The IOFLA Team
John Vallot (Jay)
Jay retired from The Dow Chemical Company after forty-three years of service. Jay started as an operator in the Power and Utilities facility. He then moved into the polyolefin lab as a lab technician
Jay moved to the instrument department repairing and servicing pneumatic and electronic control instrumentation.
This was followed by about fifteen years as a technician for the repair and design of analytical instrumentation such as gas chromatographs, infrared analyzers, oxygen analyzers and other analytical
equipment used in process quality and control.
Most of these activities were in the light hydrocarbon plants at Dow.
Jay worked for eighteen years in the engineering department as an instrument designer for control instrumentation and analytics throughout the facility.
Jay served as a project manager for several years.
After retiring from Dow Jay worked as an instrument designer at ECI in Baton Rouge. Most of this work involved the upgrade of polyolefin plants in Texas, China, Croatia and South Korea.
Jay believes that The Cross and The Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is our means to Salvation. The sacrifice of Jesus and the faith of the followers in what was done there leads to salvation. It is a gift that we cannot earn on our own. We accept this by Faith.
Jay attended LSU from 1960 to 1964. He is married to his wife Diane and has two children, Jeff and Dan.
Hobbies include woodworking, gardening, refurbishing old cars (not so much anymore), video processing, working in his music studio. IOFLA is an important part of his life. This and the meetings of this group are very meaningful and enlightening.
Craig retired from ExxonMobil in 2012 after 35 years of service.
He began his career in refinery operations working on several operating units in numerous positions including unit operator, shift supervisor, and project manager leading special projects. After several years in these positions, Craig was promoted into the Refinery Superintendent position with responsibility of leading refinery operations at night, weekends, and holidays when senior management was not on site. He was also the Incident Commander for all refinery emergencies, including fire, medical, rescue, unit upsets, and oil or chemical spills.
During his career Craig was a champion for his employees supporting, mentoring, counselling, and leading them to achieve their career goals. Also, throughout his 35 years Craig was a member of the ExxonMobil Fire Squad, Oil Spill Response Team, and was a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. He functioned in every position in the Emergency Management System.
The last 3 years of his career, Craig was assigned to the position Emergency Response Advisor and Security Manager for the Baton Rouge Complex.
Since his retirement in 2012 Craig has been an active member of Covenant Community Church in the city of Central. His hobbies include a love for cooking, fishing, hunting, and serving his Lord and Savior helping members of his Church.
Mickey has been a part of the oil and gas industry for a little over 20 years and has had the pleasure of working in most facilities in our area helping them with their specialty mechanical needs.
Mickey is also the owner of Buddy’s BBQ in Denham Springs, La. This business is named after his late father and is a passion of his. They have been in business for almost 3 years and love being a part of the small business community.
Mickey has been a part of the Industry of Faith from the beginning, even when Dan was battling with the idea. But through this “idea”, he has seen an organization show love and passion to so many people.
Mickey says "it has been such a blessing to me to just see how God has moved through Dan and our group to touch so many people."
Mickey is married to his wife of 18 years, Lanette. They have 2 children, Caroline who attends Southeastern University and Carson who attends Denham Springs High School.
Patrick graduated high school and joined the USAF and was trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (Crew Chief).
He served four years active duty and transferred directly into the Louisiana Air National Guard (LAANG). In the LAANG he served as a crew chief at the Naval Air Station Belle Chasse. From there he transferred to the 238th Combat Communications Group in Hammond as their Disaster Preparedness NCO. After serving ten years combined Patrick left the LAANG and attended LSU in Industrial Technology.
He entered the workforce in the petrochemical field as an operator at Placid Refinery. After two years at Placid Patrick took a job at Rubicon Chemical, Inc as a process operator. He worked as an outside tech and then a senior tech (board operator).
Patrick retired after twenty-seven years of service. He accepted a position at River Parishes Community College as a PTEC instructor in the same month of his retirement. He taught at RPCC for two years and then accepted a position with Baton Rouge Community College. He worked as and instructor and the Glycol Distillation Unit Manager where he was responsible for training other faculty and students in the principles of distillation and the maintenance and repair of the unit and DCS. After six years he retired to take a position with Delta Tech Service.
With Delta Tech Service he accepted a position as the Gulf Coast Region Operations Manager. He has been in this position for one year. In this role he is responsible for the equipment and personnel used in the industry for specialty chemical cleaning and the logistics to get these to and from jobs.
While in the USAF Patrick accepted Jesus Christ and began studying discipleship with the non-denominational group The Navigators. He learned the skills from the Word to go out into the world and spread the Word.
Patrick believes that the charge that Jesus gave to the disciples during the resurrection to go out and spread the word is meant for all of us. IOFLA is a wonderful organization for doing this. The monthly meetings and social media used to fellowship and witness are examples of this.
Patrick and Karen, his wife of 42 years, have two sons and live in Baton Rouge. Patrick enjoys the outdoors in all forms. His favorite vacation involves a cabin isolated in the mountains. Patrick does enjoy being with the family while they enjoy the beach. He enjoys maintaining their home and as much of the vehicles as is still possible.
Matthew Kogel, COSS,STS
Matt has been in the O&G business since 2001 where he started working with a bolting company. He really enjoys the industry and has worked in the offshore, refinery and pipeline fields.
Fast forward to 2010 where he found he true passion in the field of safety. He landed a job with Shell offshore where he learned the offshore world for the next year and a half. He’s been in the safety field for over 10 years and he really enjoys what he does and the people he works around.
In 2018 while on the job, Matt met Dan Vallot and was introduced to IOFLA. He felt like it was home and has made some great connections and lifelong friends.
In 2019, he was asked to join the Board of IOFLA. He said “It was truly an honor and privilege to join a group filled with Godly men who serve the Lord.
One of the many callings on Matt's heart is to bring the O&G Industry closer to God.
Matt has been married to his wife Kristen for 8 years. They have two children, Wyatt (4) and Andi (10mo). They all enjoy spending time outside and fishing together.
Dan has been in the O&G business since 1997 where he started as a surveyor at the DOW Plaquemine plant. He moved into pipe fabrication drawing spools on the board and with training, moved into the world of AutoCad (Computer Aided Drafting). He served as a Piping Detailer and eventually became a Piping Designer, working for different engineering firms around the Baton Rouge area.
In 2010, Dan moved into Business Development part time, helping gain new business from the contacts and relationships he had made as a designer. By 2012 he was full time in BD.
Over the years, Dan has gained a vast knowledge of the industry. From hot tapping to isolations, from engineering services to non-destructive testing, Dan has been able to sharpen his skills in marketing the service industry to the right people.
He also loves and studies Gods word. Dan has written men’s bible studies that challenge the groups. He has assisted in Youth Ministries and Men’s Ministries. He and his wife have also served on staff as a Praise and Worship Leaders.
In the Fall of 2016, Dan felt that God was leading him to start a Christian organization in the O&G Market. Although Dan didn’t follow thru immediately, the Lord didn’t let it go. While he was laid off in the early summer of 2017, Dan poured all he had into starting the Industry of Faith and he hasn’t looked back. He surrounded himself with a group of trusted men, to help him lead and be accountable.
Now, Dan spends his time leading the IOFLA and is a Regional Account Manager for MATCOR, a cathodic protection service company to the pipeline, chemical and refining companies throughout the Gulf Region.
Dan graduated from Central High School in 1996 where afterwards, he attended LSU. He married his high school sweetheart, Ashley in 2000 and thanks God for her love and support. They live in Watson, LA with their three children, Brayden, Addi and Noah.
Dan enjoys gardening, spending time with his wife and kids, cooking and serving on this team.