Please meet our Gartner Coating management team. We’re here to make sure your job is our number one priority. Feel free to contact any of us at any time and let us serve you.
Matthew Stevenson, President
Matthew is a native of southeast Texas. Growing up in Friendswood and attending CCISD school district, he had his plans set early in life when he worked with his father during summer breaks learning the business and the ethics of hard work. After high school, he went straight to work in the pressure vessel inspection field and quickly excelled to lead inspector on lined assets. It was here where he started dabbling in the coatings world and it didn’t take him long to realize coatings was the career path for him.
In 2005 Gartner Coatings approached Matthew to join their team. It was the break he had been looking for. He had been wanting to go into the coatings and lining world for a long time. With no previous coating experience, he joined the Gartner team as General Manager, which meant running full production and managing a crew of 20 guys. Gartner Coatings gave him the platform to learn multiple coatings and processes, and it also allowed him to achieve his N.A.C.E. 3 certification and multiple other certifications through the N.A.C.E. organization.
In 2010 Matt left Gartner to travel the world doing third party inspection services. This gave Matt a wider knowledge of how the world does business and opened his eyes to new ideas and processes. In 2014 Matt went back into the coatings and linings world and for the next four years he ran a successful production department and built a highly regarded reputation. During this time, Matt married the love of his life and settled down in the small town of Santa Fe, Texas where he lives a simple life raising four beautiful children.
In 2017, Matt came back to his roots and re-joined the Gartner team as President. Matt brings with him 20 years of industry experience and a team that will perform at the highest level continuing to keep Gartner Coatings as an industry leader in the coatings world.
Gartner Coatings owner and CEO, George Gartner, is a dedicated third generation family business owner. Upon joining F. W. Gartner Company in 1977, George steadily grew the equipment rental company to six locations across Texas. He sold the rental business in 2000 and shortly thereafter founded Gartner Coatings. With 12 employees from F. W. Gartner, Gartner Coatings moved to Pearland in 2001 and today employs more than 45 people.
George is a 1977 graduate of the University of Houston. He and his wife Donna have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. His hobbies include offshore fishing, racquetball and enjoying Texas country music.
Ruben Ramos is the Executive Vice President of Gartner Coatings responsible for sales management. While attending Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, he began working for F. W. Gartner eventually advancing to Vice President. After F. W. Gartner sold in 2000, Ruben continued to work for the new owner as a District Manager and was responsible for 13 locations in the Houston area. In 2009, he joined Gartner Coatings. He is now a member of SSPC, NACE and the Houston Coating Society.
Ruben and his wife Norina have 2 daughters and he enjoys offshore fishing, golf and watching his youngest daughter play volleyball.
As Vice President of Administration for Gartner Coatings, Jenny Jackson works closely with the owner and president to fulfill the overall mission of the company. Her primary responsibility is the proper functioning and development of the company’s policies, objectives and goals as well as developing administrative strategies that will enhance the performance of the administrative staff. Jenny has more than 30 years of experience in corporate administration and has worked for George Gartner for 14 years.
A native Houstonian, Jenny has 2 grown children. She enjoys entertaining, playing cards and traveling.
James (Jim) Poepsel
James (Jim) Poepsel has over 18 years of experience as a supply chain professional working in the industries of construction equipment sales and rentals, infrastructure construction, oil and gas and supply chain consulting. As Procurement Manager for Gartner Coatings, Jim oversees the strategic and daily functions of purchasing, inventory and supply management.
Jim received his BA in Industrial Technology from the University of Northern Iowa and retains the certifications of Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) issued by the Institute for Supply Management, Tempe, AZ. Jim and his wife Linda enjoy golf, traveling, and reading.
Kelly Golden has 23 years of experience in the environmental service field within the refining, petrochemical and oil and gas industries. He started his last position as a Controller and advanced to Vice President / CFO for a large industrial environmental company. Kelly joined Gartner Coatings in 2013 as Strategic Planning Manager and ISO 9001 Representative. He is responsible for streamlining procedures, improving processes, identifying efficiencies, overseeing all ISO 9001 activities, construction and strategic business planning.
Kelly graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Accounting in 1990. He and his wife Peggy have 1 grown daughter. Kelly enjoys fishing, golf and cooking.