Frank Firsching, Chief Executive Officer of ClockSpring|NRI, brings close to 30 years of experience starting, leading and building businesses serving the oil & gas, water & wastewater, and power utility industries, with an emphasis the past 15 years on pipeline rehabilitation technologies. Most recently, he served as the President of the $600 million Infrastructure Solutions business unit of Aegion Corporation. He was a founding partner in Underground Solutions, Inc. which was sold to Aegion in 2016. Frank spent 13 years with USFilter where he was President of the $1.0 billion Water & Wastewater Systems Group.
Frank has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the immediate past chair of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).
Emily Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of ClockSpring|NRI, has more than 15 years of finance and strategy experience in the industrial services and manufacturing space. She began her career as a management consultant with the Parthenon Group in Boston, and has worked in various corporate finance roles at The Brock Group, PSC, Waste Management, and Continental Airlines. Emily earned an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
Cedric Oudinot, a global energy executive with 20 years of experience, is President of the CSNRI Composites division. Prior to this, Cedric was Vice President for the global engineered products unit at Shawcor, a global pipeline services company, where he held multiple positions over 10 years including business development, M&A, and Product Management. Cedric also worked at strategic and advisory firm Booz & Co in the Energy and Chemicals practice and started his career with a software company providing process simulation solutions for O&G downstream clients. Cedric is an Ingenieur from ENSIGC in France, received a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and MBA from the University of Texas.
Having provided strategic consulting and guidance for a number of years, Harry joined ClockSpring|NRI in 2018 to lead the Advanced Valve Technologies Division. Previously, Harry held various C-level roles at companies such as Sears, BFX, ISR, and GKI. His industrial and manufacturing experience includes PolyOne, Isola, Exal, Amcast, HDT, B&W, and Trinity Industries. He was also a leader in the US Navy’s stealth warship construction program at General Dynamics. Harry was recently Managing Partner of a Bain & Company spinoff where he led growth strategy, operational improvements, corporate transformations, and post-merger integrations for investment firms such as Bain Capital, Warburg Pincus, Oaktree Capital, Goldman Sachs, and TA Associates. He was a commissioned military officer and holds an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. degree from the US Naval Academy.
John Hepfinger is President of the GeoTree Division. Before joining the company, John filled the role of Global Market Director, Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, at Milliken & Company. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing and growing startup ventures across a range of markets, including apparel, telecom, and infrastructure. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in manufacturing, product innovation, sales, and global business development. John earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds several U.S. and international patents in a variety of disciplines.
As Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Information Officer of ClockSpring|NRI, Vikki Dunn has supported the transformation of the company since 2016. Vikki has more than 30 years of experience executing growth strategies in energy, industrial markets, computing, and telecommunications. She drives growth through understanding market needs, commercializing differentiated value propositions, and delivering stakeholder engagement and communications plans that build brands and enhance reputation. Prior to joining the executive team at ClockSpring|NRI, Vikki held the positions of CMO for the GE Oil and Gas upstream equipment business and Global Marketing Director for Shell Global Solutions. Vikki completed the Executive Leadership Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Joe Royer is Vice President, R&D and Product Development. Prior to this role, he was the Development Manager for Milliken Infrastructure Solutions with responsibility for all technical aspects of the operations, including R&D, QC Testing, Engineering, Product Application and Partner Training. Previously, he was Director of Innovation for the Performance Products Division at Milliken & Company responsible for innovation and growth initiatives across multiple business units including Building & Infrastructure, Tire & Mechanical Rubber Goods, and Protective Materials for Military Applications.
He has trained a variety of contractors across the globe in spray applied linings and has supervised numerous geopolymer installations in the North America, South America, Hong Kong and Eastern Europe.
Joe holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (’95) and a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University (’00). Joe has written numerous papers and presented design details for structural pipe rehabilitation systems using geopolymer mortars.
Denise Halaska, whose career spans more than 20 years in various Human Resources (HR) roles, is the Chief Human Resources Officer for ClockSpring|NRI. Previously, Denise was Vice President of HR at LivaNova for six years and Director of HR with Pacific Drilling Services. Previously, she spent 13 years at Air Liquide USA, where she held roles including Recruiting Manager, HR Business Partner, Director of HR Shared Services, and Director of HR Process Excellence.
Denise received her B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and her MBA with an emphasis in Organization Development from University of Houston Clear Lake. She is certified as a Senior Professional in HR and is a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional.