Management Team

Who We Are

The Industrial Safety Training Council is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit training and education organization located in Southeast Texas. With a location in Baytown, Texas and Corporate offices in Nederland, Texas, (just south of Beaumont, Texas) ISTC delivers safety training and site specific job safety orientations to contractors, as well as the employees of 42 local Refining and Chemical plants.

The roots of the organization are firmly entrenched in the highly regulated Petro-chemical and Refining industry. With cutting edge technology ISTC also responds to the challenge of other industries by applying their acquired regulatory and compliance expertise in training. The results are reductions in cost while improving the quality of required training and documentation.

Executive Team

Bobby Tupper

President & CEO

Robert Gates, Col. USMC (RET.)

Rob Gates, Col. USMC (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer

John Haley

John Haley

Vice President of IT

Katie Celli

Katie Celli

Director of Client & Community Relations

Heather Tesch

Heather Tesch

Director of Accounting

Victoria Baker

Victoria Baker

Director of Special Projects

Carol Hebert

Carol Hebert

Human Resources Manager

John Durkay

John Durkay

General Counsel

Amber Riedmuller

Amber Riedmueller

Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Carlos Diaz


Motiva PAR

Robert Royal

Vice Chairman

Triple "S" Industrial

Chris Tyson



Russell Richard



Kris Pavia

Officer at Large

Trinity Industrial Services, LLC.

Ryan Skinner

Officer at Large

Indorama Ventures

Kristina Estrello

Officer at Large

Signature Group

Vicki Derese

Chevron Phillips

Mike Roebuck Jr.

Echo Maintenance, Inc.

Blake Smalley

Gulfspan Industrial LLC

Brian Yates

Energy Transfer

Cary Campbell

Insulations Incorporated

Joann Delao

Hunter Services

Joel Kohler

Enterprise Baytown

Corey Wright

Covestro, LLC.

Nick Morrison


Mike Bennett

Richard Construction

JT Autrey