Our Team

Vik Bhatia


Mr. Bhatia has served as President of U.S. Pipe since April 2019.

Prior to this role, Mr. Bhatia was with the company as an Executive Vice President of Forterra helping integrate businesses across the platform.  Before joining Forterra, Mr. Bhatia served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Copart, Inc., a publicly-traded global provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services. Before joining Copart, Mr. Bhatia spent 14 years at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, in various roles and with numerous responsibilities, most recently serving as Partner and Managing Director from 2009 to December 2014.

Mr. Bhatia holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Finance and MIS from the University of Virginia.  

Howard Smith

Senior Vice President - Marketing and Sales

Howard is responsible for directing all marketing, field sales activities, customer service operations, and plant scheduling for U. S. Pipe.  Additionally, he oversees sales activities for U. S. Pipe Fabrication and provides leadership to our technical and new product marketing group.

Prior to being named Senior Vice President - Marketing and Sales, Howard held several sales positions within U.S. Pipe.  He began as a Sales Representative in 1995 in Burlington, NJ and has served as Southeastern Regional Manager and most recently as Eastern Regional Sales Manager.

Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomechanics from the University of Rochester. 

Ricky Haislip

Vice President - Supply Chain & Logistics

Mr. Haislip is responsible for strategic planning and special projects that focus on cost saving initiatives in the supply chain functional area.

Prior to joining U.S. Pipe in April 2015, Ricky was a key member of the Owens Illinois leadership team where he served as the North America supply chain lead and director of logistics. Prior to working at Owens Illinois, Ricky was a supply chain leader at Calsonic Kansei North America and Allied Signal (Honeywell). Ricky also was a plant manager for Tyco International and served as Business Unit Manager for Campbell Hausfeld Consumer Compressors.

Ricky holds a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Tech University.