About HTS


Since 1968, Heat Transfer Specialists, Inc. has been providing solutions to the Oil and Gas, Refinery, Petrochemical, Power, and light industrial industries in the Texas Gulf Coast.  Whether you are selecting equipment for a grass-roots project, seeking process improvements, or in need of an exchanger repair, our salesmen are committed to meeting the needs of our clients.

Our goal is to bring our real world  experience and knowledge gained in the field and apply it to the proper selection and design of equipment.

Our people


Chad Degges '94

With a BSME from Texas A&M, Chad started his career with Koch Refining. He transferred to Brown Fintube in 1996 and was a Thermal Design Engineer before joining Heat Transfer Specialists, Inc. in 1998.  Major Clients: Dow Chemical, Jacobs Engineering, ExxonMobil, IHI E&C, Formosa Plastics, DuPont, P66, Optimized Process Design, Dow Chemical – Freeport, BASF – Freeport.


(O) 281-820-9002

(M) 713-828-0333



Miles Freeman '94

With a BSID from Texas A&M, Miles began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1994 where he sold engineered air compressor packages. Miles joined Heat Transfer Specialists, Inc in 1999.  Major Clients:  Wood, LyondellBasell Chemical, McDermott, Anadarko Petroleum, ChevronPhillips Chemical, Enterprise Products, Targa Resources, Lonestar NGL, Kuraray America, Kaneka, Akzo Nobel, ExxonMobil – Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant, Energy Transfer, Veritas Gas Processing, KP Engineering, Eastman Chemical, Valero Refining, Huntsman Chemical, Albemarle Corp 


(O) 281-820-9002

(M) 713-828-3414



Chris Chalmers '92

After graduating from Texas A&M with a BSME, Chris worked for Ingersoll-Rand and then for Universal Compression selling engineered compressor packages to Houston area E&C’s firms and major oil & gas operating companies. Chris joined HTS in 2001  Major Clients: Fluor, Burns & McDonnell, Bechtel, Chevron, Foster Wheeler, KBR, CP Chem, Valero Refining, Lyondell Basell Refining, Pasadena Refining, Ventech Engineering.


(O) 281-820-9002

(M) 713-203-0977



Devan O'Dell

After graduating with honors and receiving his BSME in 2009, Devan started his career with Flakeboard Ltd and then spent a year with IMCOM in the United States Army. In 2011, Devan joined Wood Group Mustang in the Heat Transfer group where he designed shell and tube exchangers, air coolers, double pipe and multitube exchangers. In addition, he gained experience with fired equipment on several NCRA and Valero projects.  Major Clients: S&B Engineers & Constructors Ltd., Richard Design Services – Beaumont, BASF – Port Arthur, Valero Refining – Port Arthur, Total Refining, ExxonMobil – Beaumont, Huntsman, Motiva Refinery.


(O) 281-820-9002

(M) 281-415-0617



Chris Grass '11

After graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, Chris started his career at Gulf Interstate Engineering as a mechanical engineer designing compressor station facilities. Chris joined HTS in 2014.  Major Clients: Worley Parsons, Marathon Bay Refinery – Texas City, Valero – Texas City/Corpus Christi, Oxy, Dupont, Citgo – Corpus Christi, Dow – Seadrift.


(O) 281-820-9002

(C) 832-656-0538



Mitch Frank

Mitchell Frank graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Baylor University in 2013. Prior to joining HTS, Mitch worked for Jacobs Engineering.   Major Clients: McDermott (CB&I), Shell Oil Company, Oxy, Covestro, LyondellBasel, Calpine, SBM, Pasadena Refining, Baker-Hughes, KinderMorgan, Linde Engineering.


(O) 281-820-9002

(M) 832-588-8654 


Kim Wood


Kim joined HTS in 2011 and  is responsible for managing the information flow of the office, making for an efficiently run operation. She also provides assistance and support for our customers, manufacturers and salesmen, with customer service being a priority.  She can be reached at 281-820-9002 or kwood@htstx.com 

Melissa Larsen


As HTS expanded in 2016, we realized we needed some additional inside support.  Melissa Larsen joined HTS in 2017 and plays a key supporting role in our organization.  She can be reached at 281-820-9002 or mlarsen@htstx.com

David Wayne Hooks Airport


Heat Transfer Specialists

HTS is located at the David Wayne Hooks Airport and our building conveniently fronts the Grand Parkway SH 99.  This location provides access to the greater Houston area as well as the state of Texas and beyond. 

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Heat Transfer Specialists

9550 Max Conrad Drive, Spring, Texas 77379, United States

(281) 820-9002

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