A key to success: Knowing you don’t know

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A key to success: Knowing you don’t know

 

Whitney Strickland - Tower Force
By Whitney Strickland, VP Of Sales, Tower Force

 

I have a friend who would often say, “I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but…” and then something profound — usually a simple fact that the smartest people in the room had overlooked.

This fellow had labored inside refineries most o f his life. He worked hard and began getting promotions. He started reading everything he could get his hands on about management and business. He joined groups to share information and gain a better understanding of the marketplace. During this process, he learned a lot about himself, and he worked to correct unhealthy personal habits as he moved forward in both his personal and business life. He cultivated friendships with successful people and learned from them. He eventually became a business owner, and weathered the downturns and prospered during the upturns before retiring comfortably. The key to his success, I believe, was that he knew he didn’t know.

A know-it-all

When I was in my twenties, I thought I knew it all. I worked at various jobs while in college, then got married and started a family. Then my marriage failed, and I became nearly destitute. I found myself living alone in a motel room, and my driver’s license had been suspended. I had a broken-down truck that barely got me to and from work, and the only money I had was what I hoped to get that next payday. I was nearly homeless, hopeless and helpless, but I still wouldn’t admit that I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

One day, when I was at rock bottom, I finally admitted to myself that the only way out was to alter my lifestyle and way of thinking. For me, this was a revelation. I realized I had to surround myself with people who could guide me out of a broken pattern.

I looked around and saw, for the first time, that I knew a number of people who were successful in one way or another — be it in their relationships, careers or personal achievements. I also saw these people had a tendency to be generous. They were generous with their time and in their willingness to help others. I decided I needed to tap into the success that surrounded me rather than flounder on my own. I needed to know that I didn’t know, and there were some people “in the know” who could help me.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

I had to let go of my “I can do it myself ” attitude and learn that asking for help is a way to grow. I also realized that “outsiders” offer a different perspective than close family and friends. A mentor’s advice can guide and motivate you as they share what they learned from setbacks and successes. They are not afraid to “hurt your feelings” and challenge you. Mentors remember what it was like to start an endeavor. Good mentors also have a circle of friends who are equally successful. They can provide introductions and opportunities you can seldom find on your own.

Listening and learning has paid off

Now that I am in my fifties, I look back at the road I was once on. It’s painful to remember how I got there, but I am most grateful for those who helped me get on the right track. I could say I did it all myself, but that would be a terrible lie. There are many people who set good examples for me to follow and provided a road map that led me to achieve successful personal relationships and business ventures.

If I can leave one piece of advice for everyone who reads this, it would be to find yourself a mentor — or two or three. These are people whom you admire, with characteristics you would like to emulate. Surround yourself with like-minded friends who want to succeed. Rid yourself of those who are satisfied with just getting by and want to discredit others who get promoted or are successful in one way or another. Those people will wear and tear you down. Instead, get around successful people who are not braggadocios, arrogant or boastful. These people should be comfortable in their own skin and grateful for who and what they have in their lives. Be around those who know they don’t know but are more than willing to find out.

Also published in BIC Magazine.

 

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Tower Force Times – Vol 14 – Pressure Vessel Tray Installation Services

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Tower Force tray installation services keep clients going!

Pressure Vessel Specialty Internals Installation

Why choose a specialty internals installer for your pressure vessel or reactor?

 

Pressure Vessels and Reactors have critical components in them that must be installed correctly otherwise the process may not run correctly creating losses for your facility. The crews and management at Tower Force focus specifically on the expertise of installing internals and performing tower field services in the petrochemical and refining industry. Many of our crew are second and third generation tray mechanics. This knowledge is recognized by our technology partners and current clients making Tower Force the chosen contractor for these types of projects.

 

 


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Tower Force quality goes beyond measure

 

Each project that the Tower Force crews embark on has extensive planning for that specific job. These plans include how the quality of our installations will be verified for ourselves and the client. Utilizing a digital record can be one of the best ways for our installations to be confirmed at the most cost effective and timely manner. Using photographs or real time video can reduce the amount of time inspectors need to be available for any sign offs. Then after the project is complete the operations and client management team can have that record for any future work that may be done on the vessel.

 

 


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Happy February Birthday to our Employees!

Tower Force wishes a Happy February Birthday to these employees!

Joan Perez, Francisco Avila Jr, Danny Hernandez, Graham Vedier, Jesus Contreras, Herminio Garza, Jaime Martinez Jr, Justin Gonzalez, Eulalio Guillen Jr, Jon Escobar, Robert Sherman, Julian Navejar Guerrero Gerardo, Aimed Benzid, Israel Verdin, Randy Camacho, Angel Hernandez Jr, Mychael Lopez, Brit Wooten, Alberto Martinez Garcia, Francisco Ramirez, Manuel Lazo Jr, Rodolfo Alaniz, Ramon Dianas, Enrique Martinez Jr, Gregory Maldonado, Jaime Perez, Adolfo Benitez Javier Ramos, Juan Alvarado, Gerardo Chavez, Raul Oganfdo, Jose Vega, Alcides Guajardo, Sergio Perez, Jose Perez, Bladimir Reyes, Darlene Smith, Jose Gutierrez, Rafael Fernandez, Eleno Trevino, Juan Robles, Richard Valenzuela, Edy Cantu, Neil Scott, Jose Morales, Amador Martinez

 

If you see them on a job site please wish them a Happy Birthday!

 


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Tower Force Times – Vol 13 – Industrial Turnaround Service Thanks – Fight For The Wheelhouse!

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Tower Force’s LatAm affiliate receives congrats letter from Nutrien

Industrial Turnaround Services - Pressure Vessel Repair

Our Tower Force LatAm affiliate, Alliance Industrial Turnaround Services (AITS), received a letter of thank you for a job well done at the Nutrien Point Lisas Trinidad site. This project was headed up by David Gamez, President of AITS.
His team was thanked for their quality, technical expertise and their ability to understand the priorities this vessel repair required.
This project was a turnaround that encompassed several towers where the installation of components was required as well as repair to the vessels. Congratulations to the entire Tower Force/ Alliance Industrial Turnaround Services team that performed the work on this project!

 

 



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Tower Force Fight to benefit The Wheelhouse

Our very own Whitney Strickland, VP of Sales at Tower Force, is going to be participating in a boxing match to benefit The Wheelhouse. The event is scheduled for noon February 1st at Fighter Nation Gym. The winner of the event will get $1000 donated to his specific charity and the proceeds from tickets will be distributed to the charities. Tickets are $30 and include a BBQ lunch provided by The Wheelhouse.
To buy tickets: https://wheelhouse-fighternation-charityfight.eventbrite.com

 

 

 



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 Happy Birthday to our Employees!

 

Tower Force wishes a Happy January Birthday to these employees!
Jose Chapa, David Roden, Juan Gamez, Francisco Garcia, Jose Hernandez, Donald Lockett, Hernan Gomez, Omar Arredando, Hector Castillo, Jesus Gonzalez, Efrain Cuellar, Apolonia Ruiz, Raul Flores, Rogelio Hernandez Jr., Thomas Drew, Donald Carter, Jose Garcia and Manual Zapata Jr.
If you see them on a jobsite please wish them a Happy Birthday!

 

 

Tower Force Times – Vol 12 – Tower Internals Hardware -Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Tower Force!!


Here are some Thanksgiving Safety tips!

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
  • Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working.
  • Unplug appliances that are small and unnecessary; it’s a smart way to save energy and eliminate potential dangers if something is accidentally turned on.
  • After the party, walk around the home and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.
  • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
  • Use a timer and routinely check whatever you’re cooking.
  • If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, and free from moisture.
  • Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.
  • Ensure that pot holders and food wrappers are a safe distance— at least 3 feet!—from warmed surfaces (i.e. the stove). Position those handles so that they face inward.
  • Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes around kitchen fires.
  • Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes around kitchen fires.
  • If using candles or the fireplace, keep these sources of fire shuttered or isolated, and never leave them unattended.
  • Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can thus spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt!), or douse with baking soda or a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand.

Identifying tower internals hardware

Tower three piece ballast unit
Three Piece Ballast Unit
Tower seal plate
Seal Plate
Tower Football washer 316l
Football Washer 316L
Tower Slide fastner 304l
Slide Fastener 304L

 

 

 

 

 

Tower Universal Clamp 316L
Universal Clamp 316L

 

 

Tower nutter bpd valve 316l
Nutter BPD Valve 316L

 

The Tower Force supervisors and crews can install literally tens of thousands of tower internals hardware parts within a year. Knowing which parts go where and what material the parts are can be critical to the function of the vessel’s process. From the shape of the hardware to identifying what the stamped numbers mean on them our guys do it all day every day to make sure the clients do not have to worry about the wrong parts in their vessel.

 

 

 


Tower Force supports the Boy Scouts

Although it was seriously cold for a Texas morning the guys at Tower Force showed up in support of the Boy Scouts Bay Area Council annual golf tournament. This golf tournament is very well attended by those in the refining and petrochemical industry in the Houston- Galveston area. The event raised over $100,000 for the Scouts.

or more information go to: Scouts Honor Golf Tournament

 

 


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Tower Force Times – Vol 11 – 5 year ZERO TRIR – Structured Packing?

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Tower Force celebrates ZERO TRIR for 5 years running

Tower Force was created by Mr. Keith Hurst in 2014. Mr. Hurst who had already been successful in business started Tower Force with safety first in mind. He brought his experienced personnel and management with him which has been a huge part of this achievement. The Tower Force goal is zero incidents on every project while maintaining quality and productivity.

Call or Email us today and ask us how we can bring our record of excellence to you! 

 

 


 

Handling structured packing

The installation of structured packing internals can be a tricky task for contractors not familiar with handling this type of product. The main problem areas can be damaging the product and safety of the craftsmen. Tower Force requires a double protection system for each craftsmen handling structured packing. Tower Force also has proprietary installation systems for structured packing tower internals installations

 



Tower Force supports Wheelhouse Motorcycle Rally

Tower Force supported the recent Wheelhouse Monument Run Motorcycle Rally in Deer Park Texas. The event included nearly 200 riders and 500 plus attendees. Over $125,000 was raised to help The Wheelhouse keep it’s doors open and save men suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. For more information visit: www.TheWheelhouse.org

 


The turnaround season requires healthy living

 

Donuts and coffee for breakfast or maybe a soda and burger? This article explains the importance of staying healthy while on the turnaround. A healthy body both mentally and spiritually helps your day go better. To read the full article click here or email him at wstrickland@towerforce.com

 

 

Tower Force Times – Vol 10 – Internal Manway Closures

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 Internal Manway closures

 

The Tower Force method for internal manway closures ensures that there will be no mistakes during the process and that your tower will be running in optimal condition when we are done. Our supervisors and craftsmen will work with your inspection and/or process engineers to witness each closing and we will make a digital copy of the process for your historical record.

 

 


Recent Project In Arizona was Hot

 

Tower Force wants to thank Noe Reyna and Crew for bearing the hot Arizona heat on a recent project. The heat can get to over 100 degrees on most days especially hot with all the safety gear on. Not only did they handle it but the client sent a nice note:

Thank you so much for your service at our Arizona plant. Despite the extreme heat, you guys did it. I will reach out to you for any future tower works.”

 

 


Tower Force wins 2nd in SowDiv Championship

 

Tower Force Racing came in second place this year in the SCCA Southwest Division Championship. It was a hard fought battle losing the championship by only seven points. Next season’s racing starts in Florida at the Sebring road racing circuit. for more information visit: www.WhitneyStrickland.com

 

 


 

Incentives don’t always produce the best work

 

Do incentives work? This article explores why in many cases incentives are not a motivator for better safety or better work. Instead it may be better to mentor and provide ‘skin in the game’ to help employees be productive. To read the full article click here.

Email him at wstrickland@towerforce.com

 

 

Tower Force Times – Vol 9 – Weir Height And Downcomer Clearance Importance!

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A BBQ benefiting “The Wheelhouse” at Tower Force Sept. 6th

Tower Force will be hosting a BBQ event at our shop at 4804 Railroad in Deer Park on September 6th at 11:30 am. This event is for our employees, alliance partners and clients to attend. The BBQ will be provided by Burnt Offerings BBQ in benefit to The Wheelhouse in Deer Park Texas. Please come out and join us. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information about The Wheelhouse click here

 


The importance of weir height and downcomer clearance

The importance of a weir is so that up-flowing vapors do not got through the downcomers. They create a liquid seal. That is why the height is critical in installation. The downcomer is interrelated with the weir in that the smaller the clearance between it and the weir creates a more stable tray set up.

If you have any questions, or need any help please don’t hesitate to contact us or request a quote

 


 

Tower Force Race Team will be at MSR Houston August 31st

The Tower Force race team is having a successful season being currently first in points for the Southwest Division Championship. The final race will be August 31st at 1:30 pm at the MSR Houston race track in Angleton, Texas.

 

 


 

Manpower woes and rising costs

Mr. Whitney Strickland’s latest article in BIC magazine deals with manpower issues for turnarounds and projects. His article gives some insights on reducing manpower problems by utilizing specialty contractors. To read the full article click here Email him at wstrickland@towerforce.com

 

Tower Force Times – Vol 8 – We Are Attending MaRs!!

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Tower Force will be at MaRS August 7-9

Tower Force will be in attendance at the upcoming Maintenance and Reliability Symposium. This symposium is hosted by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. The symposium is to be held at the Galveston Moody Gardens Hotel located in Galveston, TX. There will be a Golf Tournament on Wednesday August 7th at the Moody Gardens Golf Course and then the trade show will be August 8th and 9th from 8am to 5pm. Tower Force will be in booth #10. Please come by and visit us.

For more information visit www.smrp.org

 

 

 


 

Tower Force Race Team will be at MSR Houston August 31st

 

The Tower Force race team is having a successful season being currently first in points for the Southwest Division Championship. The final race will be August 31st at 1:30 pm at the MSR Houston racetrack in Angleton, Texas.

 


 

Keith Hurst turns 60!

 

Mr. Keith Hurst, President and Founder of Tower Force, is turning 60 this Tuesday July 16th. Mr. Hurst started humbly working at his father’s fabrication shop when he was young learning metallurgy, vessel fabrication and how to manage personnel. He then went to Canatex, a vessel specialty contractor, for many years before starting a company called Tiger Tower which was sold in 2013. He started Tower Force in 2014 and continues the legacy of safe, quality and on schedule projects. Email him a Happy Birthday at khurst@towerforce.com

Tower Force Times – Vol 7 – Tower Force To Attend LCIA Tradeshow!

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Tower Force to attend LCIA Tradeshow

Tower Force will be in attendance at the LCIA Region 4 tradeshow on June 20th at the L’auberge Resort and Casino in Lake Charles Louisiana. Please come by and see us.

 


Whitney Strickland

The key to a successful business: Hire great people by Whitney Strickland

The key to hiring great people is to have great leadership in the first place. Hiring someone just because of their certifications can be a huge mistake. At Tower Force we believe attitude and a willingness to work with others trumps education and platitudes. click here for full article

 

 


Safe Disposal of Unused, Misfired, or “Dud” Fireworks

1.    Once they have completely burned, fully submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated. This may take 15 minutes for small fireworks or several hours for larger ones.

2.    Double wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out.

3.    Place the double-bagged fireworks in the household trash or bring them to your local solid waste facility.

4.    Ask your local fire department or solid waste facility about other disposal options that may be available in your community.

Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth of July
Follow these tips when using fireworks to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

July 4 celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence—and for many people, the celebration includes fireworks. Americans have been setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence since as early as 1777.

Yet, the thrill of colors exploding in the sky comes with dangers as well. On average, over 250 people go to the emergency room each day with  fireworks-related injuries  in the month leading up to Independence Day.

Follow these tips when using fireworks to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.

1.    Make sure fireworks are legal in your locality and state before buying or using them. Even if your state allows fireworks, that doesn’t mean that your county, town, or city permit their use.

2.    Never let young children play with or set off fireworks.

3.    Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

4.    Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

5.    Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.

6.    Never re-light or immediately pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

 

Tower Force Times – Vol 6 – Window Section Resection Method

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Tower Force will be at the AFPM R&M show

Tower Force will be in booth 307 at the AFPM show which will be held in Grapevine, TX. Also, Whitney Strickland will be presenting a technical paper on pressure vessel repairs during the show. For more information on the AFPM R&M Show visit www.AFPM.org

 

 

 

 


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Window Section Resection Method to be presented at AFPM

Whitney Strickland of Tower Force will be presenting “Methods, Motivations and Gains of the Window Section Resection Method for Column/Vessel Turnarounds” during the tech talk period at the AFPM in Grapevine, TX. The tech talk will be at 4:15pm in the exhibit hall at the Gaylord Texan Convention center.

 

 


 

Tower Force does global

Tower Force has provided Technicians for many years around the globe. Our technicians work with local contractors with some mechanical knowledge but may not have the know how of proper installation of internals. Also, in some cases like recently for a Caribbean Island customer Tower Force can provide the entire crew and tools and equipment. Our tools and equipment are shipped in a seaworthy container seen here and then the crews and supervision fly in to perform the project.

 

 

 


                Name the Part Challenge

Tower Force will be doing a “Name the Part Challenge” during the 3 day AFPM Reliability and Maintenance show. Each day a different part will show up on LinkedIn then you can come by our booth #307 for some special recognition and a little tech talk.

 

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