Michels announced the promotions of Jeff Mueller and Matt Smith. Mueller has been promoted to Vice President of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations and Smith has been promoted to General Manager of Contracts and Business Administration for HDD operations. After guiding the industry-leading team for two decades, Tim McGuire will transition to a senior advisor role for Michels trenchless technology groups.
Like McGuire, Mueller is a respected veteran in the HDD industry and at Michels and has worked for 31 years at Michels. Mueller started as a skilled laborer and rose through the ranks to drilling survey technician, field operations superintendent and operations manager, a role he took on in 2003.
Mueller has been involved in all facets of Michels’ HDD operations, from equipment development and jobsite coordination to bid estimating and employee training. Under his guidance, Michels has completed some of the longest,most-challenging record-setting HDD projects in North America.
“I can think of no one more capable than Jeff to take the reins of our relentless pursuit of operational and safety success in trenchless construction,” said Pat Michels, President and CEO. “He is a proven leader who will guide our teams to achieve great accomplishments in the years to come.”
Smith has 15 years of construction experience, including 11 at Michels. He is a heralded practitioner of trenchless construction disciplines, including HDD, Direct Pipe and tunneling. In 2018, Smith received the prestigious Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award, for demonstrating excellence making valuable contributions to the trenchless technology industry. He is one of the most experienced Direct Pipe leaders in North America.
“The culmination of this succession plan positions us for a future filled with advancements in HDD,” Michels said. “Jeff and Matt have been mentored by the industry’s best. Now is their opportunity to advance our capabilities and to develop the next generation of trenchless trailblazers.”
Michels uses HDD to complete energy and infrastructure construction projects where they might not otherwise be possible, including environmentally sensitive and densely developed areas. The method is used for oil, gas, product, sewer, water, electric, telephone cable and fiber optic projects.