Todd Mueller is President of AUC Group and oversees all facets of the business including operations, finance, engineering, business development, marketing and the performance and management of all wastewater projects. He leads a team of professionals committed to operational excellence and is a recognized expert in the wastewater industry.
Mr. Mueller has over 25 years’ experience and began with TEC Industries as a Project Manager in 1991 overseeing personnel and projects. When the organization was acquired, he was named Vice President of Wastewater Construction with AquaSource Utility Construction L.P. In this position, he was responsible for the performance and management of the Construction Departments involved in Wastewater Projects, including wastewater treatment plants, underground utilities, lift stations and design work. Mr. Mueller began his career in Commercial Real Estate, performing construction management for PM Realty Group.
Carl Baker joined AUC Group in 2014 as the Vice President of Sales where he is responsible for business development, sales and assisting our manufacturers’ rep firms in promoting the AUC Group product line and solutions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Baker has developed key relationships within the industry and continues to generate new business through those contacts.
Prior to 2014, Mr. Baker was Owner and President of Gaylord Environmental, a competitor of AUC Group involved in leasing, selling, manufacturing and installing wastewater treatment plants. The two companies merged in June 2014. In his early career, Mr. Baker spent 27 years in the hospitality business primarily involved in the golf industry as a Head Professional certified by the PGA of America, a General Manager, a concession owner, and an operator.
Jim Rodgers joined AUC Group in 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, he was instrumental in structuring the acquisition of Gaylord Environmental, a key competitor, and integrating their operations into the company’s business.
Prior to joining AUC Group, Mr. Rodgers was the CFO and Controller for Lange Mechanical Services, L. P. He has 25 years’ experience in financial operations and management at companies including Texas Instruments, Siemens AG, Johnson Controls, Valiant Yachts and Aeroflex MIC Technology, Inc.
John Croom is AUC Group’s Senior Business Development Manager responsible for new client acquisition and account management across the southeastern United States, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Croom was previously a Process Sales Engineer with Southern Water Technologies where he worked with municipal and industrial clients providing water and wastewater treatment needs. He owned and operated his own environmental consulting firm, OSR, LLC. A graduate of the University of Southern Alabama, he is an active member and presenter with AWWA, AWEA, WEF, AL-MS-FL associations, PEP Industrial Environmental Partners, Mobile Bay NEP and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
John K. Barry is the Senior Business Development Manager for the Southwestern Region of the United States where he is responsible for business initiatives in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado and New Mexico.
Prior to joining AUC Group, Mr. Barry spent 25 years with the Albany International Corporation where he held progressive positions that included Sales Engineer, Northern Sales Manager, Regional Business Director and VP of North America. He later joined Rain Bird Corporation and established a new filtration business that attracted customers in non-traditional irrigation markets (Industrial and Municipal), Golf, Commercial and Agricultural.
Chris Nichols joined AUC Group as Design Group Manager in 2007 where he has full responsibility for the design and CAD departments. Each plant’s design, from concept through delivery, is within his authority. He manages the production of technical specifications, design reports and drawings during the submittal and fabrication phases of wastewater treatment plant projects. Mr. Nichols works with the developer and engineering communities in the design and budgeting of wastewater treatment plants. In addition, he works with outside vendors in the fabrication of components for AUC Group plants.
Hugo Salinas joined AUC Group in 2016 as the Project Manager of Design. He oversees the internal design team in preparing engineering drawings and specifications for wastewater treatment plants during the preliminary and submittal phases. Mr. Salinas is responsible for the process design of wastewater treatment plants and for preparing technical specifications and design reports. He assists in the preparation of bid proposals and reviews local, state, and federal regulatory requirements for compliance.
Prior to joining AUC Group, Mr. Salinas worked as a Project Manager for DAC Engineering where he supervised and coordinated the design team of engineers, drafters, and designers to produce construction documents for commercial developments. While there he designed water and wastewater infrastructure improvements for the Harris County MUD No. 165, including a 2,200 gallons per minute sanitary sewer lift station replacement, new Water Treatment Plant No. 4 and the expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 1 from 1.0 million gallons per day to 2.0 million gallons per day.
Mr. Salinas has also worked as a Project Engineer for Odebrecht Environmental Inc. and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., where he began his career.
David Rolen joined AUC Group in 2016 as a Project Manager. He provides leadership on many projects with responsibilities including overseeing budgets, communicating with clients and organizing design schedules. He also selects and coordinates fabricators and works with general contractors during the installation of plants.
Prior to joining AUC Group, Mr. Rolen worked for 8 years as a Project Manager and Department Manager for engineering consulting firms, Terracon Consultants and Aquaterra Engineering. He had a wide range of responsibilities that included business development and personnel management, project management, project estimating, development of proposals and statements of qualifications, client communication, review of quality control data and development of methodologies to investigate project profitability and improve “go-no go” decisions on prospective clients. Some major projects in which he was involved include the LSU Tiger Stadium South End Zone Expansion, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets, American Creosote Works Superfund Site and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
Mike Williams brings over 40 years’ experience in building wastewater treatment plants to the AUC Group where he serves as Construction Manager. He oversees all aspects of the projects including managing the AUC Group field crews. Mr. Williams is also responsible for the timely implementation of each project, controlling costs, coordination with subcontractors, fabricators and vendors. He provides technical support to field supervisors, is responsible for on-site safety and coordinates site delivery of all components for a complete system. Mr. Williams began his career with TEC Industries in 1974 as a helper on a job site building wastewater treatment plants. He was promoted to Job Foreman then eventually to Construction Manager. Mr. Williams has been key to the success of AUC Group throughout its 45 year history. His knowledge of wastewater treatment solutions is unparalleled in the industry.