Mr. Cowan was appointed our president and chief executive officer effective on April 1, 2009 and previously served as our executive vice president and chief operating officer from December 2005 through March 2009. Since July 2008, Mr. Cowan has served on the board of directors of Amtek Railcar, the Indian joint venture in which we have a 50% interest. Prior to joining us, he spent the last 26 years in various positions involving the engineering, construction and manufacturing of multiple steel and tubular products. From March 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Cowan served as president and chief operating officer of Maverick Tube Corporation, a North American manufacturer of welded tubular steel products used in the energy industry. Prior to this position, from June 2002 to March 2003, Mr. Cowan served as president and chief operating officer of Vallourec & Mannesmann Star, a French, German and Japanese joint venture and seamless manufacturer of tubular steel products. From January 1992 to June 2002, he served as general manager responsible for all sales and operations of three different steel manufacturing facilities for North Star Steel, a business previously owned by Cargill. Mr. Cowan was responsible for the greenfield development, construction and start-up of one of these facilities. From July 1979 to January 1992, he served in differing operational capacities for Cargill's steel group, North Star Steel. During 2000 and 2001, Mr. Cowan served as chairman of the Governor of Ohio's Steel Council. Mr. Cowan received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Dale C. Davies Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Davies has served as our senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer since June 2008 and previously served as our vice president of finance from June 2005 to June 2008. Since July 2008, Mr. Davies has served on the board of directors of Amtek Railcar, the Indian joint venture in which we have a 50% interest. Prior to joining us Mr. Davies held various financial management positions with manufacturing companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Davies worked for Solutia, Inc. and was responsible for transaction management for strategic acquisitions and divestitures and business analysis and financial reporting. Prior to that Mr. Davies worked for Monsanto Company from 1974 to 1997 in various financial positions including plant cost accountant, business unit controller and corporate manager of business analysis and financial reporting. Mr. Davies has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Alan C. Lullman Senior Vice President Sales
Mr. Lullman served as our senior vice president sales, marketing and services from October 2004 to March 2010 when he assumed the role of senior vice president sales. From August 1998 to September 2004, he served as our vice president sales and marketing. Prior to joining us, he served as a regional sales manager at the Houston office of ACF from March 1989 to July 1998, where he was responsible for sales across 22 states. From August 1987 to February 1989, Mr. Lullman was a district sales manager at ACF. He held numerous other sales positions at ACF sales offices in the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast from October 1978 to July 1987. Mr. Lullman is a member of National Freight Transportation Association and the National Grain Car Council, North America Freight Car Association, National Coal Transportation Association and Renewable Fuels Association. He received a B.A. from Westminster College. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1973 to 1976, when he received an honorable discharge.