After graduating high school in Louisiana in 1971, David Kimbrell joined the United States Air Force where he served in Security Detail and then as an Instrumentation Specialist. David was Honorably Discharged in 1975 and immediately pursued higher education and graduated in Instrumentation in 1978.
Searching for an industry where he could utilize his unique experience and skill set, David joined E.W. Saybolt (now Core Laboratories - US Stock Chart: CLB) where he started, boots on the ground, as an Inspector in refineries and terminals and onboard barges and vessels transporting Oil, Gas and Chemicals. He was promoted to Operations Manager in this Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry (TIC Industry) Corporation directing their Louisiana facilities.
As a result of continuous and excellent job performance, David built a good name and solid reputation as word of his achievements spread amongst the Oil, Gas and Chemical Industry. David began receiving various job offers from several of his clients that he serviced at Saybolt.
After a decade at Saybolt, he accepted a position with Phibro Energy in 1986 as a Product Loss Control Manager for the lower Mississippi River Area. His area of responsibility became international as Phibro activity expanded across the globe and the company took on other names such as Hill Petroleum and Basis Petroleum. In 1997, the company sold to Valero (NYSE: VLO) and certain employees were offered a "package deal" if they desired to exit the newly formed entity. David saw more value in returning to the TIC Industry with expanded key expertise and respected relationships, as he was armed with nearly 20 years of industry experience from both the clients' and contractors' perspectives. In 1997, he accepted an offer from Intertek (LSE:ITRK).
At Intertek, David began managing many offices in areas throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean where he opened new offices, improved service, revenue and profit. As the entire landscape of the Oil, Gas and Chemical Industry was in a serious transformation due to globalization effects, David was offered a strategic position at Duke Energy.
Taking a brief assignment at Duke Energy, he worked for 4 years managing all Vessel Operations for Crude Oil, Finished Goods, Coal and Agricultural Products. Once again, he made significant accomplishments, set up succession planning and in 2003 he returned to his current employer, Intertek.
David has 19 years working for Intertek and has brought in new sales amounting to more than $200 Million USD by doing what he does best - demanding excellence and integrity from his own self and his teams at Intertek to provide the best service the TIC Industry has to offer. He currently manages over 100 monthly Oil, Gas and Chemical movements in the U.S. and internationally.
With 40 years in the industry and 2 complete generations of friends, clients and network associates, David was inspired to open his own Consulting Firm. Strong personal and business ethics are at the core of his success; therefore, David does not mix Intertek business with DKK Consulting business as he sees this combination as a positive and ongoing "win/win" for both companies and he will not permit the occurrence of any actions that may be a potential conflict of interest.
David is a grandfather of 2 beautiful children and his son, Jeremy Kimbrell, will soon complete 20 years serving at senior levels in the United States Armed Forces. Jeremy is considering to possibly bring his own experience, innovation and vision to the industry.