Our Team

Team Background

Well over 100 years EXPERIENCE in the steel structure industry.


 This experience is put to work for you.  As Stratagists, Operational Experts, Customer Advocates we all believe in the power of the people.  Our people are our biggest assests, not the machinery we use, and we know you will feel the same way after working with us.

DonnieRoberts-Circle.jpgDonnie Roberts, P.E.

President

An alumni of Louisiana Tech University, Donnie graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. Joined the team at DIS-TRAN Steel in 1996 as an entry level engineer.  Donnie has worked in all aspects of the business from Operations to Management and is a licensed professional Civil Engineer.  Now the President of DIS-TRAN Steel he overseas all aspects of the company. Donnie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and two children.

PatSmith-Circle.jpgPerry "Pat" Smith, P.E.

Executive VP Business Operations

Pat was born and raised in Central Louisiana.  He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA during that time he was involved in the ASCE Steel Bridge Competition, which peaked his interest in structural engineering.  After working in the construction industry during college, he started work initially with Beta Design Services as a design engineer in 1997.  After a short time this group was merged into the DIS-TRAN operating companies and he began working for DIS-TRAN Steel.  His tenure since that time has involved work as a design engineer, project manager, estimating manager, VP of estimating and quality assurance, and currently serves as EVP of business operations responsible for directing operational productivity and financial performance.  Away from work, he enjoys spending time OUTDOORS with his family, preferably fishing or hunting anything that walks or flies.  He has had opportunity to travel on international mission trips in recent years; one trip was to Nicaragua where he spent a week as a barber!

JerryGeorge-circle.jpgJerry George

Executive VP Business Development & Marketing

Jerry is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, born and raised in a very rural area, attending a small school with only 46 members in his senior class.  Recruited by numerous Division 1 schools to play collegiate baseball, he chose to pursue his baseball career at Louisiana College, a small university close to his family’s home.  He completed his Bachelor’s degree and was drafted by the Montreal Expos to play professional baseball.  He began working for DIS-TRAN as a temporary employee during the off time between baseball seasons. After his retirement from the Expos he became a full time employee for DIS-TRAN in 1980.  He has held many positions during his tenure with the company including purchasing, inventory control, production & operations management, and is now part of the marketing and business development team which requires him to travel about 50% of the time.  Jerry enjoys fishing and golf in his spare time.  He is proud of his Native American heritage and has been studying the Lakota (Sioux) language.  He is married to Tammy and they have three children, Jeremy, Jamie, and Sarah.  There is a rumor he can sing, but few have been able to catch him in the act to prove or disprove this rumor.  He does admit to be being a very poor guitar player and a terrible keyboard player.

JenniferGemar-Circle.jpgJennifer Gemar, P.E.

Vice President of Quality

Jennifer Gemar is a professional engineer who currently works with the engineering and quality control groups for DIS-TRAN Steel.  She is a proud fighting tiger from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  After graduating in 1999, she joined the DIS-TRAN team focusing on the design of high voltage substation, transmission and distribution steel structures.  She currently serves on the ASCE 113 design committee and served as past president of the local LES Chapter.  In her free time she enjoys spending time at the ball fields with her husband and three boys.

Copy_of_MikePhillips2-Circle.jpgMike Phillips

Business Development

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Mike was born in Ruston, LA and grew up in Baton Rouge.  He was a member of the Beta Rho chapter of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta at LSU and spent three years there before earning his Bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana – Monroe.  Mike joined the DIS-TRAN Business Development group in 2009 after spending 13 years as a project & account manager in the Healthcare industry.  His job at DIS-TRAN keeps him on the road about 50% of the time, meeting with customers to discuss upcoming projects and staying on the lookout for our next alliance partner.  When he isn’t traveling, Mike enjoys spending time at home with his wife Christy and two kids, Olivia and Ryan.  He enjoys fishing, golf, cooking, playing guitar (poorly) and LSU sports.  If you catch him in the right mood, you might find Mike somewhere on the road singing bad karaoke.

 

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