Meet Our LubeStarz

0506lubestarz2We love to learn about LMT readers, including what they do in the field of lubrication (and what they like about their jobs)! Here’s what our July/August Lube Star told us:

Mark L. Graham, CLS, CLGS, OMA

0708lubestarzTitle: Technical Services Manager, Lubricants, O’Rourke Petroleum Products, based in Houston, TX

Background: Mark has spent a total of 25 years in the maintenance/lubrication arena (14 of them with O’Rourke, including three years in his current role). After graduating from college, this native of Bandera, TX, coached football and baseball in the public schools for awhile before moving into the solvent and chemical business.

Why He Became A Lubrication Professional: Mark’s former employer also carried lubricants in its line. He eventually found himself drawn to that side of the business and began pursuing both on-the-job and formal training in it. Today, he holds certifications as a CLGS (from NLGI) and as both a CLS and OMA (from STLE). Over the years, he says he’s been very fortunate “to work with and learn from some of the finest individuals in our business.” Mark gives props to John Wagner (of Shell Oil) and Bob Portwood (of Pacer Lubricants) for being tremendous resources in building his lube knowledge and skills. “With all their field experience,” he explains, “they had seen most everything that would or could go wrong. I could not have asked for better mentors.”

What He Likes Most About His Work: Mark takes great pride in his work with O’Rourke Petroleum Products (founded in 1932). As a Shell Alliance Distributor, the company is committed to providing the best products and services in the industry—and Dennis O’Rourke (Owner & CEO), Mushahid Khan (President & COO) and Tony Garcia (GM) expect their organization to provide nothing less than the finest technical support for its customers 24/7/365. As far as his specific duties are concerned, Mark tells us every day is different. That’s what makes his work so enjoyable, he says. “It pleases me a great deal to help people solve their lubrication problems and extend the life of their equipment. Advancing technologies in this industry create a stimulating environment and fuel a continuous learning process for me. I look at it as a win-win all the way around.”

Our caps are off to all hardworking Lube Starz, who’ll receive their own baseball caps for making the team. Up for the game? Go to or to tell us about yourself!

Follow the instructions for submitting your own application and photo and you might find your work-related profile in a future LMT issue. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
For more info, enter 77 at

Newsletter Sign Up

Your First Name:

Your Last Name:

Your E-Mail Address:

Would you like our Newsletter?:

Enter verification image value

Congratulations to Our Recent Survey Winner

Paul Kimble, a Vibration Analyst for General Motors, was chosen at random to win a $100 gift card for completing our recent online MT Buying Cycle Survey. You could win, too! Watch your e-mail for our next survey request.

Featured Supplier: Brady

bradyBrady Worldwide Inc. is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Our products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Along with being a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, we have been the company you trust when performance matters most since 1914. We serve customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries.

Click here for more.

Featured White Paper: Spraying Systems Co.

SSCo Logo Color w tag

Clean Tanks Faster and Lower Operating Costs

Understanding all the tank cleaning equipment options is difficult because not all tank cleaning nozzles are created equal. Let Spraying Systems Co. show you how to reduce cleaning time, minimize liquid consumption and improve cleaning effectiveness. 

Click here to download the White Paper.