This fast-growing organization of manufacturers, distributors, product specifiers, and users, importers and exporters, and marketing groups have rallied to this organization’s membership because of its uncomparable opportunities for networking with other members of this specialized sector, unparalled by other groups within the $250 billion per annum plumbing-heating-cooling-piping.
The quarter-annual meeting also provides outstanding experts comprising the red-hot energy development markets, with emphasis on hydraulic fracturing, fossil fuel, and power generation, pipeline expansion, the future of renewables, and energy
growth’s overall impact for improvement on the nation’s financial and employment problems.
As the director emeritus of this 26-year old unconventional group, I’m privileged to kick off each meeting with a forecast as to the state of industry, after the 2-hour network is followed by a sit-down dinner, during which industry comradeship is further enhanced.
What is most remarkable and unusual about the "Roundtable’s" extensive membership is that it has no paid employees," and its direction solely emanates from a handful of volunteers that provide ongoing direction, structure, and communication. Even more remarkable is the fact that two-thirds of membership and participation comes from industry participants from outside Houston, universally acknowledged as the world’s energy capital.
With energy’s red-hot growth and future importance, plus the concern of politicians’ strangulating regulations and restrictions, the chance to interface with hundreds of those, including competitors, who face similar plights and hopes is uncomparable. It has become thoroughly insightful, according to scores of members with whom I have continually spoken.
When asked about the group’s recent expansion, I liken the PVF Roundtable as comparable to the political "Tea Party Movement," which sprang up as a unified surge to cope with the problems and opportunities not properly addressed by trade groups and organizations more interested in providing conventional programming that is not as inspirational.
Good works, such as an annual golf outing to provide scholarships to those focusing on industrial distribution and related educational programming, have received overwhelming support. With the enthusiasm generated by the "Roundtable’s" spectaculars, the future for the pipe-valve-fitting Roundtable not only looks bright, but may be setting an example for other specialized industry sectors to follow its course.