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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Page 20 of 43 SEPTEMBER 2 018 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 21 VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SAVE UP TO 30 % Discover the RAPTOR 300 for the toughest mulching and tilling jobs. With our mechanical drive, you get the highest degree of efficiency andreduce your operating costs by up to 30 %. You can also benefit from our 24h AFTER SALES NETWORK. Tel +49 7557 921213 | a full performance exhaust. With the modifications, I've gained about 40 hp and 50 lbs of torque and that has pushed the top speed to just over 100 mph. That's really fast for a 1,500 lb machine. Due to a crash that my wife and I had, we've also installed an after- market rolls cage that is about 10-times as strong as the fac- tory cage. What makes your participation in powersports worthwhile? We ride most of the times on adventures in the back coun- try. Last year, I was invited to race and I went head-to-head with guys who have been rac- ing for years. I'm no profes- sional when it comes to racing, but I placed third overall in my class out of five machines. I'm more then interested in doing some desert racing if I ever get the opportunity. It's a passion I really enjoy and it allows me to clear my thoughts of my every- day life and makes me concen- trate on what's directly in front of me. It gives me a feeling of being alive and lets me live a little dangerously with- out putting myself in too much jeopardy. How does your hobby apply to your day-to- day life? Some of the parallels that this sport shares with our work in the oil and gas in- dustry is that it builds teams and gives you a direction and commitment. It proves that with determination and direc- tion, you can look far enough ahead that you can picture the outcome. It also demonstrates the importance of following through. Don't hesitate and be confident; that will allow you to reach your goals. Mike Kezdi is associate editor of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines. Contact him at North American Oil & Gas Pipelines' own(l-r) Mark Gorman, director of web and audience development, Bernie K rzys, publisher and CEO; and Jim Rush, editor, are all avid cycling enthusiasts. Here the trio are pictured on their 175-mile trek along the C&O Trail to the 2017 NASTT No-Dig Show.

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