Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Waughtal was retained as COO of Emerge in December 2019 and became CEO in July 2021. Mr. Waughtal holds a bachelor’s degree and masters’ degrees in engineering as well as a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in engineering management. Mr. Waughtal has over 28 years of experience as a senior operations manager, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Hoerbiger Corporation America, Inc., a global oil & gas service and manufacturing company.
BILLY RAY SMITH
Executive Vice President of Sales
Mr. Smith joined the company in June 2020 and is currently the Executive Vice President of Sales. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University and has over 25 years of experience in the oil & gas service industry. Mr. Smith spent the majority of his career with Halliburton where he held a variety of positions including Director North America Supply Chain, Australia Business Development Country Manager, and North America Technology Director. Most recently, Mr. Smith served as Senior Vice President & President of the Oil & Gas Business Unit for US Silica.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Hochegger joined the company in March 2021 and is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations. His work experience spans across three continents in various roles and departments, including Controlling, Project Management, Production and Supply Chain, which provides the foundation to bridge across functions to streamline end-to-end processes and engage employees. Mr. Hochegger holds a master’s degree in business administration and is certified in Operations Management by Caltech. Most recently, Mr. Hochegger served as VP SCM at HOERBIGER Corporation of America, a high-mix / low-volume manufacturing and services company, in the oil & gas industry.
Ms. Ashby joined the company in December 2016 and is currently the Corporate Controller. Ms. Ashby has over 25 years of experience in accounting with various roles in operations and financial reporting. She previously served over 14 years with Texas Industries in various accounting roles. Ms. Ashby is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and has her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance.