our story

We know how difficult it is to manage change and solve problems. Continuous improvement is hard work. Founded in 1958, we’ve seen our share of struggles. We’ve failed. We’ve learned and we’ve adapted. We will continue to grow and evolve to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs.  To do this, there are three forces that we leverage that will not change: Our Solid Foundation, Innovation, and The Right People.  When we bring these three forces together, we get a forward movement. Our logo reflects our respect for the past and our legacy but also supports where our industries are going.

OUR SOLID FOUNDATION
Our foundation includes our experience, our relationships, and our know-how. No one carves a path forward alone. They need a strong team with a strong foundation to enable and inspire them to bring unique perspectives to overcome our customers’ daily challenges. It’s the way we’ve done it since the beginning and its why our customers never have to worry about the outcomes of their projects.

INNOVATIONS
Innovation is problem-solving, coming up with a new way, a better way, to solve a problem. Crest is built around progress; growing year after year, unafraid to embrace bold, new ideas to improve the way we support our customers. We innovate. We try new things. We experiment and we learn as we go. That’s how we continuously improve and grow and how we can successfully bring our customers proven, new solutions for their projects.

THE RIGHT PEOPLE
We hire people who share our values and we put the right people in the right seats, with the skill sets that fit our customers’ challenges and we work hard to develop our people. Our people come to work because it feels like home, no matter where they are from. We place each other above egos because, at Crest, our coworkers are like your family. And like family, we believe in honest and clear communication so that the path towards our customers’ success is a united effort.

our core values

Crest Industries lives by the same core values established by its founder, Tucker Robison. Working in his father’s hardware store while growing up, he learned the basic principles of building and operating a successful business. In 1958, he took those principles on the road as he traveled across the entire state of Louisiana selling electric supplies out of the trunk of his car, establishing Crest Industries’ first company, Mid-State Electric Supply. To this day, our customers can expect that same level of personal, unwavering customer service, 24/7, on each and every project.

We Own Doing
The Right Thing

We Win
Together

We Question
The Status Quo

We Rise To The
Challenge

Our Commitment to safety

Every company says safety is an integral part of operations. However, at Crest Industries, we are committed. Safety is not just something we practice. It is embedded in our values and is part of our promise to both our employees and customers. When you treat your team like family, they are protected like family.

1958: Mid-State Supply

Mid-State Supply is founded by Tucker Robison & opens a store on MacArthur Drive in Alexandria, LA.

1965: DIS-TRAN Products

DIS-TRAN Products opens on 16th Street in Alexandria, LA.

our Leadership

Kenny Robison

CEO/Owner

Kenny began his career at GE Power Generation in Schenectady, New York in 1988 where he gained valuable experience and learned the ropes of how large companies operate. Two years later, he returned to his hometown in central Louisiana and Crest Industries, the company founded by his father, Tucker Robison.

At Crest he’s worked through the ranks in the high voltage electrical business in engineering, project management, marketing, and business development, ultimately becoming CEO in 1997. Kenny has bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

Winner of Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Gulf Coast, Kenny is active on the board of Young Presidents’ Organization serving as Louisiana chairman and a regional officer of the Western Regional Executive Board. He lives with his wife, Camille, and their 3 children.

Kenny Robison

CEO/Owner

Scott Robison

Executive Officer/Owner

Scott is an Executive Officer and Owner of Crest Industries. Scott began his career in 1990 at Destec Energy in Houston, Texas working as a field engineer on gas turbine power plant construction projects in Bakersfield, California. In 1992 he returned to his hometown in central Louisiana and the company founded by his father, Tucker Robison.

Scott rolled up his sleeves and got to work at Crest’s subsidiary, Beta Engineering. There he worked as an electrical engineer, civil engineer, and project manager on high voltage electrical substation and transmission line projects. Throughout his tenure at Crest, he’s been responsible for engineering, design, project management, estimating and marketing. Most recently he served as Crest’s VP of Information Technology where he built the IT team from the ground up.

Scott holds bachelor's degrees in Electrical and Civil Engineering from LSU and a master’s in Engineering and Construction Management from The University of Texas, Austin. Scott is a registered Professional Engineer in both Electrical and Civil Engineering. Scott is also an accomplished jazz musician, plays piano, tenor saxophone, drums, bass, and guitar and is currently writing his own music.

Scott Robison

Executive Officer/Owner

Paul Bordelon

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Paul provides strategic planning and oversight for accounting, finance, tax, audit and family office at Crest. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds the Certified Internal Auditor designation. Paul is a graduate of Louisiana College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Paul also graduated with a Master of Professional of Accountancy degree from Louisiana Tech University. He has more than 20 years of accounting, tax, and audit experience. Prior to joining Crest in October 2016, Paul worked at Cleco Corporation for about 16 years where he served in various roles and capacities in corporate tax, internal audit and financial reporting. He has led several key initiatives pertaining to corporate governance, tax dispute resolution, accounting and tax research and systems implementations. This experience gives Paul a broad perspective of the utility industry and the various functions such as IT, fuel procurement, customer service, safety, and regulations. Paul also worked for the Louisiana Department of Revenue where he specialized in income/franchise and sales/use tax audits.

Paul attributes his successful career to his work and life philosophy. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking,” says Paul.

He is a life-long resident of the central Louisiana area and is married to his wife, Laura. Paul and Laura have three children who keep them constantly busy, Bradley, Rebecca, and Maggie. In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family. They like doing anything outdoors and love to travel, often to the Emerald Coast.

Paul Bordelon

Chief Financial Officer

John Doggett

Chief Administrative Officer

John is the Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary for Crest Industries. He also serves on its Board of Directors. John is responsible for Crest's Legal, Accounting & Finance, IT/ERP, Program Office teams, as well as, Crest Properties, Crest Natural Resources, the Crest Flight Department and Shareholder Relations. His responsibilities include executive recruiting, corporate strategy and acquisitions as well as day to day leadership.

John is a licensed Louisiana attorney with 30 years' experience. He joined the Crest leadership team in 2008 after more than 20 years in private legal practice. He was Crest’s first in-house counsel and built the Crest legal department. He also led the creation of the Program Office and the recruitment of its first executives.  He served stints as Executive VP of Legal and Organizational Development, and Chief Operating Officer of Crest Operations before assuming his current position.

John received his B.S. from LSU in 1985 and his J.D. degree from the LSU Paul M Hebert School of Law in 1988, graduating Order of the Coif. He currently serves on the boards of LABI and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital Strategy Subcommittee. He is also the past chairman of the City of Alexandria Civil Service Board.

John is a life-long resident of Alexandria, Louisiana. He received his B.S. and Law degree from Louisiana State University. John is married to 9th Judicial District Court Judge, Mary Lauve Doggett. Together, they have three children and one grandchild. In his spare time, John enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and playing with his grandson.

John Doggett

Chief Administrative Officer

Carol Hendrix

Chief Human Resources Officer

As the CHRO, Carol works with Crest’s leaders and its teams to generate traction for the right culture throughout the organization. She also creates programs and processes for Crest to develop its leaders, and plan for succession to ensure our company’s success in the future. Carol came to Crest with more than 25 years of experience supporting organizational growth through focused development of people, teams, and leaders. Prior to Crest, Carol was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Centurylink, a Fortune 500 company based in Monroe, Louisiana.

There, she led a team that worked out of multiple locations across the U.S. and was responsible for performance and change management, leadership development, and general soft skills training. While at Centurylink, she led her team through two large acquisitions during which the company grew almost 2,000 percent in just 15 years. Carol, then took on a new job in a new city and moved to Houston, Texas to lead an organizational development team at South Texas Nuclear Project.

Carol worked in the nuclear power industry for just under two years before joining the Crest team in March of 2013. She started out in Crest’s Program Office and quickly transitioned into the role of EVP, spearheading Crest’s effort for continuous improvement in the development of its people. “Intentionality is required to make things happen,” says Carol. “Your focus needs to be on people first.”

Carol earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees from ULM in Business and Business Education. She's been married to her husband, Daryel for more than 25 years. Together, they have three children, Allyson, Jason, and Jacob. Carol enjoys playing board games, whitewater rafting, and experimenting with new dessert recipes.

Carol Hendrix

Chief Human Resources Officer

Gerry Mitten

Program Office Executive

As Crest’s Program Office Executive, Gerry leads our efforts to standardize processes and systems across our entire family of companies. He joined Crest in April of 2015, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge from the manufacturing and supply chain industries. Gerry spent 36 years at Procter & Gamble, where he held positions at multiple manufacturing and technical facilitates in Canada, Malaysia, and the USA. He has proven successes in IT systems, LEAN, and Supply Chain design (and improvements). He has a keen ability to transform the way organizations operate.

“I enjoy challenges. The people I work with make these challenges rewarding for our businesses and our teams,” explains Gerry.

He was born and raised in Canada and now carries dual citizenship, along with his wife, Nancy. Gerry and Nancy have been married for almost 40 years. The couple has traveled across the globe but have roots in Louisiana. Their son, Dan, along with his wife and kids all live in central Louisiana. Gerry says spending time with his family and watching his two granddaughters grow has become the greatest treasure in his life.

Gerry Mitten

Program Office Executive

Matt Purser

Chief Operating Officer

Industrial Services & Distribution

In addition to being the COO over Crest’s Industrial Services platform, Matt leads the merger and acquisition efforts for all Crest Industries operating companies. Matt’s worked in the service industry for more than 30 years. Matt started his career at KPMG and has subsequently been involved in financial and operational leadership roles within banking, technology services, and medical services companies. Matt has participated in more than 30 acquisitions throughout his career. He moved from Dallas to join Crest in August 2013 and started within the Program Office.

“Everything we do at Crest is centered around the success of our employees and our customers,” says Matt. “We constantly invest in the development of our people which in turn enhances the value our team can provide to our customers.”

Matt received his BBA in Accounting from ULM and his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Alexandria with his. wife, Tracy. Matt enjoys golf, listening to music, and traveling up north to Wisconsin to visit his daughter, Allie. He’s also an avid college football fan.

Matt Purser

Chief Operating Officer

Industrial Services & Distribution

Dennis Wimmert

Chief Operating Officer

Electric Power Delivery

As Chief Operating Officer of the Electric Power Delivery (EPD) Platform, Dennis is responsible for Beta Engineering, DIS-TRAN Steel, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations and Millennium Galvanizing. The EPD Platform is focused on delivering innovative solutions to the high voltage industry.

Dennis Joined the Crest leadership team in 2014 after more than 33 years with Procter & Gamble. At P&G, Dennis had a variety of roles in manufacturing operations, logistics, engineering, and project management.

“Everything we do at Crest Industries and the EPD Platform is focused on delivering excellent customer service and delivering on our commitments.”

Dennis received his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida. He lives in Woodworth, Louisiana with his wife, Susan. Dennis enjoys exercise, classic cars, music and time with his five children and four grandchildren.

Dennis Wimmert

Chief Operating Officer

Electric Power Delivery

Shane Doss

President

Optimal Field Services

As President of Optimal Field Services, Shane helps clear the way for the best mechanical and caltalyst teams in the industry to do what they do best: get quality work done, safely and quickly.

Shane came to Optimal with a wealth of knowledge and industrial field experience under his belt. He’s worked for multiple companies, including Dow Chemical, Nooter Construction, Jacobs, and Turner Industries. He started out as a Pipefitter Helper and over the course of 30 years moved up the ranks to supervisory roles such as Project & Operations Manager, Multiple Site Turnaround Manager, and Vice President. Before working in the industrial field, Shane served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

“Honesty, trust, and integrity will always lead the way,” says Shane.“That’s what I’ve learned through my experience in this industry and that’s the mindset I instill in the Optimal team. In turn, we apply this philosophy to our relationship with our customers. Our customers come first, plain and simple.”

Shane enjoys spending time with his family. Together they spend a lot of time outdoors, golfing, hunting, fishing, and cheering on the LSU Tigers.

 

Shane Doss

President

Optimal Field Services

Brad Fontenot

President

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations

As President, Brad leads the DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations’ team to deliver innovative service and products that are revolutionizing the electric power delivery industry.

Brad came to Crest in January of 2017 from the specialty chemicals industry. Over the course of a decade, he held several key positions with Dow Chemical, Novolyte Technologies, and Natural Advantage where he served as VP of Operations. As VP, Brad scaled multiple pilot operations to multi-site, full-scale production operations. Through his extensive experience in the chemical industry he has seen various achievements in plant and operations management, capital project planning and execution, and new product launches.

Brad first joined the Crest team as VP of Project Support Services (PSS) for DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS). There, Brad worked alongside the DTPS team to garner an understanding of all aspects of the organization. He inspired trust and confidence while managing change and challenges.

“If you hire good people, invest in their future, and put them in the right environment they will do wonderful things,” explains Brad.

As VP, his team developed a planning & scheduling work process, a factory 6S program, quality management processes, and a flexible staffing plan, all of which helped lead DTPS to deliver outstanding customer service and custom, pre-fabricated, factory-built products to their customers. Ten months later, Brad assumed the role as President.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He’s married to his wife, Andre. Together, they have three kids, Ava, Thomas, and Jacques. Brad is very involved in youth sports, enjoys fishing, reading, and home brews his own craft beer.

Brad Fontenot

President

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations

Tré Fusilier

President

Mid-State Supply

As President of Mid-State Supply, Tré is responsible for leading, coaching and challenging Mid-State’s management team to ensure they become the best leaders and deliver the best customer service every day. Before being appointed to the role of President, Tré started out his career at Crest in its Program Office. Tré came to Crest with extensive logistic and distribution experience. For almost eight years, Tré managed and directed activities for multiple go-to-market strategy implementations at PepsiCo. There, he held multiple leadership roles such as Unit Sales Manager, Logistics/Distribution and Transportation Manager, and Zone Operations Manager. In 2013 PepsiCo recognized Tré as Central Gulf Region Zone Operations Manager of the year.

“I like to challenge those around me to see situations in a different light,” explains Tré. “Helping others understand that challenges are opportunities will create a culture where our teams can grow and improve.”

Tré has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from McNeese State University. He’s married to his wife, Janie. Together, they have two young daughters, Lillian and Audrey. In his down time, Tré likes to fish and cook with his family.

Tré Fusilier

President

Mid-State Supply

David Grassi

President

Crest Natural Resources

As President of Crest Natural Resources, David oversees investment decisions and the operations and management of nearly 100,000 acres of timberland and 60,000 acres of minerals throughout Louisiana and into east Texas. He’s been a member of the Crest team since 2004. David has more than 20 years’ experience in land management, having held roles such as Staff Forester, Manager of Operations, and VP of Timber Operations.

In addition to his forestry experience, David also served a total of 8 years in the Army National Guard. David says his past military career instilled a strong work ethic and has helped him learn how to lead. “I like to lead by example,” David explains. “I am firm but fair with my team, contractors, and our customers. I make sure they know I have their back and will help them whenever I can.”

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University and serves as VP of the Louisiana Forestry Association. He’s married to his wife, Jaclyn. Together, they have three children, Jack, John, and Stella. As a family, they enjoy camping in their travel trailer, hunting, and fishing, as well as cheering on the New Orleans Saints.

David Grassi

President

Crest Natural Resources

Donnie Roberts

President DIS-TRAN Steel

& Millennium Galvanizing

Donnie joined Crest Industries back in 1996 as an entry-level engineer at DIS-TRAN Steel. For more than two decades, Donnie has worked in all aspects of the business from Operations to Management. He is also a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. Now, as the President of DIS-TRAN Steel, he oversees all aspects of the company and works closely with Crest's Senior Executive Team to develop systems and processes throughout the company to better serve our customers.

Donnie Roberts

President DIS-TRAN Steel

& Millennium Galvanizing

Ross Twidwell

President

Beta Engineering

Ross, who joined Beta in 2000 as a civil engineer, was named Vice President of Projects in 2004 and Vice President of Civil Engineering in 2007. He has played an integral role in Beta’s tremendous growth (increasing in size by more than five times since he joined Beta) into a premier provider of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the high voltage industry.

Ross has more than 19 years of experience in the design, management, and construction of substation and transmission line projects. His experience includes site design, structural design of substation and transmission structures, foundation design, and project management. Ross is a licensed registered professional engineer in 42 states. He is a subcommittee member of IEEE Standard 605, Standard 693, Standard 1527, and ASCE 113. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Ross, a native of central Louisiana, resides in Pineville, LA, with his wife Suzanne and their two children.

Ross Twidwell

President

Beta Engineering

History of Recruiting the Best People and Utilizing the Right Resources

With companies located across the United States, Crest Industries is committed to bringing together the best people and the right resources to meet today’s challenges and deliver the innovations of tomorrow. With significant recent growth and company acquisitions, Crest more than ever is a catalyst for change, using a little grit and a lot of determination to drive a forward movement for our customers and our employees.

1958: Mid-State Supply

Mid-State Supply is founded by Tucker Robison & opens a store on MacArthur Drive in Alexandria, LA.

1965: DIS-TRAN Products

DIS-TRAN Products opens on 16th Street in Alexandria, LA.

1968: Mid-State Supply

Mid-State Supply moves to larger facility on Broadway Avenue in Alexandria, LA.

1972: Crest Industries

Crest Industries established.

1975: Beta Engineering

Beta Engineering is established.

1958: Mid-State Supply

Mid-State Supply is founded by Tucker Robison & opens a store on MacArthur Drive in Alexandria, LA.

1965: DIS-TRAN Products

DIS-TRAN Products opens on 16th Street in Alexandria, LA.

1965: DIS-TRAN Products

DIS-TRAN Products opens on 16th Street in Alexandria, LA.

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