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.

Chad A. Degges – President (Texas A&M Class of ’94)

After graduating with a BSME, Chad started his career with Koch Refining. He transferred to Koch Heat Transfer in 1996 and was a Thermal Design Engineer before joining Heat Transfer Specialists, Inc. in 1998.

Major Clients: Dow Chemical, Jacobs Engineering, ExxonMobil, Technip, McDermott, Bayer, Bayer, AMEC IHI E&C, Formosa Plastics, Dupont, Optimized Process Design, Dow Chemical – Freeport, BASF – Freeport.

Office Phone Number: 713-828-0333


Miles C. Freeman – President (Texas A&M Class of ’94)

With a BSID, Miles began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1994 where he sold engineered compressor packages. Miles joined Heat Transfer Specialists, Inc in 1999.

Major Clients: S&B Engineers, Mustang Engineering, Lyondell Basell Chemical, CB&I Engineering, ChevronPhillips Chemical, Enterprise Products, Lonestar NGL, Targa Resources, OneOK, Kaneka, Akzo Nobel, Kuraray America.

Office Phone Number: 713-828-3414


Chris Chalmers – Sales Engineer (Texas A&M Class of ’92)

After graduating 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, Shell Refining, Bechtel, Chevron, Foster Wheeler, KBR, Valero Refining, Lyondell Basell Refining, Pasadena Refining, Ventech Engineering.

Office Phone Number: 713-203-0977


Devan O’Dell – Sales Engineer (Louisiana Tech University)

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: Richard Design Services – Beaumont, BASF – Port Arthur, Valero Refining – Port Arthur, Total Refining, ExxonMobil – Beaumont, Huntsman, Motiva Refinery.

Office Phone Number: 281-415-0617


Chris Grass – Sales Engineer (Texas A&M Class of ’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.

Office Phone Number: 832-656-0538


Mitchell Frank – Sales Engineer (Baylor University)

Mitchell Frank graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Baylor University in 2013. Prior to joining HTS, Mitch worked for Jacobs Engineering and now provides design and technical assistance for customers throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Office Phone Number: (281) 820-9002


Kim Wood – Office Manager

Kim joined HTS in 2011. She 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.

Office Phone Number: (281) 820-9002