Who We Are

Corrosion Innovations is led by a group of leading innovators and experienced industry professionals. Their combined industry knowledge is the driving force behind the creation of these innovative new products.

Marlin Lester

Marlin Lester

President & Chief Executive Officer / Board Member
Bio

Marlin Lester has more than 30 years of experience in construction maintenance and integrity management services required to maintain material assets in the Oil and Gas, Infrastructure and Defense, Aerospace and Power Generation Markets. In the past ten years he has been instrumental in leading companies to exponential growth and acquisition. In September of 2008 Mr. Lester joined RBG USA, Inc. as Vice President of Operations on a new start-up division in Lafayette, Louisiana. In less than 3 years revenues eclipsed $30 million leading to the acquisition by Stork Technical Services in May of 2011. Major contract awards included BP, BHP Billiton, Shell, Chevron, Murphy, and ENI. In June of 2011 Mr. Lester joined The NACHER Corporation as Vice President. From 2011-2013, he led the company to achieve 118% growth. After being promoted to Executive Vice President, he led NACHER to 100% growth in the 2014 fiscal year before MISTRAS Group acquired the company. Major contract awards included BP and Shell, along with Noble Energy and BHP Billiton. He remained with MISTRAS Group as Executive Vice President and Global COE Manager for the next five years. In December of 2019 Mr. Lester joined Corrosion Prevention Technologies as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his tenure he has been instrumental in the merger of multiple entities to form Corrosion Innovations LLC where he will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Jim Knocke

Jim Knocke

Chief Technology Officer
Bio

Jim is the co-inventor and original patent holder of Corrosion Prevention Technologies’ revolutionary surface preparation technology, Corr-Ze. Jim developed the second-generation Corr-Ze system in 2009, then, in 2011, enhanced this to a superior two-step method that is the industry-changing product we know today,to clean and passivate mild steel. Jim’s professional experience includes synthetic organic chemistry, both, bench and plant scale, formulating cleaners and industrial processing aids across several industries, the introduction of new anti-microbial formulations into food safety applications, and introduction of new applications using anti-microbials to increase frac well production. Jim also has extensive experience in process development, troubleshooting,formulating, scale-up, production management, technical sales support,regulatory functions, ISO 9002 and quality control.

Barbara Tompkins-Brown

Barbara Tompkins-Brown

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Compliance, Environmental and Safety
Bio

Barbara Tompkins – Brown, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Compliance, Environmental and Safety – Barbara Tompkins-Brown oversees the product manufacturing, quality control and compliance for Corrosion Innovations. Barbara has more than 30 years' experience leading and managing large organizations in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain,maintenance and technology. Prior to joining Corrosion Innovations, she held several key leadership roles in chemical manufacturing, including Plant Manager, Operations Manager, Maintenance Manager and Supply Chain Manager. Barbara has extensive experience in strategic planning, supply and demand planning, Lean Six Sigma, operational safety excellence, process safety management, environmental compliance, quality control and assurance.

Archie Cox, Jr

Archie Cox, Jr

Chairman of the Board
Bio

Archibald Cox, Jr. is chairman of Corrosion Innovations LLC and Corrosion Prevention Technologies LLC. He is also chairman of Sextant Group, Inc., a private investment firm and chairman of Ayablu Incorporated, Fairfield, CT; CEO of Bayesiant, LLC, Elk Grove, CA; and Manager of VHSC Holdings LLC, The Woodlands, TX. He serves on the boards of a number of other privately-owned companies, including Adranos Energetics, Lafayette, IN; EyeLock LLC, New York, NY; Inea International Ltd.,BVI; and Madaket, Inc., Cambridge, MA. In addition, he serves on the board of Unifi, Inc., Greensboro, NC. Mr. Cox has more than 56 years of financial, investment and operating experience and during his career has lived and worked in New York,Indiana, London, Singapore and Toronto. A native of Wayland, MA, Mr. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Economics from Harvard College (1962) and a MBA (with distinction) from Harvard Business School (1964).

Randy LeBoeuf

Randy LeBoeuf

Vice Chairman of the Board
Bio

Starting as a blaster/painter himself, Randy LeBoeuf (ISP CEO/Founder), always strived to offer the most innovative methods for providing his services. His career in the coatings and corrosion industry started back in 1981 with Tesco. This is the company he and his wife later purchased in 1986 with the commitment to continue reforming the industry. The business continued to grow until it’s sale in 2007 to Brand Energy Services. Randy continued working with Brand Energy Services until in 2009 when he teamed up with a friend on a new venture providing action-oriented oilfield services and solutions. One thought led to another and in 2012, Randy and a friend teamed up to offer new technology in the UHP and surface prep industry that had never been seen before. After extensive testing, research and development, Innovative Surface Prep (ISP) was started with the one goal of providing unparalleled equipment and technology backed with a experienced and innovative team. Since 2012, ISP has served clients all over the world and continued on their mission to innovate and serve. This led to Randy’s departure from the oilfield services venture to give ISP 100% of his efforts. Since then ISP has introduced a new state-of-the-art UHP Robotic system that’s main focus is to increase safety and efficiencies while decreasing the environmental impact of surface preparation. All of these benefits combined led to cost savings for the client making ISP the first choice in surface preparation providers. With over a century of collective experience in the blasting, coatings and corrosion industry, ISP owners and team look forward to continuing to solve client challenges by driving the industry forward. We are your innovator, the dedicated team to solving your UHP and surface preparation needs.

Trey Chandler

Trey Chandler

Board Member
Bio

Trey Chandler is an accomplished sales and operations management professional with over 15 years of purchasing and finance, and production expertise. He is a results-driven leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a strong emphasis in cost analysis, and establishing sustainable revenues and maximizing returns in underperforming markets. Proven history and success increasing profitability, improving performance, and cultivating productivity in sensitive, fast-paced environments and a highly competitive industry. Tenacious in building new business, securing customer loyalty, and forging strong relationships with external business partners, generating high-dollar sales. Solid ability to rapidly assimilate new technologies and concepts to meet the demands of dynamic and diverse operational environments and customer satisfaction. Currently Trey is in Executive Operational Leadership of an industry leading distributor of drilling equipment and supplies, and is directly responsible for the overall fiscal performance. He is also a key member and key strategist of an Executive Committee that is comprised of the CEO, President, and Treasurer. In this position he is responsible for the P&L numbers and strategy for future projects and the overall company’s direction.

Todd Olson

Todd Olson

Board Member
Bio

With a degree in Environmental Health and Safety from Oregon State University, Todd was Safety Director for BF Goodrich and Northwest Container, moving on to serve as a Safety Products sales rep for regional distributors such as Safety and Supply and Spider Safety Products. Mr. Olson served as a sales consultant driving new sales opportunities and developing markets for customers, and also owned and operated a Door and Millwork company for 7 years. Todd is President of Vandelay Sales, a leader in the market for sourcing and delivering safety/construction products in the US. Vandelay Sales has manufacturing agreements with companies in Taiwan. Todd worked closely with clients to develop and launch new product lines and expand revenue with overseas sourced safety equipment. In 2017 Mr. Olson founded WirxGroup. WirxGroup, together with CleanerBlast Systems, aligns equipment and sustainable corrosion and cleaning chemicals bringing a comprehensive and new approach to cleaning,preparing and preserving surfaces. CleanerBlast System is an industry leading manufacturer of wet abrasive blasting equipment. Mr Olson led CleanerBlast to 100% growth in 2019. Most recently Todd joined Corrosion Innovations LLC where he also serves on the board.