Bryan Johnson (Chairman)
Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Engineer

Arizona Public Service (Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station), Tonopah, Arizona

Bryan Johnson has twenty four years’ experience as a Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Engineer at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station with primary responsibility to evaluate and specify lubricants for plant use and to perform Predictive Maintenance/Condition Monitoring duties related to lubricant testing and data evaluation. Secondary responsibilities included establishing programmatic requirements for station lubrication program to include lube storage/handling, cleanliness requirements, usage documentation, root cause determination and laboratory testing specifications. Cross trained into other Predictive technologies. Previously he spent six years as a maintenance engineer at a Naval training facility in Upstate New York.

He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with emphasis in Tribology. He is Certified (CLGS) by National Grease Lubrication Institute (NLGI).

Mr. Mr. Johnson is the current Chairman of ASTM’s sub-committee D02.CS96, International standards committee which develops Standard Practices, Guides and Test Methods related to Predictive Maintenance and the monitoring of in service lubricants. Bryan has been awarded Fellow status by ASTM for contributions made. He is also a Board member of the Engineering Program, Tribology Minor of Auburn University. In addition to that, Bryan also serves in ICML’s LLA Committee, having been a part of the team developing the curriculum for ISO 18436-5.

Rendela K. Wenzel, CMRP (Vice Chair)
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer (Global)

Eli Lilly and Company

Rendela Wenzel (LTC- GPEMR) provides reliability and engineering expertise in mechanical systems, Root Cause Analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and reliability modeling. She also provides expertise in mechanical systems troubleshooting, lubrication and condition based monitoring program development and implementation.

She has applied her expertise across many Lilly sites globally to improve site reliability and predictive maintenance programs, and to reduce equipment deviations associated with mechanical systems failures. She also provides lubrication, pump fundamentals, and reliability training. Rendela has also been a key contributor in advancing her discipline through leading the global Reliability Technical Team, and the President of the Indiana Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. She has mentored numerous individuals and developed several engineering best practices and management of standards and master specifications.

David E. Lange (Treasurer)
Deputy Executive Director

American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK (retired)

David Lange is a strategic thinking, creative, team building leader with extensive multifunctional, executive-level, global experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is the former Deputy Executive Director of The American Association of Petroleum Geologist, a 501(c)(6) organization, and the AAPG Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Mr. Lange served as President of Purolator Canada, Ltd, and VP International for Purolator Products, Inc., a NYSE firm. His background includes global start-ups, strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic & short term planning and execution.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri University and an MBA from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Lange served 8 years on the Board of Directors and 3 years on the Executive Committee as Treasurer of the Automotive Aftermarket Industries Association, a 501(c)(6) association headquartered in Bethesda, MD. He also has further volunteer experience as board member for a variety of organizations, such as the Sunshine Home Health Services, Leadership Tulsa, and Citizens Crime Commission. 
Alec R. Meinke Sr. (Secretary)
Sr. Manager of Equipment Reliability

General Mills Inc. (Blue Buffalo)

Alec has over 30 years of experience building high performance maintenance and reliability programs in a variety of manufacturing industries including foods, chemicals, baking.  In his current role with the Blue Buffalo division of General Mills he is developing and implementing effective equipment reliability programs and is part of the capital project design and management team.

He has been a key technical team member in the design, construction, staffing, and operation of seven (7) automated manufacturing operations in a variety of industries.  He has extensive experience with building effective equipment reliability programs, machine design, production line design, industrial controls, process engineering, and technical leadership.

He has authored many reliability based articles and documents specializing in the development and implementation of comprehensive equipment reliability programs.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics from Truman State University and is a certified reliability leader (CRL).

Yuegang Zhao
Chief Commercial Officer

KPM Analytics, Inc.

Yuegang Zhao is the Chief Commercial Officer at KPM Analytics. He previously served as Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Spectro Scientific Inc., a global leader in providing on-site oil analysis solutions to oil & gas, mining, transportation fleet, industrial manufacturing, and power generation plants for predictive maintenance and machinery reliability. Prior to 2011, Mr. Zhao was vice president of sales of ICCNexergy, a portable power solution company servicing industrial mobile device manufactures, Director of global sales in Avtron Aerospace Inc, leader and provider of testing solutions for aerospace industry, and Director of Marketing and Product Management in Keithley Instruments serving semiconductor industry.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Peking University, China, a master's degree in Physics from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MBA from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He holds 5 patents and has published various papers in technical publications and trade journals.

Jim C. Fitch (Past Chairman)
Founder and CEO

Tulsa-based Noria Corporation

Jim C. Fitch is the founder and CEO of Tulsa-based Noria Corporation, a consulting and training organization that specializes in machinery lubrication, oil analysis, tribology, and machine reliability. The firm has served thousands of clients since 1997.

Noria is publisher of Machinery Lubrication magazine. Mr. Fitch has been awarded numerous patents and has published over 200 books, journal papers, and technical articles. He is a technical consultant on wide-ranging subjects related to tribology and lubrication.

Mr. Fitch is also founding director of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication.

Roger Story
Maintenance and Reliability Manager


Roger currently serves as a Maintenance and Reliability Manager for Covestro in Augusta, GA. Previously, Roger worked for Owens Corning, having developed a world class lubrication program. In his previous career, he served in the US Navy Nuclear Power field, earning a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Power, and a Masters of Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Roger has earned the Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, Machinery Lubrication Engineer and Certification Lubrication Specialist Certifications, MLT I & II, MLA II and III, Vibration Analysis Level I, and Ultrasound Level I.