Who We Are
Tim Coombes, CEO
Tim Coombes is the founder and CEO of PITSolutions, LLC. Tim had been the Instrumentation Instructor at Lincoln Trail College in the Process Technology Course for the last three years during the development of PITSolutions software programs.
His 32 years of work experience at Marathon Oil Petroleum Co consisted of ten years as an outside operator. Five years as a DCS and Chief Operator. Fifteen years at the Supervisor level in different capacities and different complexes. During the last fifteen years of service he spent it as a Process Specialist writing procedures and handling all PSM matters for the complex. He was the head supervisor of Operations for complex turnarounds with budgets in the tens of millions. He also was the head operations supervisor of a major expansion and conversion of LSD unit to ULSD with a budget of 60 million dollars. Working with contractors and consultants was an everyday task.
Throughout his work experience, Tim has been distinguished with several awards and accomplishments. He was the recipient of three ACE Awards at Marathon Oil Company for outstanding achievement saving the company money and resources and his troubleshooting skills. He was the designer of the first logo for the Robinson refinery. Tim invented a drain line and hose system which saves Marathon $30-40,000 on each shutdown with the drain piping plan. At Marathon he also developed a Leak and Repair Database to track turnaround work. He also created a web page for Operations and a Blind Database that lists all flanges in a unit with blind number and location for each specific flange. He started doing QA/QC Sheets, and broke down the large cumbersome unit manuals into easily read subparts. He was the Operations representative for implementing the KMS system for automating Management of Change program. He was also a part of the Robinson Refinery Hiring Team for four years.
Tim Coombes has been involved in his community for many years. He was called in to supervise a major renovation at Lincoln Trail College Booster club Apartments. He worked with a limited budget and limited time frame completing the job prior to the new school year starting. He has been a big part of several local sports and was even the founder of Oblong Little League Soccer in 1998. He decided to start soccer in Oblong as a fall sport for area children. In addition to soccer, Tim helped develop area baseball into more of a community effort. He brought area teams together to expand the Crawford County Babe Ruth regular season with games against Marshall, Martinsville, Casey and Newton teams. He was involved as a coach for over a decade with several softball, PeeWee, Little League, and Babe Ruth teams. During his tenure as a coach, the 13 year old Babe Ruth All Star team won the State Championship. Tim became the President of the Crawford County Babe Ruth Association and organized the Ohio Valley Regional in 2006 in Robinson and was involved in the organization of a 15 year old Babe Ruth team that won a state championship in 2007. He also over saw improvements to the local baseball facilities. He was instrumental in the obtaining of a new score board and batting cage for the Oblong Baseball Field and a new Babe Ruth diamond facility in Robinson. He created and coached baseball several teams, and was the manager of the Illinois Indians, a traveling baseball team that competed throughout the tri-state area of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. He was also an active coach for area basketball teams including Oblong Junior High’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams.
In addition to sports Tim has also always been a supporter of the arts in the community. He was a member of the Oblong schools Music Boosters and was the founder of their main yearly fundraising effort of a dinner theater. He has also helped many local clubs and groups to fundraise by volunteering the use of his BBQ equipment and he has cooked for many of the fundraisers including the Crawford County 4-H Foundation, Oblong Music Boosters, Oblong Lake Project, Crawford County Babe Ruth Association, Oblong Fire Department, and the Crawford County Rescue Squad. Tim has been a leader in his church as the President of the Methodist Men of Grace United Methodist Church in Newton.