Board of Directors

David Esquibel – Chair/Chief Executive Officer

David Esquibel – Workforce Development Specialist Crafts & Operations, Shell Oil Company
David is a member of Shell’s Workforce Community Strategic Initiative Team. He is responsible for Shell’s Associate & Technical Scholarship, Dual Credit and 2-year STEM career programs and manages more than 20 community colleges across the US. The management and execution of these programs strengthen Shell’s technical talent pipeline in Process Technology, Instrumentation and Maintenance Crafts. He is also responsible for developing workforce strategies for Shell’s Up and Downstream Businesses and additional responsibilities include, involvement in strategic external associations such as NAPTA, grant funding and program development to help attract females, military and precollege students to the oil & gas and petrochemical industry.

Regina Cooper – Vice Chair

Regina Cooper – Training and Development Supervisor, Marathon Petroleum Company
Regina has over twelve years’ experience in training and development and over thirty years’ experience working in highly-regulated industries. She worked at a tire factory in Oklahoma for almost 20 years, starting as an hourly employee and working her way up to Department Manager while attending college. She was later offered the Training and Communications Manager position because of her interest in developing her team and she has been in the field ever since. Graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a BS in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration.

Eric Newby – President/Executive Director

Eric Newby – President/Executive Director, NAPTA
As President and Executive Director of the North American Process Technology Alliance, NAPTA, Eric brings 35 years of Oil and Chemical Industry experience, working in a variety of positions ranging from Oilwell Services to Olefins Production Operations, and from Shift Supervisor to Learning & Development Coordinator. After serving as President of the alliance for eight years Eric retired from BASF Corporation in 2015 and took on the fulltime role of leading the NAPTA in its mission to advance the Process Technology (PTEC) education and career through partnerships between industry, education, and related organizations.

Stephen M. Backman – Secretary

Steve Backman – President, Remington College – Baton Rouge
Steve is originally from New York City but is now a displaced “damned Yankee.” He joined the Air Force after graduating from college and spent the first half of his 26-year career as a navigator and bombardier flying B-52D, F, G, and H model versions, and later as a navigation and bombing instructor in the T-43A aircraft. He flew 34 B-52 combat missions in support of operations in Southeast Asia. Steve retired as a Lt. Col. In 1995 and began a career in education as an Academic Dean and later as President of Colleges in Utah, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in New York, and masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and The U.S. Air Force Air War College in Montgomery, AL. Steve and Avy have three children, Robert, Corey, and Zach. He is also the proud grandparent of Ava, Del, and Emma.

Glenn Johnson – Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Glenn Johnson – Manufacturing Workforce Development Leader, BASF
With 20+ years of experience within a progressive array of Manufacturing Leadership and Organizational Development roles, in technical operations of Oil, Gas, and Chemical refinement/production; Glenn began as a Plant Operator, transitioned to the Training function and on to the role of Training Department Manager. He has most recently advanced to the role of Workforce Development Leader for BASF. Glenn has a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, is a Development Dimensions International certified Instructional Facilitator, and a Langevin Learning Services certified Instructional Designer/Developer. Glenn holds many posts within workforce development; Industry Representative on the Education & Workforce Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers; President of the Dream It Do It Se-TX Educational Foundation.

David W. T. King – Director

David King – Workforce Development Manager, INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA
After graduating from Queens’ University in Chemical Engineering, David has worked in various Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Leadership roles during his career including as the Site Manager for the 2.5 billion pound per year INEOS polyolefins complex in LaPorte, Texas. Prior to his current role in Strategic Workforce Development, David was the President of the INEOS Ethanol from Waste JV in Florida and also served as the COO for the former INEOS biodiesel Joint Venture. In his present role David is active on the Advisory Panels for several regional Community Colleges and High Schools and local Industry Associations, with a focus on initiatives to fill the industry pipeline with good candidates for rewarding careers in the petrochemical industry.

Scott Krejci – Director

Scott Krejci – Superintendent of Technical Training, Valero
Scott has a wide range of experience gained in over 27 years of combined military and refinery business. His active duty work consisted of small boat and ship operations, safety & operational investigations, human resources, operations & management training, and organizational development. At Valero, he currently has oversight of training related to technical work, regulatory, behavior based, and supervisory development. Scott works with 600 employees to ensure training needs are met along with continuous budgeting and strategic planning.