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Executive Team

Continental Technologies' staff brings a wealth of experience designing, building and operating pilot plants to every project.

Paul Grimmer


Paul Grimmer - President and Owner

Paul Grimmer has over 37 years of experience in the petroleum industry to his leadership role as President of Continental Technologies. Throughout his career, he has combined his engineering expertise with the ability to identify promising technologies, and then guided the development of those technologies to commercial success. As President of Conoco Gas Solutions, he grew the “gas solutions” business within the company from its inception into a program that generated $100,000,000 annually, with a staff of more than 240 people. While focused on Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquid processes, Mr. Grimmer's team also developed novel technologies for synthesis gas generation, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and product upgrading. Their efforts resulted in a 400 barrel per day demonstration plant, the 3rd largest gas-to-liquid plant in the world.

Andrew Grimmer

Andrew Grimmer - General Manager

Andrew Grimmer is the General Manager for Continental Technologies and is responsible for the budget, staff management, and day to day operations. Mr. Grimmer holds a bachelor’s degree in Digital Imaging as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Manufacturing, both degrees from Texas State University – San Marcos. 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Continental Technologies, please contact Andrew via email at agrimmer@contechfab.com.

Emily Grimmer

Emily Grimmer Shepard - Program Manager

Emily Grimmer Shepard has been an integrual part of the Continental Technologies' Business Development team since joining April 2009. Emily is responsible for sales and marketing, coordinating bid proposals, and developing long-term business relationships. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

Dan Riffell

Dan Riffell - Project Manager

Dan has over 20 years of experience in the fields of engineering design, fabrication and project management. Mr. Riffell has been involved in the management and design of a large variety of programs. These programs have included research on novel anode materials for aluminum refining, catalytic removal of NOx from exhaust streams, solid-oxide fuel cell design, catalytic decomposition of rocket propellants, and many more. He has been responsible for the design of many novel systems ranging from jet and rocket propulsion test stands to fuel cells to high-pressure injection molding systems. Recognized as one  of the nation’s top CAD experts, Dan currently holds the position of President of the Colorado SolidWorks User Group and is a Fellow and Moderator for an engineering website that has nearly 1 million registered members worldwide.

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