Business leaders inducted into Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three inducted at special ceremony

Three outstanding entrepreneurs were inducted into the TU Collins College of Business Hall of Fame on September 25.

Mike Krimbill
Mike KrimbillKrimbill is the CEO of NGL Energy Partners LP (NGL), a master limited partnership (MLP) based in Tulsa. NGL has 2,200 employees and operates four midstream energy businesses — water treatment, crude oil logistics, natural gas liquids logistics and retail propane. The company has grown tenfold since its initial public offering (IPO) in 2011.

Krimbill is a 20-year veteran of the propane industry. He began his career in Tulsa in 1990 as chief financial officer of Heritage Propane, a retail propane startup founded by James Bertelsmeyer. Together, Krimbill and Bertelsmeyer helped expand Heritage, taking it public in 1996 as MLP Heritage Propane Partners, LP. Later, Heritage merged with a midstream pipeline company to become Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP). The company expanded to the natural gas transportation business and became the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline business in the United States.

Through the IPO of ETP’s general partner, Energy Transfer Equity, in 2006, Krimbill helped the two companies expand to multibillion-dollar ventures with more than 5,000 employees. After leaving ETP, he served on the Williams Energy Partners, LP Board of Directors for five years, chairing its conflicts committee until 2012.

While pursuing investment opportunities in banking and real estate, Krimbill serves on the board of directors for Pacific Commerce Bank in California. He is owner/developer of the “Vineyard,” a 20-acre development of restaurant, retail and entertainment concepts in Tulsa.

Krimbill has five children, three of whom attended TU and studied finance, elementary education and management information systems.

James C. McGill
James McGillMcGill (BS ’65) is the chairman and CEO of two Tulsa-based companies: MacroSolve, Inc., a provider of mobile application consulting services, and Avansic: E-Discovery and Digital Forensics, a leading national provider of digital forensics services litigation support teams.

A graduate of TU’s chemical engineering program, McGill began his professional career at Dresser Engineering Company in Tulsa. In 1970, he embarked on his own business venture with the creation of McGill Environmental Systems, Inc., one of the first environmental companies in the United States. McGill’s focus on environmental issues yielded him two U.S. patents by 1976, one of which allowed McGill Environmental Systems to dominate the hydrocarbon vapor emission marketplace and experience substantial growth. His innovative drive in the environmental industry ultimately resulted in 26 U.S. and international patents.

After McGill Environmental Systems, Inc. merged with International Technology, Inc., in 1986, McGill served on the company’s board of directors until 2002. In 1987, McGill founded McGill Resources to provide investment capital and business advice to emerging companies.

McGill’s efforts to support Tulsa economic development include involvement with the Tulsa Innovation Center and the Economic Development Commission of the City of Tulsa. He is a founding board member and current secretary, treasurer of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute.

McGill has served on the TU Board of Trustees since 1994 and is a past recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a Department of Chemical Engineering Outstanding Alumnus and was named to the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame.

He and his late wife, Jean, have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Robert A. West
Robert WestWest (BSBA ’61) is chief executive officer of Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, Inc., the largest privately held drilling fluids company in the United States. He and his son, Phil West (BS ’87), purchased the 42-employee enterprise in 2005. Today, it employs more than 400 people and is active in all major U.S. oil and gas basins.

While attending TU on a football scholarship, Bob majored in petroleum marketing. He worked a variety of positions in the oilfield before serving as owner and president of Beacon Well Services, an oilfield service company based in Oklahoma City. After taking Beacon public in 1977, West sold the company in 1982 and remained as president until 1985. After Beacon, he formed The West Group, Inc., a company he sold in 1995.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Alexander Energy Corporation, National Energy Group and Summit Bank. West is a member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

West’s TU involvement dates back to 1976 when his first wife, Sandra, became the first woman to serve as president of the TU Alumni Association. Now an emeritus trustee, West joined the TU Board of Trustees in 1988 and is a past president of the Golden Hurricane Club and the Letterman’s Club. He was named a TU Distinguished Alumnus in 2002 and an Outstanding Alumnus in the College Collins of Business in 2011.

West has served as chairman of the Tulsa Sports Commission and is current chairman of the Oklahoma City John Marshall High School Foundation. He has one son and two grandchildren and is married to Kathy Kraft West.