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Ken Chickering: Oil in his Veins?

1972 enhanced headline photoKen Chickering’s affinity for the oil industry came naturally. “My father, for whom I had a lot of respect, worked for Oilwell Supply. My great grandfather helped start that company in 1862. Three generations of the family worked for the company in Oil City, PA. I didn’t work there, but I started my oilfield roustabout work near Oil City and spent other summers as a roughneck and working for Halliburton.”

A Twist of Fate Leads to a Long Career

Gil at Richards Industries“The valve industry is all about people. Hands on, manufacturing, selling, that’s what appeals to a lot of us. It’s a no-nonsense industry, with many high-quality people,” said an enthused Gil Richards, Chairman Emeritus of Richards Industries, in a recent interview with VALVE Magazine. “It’s a pleasure to work and associate with them.”

Success is a Family Affair

Randy solo editedRandy Cowart took up the mantle of 8 predecessors when he became President, CEO and Chairman of the Wm. Powell Company.

In an age when companies change presidents more frequently than burger chains come out with new offerings, it is refreshing to speak with a man who is only the 9th president of a company that has endured for 167 years.

A.K. Velan: A Universal View of an Earthly Industry

Mr.VelanWithout these ubiquitous objects, we would have no electricity, no oil, no gas and no water. Most people don’t notice them, and if they do, rarely give them a second thought. It is fortunate, then, for the human race, that there are people who spend their lives thinking about them, inventing and perfecting them. Of course, we’re speaking about valves.

VMA Through the Eyes of Morris Beschloss

Then Morris Beschloss1966 Vice Chairman VMA Morris Beschloss was the youngest incoming VMA Board member ever when he attended the VMA’s 25th Anniversary event at the Waldorf in New York City in 1963. In 1988, he was the speaker for the past chairmen in Washington, D.C.

These are but two of the milestones Beschloss has achieved since he first started work as an assistant sales manager at Hammond Valve Corp. in Hammond, IN. "It started when I got a call from Chuck Kennedy in 1960," he said. "He was chairman that year. He asked when I was going to be in New York. The Board of Directors would like to see you."

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