Industrial Safety Training Council Announces New President and CEO

The Industrial Safety Training Council’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobby Tupper as the organization’s new President and CEO serving both the Beaumont and Baytown Campuses, effective July 10, 2023

Tupper is an Air Force Veteran who has spent the last 27 years working in the oil and gas industry.  He takes on this position following the retirement of former President and CEO, Cliff Brittain.  In this capacity, he will spearhead the council’s continuing efforts to further strengthen and enhance the safety culture of the Southeast Texas industrial region by managing and delivering the safety and compliance programs of over 80 owner sites across the Gulf Coast and beyond. He will also oversee ISTC’s management of the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable and serve as Executive Director of the Southeast Texas Plant Manager’s Forum.

“I had the privilege of working with Bobby at Motiva Enterprises. He is highly respected by his peers and staff,” stated Carlos Diaz, ISTC Chairman of the Board of Directors. “He has built an impressive career, holding several leadership roles for Motiva. His reputation and depth of experience should prove immensely valuable in executing our continued development goals while continuing to extend a sharp focus on the safety culture throughout our region.”

“It is a privilege to serve as President and CEO for ISTC, an organization I have worked closely with for over 20 years,” stated Mr. Tupper. “I am stepping in during a period of incredible industrial growth for this region. I look forward to working with the team and our stakeholders throughout Southeast Texas to further enhance the safety culture of our region by streamlining operational efficiency and improving current initiatives.”

Mr. Tupper began his career in the electrical field with Allied Electric and spent the last 22 years working for Shell/Motiva, North America’s largest refinery. Bobby worked in various roles within maintenance including Team Lead, Planner, Scheduler, Supervisor, and Manager. He also spent 4 years as a Continuous Improvement Specialist applying Lean principles and working on multi-million-dollar improvement projects across several Shell/Motiva facilities. Bobby was part of the multi-billion-dollar Crude Expansion Project that was completed in 2012, doubling the size of the refinery. In 2019, Motiva acquired Flint Hills Chemical facility and Bobby was appointed to lead the Integration efforts. In addition to the integration project, he also led as the Maintenance Excellence Manager over his last 5 years at Motiva, overseeing a Maintenance Team, the Maintenance Execution Work Process, Facility Logistics, Contractor Badging, and Contractor Management. Bobby was also integral in writing, reviewing, and implementing many of the site’s policies and procedures related to maintenance and safety.

Bobby currently lives in Bridge City with his wife, Andrea, and their 12-year-old son, Slayton, who loves basketball. They have an adult son, Colton, and 2 daughters in college, Baylee is a senior at Lamar University and Harlee will begin her sophomore year in the Fall playing beach volleyball at McNeese University. Their granddaughter, Sawyer, is a year and a half and their favorite pastime is spoiling her. Bobby and his family are active members of Bridgepoint Fellowship in Bridge City, Tx. Over the years, he’s enjoyed coaching his children in volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball and plays golf in his free time.