A second-generation owner of Belt Tech, Justin’s background includes work in mining services, healthcare, IT services, higher education and government. Justin’s father Jim founded Belt Tech and Justin left a successful career in healthcare administration to lead the company. He actively works on development and planning committees for the city of Bluefield and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations. His honors include being named Distinguished Young Alumni from Bluefield College and WV’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 from the West Virginia State Journal. Justin holds a Masters of Science degree from Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering.
Steve Skidmore | Vice President of Business Development
Steve has spent nearly four decades in the mining industry, including 25 years in material handling with experience in marketing, procurement, sales and manufacturing, with a solid background in conveyor belting, belt vulcanizing / service, wear products and troubleshooting. Steve has a demonstrated track record in sales with a strong emphasis and focus on problem solving and customer satisfaction. A graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, Steve is a former youth coach and booster of Mountain View Christian School.
Russ began his career in the material handling industry, three decades ago and is based out of our Birmingham operations. Throughout his career, he has worked for industry leading belt distributors and manufacturers. His competent experience includes all areas of the industry – sales, service, operations and manufacturing. Russ excels in troubleshooting and finding solutions for our customer’s conveyor needs.
Bob Myers | Operations Tennessee
Bob has been with Belt Tech literally from the underground up. He was hired directly out of high school by Jim Hamm Splice & Repair and has been with Belt Tech from day one. His vast experience includes work with mining and material movers across the region and he enjoys bringing his wealth of experience to help solve the material moving challenges of customers throughout the region. Bob enjoys landscaping in his spare time.
Brian Burnopp | Operations Kentucky
Brian was born and raised in Pocahontas, Virginia. After attending UVA Wise, he returned home and found the people and processes around the production of coal to be a good fit for his career ambitions. He began working with Jim Hamm and stayed with the company as it became Belt Tech. He worked his way up to become the VP of Operations for the Kentucky region, focusing mostly on producers in the eastern part of the state. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
William Davis | Operations West Virginia/Virginia
William was born in Abb’s Valley Va. After graduating Southwestern Virginia Community College. He started with Jim Hamm in November of 99. With 19 years of field experience under his belt he worked his way into Operations Manager of West Virginia/ Virginia. Willie enjoys photography in his spare time.
Tim White | Product Sales Manager (Central Appalachia)
Tim grew up in the coalfields of Boone County, WV. He attended and graduated from WVU Tech in Montgomery, where he was a scholarship baseball player. He has 20 years in the mining industry, five of which were spent as a purchasing manager for Massey Energy’s Aracoma Alma Mine and Blackhawk’s Speed Mine & Coal Clean Plant. Tim has served in key roles with Persinger Supply & United Central Industrial Supply and Delta Electric in Beckley, WV. His background also includes equipment rental. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting.
Chris Hatfield | Director of Distribution
Chris began his career in the mining industry in 2005. He served as assistant director of procurement for both Hampden Coal and Blackhawk mining from 2009-2020. His experience in the industry includes materials management, procurement, operations, and billing. He has excelled in cost savings and product quality. Chris has an Associate’s Degree in business and is also a high school basketball and baseball coach.
Roger Wood | Operations Alabama
Born and raised near Birmingham, Alabama, Roger Wood joined the Belt Tech group in 2017, starting a shop outside of Birmingham. Roger has 17 years of experience with leading belt companies in vulcanizing fabric and steel cable belts, and fabrication. Roger’s leadership has broadened Belt Tech’s presence in Alabama and Tennessee.
Charlie Owens | Field Supervisor and Underground Labor Manager for the Northern Division
Working out of Belt Tech’s Grafton office, Charlie’s field of expertise is Underground Mining and Belt Set-Up and Maintenance. He started his mining career in mining in 1980 and has worked for numerous operations including Consolidated Coal Co., Murray Energy, Arch Coal, Anker Energy/Patriot Mining, and ERP Fuels Inc. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing and plays guitar.
John Owens | Manager of Shop Operations (Northern WV/VA)
Born and raised in Clarksburg, WV, John is a 3rd generation coal miner and a veteran of the US Army. He joined Belt Tech in May 2021 as Shop Operations Manager of the Northern WV/VA Division. John recently completed the MSHA Train the Trainer course for his Instructor Certification in the Mining and Aggregate Industries. John’s management experience includes Maintenance, Sales, and Service. He enjoys spending time with his wife, and family.
Lacy Milam | ICCS Manager
Lacy Milam supervises site surveys, conveyor components, and belt cleaner installs. With a background in welding, Lacy has been in the coal industry in southwest Virginia for many years. He joined Belt Tech in 2019. He enjoys working in the coal industry and doing what it takes to keep the sites running. Enjoys adventures with his wife and children and helps my wife with her family business.