Jorge Contreras named controller, member of management team at Mobil Steel

November 23, 2018

Mobil Steel International, Inc. has announced the hiring of Jorge Contreras as controller of the Houston-area steel fabricator.

Contreras has U.S. and international experience as an accountant, finance manager, chief financial officer and controller in the construction, mining and manufacturing industries. He has lived in Houston since 1998.

Contreras started his career in finance working for an engineered-stone fabricator Technimar Industries in St. Paul, Minn., in 1996, before moving across town and then to Houston with Cosentino USA and Silestone of Houston, Inc. where he worked as controller. Silestone is part of Cosentino group of Spain, a world leader in engineered stone manufacturing and fabrication of surfaces for residential and commercial industries.

From 2001-2009 Contreras served as CFO and co-owner of Ceramix Trading International Corp. In 2009, he joined JC Mining and Construction, S.A. de C.V., working in the main office in Colima, Mexico, and the Houston office. Mobil Steel hired Contreras from Woodstone Construction LLC where he worked since January, 2016.

In addition to being hands-on with accounting programs and managing payroll systems, Contreras’ career highlights include creating a purchasing department to lower inventory costs and restructuring an accounting department to create more efficient ways to operate.

“We are pleased with the results of our executive search that matched us with Jorge Contreras. We are excited to bring Jorge on-board as our Controller and a member of the Mobil Steel management team,” said Leonard A. Bedell, President and CEO.

Bedell added that Contreras comes from an engineering family that has experience in the steel fabrication and construction industries. His father is a retired mechanical engineer and still a business owner in Chihuahua, Mexico.

“Jorge has specific knowledge about finance, accounting and purchasing, and he has long-time relationships in the construction and manufacturing industries, two of our primary customer bases,” said Bedell. “Jorge’s international experience, fluency in both Spanish and English, and his finance and accounting background, as well as his construction acumen will provide advantages to Mobil Steel.”

Contreras earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance in June 1995 from Mexico’s Valley University (UVM) in Mexico City. Contreras, his wife and two children live in the Westchase area of Greater Houston.

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