Its membership includes manufacturers, distributors, installers, specifiers, industrial end-users, global importers, exporters, etc.— encompassing the massive “energy miracle,” as well as the industrial sectors comprising the backbone of America’s leading, dynamic economic growth potential.
This latest quarter annual assembly in Houston, in late February, attracted a 500 plus attendance, and represented a growing 250 company membership. This record number of enthusiastic networkers attended a meeting which featured a two-hour interface of gatherers from all parts of the nation, plus an expanding number of overseas attendees.
We were privileged to enjoy the 90 minute presentation of Northwestern University professor, Don McNeeley, PHD, who is also CEO of mammoth-sized Chicago-based Chicago Tube and Iron, with multiple Midwest branches. This dynamic industry personage is not only a celebrated top executive, affiliated with Olympic Steel, one of the nation’s top distributors of universal steel products, but is one of the pipe-valve-fitting industry’s most informative and entertaining speakers.
As director-emeritus and Roundtable award winner, this columnist has the privilege of preliminarily “warming up” the growing list of energy and related sectors’ outstanding and celebrated executives. With these top industry presenters scheduled to address upcoming meetings, combining unmatched “networking” opportunities with the pipe-valve-fittings industry’s most outstanding talent, the Roundtable’s spectacular growth will continue unabated.
Originally founded by Westbrook Manufacturing’s co-owner, Sid Westbrook, in 1987, today’s unprecedented growth has expanded multi-fold in just the past seven years. The Roundtable has had to change meeting halls twice in just the last two years to accommodate the surging attendance of those who have voted with their four-time-a-year presence.
The PVF Roundtable is unmatched in bringing together the shakers, movers and broad industry participants in a way that no other organization of its kind in this, or any other industry, has been able to accomplish. Its still dynamically growing membership expansion is the ultimate proof of the PVF Roundtable’s success formula, which will sustain along with America’s PVF industry’s dynamic growth.