet and exceed their goals, Von thrives on watching his team and others succeed.
Sergio Mendoza, Mechanical Integrity Leader, holds API 510, 570, and 653 certifications. He is SIFE certified. With industry experience and a personality to go above and beyond, Sergio aims to ensure clients, coworkers, and his family is taken care of. Sergio is detail-oriented and takes pride in leading his team by example. His honest nature makes Sergio a great fit for the XCEL team.
Karla Damman, Vice President of Marketing, joined the XCEL NDT team in 2017. Karla graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Business and Leadership. With 15 years of marketing experience, Karla’s drive to promote a thriving business fit well with XCEL NDT’s market growth. Developing strategic marketing plans to grow brand awareness both nationally and internationally is a task Karla is excited to head.