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“VRG Controls is the culmination of years of learning, perseverance, boundless aspirations and inspiration borne from working with exceptional people in the natural gas industry.  We are proud that we do not conform to a large corporate model.  Our structure affords us the luxury to chart our own course that ensures an intimate, long-term relationship with clients that is driven by what is best for our customers and employees rather than what is best for shareholders."



As Chief Operating Officer, Michael is responsible for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that deliver the highest quality products to our loyal customers.  He ensures that VRG business operations are efficient and effective and that the proper resources and solutions are implemented to safeguard a customer experience for our sales channel partners and product end users. Michael has primary oversight of sales management, marketing, order processing, business development, and is the primary sales channel liaison.



An original founder of VRG, Michael has played an integral role in the creation, funding and building of VRG Controls.  Michael has over twenty five years of experience in natural gas transmission and distribution, engineering and working on countless measurement & regulation facility designs.  He is a practical engineer with a strong ability to understand complex concepts and implement them successfully in the field.  He leads the efforts at VRG to implement new technologies to improve customer experience, operational efficiency and product support.



Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering (BSME), School of Mechanical Engineering, 1990

Purdue University School of Engineering, West Lafayette, Indiana USA



  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Western Gas Measurement Short Course, Board of Directors (WGMSC)

  • Northeast Gas Association (NGA)

  • Gild of Ancient Suppliers of Gas Appliances, Skills, Gins, Accessories & Substances


Publications & Patents:

Garvey, J. M & Rimboym V. 2020. Gas Line Control System and Modular Variable Pressure Controller. U.S. Patent 9,400,060, filed March 15, 2019, and issued December 29, 2020.


Garvey, J. M & Rimboym V. 2019. Gas Line Control System and Modular Variable Pressure Controller. U.S. Patent 9,400,060, filed July 17, 2016, and issued March 19, 2019.

Garvey, J. M & Rimboym V. 2016. Gas Line Control System and Modular Variable Pressure Controller. U.S. Patent 9,400,060, filed May 23, 2013, and issued July 26, 2016.


Garvey, J. M. "Sizing & Selection of Gas Mains and Services," Northeast Gas Association” Proc. 2014 Northeast Gas Association Proceedings, Smithfield, RI.


Garvey, J. M. "3D Laser Scanning Technology Benefits Pipeline Design”  Pipeline & Gas Journal. N.P., 2012. Web. 1 June 2015.


Garvey, J. M., June 2008, “The Birth of Green.  Development of Environmentally Friendly Technologies for NICOR Natural Gas Transmission Regulation Facilities” Pipeline & Gas Journal


Garvey, Michael, 2005, "Basic Principles of Pilot Operated Flexible Element Regulators," Proc. 2005 Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course Publications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA pp. 53-60.


EPA 2003. Options For Reducing Methane Emissions From Pneumatic Devices In The Natural Gas Industry, EPA 230-R-93-010, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office Air and Radiation, Washington, D.C., July 2003. – Contributing Author as USEPA Industry Stakeholder.


SRI 1999c. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Verification Guideline Series Natural Gas Compressor Leak Mitigation Technologies v1.1, Greenhouse Gas Technology Verification Center, Southern Research Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC, October


1999. – Contributing Author as USEPA Industry Stakeholder.


Garvey, J.M., 1993, "Retrofit of Control Instrumentation for Reduction of Fugitive Natural Gas Emissions," Proc. 1993 Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Proceedings, Victoria, Canada.

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