Bee Cave Drilling, Inc. BBB Business Review
Meet Our Staff

Staff Bios


October 2019

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Circa 2003

Office
Project Managers
Inventory
Drilling Crew
Drilling Superintendent
Drilling Apprentices
Service Crew
Service Manager
Diagnostic Technicians
Pump Installers
Storage Tank Installers
Service Apprentices
Mechanic

Office

Jim Blair, President

Jim is passionate about three things: God, his family, and water. He enjoys working with mission organizations around the world to bring drinking water to needy people. As a deacon in his church, Jim is involved in many ministry projects serving the local community. Jim and his family enjoy fishing, swimming, and hiking together. At work, Jim likes to take on new challenges. He will find a way to fix a well that is not functioning or get a pump out that other companies can’t. When someone says it can’t be done, Jim takes that as a challenge.

Jim Blair (Lic. 54416 CKMPW) is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as a Water Well Driller with designations in water wells, monitoring wells, and closed loop geothermal wells, and as a Pump Installer with designations in single phase and three phase pumps. Jim has been in the water well business since September of 1993.

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Christy Cahela, Director of Operations

Christy’s background is in media production where she produced talk shows in the radio industry, such as Point of View and Daybreak. An opportunity with SXSW brought her and her husband David to the Austin area. Christy and David have Biblical Counseling and Christian Education degrees, respectively. She is involved in her church and Christy’s passion is working with young ladies and helping them discover their purpose and calling. Christy is a certified Ministry Insights counselor.She also has a love for music which she continued to develop when she lived in Nashville, TN. Christy is always improving herself and making huge strides for the company here at Bee Cave Drilling. Her editing skills can be seen in our videos. Christy, David and their pug, Lemmy, reside in Austin.

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Melanie Johnson, Project Administrator

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Going to the Beach, Riding motorcycles with her husband, working with her church, and being Mimi to her grandkids
Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind (She was named after the character Melanie)
Favorite Local Restaurant: Austin Pizza Garden
Other Interesting Facts: Melanie was born on Christmas day and has met John Travolta, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Spacey, and Willie Nelson
Work History: Melanie has been working in dispatch and customer service for 30 years

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Annette Pike, Assistant Project Administrator

Interest/Hobbies: Going to the lake; hanging with our family and 3 grandkids; crafting; puzzles
Favorite Movie: “Willow” – a classic I will watch over and over – and “Field of Dreams” or pretty much any Kevin Costner movie.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Mesa Rosa
Other Interesting Facts: Native Austinite. Use to work at a rental company and we rented equipment to film crews. One time we went to watch them shoot the film and Clint Eastwood sat on my car while directing his movie!!

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Bethany Mierow, Accountant

Interest/Hobbies: Playing violin, snuggling kitties, bluebonnets, two-stepping, mac n cheese, and debits equaling credits.
Favorite Movie: One Night with The King.
Favorite Local Restaurant This one's hard ... it's between Whataburger, Chick-fil-a, Torchy's Tacos, and Serrano’s.
Other Interesting Facts: I can hula hoop 13 hoops at once.

Project Managers

Kevin Langford, Director of Project Management

Kevin worked for Bee Cave Drilling in the summer of 1997 right after college as a “grunt” helping to drill wells and set pumps. Kevin returned to Bee Cave Drilling in January 2012 as a Project Manager. He designs residential and irrigation systems for people who call in to the office and handles much of the paperwork for Jim’s projects. Kevin is married with one son. He loves getting away into the mountains, telling people about Jesus, and working with the great crew at Bee Cave Drilling.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in water resources from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister and served in churches in Texas and Nevada from 1994-2012.

Favorite Sports: UT Football, UT and Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, and UT and Rice Owls Baseball.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Cranky Franks BBQ in Fredricksburg

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Greg Svetlik, Project Manager

Greg is a true renaissance man. Like Jim, he knows the water well business forwards and backwards and is somewhat of a savant at remembering the details of every well he has drilled or worked on. He is also involved in a popular Czech polka band called The Czechaholics (www.czechaholics.com). (Click here for a video of Greg playing with his band). This keeps him busy most weekends playing dance halls, church picnics, and family reunions across the state. When not providing people water or playing with the band, Greg and his family enjoy fishing, swimming, and biking together. At work, Greg can design you a water well system to match your needs no matter how small or large or find a way to fix a well system that seems beyond hope.

Greg Svetlik (Lic. 56008 CKPW) is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as a Water Well Driller with designations in water wells and closed loop geothermal wells, and as a Pump Installer with designations in single phase and three phase pumps. Greg has been in the water well business since April of 2003.

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Lyle Williams, Project Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Love sailing and doing bareboat charters, Restoring an old sailboat, Golf, Painting
Favorite Movie: White Squall & Tombstone
I like spending time with my grandkids and teaching them how to sail. Nobody to blame when we do something wrong on the boat but ourselves.

Alex Thompson, Project Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Alex makes chain mail.
Favorite Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Willie’s Burgers and BBQ on Hwy 71 in Spicewood.
Other Interesting Facts: Alex was in the US Army for 6 years.
Work History: Alex has been in the water well industry since 2012.

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Steven Luther “Luther”, Project Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Sleeping, Firearms, Midget Wrestling.
Favorite Movie: Pulp fiction, Boondock Saints 1 and 2.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Sal’s pizza cafe in Henderson TX.
Other Interesting Facts: My family was one of the 1st settlers in Rhode Island and we have 4 city streets named after us called the Luther Corners.

Ross Johnson, Project Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, shooting, gaming, gun smithing, fabricating, metal or wood. Building anything that I can figure out how to.
Favorite Movie: John Wick 1 & 2.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Genghis Grill.
Favorite Animal: Badger.

Inventory

Frank Nessmith, Assistant Warehouse Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Fly fishing and traveling. (simultaneously)
Favorite Movie: Tombstone.
Favorite Local Restaurant: The Leaning Pear (Wimberley).
Favorite Sports Team: K. C. Chiefs.
Other Interesting Facts: I refuse to grow up.

Drilling Crew

Mike Scott, Director of Drilling

Interest/Hobbies: Working on classic cars and hanging out with my family.
Favorite Movie: Cars.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Oak Creek Cafe.

Matthew McGovern, Driller

Interest/Hobbies: Motorcycles, Paint Ball, Hunting and Fishing.
Favorite Movie/TV: The Office.
Favorite Local Restaurant: The Melting Pot.
Other Interesting Facts: I used to be a mailman.

Jared Wenkheimer, Driller

Interests/Hobbies: Anything competitive.
Favorite Movie: The Mask of Zorro.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Pluckers.
Interesting Facts: Played college baseball.

Brian Lee, Driller

Interest/Hobbies: Family time, hunting and fishing.
Favorite Movie: Godzilla
Favorite Local Restaurant: Bella Serra in Marble Falls, it’s amazing!
Other Interesting Facts: I’ve seen most of the US and I’ve been to the Green Sand Beach on the big island of Hawaii.

Driller Apprentices

William Matthews , Driller Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies: Camping, fishing, rugby, Kayaking and hiking. I also love trying food from around the world.
Favorite Movie: American Beauty.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Quail from Verdes.
Other Interesting Facts: USMC vet, survivalist.

KC Fawcett, Driller Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies:
Favorite Movie:
Favorite Local Restaurant:

Austin Cook, Driller Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and traveling
Favorite Local Restaurant: Proof and Cooper

Service Crew

Kyle Page, Director of Service

Interests/Hobbies: Animals, farming, aquaponics, irrigation design, hiking, camping.
Favorite Movie: The Art of Flight.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Chess Club Cafe in Blanco.
Favorite Sports Team: Texas A&M football team.
Other Interesting Facts: I went bungee jumping in Australia. I’m an Eagle Scout. I enjoy spending time with family. I have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 14 chickens.

Diagnostic Technicians

Barry Dunlap, Diagnostic Technician

Interests/Hobbies: Bee keeping and candle making.
Favorite Movie: Batman.
Favorite Local Restaurant: My house.
Favorite Sports Team: Whatever team my kids are on!
Other Interesting Facts: Father of 2 girls.
Work History: 7 years in retail management.

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Hunter Comstock, Diagnostic Technician

Interests/Hobbies: EDM Concerts, golfing and shooting range.
Favorite Movie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Bill’s Burgers at Old Oak Square in Marble Falls.
Favorite Sports Team: Jordan Spieth-Golf.
Other Interesting Facts: Double jointed in 13 places.
Work History: I worked for Bee Cave Drilling for 13 months straight out of high school then I worked for Horse Shoe Bay Resort for 11months. I left the resort and have been back at Bee Cave ever since.

Chris Wilson, Diagnostic Technician

Favorite Restaurant: Sumo’s in Longview, TX.
Favorite Movies: Catch Me If You Can and The Maltese Falcon.
Hobbies: Playing guitar, watching movies, playing video games and listening to music.

Pump Installers

Kyle Woytasczyk, Pump Installer

Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, riding four wheelers and fishing.
Movie: All of the Young Gun movies with Billy the Kid and Doc Holiday.
Restaurant: Buffet Palace.
Other Interesting Facts: I love to play with my yellow lab named Sugar.

Galen Buerschinger, Pump Installer

Hobbies: Hunting/Fishing.
Movie: 300.
Restaurant: El Rey.
Interesting Facts: I’m an army vet and family man. I strive to excel in all facets of my life.

Michael Johnson, Pump Installer

Interest/Hobbies: Photography, cooking, working.
Favorite Movie: Gladiator.

Ray Harper, Pump Installer

Interest/Hobbies: Playing guitar, making music.
Favorite Movie: Scarface.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Chuys.
Other Interesting Facts: love my son who is one going to be two soon, played in a metal band for two years, One Love.

Storage Tank Installers

Dillon Kopacz, Storage Tank Installer

Interest/Hobbies: Boating, Building & Hunting.
Favorite Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 007 Bond Movies.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Foxhole.
Other Interesting Facts: I’m a local, Having our 3rd baby boy, Red headed wife, Boat Captain.

Zach Hernandez, Storage Tank Installer

Interest/Hobbies: Video Games and Forging knives
Favorite Movie: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Hat Creek Burger Company.
Other Interesting Facts: Although my last name is Hernandez I do not speak Spanish.

Service Apprentices

Zach Brueske, Service Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, and playing video games.
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Favorite Local Restaurant: none.
Other Interesting Facts: My Chinese zodiac sign is the dragon.

Dave Blair, Service Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies: Swimming with my family, video games, legos, and board games. Most of all I love spending time with my family.
Favorite Movie: Master Mind.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Whataburger and Flores.
Other Interesting Facts: Minecraft is my favorite game. I also want it to be known that Jesus is my homeboy.

Bradley Wetherill, Service Apprentice

Interest/Hobbies: Backpacking and Camping.
Favorite Movie:Cast Away.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Super Burrito Taco Truck.
Other Interesting Facts:Cooking and Building.

Fleet Mechanic

Nathan Del Vicario, Fleet Mechanic

Interests/Hobbies: Shooting, diving and fishing.
Favorite Movie: Firefly.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Leaning Pear.
Favorite Sports Team: Los Angeles Kings.
Other Interesting Facts: My cat rules the dark side. All hail Jack Bauer!
Work History: Edelbrock Racing, ILWU Longshore Mechanic.

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Mike Horn, Assistant Mechanic

Interests/Hobbies: Computers, machines, micro-breweries.
Favorite Movie: 2001 Space Odyssey.
Favorite Local Restaurant: Home.
Other Interesting Facts: I worked on the last oil fired aircraft carrier. USS JFK CV67.

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