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About Solomon

Enabling your success with data-driven, strategic insight

About Us

Solomon Associates (Solomon) provides data-driven, strategic insight across the energy industry, leading to greater efficiency, reliability, and profitability.

We draw upon the world’s most extensive, historical, and proprietary database of operational performance, and combine that knowledge with a library of industry best practices and industry experts that understand your business. This combination allows us to identify operational gaps and deliver insight and solutions to close those gaps and improve results, connecting data to business strategy and sustained performance excellence.

Solomon is part of the HSB family of companies and serves clients in nearly 80 countries, with global headquarters in Dallas and regional offices in Houston, London, Manama, and Singapore.

Our People

Helping our clients improve performance is a team of Solomon experts that have deep and extensive hands-on industry experience.  Our consultants have walked in your shoes and understand your business. Each of our consultants average 25+ years of experience in operational roles with some of the top energy companies in the world. This high-level of experience helps to ensure that we deliver practical and actionable insight, and insight that you can trust. 

Our Executive Team

Charlie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Solomon, a position he has held since January 2017. He is responsible for applying his experience to helping Solomon’s energy clients around the world improve their performance, overseeing the company’s business transformation and its continued geographic expansion.

Prior to this position, Charlie led Solomon's Middle East business expansion, opening the firm’s two Middle East offices in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. With more than 35 years’ overall experience, Charlie has served in management and leadership positions within Solomon in consulting services, and marketing and business development.

Charlie joined Solomon in 2004 as Vice President of Consulting Services based in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in civil engineering.

David is the Executive Vice President of IP and Methodology at Solomon. In this role, he is responsible for methodology development and intellectual property in all of Solomon’s comparative performance analyses and economic evaluations for refineries, petrochemical plants, petroleum pipelines and terminals, natural gas transmission systems and processing plants, liquefied natural gas plants, power generation facilities, and upstream operations throughout the world.

He first joined Solomon in 1995. From 1998 to 2008, David led Solomon’s worldwide refining studies, revamping project methodology to increase Solomon’s productivity while increasing the value of the deliverables to study participants. He has 38 years’ experience in engineering, operations, and management in the petrochemical and refining industry in both line and staff positions, including 13 years at Dow Chemical Company.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

David is the Chief Commercial Officer of Solomon. In this role, he oversees strategy and execution of the company’s business development and marketing activities. He is responsible for global sales for all Solomon products and services as well as the development of professional sales and marketing methodologies and infrastructure. He joined Solomon in 2019 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Prior to joining Solomon, David served in executive positions with several companies including Senior Vice President of Sales for Aquilon Energy, Senior Vice President of Sales for PAS, and Chief Operating Officer for SunGard Energy. He has more than 35 years’ experience as a sales and marketing professional with extensive experience in the global refining, chemical processing, oil and gas, and utility markets. David has proven expertise in growing and leading sales organizations engaged in the marketing of software, technology, and business offerings encompassing process simulation, process automation, human reliability solutions, and energy-trading platforms. He has successfully managed all customer-facing activities involved in the sale and delivery of customer-specific solutions.

David is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in chemical engineering.

Rick is Chief Operating Officer of Solomon, a role he has held since August 2020. Rick leads Solomon’s new operations organization and is tasked with helping to profitably grow and expand the company.

Rick has dedicated his career to the oil and gas industry, serving in significant business leadership roles at Simulation Sciences, KBC, Invensys, Aspen Technologies, and most recently Schneider Electric. At Schneider, he served as the Regional Vice President (VP) for the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemicals business, and the Global VP for the EcoStruxure Power & Process program for the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemicals industries. He began his career with Mobil Refining at the Torrance Refinery as a Process Engineer, and then moved on to Mobil E&P in Oklahoma as a Project Engineer, Technical Manager, and ultimately Plant Manager.

Rick graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

Joseph is the Chief Administrative Officer at Solomon. In this role, he leads the finance and accounting functions and provides support for the other administrative areas of the business. Joseph joined Solomon in 2018 as the Vice President (VP) of Administrative Services.

Prior to joining Solomon, Joseph was VP and Corporate Controller for Alsbridge, Inc., an IT and business process outsourcing and advisory firm. During his 20-year career, he has held various finance and accounting leadership positions with business services, consulting, and technology companies including Information Services Group, Affiliated Computer Services, and Fannie Mae. Joseph has expertise leading the growth and development of accounting and other administrative departments and supporting business leaders with sound and timely financial information.

Joseph earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a licensed Texas Certified Public Accountant.

Satiish serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Digital Strategy at Solomon. He is responsible for defining Solomon's long-term technology strategy and vision as well as innovation initiatives that explore emerging technologies and assessing their application to the company’s business. He also manages Solomon’s Oil & Gas Enterprise Portfolio product, data collection automation, digital strategy, and architecture for client-facing solutions.

He has over 20 years of technology experience, more than 10 of which have focused on Mobility and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) operations as well as IoT architecture and implementation. Previous roles include working with Deloitte and IBM to deliver technology-differentiated solutions to private, public, and international customers.

Satiish earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering and management from Bangalore University, a Master of Science in energy systems from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Science in information systems from Eastern Michigan University.

Our Story

During his employment with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), Mr. Lee Henry Solomon conducted statistical analysis and research for a method that would allow direct operating performance comparisons of oil refineries with different configurations, equipment, and auxiliary process units. His work was an extension of earlier work by Dr. W. L. Nelson, who had developed refinery “complexity factors” based on capital expenditure that were published in a series of articles in The Oil & Gas Journal in the early 1960s.

Lee later ventured out on his own with his method of “equivalency factors.” He first joined forces with Turner & Mason (now known as Turner, Mason & Company), which briefly became Turner, Mason & Solomon.  He left Turner, Mason & Solomon and founded his own company, Solomon Associates, in 1981. The following history of the early days of Solomon was taken from the “Refinery Study Perspectives” paper issued in April, 1997 entitled “The Basic Elements of Refinery Performance Measurement”:

“In the late 1970s, the principals at Solomon Associates conducted a small survey of refineries in the United States to identify the range of performance currently experienced within the group.  That effort led to the development of Comparative Performance Analysis (CPA) techniques based on the concept of Equivalent Distillation Capacity (EDC). EDC was defined as a standardizing dimension which incorporated capacity, the effect of multiple units,

and, in the absence of actual industry data, approximated process complexity based on early Nelson factors.

As industry participation in the CPA studies grew, it became evident that more advanced refinery processing units employing higher-pressure catalytic facilities, unique electronic instrumentation, computer control, and more sophisticated construction materials identified shortcomings in the early complexity factors. In early 1983, we examined our industry database of more than 100 refineries (primarily in the USA) and addressed some of these deficiencies. By testing the old capital-based complexity factors against performance parameters for energy use, unit staffing, maintenance practices, and overall cash operating expenses, we produced a set of ‘improved’ complexity factors."

The development of these improved complexity factors established a methodology for which Solomon Associates has been awarded patents, and many of Solomon’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been trademarked and registered with the U.S. government and other government entities worldwide. This methodology would prove to be a solid base from which Solomon Associates launched a full portfolio of multi-client CPA studies covering the oil and gas industries from upstream wellhead, through midstream pipelines and terminals, to downstream fuels, chemicals, and polymers.