The Port Arthur News
Roosevelt Petry Jr. of Port Arthur is the President’s Award winner for 2012, presented during the Lamar State College-Port Arthur annual alumni banquet recently.
Lamar State President Dr. Sam Monroe presented the college’s most prestigious award to Petry, a graduate of LSC-PA and Lamar University, and owner of GP Industrial Contractors Inc. The President’s Award was created in 2005 and is presented once each year.
“Roosevelt was a good student here and worked hard,” said Dr. Monroe. He got involved on campus and served in various capacities, including working with the Student Government Association during a time of uncertainty as the college was going through the merger of the Texas State University System and the Lamar University System.”
Petry has served his community as chairman of the board of Commissioners of the Port Arthur Housing Authority, chairman of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, served on the committee to the Lamar Port Arthur Welding Program in 1998, and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Port Arthur Rotary.
Among the awards and accolades presented to Petry are Businessman of the Year, Port Arthur EDC’s Business of the Year, Houston Minority Business Council’s Emerging Ten Award, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s Industrial Business of the Year Award.
His business, GP Industrial Contractors Inc., builds refineries and petrochemical plants, specializing in piping, steel fabrication, carpentry, janitorial, hole watch/fire watch, warehousing, project management, maintenance and engineering. His business has served customers in Texas, Louisiana, Oregon and New Mexico as well as going international with sales in Canada and India with current contract negotiations underway for work in Australia, West Africa and Nigeria.