About Us

Our History, Vision, and Leadership Team.

Forge Tech's experienced management team understands the challenges of fabricating metal joints and making mechanical repairs to in-service equipment and structures within the restricted environments of refineries, manufacturing process plants, and other similar work sites.

Our vision has focused on developing a safe portable metal joining technology to better accomplish additions and enhancements and various repair and maintenance activities normally addressed by less reliable “cold work” solutions using adhesives, polymers, or similar products. The reasoning was that alternative “hot work” or traditional welding methods, while stronger and more reliable than traditional cold work alternatives, generally require specialized safety procedures, process isolation or decommissioning of equipment that can add significant operating costs or lost productivity.

Our mission is to deliver work-site metal fabricating systems that provide “hot work” strength and reliability, but with “cold work” safety and process flexibility.

Our Core Team

Mat Rybicki

President, CEO

Mat is a technology leader and entrepreneur with over 30 years of commercial technology business experience, including developing and building several successful startup companies. He started his career with Motorola, Inc., developing his engineering and management expertise earning awards for innovation and technology leadership while bringing technology rich solutions to the market. Mat is an inventor on over 75 patents.

In the 1990’s and 2000’s, Mr. Rybicki helped build several technology based startup companies, developing and introducing new technology products to the mass markets. One company, SigmaTel, became Austin's largest IPO when it began publicly trading on the NASDAQ in 2003.

Mat has been involved in several other startup companies as an investor and advisor and was a member of the Austin Angel Network in the mid-2000’s.

Larry Povse

V.P. Operations

Larry is an accomplished Operations Manager with 18 years of operational management experience within the Petro-Chemical and Refining Services Industry.

He has managed several multi-location service entities with cross-discipline trained staffing requirements and 24/7/365 contractual fulfillment responsibilities servicing major refineries and petro-chemical plants located throughout the Gulf Coast region.

He brings domain expertise in staff development, staff safety training and qualification requirements, and operation expertise required for control of crews within the rigorously regulated refinery environment

Daniel Rybicki

V.P Engineering

Dan is an expert industrial technologist with over 26 years of welding and materials engineering experience within aerospace and other leading commercial metal working and manufacturing industries

His professional career has included the development and qualification of critical welding, brazing, and heat treat processes for various NASA and DoD land, air and sea equipment programs.

Dan holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology, with special emphasis and training in advanced metal joining technologies. In addition, Dan is the holder of eight welding-related U.S. Patents, and is a respected member of the American Welding Society (AWS), including participating membership on the AWS Peer Review Panel and several AWS committees.

Don Buchan

V.P. Marketing & Business Development

Don is an experienced management executive with over 30 years of marketing and commercial sales management expertise, including international sales and multinational petroleum firms.

His previous positions have included Director of Sales & Marketing and Vice President Sales & Marketing. Don's broad industrial and commercial experience includes positions within multinational petroleum firms, and two decades of senior executive management within the world's largest commercial furniture manufacturer. His responsibilities primarily focused on creating and managing sales and marketing programs targeting senior decision makers within Fortune 500 firms.

Richard Cox

Director of Safety

Richard has over 35 years of pipe fitting, leak sealing field experience, leak sealing fabrication experience with safety expertise involving the on-line leak sealing business, fugitive emissions monitoring safety and specialized maintenance safety.

Along with the safety duties at Forge Tech Inc. ; Richard is the Primary Designated Employer Representative (DER) for ASAP and DISA drug and alcohol testing, and is the Primary Designated Employer Representatice for Vector/Psychemedics hair testing. Richard oversees the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), OSCA, the Houston Area Safety Council, the Brazosport Safety Council, the ISTC Safet Council and the Texas City Safet Councils. In addition; Richard is the Forge Tech Inc. Adminstrator for National Compliance Management Services Inc. (NCMS) ISNetworld, PICS, Browz, and PEC/Premier auditing companies and is a former Administrator and Master Trainer for the National Center for Contruction Education and Research (NCCER).

Richard has developed and created safety, leak sealing technical procedures, leak sealing training, and quality programs to meet industry standards. Richard created, developed and teaches the 40-hour on-line leak sealing course, has been involved in the OSHA Challenge Program, and ensures that all employees he is responsible for remain in compliance with all Federal, State, Local, and owner/clients safety/health and environmental requirements.

Scott Todd

Chief Engineer

Scott is a highly accomplished Mechanical Design Engineer with additional professional expertise in Stress Analysis. His distinguished career includes more than 22 years of engineering and design experience within aerospace and commercial manufacturing industries.

He holds a BS degree from Purdue University with educational emphasis in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Scott's additional academic and professional expertise includes engineering drawing practices, root cause and effect analysis, capability maturity model integration, and earned value measurement, His other competencies include 3D CAD modeling and finite element analysis, as well as vibration, life cycle and elctromagnetic interference testing.

During his career Scott has designed and controlled the machining and fabrication process of experimental prototypes and commercial hardware for various NASA, DoD and industrial projects, including projects designed to withstand the harsh environments of space, or subjected to abrasives, underwater and corrosive chemicals. For his dedication and distinguished engineering work at NASA, Scott was recipient of the Space Flight Awareness Award, one of NASA's highest awards presented to employees or contractors for their dedication to quality work and flight safety.

Michael Miller

Senior Operations Manager

Mike has over 29 years of diversified hands-on technology experience in various aspects of the on-line leak sealing and fugitive emissions control service industry.

As one of the original founders of the Safe-Seal Company he lead the research & development of Safe-Seal's groundbreaking portable friction welding machine and sealing process.

As an inventor he has developed and co-developed several unique industry process systems and apparatus and is the lead inventor of the current Forge Tech Portable Forge Bonding conceptual designs and prototypes.