Mr. O’Leary has been involved in the steel pipe and distribution industries for more than 30 years. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Edgen Group or our predecessor companies since August 2003, and as a member of the boards of directors of Edgen Group or of those predecessor companies since February 2003. He joined Edgen Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2003. Prior to joining Edgen Murray Corporation, Mr. O’Leary served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Stupp Corporation, an independent manufacturer of electric-resistance welded custom steel line pipe, from 1995 to 2002. Prior to joining Stupp Corporation, he was Executive Vice- President and Chief Operating Officer of Maverick Tube Corporation, a pipe manufacturing company. He has also held management and executive positions with Red Man Pipe & Supply Company and Lone Star Steel Company. Mr. O’Leary is a former Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports and a member of the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors. Mr. O’Leary is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in Education. The board believes that Mr. O’Leary’s depth of experience in the steel and pipe industry enables him to bring a unique and valuable business and managerial perspective to the Company.
Mr. Laxton has more than 20 years of experience in industrial distribution. Mr. Laxton has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Edgen Group or of our predecessor companies since joining us in 1996. Prior to joining us, Mr. Laxton served as Chief Financial Officer of a distributor of tube fittings, controls and filtration products from January 1991 to December 1996. Mr. Laxton has also held consulting positions with a big four accounting firm and with an investment banking firm. Mr. Laxton is currently Chairman of American Gateway Bank and is the former president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Management. Mr. Laxton received a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Keaton has worked in the finance and accounting department at Edgen Group in roles of increasing responsibility for over 15 years. Prior to his current role, he has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Edgen Group’s Western Hemisphere operations since 2008 and was Vice President and Controller of Edgen Murray Corporation, a subsidiary of Edgen Group, from 2004. Mr. Keaton was appointed to his current position in February 2011. Prior to joining Edgen Murray Corporation, Mr. Keaton served as the controller for a heavy equipment manufacturer and also provided audit and advisory services with a big four accounting firm. Mr. Keaton received a B.A. in Accounting from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Kiefer has more than 30 years of experience in the industrial distribution sector and manages our global operations. Mr. Kiefer joined Edgen Corporation in April 2002 as the President of Service Industrial Supply Co. He was promoted to President of Edgen Murray Corporation’s Carbon Products Group in March 2003, became Executive Vice President—General Manager, Western Hemisphere in January 2008 and then was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the predecessor company of Edgen Group in June 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kiefer was President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Industrial Supply Co., which he formed in 1979 and which was acquired by Edgen Corporation in 2002.
Mr. Dvorak has been involved in the OCTG industry for over 29 years. Mr. Dvorak has previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Sales & Marketing of B&L Predecessor. Prior to joining B&L Predecessor, Mr. Dvorak served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Red Man Pipe & Supply Company where he was responsible for sales in all phases of the company’s business. Prior to joining Red Man, he was Vice President of Marketing for Bovaird Supply Company. Mr. Dvorak began his career in sales with Republic Supply in 1981 where he became Dallas Area Manager. He is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Mr. Dvorak is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Education.