FSE's Leadership Team
Christopher Renoud, P.E. - President
Expertise and experience: Chris acquired FSE from the founder Winston Renoud, and has successfully led the organization through a major transition in leadership. He has worked in all technical areas of the company, including design, inspection, testing and preventive maintenance over the past 20 years. Having grown up in the business, Chris is uniquely qualified to guide the company through the next phases of growth and expansion.
Approach: Leveraging his knowledge as an MBA, his understanding of the rapidly changing technology, and competitive environment, Chris is focused on delivering world-class third-party FRP/GRP expertise efficiently and cost-effectively to companies and projects around the globe.” Find Chris on LinkedIn
Randy Rapoza, P.E. - Vice President of Operations, Principal Engineer
Expertise and experience: Randy is a world-recognized leader in composite engineering. His work in the implementation of laminate theory has advanced industry understanding and acceptance of FRP as an engineering material for industrial applications. Randy has directed FSE’s technical offerings to over 200 clients (nearly 4,000 projects). Under Randy’s direction and participation, FSE’s engineering department has developed FSE’s proprietary LamCode software. In addition, he has led research and development efforts resulting in new analytical and inspection techniques and development of new FRP/GRP products and applications. Randy directed extensive lab and full-scale field testing to support FSE design, failure investigations, used equipment evaluations and product development.
Approach: Randy’s primary focus has always been delivering industry-best FRP/GRP engineering solutions tailored to client needs. Find Randy on LinkedIn
Kyle Schmidt - Senior Project Engineer
Expertise and experience: Kyle brings a wide range of in-depth knowledge of the FRP/GRP industry to FSE and our clients’ projects, effectively integrating the comprehensive services available from the engineering, inspection and testing groups to satisfy project goals. He has been instrumental in the ongoing development of FSE specification systems, inspection and investigative procedures, design innovation and technical reporting, spanning issues across the full life cycle of FRP/GRP equipment. Educated in construction management, Kyle has 38 years of experience with all aspects of industrial FRP/GRP equipment, including fabrication, design, specification, inspection, testing, failure investigation, project engineering and management in both fabrication facilities and at FSE.
Approach: Kyle’s focus is to provide solutions to unique project requirements through the use of various design and procurement strategies that result in reliable designs, competitive bidding, and quality fabrication and installation through enforceable specifications. Kyle supports and organizes all disciplines within FSE to assure integration, innovation, accuracy and timeliness of the work, and helps to implement a culture of strong teamwork and ethical principles.
Brian Thompson - Project Engineer
Expertise and experience: Brian's knowledge of industrial FRP equipment engineering and fabrication provides an ideal skillset that is instrumental in his role as an intermediary between the Designers and Manufactures of FRP equipment and our Clients. Brian has led FSE efforts in the development of corporate specifications governing the design, manufacture, installation and long-term monitoring and maintenance of FRP equipment for Fortune 500 companies and major international clients. Brian typically manages our engineering and quality assurance surveillance efforts for both domestic and international projects. Brian has a B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology and over 18 (13+ years at FSE) experience in the composites industry.
Approach: Brian's focus is on providing our clients the guidance and support, necessary to allow them to achieve project performance, cost and schedule milestones and to ultimately, maximize the long-term reliability of FRP equipment.
Bret Espey CPA - Controller
Bret began his career in 1989, and in 2016 he brought his 29 years of corporate tax and accounting experience to FSE. He has worked in companies of all sizes, from small family-owned service business to a Fortune 500 company, bringing experience in real estate, manufacturing, and various service industries. He is a licensed CPA in Washington State. One of his first tasks at FSE was to oversee the creation and implementation of the ISO 9001 standards company-wide, which was completed in January 2017.
Approach: As the financial and administrative manager of FSE, Bret's goal is to provide accurate and timely accounting information to support the FSE leadership team, while streamlining accounting processes across the company.
Radwan El-Merehbi - GCC General Manager - KSA branch office
Radwan brings 10 years of FRP industry experience from laminating to project management and sales to FSE as the new KSA branch office’s GM. Radwan has successfully managed large FRP projects working with major players in the oil and gas and construction industries. Radwan has a track record of satisfying customers’ needs and consistently develops strong rapport with all of his customers.
Approach: Radwan leverages his excellent customer skills to move projects forward with a view to establishing and growing a vibrant business in the Middle East. Find Radwan on LinkedIn