Meet the Team
Bobby Vichich serves as Managing Director for CruzAlta. He has more than 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. After earning his engineering degree from Virginia Tech, Bobby developed a strong passion for Turnaround Excellence while working at Exxon, ExxonMobil, and LyondellBasell/Equistar. After 15 years in an owner/operator seat and executing several turnarounds and outages, Bobby joined AP-Networks as the Vice President and Managing Director with the mission of driving sustainable turnaround performance improvement across the industry.
In 2018, Bobby joined Refined Technologies and spearheaded the launch of the turnaround consulting firm, CruzAlta. Bobby has planned, executed, managed, and consulted on more than two hundred turnarounds globally during his career. He is a recognized industry expert in turnaround management practices and has a passion for helping build and optimize turnaround teams and enabling operational excellence improvement. Bobby actively leads CruzAlta’s consulting practice.
Andrew Frost serves as Director of Turnaround Consulting for CruzAlta. He has 13 years of experience with ExxonMobil in turnaround planning and advising for all Upstream Assets across the globe, both inland and offshore. Andrew has significant experience in turnaround planning, which includes establishing templates and workflows for use to service the Upstream. Andrew provides technical consulting and advisory services for CruzAlta’s work in upstream and offshore markets. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA.
Dr. Bethany Schuttinga serves as Head of ESG for CruzAlta. She has served in a variety of global executive administrative leadership positions and has consulted for several for-profit and non-profit organizations over the past 20+ years. She served for a number of years as the Director of Judicial Affairs at Iowa State University and also worked abroad for a large multinational conglomerate in SE Asia. Within her various roles, she has provided expertise and guidance for the C-suite on issues related to board governance, talent acquisition, economic development, strategic planning, marketing, leadership development, finance and human resources. As an academic leader, Dr. Schuttinga is active as a researcher and is proficient in technical writing and policy analysis. Bethany currently maintains a presence in both the public and private sectors where she serves as a Partner and Team Lead for ESG efforts at Anduril Partners and as the President of Avail Academy in Minneapolis, MN.
Bethany holds a PhD from Iowa State University, a MS from Minnesota State University and a BA from Dordt University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Institute.
Breanna Busker serves as the ESG Consulting Engineer Lead for CruzAlta. She has seven years of refining experience, specializing in operations optimization and risk management for several fuel technologies. Before joining RTI in 2021 to support the company’s ESG programs, she spent 7 years at Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi. Busker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Bob O’Brien serves as a Senior Consultant for CruzAlta. Bob has more than 40 years of experience in the refining industry and has worked at all levels of the organization. Bob has led multiple teams and organizations to produce vastly improved performance results in safety, reliability, and yields/energy. Bob’s focus is on coaching and developing leaders and ensuring processes are clear to ensure sustainable and winning results. Bob has worked at Shell, HollyFrontier, Marathon/Ashland, and Solomon Associates over his career.
Charley Warner serves as a Senior Consultant for CruzAlta. He has more than 30 years in the refining industry, which includes his time at Texaco, Star Enterprise, Shell Oil, and Saudi Aramco. His most recent role was with Refined Technologies, where he served as Director of Mechanical for the Gulf Coast and East Coast regions. Charley has a wide range of experience with multiple units, including Sulfuric Alky, FCCU, Reformer Delayed Coker, and Crude. He is passionate about utilizing the lessons he’s learned throughout his years of experience to implement best practices for process improvement.
Jeff McGee serves as Senior Consultant for CruzAlta. He has 36 years in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes roles in the Shell Turnarounds as the Global Operations Turnaround Advisor for the last 3 years. In this role, Jeff brought Operational best practices to the Shell Downstream sites globally, including advising sites on strategy, operational organizations, and turnaround preparation and execution.
Jeff has a passion for creating value for the client and leveraging opportunities to capture margins. He thrives on bringing innovation to clients that will help them with predictable outcomes and competitive durations.
Walter L. (Rusty) Reed serves as a Senior Consultant for Cruz Alta. He has more than 40 plus years in the Oil & Gas industry, which includes a variety of roles in rotating equipment, maintenance, and projects. For the last 20 years, Rusty has worked specifically in the turnaround aspect of the refinery business. Rusty’s early years of experience in turnaround operations allowed him to see firsthand the transformation of the process from the early stages to now becoming a highly specialized skill with layers of work processes and assurance checks. Rusty was instrumental in the Shell Global Chemical work process, development, and roll-out, which reached significant noteworthy heights. Before leaving Shell, Rusty served as the Site Turnaround Manager at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery. At this refinery, Rusty overcame a major challenge to lead the integration of the Crude expansion project units into the base plant turnaround strategy, all while managing an average yearly spend of $150MM.
Rusty’s experience and passion drive him to coach and mentor others to achieve better results in leading turnaround strategy, planning, and execution.