Organization Profile

Central Maintenance and Welding, Inc. was founded in 1966 by Hank Varnum and two other partners. Since that time, the Varnum family has owned the company and remained heavily involved in the day-to-day operations. Originally founded to serve Florida’s burgeoning phosphate industry, CMW has grown to also provide its specialized services to Florida’s power generation and other industries as well.

Conrad Varnum


CMW’s president is Conrad Varnum, the son of CMW’s founder, Hank Varnum. Conrad has worked at CMW for more than twenty-five years, and has hands-on experience with every aspect of the company. Conrad is deeply involved with each and every one of our clients and their projects and has personally overseen many of the projects that we have undertaken during his time here. Conrad received his B.S. in Building Construction from the University of Florida. Conrad is an Owner of CMW

Brian Shepherd

Safety Director

Brian began his career with the Upjohn Company as a Customer Service Representative and was employed with them for 18 years in various roles. The last 7 years of his career with them (when ownership changed to The Land O’ Lakes Company) he served as the Southeast Regional Distribution Manager. Brian has served on several Safety Committees with Upjohn, Terra Industries and Pepsi and was the primary Safety Manager and Trainer for Agriliance while still with Land O’Lakes. At CMW, Brian previously held the position of Safety Coordinator and then as the Warehouse and Purchasing Manager. Brian is currently working toward the BCSP Certification.

Daryl Peterson

Quality Manager

Daryl started his career performing Non-Destructive Inspection in the United States Air Force. From there, Daryl was a lead technician for Industrial NDT Company where he inspected boilers, pressure vessels, tanks and structures in the Power, Pulp & Paper, Petro/Chemical and Aerospace industries. Daryl served as the Welding Engineer for Oshkosh Truck in Bradenton Florida and Morton Metalcraft in Morton Illinois. Daryl became an Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Engineer, Lead ISO Auditor, and Six Sigma Black Belt in the Automotive industry while working on various sensors and airbag inflation systems. Daryl has served as the Quality Manager in 3 ASME code shops to date, and his most recent assignment was managing the QC and QA activities on the $6.5 Billion New Bay Bridge, Eastern span for American Bridge Company while working for KTA Tator. Daryl has extensive experience with Quality Systems ranging from ASME to ISO, AISC, and AS 9100. Daryl was first certified as a Welding Inspector in 1996.