Our Team

Robert Lightfoot, CEO Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Robert H. Lightfoot, Sr. has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Light Construction and Home Building from the University of Houston. Mr. Lightfoot’s experience includes seven years in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers during which time he attended the Career Officer’s Course. From 1963 through 1970 he managed C. H. Adams Utilities Incorporated. He was directly responsible for utilities, plumbing and fire sprinkler contracting. From 1970 through 1980, Bob had his own business engaged in the same activities. Mr. Lightfoot has been licensed by the State of Texas as a Master Plumber since 1964. He is currently a registered R.M.E. and NICET Level IV certified. Mr. Lightfoot has served as Vice President of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association.

Carolyn Lightfoot, President

Mrs. Lightfoot founded Chero-Key Piping Co. in 1981. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston as well as completing graduate studies at Houston Baptist University. She is NICET Certified and a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. She is involved with several organizations including the American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Life Member, American Heart Association Guild, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and The Alamo -San Antonio, Texas. Carolyn serves as the Vice President of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association

John T. Cook, Executive Vice President

Mr. John T. Cook (Tad) has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Houston. His business experience includes 11 years as a carpenter/foreman for Beall Construction. His duties there were to oversee construction punch-out and maintenance for single-family and townhouse developments. For three years he was the senior estimator for BMC Asbestos Abatement. There he prepared bids for private and public projects, as well as marketing the company. Mr. Cook has served as Vice President of Marketing for Chero-Key Piping Company since 1996, and is responsible for marketing, bidding projects, contract controls and safety programs.

Stephen Dyess, Vice President, Service and Inspection

Mr. Stephen Dyess is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.B.A. in Business. Stephen also attended Oklahoma State University acquiring a certificate in Fire Sprinkler Inspection. On board since 2002, Stephen is responsible for estimating and scheduling all aspects of the Service and Inspections Dept. He currently holds a license for Fire Extinguisher Service and Installation, a NICET Level III in Inspection, iron bridge lending Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Systems and is also an RME-General Inspector/Texas and a Sprinkler Inspector/Louisiana.

Cynthia loans tucson Hardy, Controller

Cynthia Hardy has over apply for bank loan 25 years experience in Accounting and Management from various industries including telecommunication, oil & gas, oceanography, real estate development and entertainment. She began working for Chero-Key Piping in 2006 as the Controller. She manages our office as well as being over our Accounting Dept, Human Resources and Risk Management. Ms. Hardy is currently a member of CFMA, AIPB and SHRM.

Mike Watts, Field Operations Manager

Mr. Mike Watts began his career with Chero-Key Piping in 1992 as a sprinkler fitter. He has worked on all types of projects from commercial to high rise residential. His specialty is Standpipe and Pumping systems. Mike currently holds a Texas Plumbing License and is NICET certified. In 2008, Mike became our Field Operations Manager.

Jonathan Powers, Design payadvance Manager, NICET III

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