North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

SEP 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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18 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | SEPTEMBER 2 018 Highlighting the Individual Interests of Oil and Gas Industry Workers By Mike Kezdi C O V E R S T O R Y T hose who work in the oil and gas indus- try know first hand that with the qual- ity high-paying jobs available to those who work along the pipeline right of way comes the reality that they are away from home for months on end. When the workers return home they often want to spend time with family and friends unwinding from their most recent project. Sometimes this takes the form of simple plea- sures like going to movies, planning a cook out or perhaps a fishing or camping trip. Oth- ers work at a side job or seek out an adrenaline rush adventure. What you will find on the following pages is a small snap- shot of individuals who have found interesting or unique ways to unwind in their off time. For Black Schroeder, a business agent for Local 798, it is raising bucking bulls — a family business whose roots trace to Schroeder's father. In the case of George Ragula, distribution technology man- ager, Public Service Electric & Gas, he has spent the bet- ter part of the last two de- cades technical diving. It's an adrenaline rush hobby where precision is literally his key to survival. We would be remiss if we didn't briefly highlight some- one local to us and by that we mean in our own office. Benjamin Media founder and CEO and North American Oil & Gas Pipelines publisher Bernard "Bernie" P. Krzys has a love of cycling. We're not talking about a cruiser around a suburban cul-de-sac here. Krzys competes in triathlons and other road races through- out the year. Most recently, he competed in the USA Triathlon Association Age Group Cham- pionships in Cleveland, Ohio. If you have a passion for something, when you're "Off the Right of Way," we'd like to hear from you. Whether it be grudge racing at your lo- cal ¼-mile track, bee keeping, mountain climbing, photog- raphy or anything in between — we want to allot space in upcoming issues to highlight- ing the personal side of our industry. Because, after all, it's the people who complete the pipeline projects that make the industry special. If you have something that you believe fits this bill, email Mike Kezdi, associate editor, at OFF the RIGH

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