Dozens Attend TX Chapter Lunch and Learn; Guajardo Honored

The PDCA Texas Chapter hosted a Lunch and Learn on November 1st at the Hilton Medical Center in Houston; dozens of pile driving contractors, civil engineers, and industry suppliers attended the midday event that ran from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, and featured four presentations, lunch and networking.

In addition to an introduction and greeting from the Chapter leadership team, President Brandon Bicknell, VP Condon Verble, and Treasurer Arjin Dogan, PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters briefly addressed the group to provide an update about the national organization. Following this segment, attendees heard a presentation from Walter Van Zuthem or JD Fields & Co. who shared pertinent information from the steel manufacturer. Later, Dave Winslett of APE-American Piledriving Equipment gave a perspective from the piling equipment sector. Finally, Josh Martinez of Moffat Nichol provided a technical presentation.

This sizable, successful event was made possible by several sponsors. Those included, Table Sponsors: PileCo, Inc., Pipe and Tube Supplies, Inc., Robishaw Engineering, Inc., and APE-American Piledriving Equipment. General Sponsors: John Lawrie Tubulars, CPS Houston, Lodge Lumber, J&G Sales, Inc. 

Armando Guajardo, Jr.
July 7, 1980 - October 22, 2022

During introductory remarks, PDCA Texas Chapter leadership asked attendees to observe a moment of silence in honor Armando Guajardo, Jr., one of the four individuals in the Houston piling industry who helped launch the Texas Chapter in late 2021. 

In it's November 2022 publication, the PDCA e-newsletter, 'A Pile of News,' remembered Guarjardo this way: 

Armando Guarjardo, Jr. (42) was a treasured employee of BRC International LLC and a gifted coalition-builder who deserves significant credit for revitalizing the PDCA Texas Chapter in 2021. He was instrumental in advancing BRC's presence in the market for high-quality OCTG and line pipe on five continents; he also organized a successful charitable fishing tournament for the clientele. PDCA salutes our friend Armando, who served as secretary of the Texas Chapter, at the time of his October passing. RIP.

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