Fred Colbert: President, Level III Certified Thermographer/Instructor
Fred Colbert launched the business that would become Colbert Infrared Services, Inc. in 1984. At that point he already had seven years of infrared inspection experience under his belt. He had observed first hand that the industry was not keeping up with the times in the burgeoning information age. His vision was to deliver uncompromised quality and accuracy in infrared inspections by exploiting technological innovations continuously. His ability to manage the growth of the company has brought it to be one of the largest and most successful infrared inspection consultancies in North America.
During the same period, Fred developed the Thermal Trend&trade database and successfully brought it to market. His management of the Thermal Trend&trade global sales force has made Thermal Trend the top selling Infrared predictive maintenance inspection management software program worldwide.
Fred is a Level IIII certified thermographer. He has taught the art and science of thermography since 1993, first through the Academy of Infrared Thermography, and now through the Professional Thermographers Association and Colbert Infrared Services, Inc. He is responsible for PTA courseware and course oversight, and teaches certified thermographers to ASNT Levels I, II and III standards. He also teaches specialized application courses throughout the world.
Fred frequently speaks at international infrared technology conferences, and has had several white papers published. His work has been featured in Maintenance Technology magazine twice. Additionally, Fred testified as an expert witness on infrared surveillance techniques, technology and evidence in the famous Supreme Court privacy case Kyllo v. United States (1998).
Fred was previously a Manufacturer's Representative for Mikron Infrared, and FLIR, and currently for FLUKE, Jenoptic. He is also a Certified Consultant, and a member of ASNT, NFPA and charter member of The Professional Thermographers Association.
Fred Colbert has over 25 years of experience in the infrared industry. He is a Level III Certified Thermographer and Instructor. He has been a Manufacturer's Representative of AGEMA INFRARED SYSTEMS and FLIR covering WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, AK, and HI, supporting new and existing PdM, R&D and Law Enforcement customers.
Fred is currently the Manufacturer's Representative for Mikron Infrared, FLUKE and Thermal Trend. Fred's experience includes Product Development with camera manufacturers where he was able to contribute his wide range of knowledge of the industry, applications and equipment. He is a sought after speaker, having addressed many international infrared conferences and has several published white papers and articles in industry trade magazines and was featured on the cover of Maintenance Technology Magazine.
His extensive, high level sales experience includes hands-on product design, product development and designing and implementing marketing plans and product placement strategies. He manages a multinational sales force responsible for developing and maintaining large corporate accounts. Skilled Sales Manager managing a sales force that is spread in various locations including the US, Canada, Mexico and South America, England, the Middle East and Asia. Acute awareness of how geo-cultural differences affects the overall sales strategy.
University of Washington Seattle WA
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, CERTIFICATIONS, TRAINING:
Academy of Infrared Thermography
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer / Head Instructor
AGEMA Infrared Systems / FLIR, IR Manufacturers In-House Training Programs
Sales, Systems, Advanced applications for R&D, Military, Medical, Law Enforcement
US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) / US Justice Department
Legal Utilization of IR Cameras for Surveillance and Clandestine Operations
The Professional Thermographers Association
ASNT - Member
NFPA - Member
MANUFACTURER'S REPRESENTATIVE / EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE SALES EXPERIENCE:
FLUKE 2009 to Present
Products: All Thermal Imaging products
Jenoptic 2009 to Present
Products: All Thermal Imaging equipment
Mikron Instruments 2002-2009
Products: Entire line of Mikron's cameras and equipment
Products: AGEMA Thermovision 450, 470, 210, 489, 900, 550, 570
Territory: WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, AK, HI
Products: Infrared line scanners
Director of, The Professional Thermographers Association, 2000 – Present
Responsible for executive management and oversight of course development as per ASNT-TC-1A guidelines as established by the American Society of Non-destructive Testing. IR program establishment, management, instruction and mentoring of professional Thermographers.
President and Owner, Colbert Infrared Services, 1984-Present
Responsible for successfully running Colbert Infrared Services, Inc., an infrared consulting, software, training and camera sales company. Worldwide clients include Holland America Lines, Hyatt Corporation, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser. Created and implemented the company vision that by keeping in touch with the latest technology innovations, Colbert Infrared Services has set itself apart from the competition by delivering uncompromised quality and accuracy. Worked extensively with customers to develop superior IR programs through consulting, program management and training.
Developed an in-house PdM inspection software and database named Thermal Trend and successfully brought the product to market. Responsible for product design and development, testing, product placement and training. Developed strategies to increased overall market penetration. Manage multinational sales force with sales representatives in US, Canada, Mexico and South America, England, the Middle East and Asia. In addition to managing the software sales force, also responsible for managing the sales of consulting, services and training.
Instructor, Academy of Infrared Thermography, 1993-2003
Taught and certified thermographers to ASNT Level I, Level II and Level III standards as well as conduct specialized application courses throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Involved extensively in courseware development as well as course structure and delivery.
Expert Witness, US Department of Justice, 1997
Witness for the US Department of Justice on the Kyllo case, which was presented before he 9th Circuit Court. Provided expert testimony on infrared surveillance techniques, technology and evidence.