Meet Orion


Fred Haberle, President

Prior to founding Orion and zdSCADA®, Fred worked in business development for Cornerstone Natural Gas and El Paso Corporation. Fred has degrees from Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin.


Eddie Baker, VP of Business Development

Eddie is responsible for gas supply and development of gas gathering projects. He has 36 years of relevant experience with Sonat Exploration and BP Energy. He holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.


Jason Bonner, Software Engineer

Jason authors software across the zdSCADA® platform. Prior experience includes five years at Genesis, a provider of software for public safety radio systems. He earned degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Anthony Byrd, Field Technician

Antony handles gas measurement and configuration of field communications for SCADA applications. He previously worked 12 years for Coastal Flow and 16 years for Unimin Corporation.


Clay Danley, Director of Sales

Clay is responsible for sales of SCADA-hosting services. He also coordinates installations and equipment procurement for customers. Clay has over 20 years of experience implementing SCADA systems.


Wendy Farmer, Gas Scheduling & Trading

Wendy is responsible for gas trading and scheduling. Wendy joined Orion in 2011 after 15 years as a paralegal. Wendy is a member of the Junior League of Tyler and serves on the advisory board of the East Texas Food Bank.


Brian Fowler, Accountant

Brian is responsible for maintaining accurate bank, A/P, and A/R accounts. Brian has previous work experience with Weaver and as an accountant for Sky Ranch. Brian holds a B.B.A. from Lubbock Christian University.


Vernon Gilbert, Technical Director

Vernon oversees design and development of the zdSCADA platform. He has been with Orion/zdSCADA since the founding of zdSCADA in 2011. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Rich Knarr, Chief Financial Officer

Rich handles accounting, treasury, and finance functions. Rich worked as an accountant with Ernst & Young and ONEOK before joining Orion. Rich graduated from Clemson University and is a CPA licensed in Texas and Oklahoma.


Grant Martin, Software Engineer

Grant authors software across the zdSCADA® platform, including full stack web development. He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Carol Ogea, Office Administrator

Carol is responsible for managing the office and supporting business development and engineering departments as needed. Prior experience includes overseeing a large staff processing over 150,000 daily bank transactions.


Thomas Redd, SCADA Administrator

In addition to customer support, Thomas oversees platform configuration for new locations. Prior experience includes serving in a similar role at EOG Resources, as well as working offshore for Transocean and Noble.


Valrie Riley, Bookkeeper

Valrie worked as the Bookkeeper for Kimshell Properties for over 10 years before joining the Accounting Department at Orion in 2018. She has been a bookkeeper for various businesses, with over 40 years of total experience.


Justin Schminkey, Engineer

Justin is responsible for field operations and SCADA installations. Prior to joining Orion, he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician in the U.S. Army. Justin holds a B.S. from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Matthew Smiley, P. E. Director of Engineering

Matt is responsible for design, construction, operation and maintenance of pipelines. He is also responsible for implementation of new customer SCADA systems. He has prior work experience with Adams Engineering and Lowe’s Companies. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana.