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NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES
FROM PEI’S PRESIDENT
THE IMAGE FIRS T showed up on my wife’s
It shows a young
girl dressed in
When I first entered the petroleum
equipment business more than 40 years
ago, it was very much a male-dominated
industry. That’s just the way it was.
Today, women are involved in every
role in all types of businesses under the
PEI umbrella. Listings of PEI members
in the PEI Directory reveal that nearly
500 women are in some level of
leadership at PEI member companies.
This is a dramatic shift from a generation
ago and a clear indication of a welcome
trend that will continue into the future.
A successful business is not about
gender; it is about the skills and abilities
to operate in a professional manner.
In response to this gender shift, PEI
invited industry women to a meeting
at the 2013 PEI Convention to gauge
interest in some sort of program that
would serve the unique interests of
female members. It would be an
understatement to say that the level
of interest was anything but overwhelming. More than 60 women
filled the room to overflowing.
In my second week as the 2014
PEI President, I had the pleasure of
attending the follow-up steering
committee meeting that grew out of
that initial gathering. The one-day
meeting in San Antonio was filled with
spirited roundtable discussions and
visions of how women in the industry
can organize and create a platform for
a professional presence within PEI.
During the meeting, key grassroots
issues were discussed: how and when
to meet, what purposes the group will
serve, what programs should be offered,
how to make a greater impact, what
the group will be called, how the
effort will be funded, and so on.
By the conclusion of the meeting,
the women had formulated a vision
for how a committee within PEI can
involve others and create an atmos-
phere through which participants’
collaborative efforts can be channeled
to make a greater contribution to
PEI, while also fostering their own
As I write this article, the PEI Board
of Directors is preparing to discuss
this proposed initiative. Assuming
the board agrees it is worthy of the
association’s support and authorizes
the formation of a new committee
to lead the charge, I will be making
those appointments soon. Having
been present at the creation, I am
confident the new PEI Women will
make a huge contribution to our
association and the industry.
Here’s to women in the industry
and the leadership they bring!