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Avery Pipeline Services, Inc. provides quality inspection and project management services to today’s energy industry. Our team of experienced professionals possess the knowledge, integrity and commitment needed to ensure your project is a success.

Avery Pipeline Services, Inc. professionals have the skills and management principals to direct projects ranging from inspection services on project of all phases and sizes to construction coordination for major energy projects. APS’s philosophy is “to supply quality not quantity” with highly skilled and professionals to meet your company’s needs.

Management Team

Avery R. Schott


Avery has been involved in the oil and gas industry since 1980. From 1980 to 1995, Avery worked on the construction side, where he worked his way from laborer to superintendent. From 1995 to 2008, Avery was contracted by Northern Natural Gas (NNG) to provide oversight and scheduling for the inspection teams on main line, facilities, and maintenance project in NNG's Northern Region. Today, Avery continues his professional engagement in the energy industry by supporting our client's projects in the U.S. and Canada, and providing technical support to our employees.

Lori Schott

President / Co-Owner

Lori Schott serves as Avery Pipeline's Director of Internal Operations. From Avery Pipeline's inception, Lori has served as an integral force in directing the business structure, employment practices, employee relations and marketing of the organization. Lori spent over 25 years as a faculty member in higher education where she worked successfully in the area of agriculture marketing and international business development in the beef industry.

David Gaines

Senior Vice President of Operations

David retired from Northern Natural Gas as the Director of Engineering and Construction with 33 years of experience in both operations and construction of natural gas facilities. David's most recent project accomplishments were a multi-year expansion (Northern Lights) of the company's market in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, and a Redfield, Iowa underground storage facility expansion completed in 2008. David joined our organization in the first quarter of 2012.

Craig Lietha, CPA

Vice President of Finance

Craig Lietha is Avery Pipeline Services, Inc.'s (APS) Vice President of Finance. Mr. Lietha is responsible for managing APS's financial and accounting functions. He comes to APS with over 15 years of construction related accounting experience. He has worked in public accounting for several years with an emphasis on the construction industry. He most recently worked for a large specialty contracting firm with over $200 million in revenue and offices throughout the upper Midwest (as the project management analyst). Mr. Lietha earned Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at St. Cloud State University and is a CPA.

Cameron Weddle

Performance Management and Compliance Manager

Cameron joined the APS team in 2015. Cameron is a civil engineer and began work in the oil and gas industry as an engineer with DCP Midstream. Cameron later moved to Plains All-American Pipeline as an engineer and has managed numerous new pipeline and facility construction projects.