Leadership

Mr. Cliff Smith

Founder

Upon leaving Angelo State University in 1980, Cliff Smith began a lifelong career in the oil and gas business as a pipe salesman. In 1983, he founded the company that would grow into Smith Pipe of Abilene, now Petrosmith. Cliff guides Petrosmith with leadership, integrity, vision and an optimistic eye toward the future and the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Rich Kobor

CEO

Upon graduating from Engineering school in 1986, Rich has worked in and led capital goods manufacturing companies in the steel fabrication, precision machining, and profession tool markets. Throughout these experiences, the keys to success were always the same: focus on the stated and unstated needs of the customer, improve and streamline processes that impact the customer first, and treat every associate with respect and dignity. A native Texan since 2018, Rich and his wife, Laurie, reside in Abilene.
Mr. George Percival

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Daryl Lanaville

Vice-President - Operations

Daryl is an experienced Operations Executive with degrees in Quality Assurance and Business. His career includes roles in diverse industries including shipbuilding, refrigeration products manufacturing, and the Oil & Gas Storage products industry. An Operations leader whose foundation rests on Total Quality Assurance principles, Daryl's career is divided between decades in process improvement, and quality system leadership, and years spent in Planning, Scheduling, Plant Management and Senior Operations Executive Roles. Daryl and his wife Suzette live in Abilene and have called Texas home since 2012.
Mr. Michael Duffy

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Michael is a customer focused operations and sales professional with 25 years' experience in the manufacturing sector. Throughout his career, he has provided engineering and manufacturing leadership for industrial equipment companies servicing the refrigeration, plastics, and oil and gas markets, with a focus for continuous improvement and scalable process simplification. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A Michigan native, he presently lives in Abilene, Texas.
Mr. Kenny Freeman

Sales

Kenny Freeman has been in the oil and gas industry since 1976, serving at Permian Tank, Enertech Energy and Palmer Tank Company. His experience led him to Petrosmith where every day he strives to push the company to the largest and #1 tank company in the United States. To make this a reality he and his team focus on ensuring each and every customer has a direct contact, getting them the quality equipment needed to complete the job.
Mr. Rocky Dyer

Coating Manager

Rocky has been in the oil and gas industry for 37 years and has been coating pipe for 26. He has also been installing fiberglass lining for 9 years with Duoline/ Precision Lining Systems. Before moving to Petrosmith to become the general manager he was operations manager with Precision Lining Systems. Rocky is leading the Petrosmith Coating plant to be the best in Texas. Everyday his plant strives to be #1 in quality, safety, and cleanliness.