Tower Force Times – Vol 20 – Tower Fabrication and Installation with Tower Force


Tower fab check

The Tower Field Services at Tower Force provide fabrication and installation services for many clients. Mr. Keith Hurst and his tower field service team can manage the entire process working with your engineering group to ensure that the fabrication is done correctly and that everything fits together in the field. By having one contractor control the fabrication and installation you can eliminate ‘the blame game’ and save time and money on your project.


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Tower Force is ready for Turnaround Season

After the slow down from COVID-19, some R&R and a lot of fishing. The Tower Force team is ready for the fall turnarounds and is currently busy taking bids. We were able to keep our teams intact through out the crisis with various projects. Give Keith Hurst a call at 281-506-7152 or email him at khurst@towerforce.com


August Birthdays

Happy August Birthday to our Employees!

Luis Perez, Michael Altamirano, Derek Garza, Jorge Badillo, Leeroy Garza, Luis Torres, Joseph Moake, Jimmy Perales, Bictor Abad, Dean Daponte, Nader Khalajabadi, Duane Newman, Martin Cruz, Perfecta Bernal, Erik Pineda, Andres Guttierrez, Luis Tapia, Reyes Chavarria Jr., Stephanie Cuellar, Jesus Galvan, Jose Rosales, Reynaldo Liscano, Juan Telli, Ramon Ortiz, Alvaro Martinez, Kristhian Vasquez, Ruben Contreras Jr., Jenny Rosales, Trevor Smith, Juanita Ochoa, Leonoso Espinoza, Leonel Espinoza, Rafael Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jorge Morena, Jorge Mares, Leonardo Martinez, Marco Garza, Gerardo Roman, Marcelo Garcia Jr., Hunter Reynolds, Matthew McLees, Josue Espinosa, Jose Espino

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business: Step 5

Step five: Let someone else know

In my article on step four, I advised how to take a moral inventory of yourself and your business. That step dealt with admitting inner truths to discover what is blocking you from your full potential and the full potential of your business. You and your business are “hand in glove.”

Step five goes further because it requires you to share this moral inventory with a trusted mentor. If you recall, the first step to “turnaround” your business is finding a trusted mentor.

This is not a negative exercise. It is quite the opposite, as it guides you to explore, in great detail, the strengths and weaknesses of your business and discover areas of improvement or possible new directions. This exercise helps reveal self-destructive behaviors. Yes, some businesses have created self-destructive or defeatist cultures.

The moral inventory should be in an easily understandable format and contain basic elements of who or what you are blaming for your personal or business failures. The “who” or “what” can be a person, place, thing or even an idea.

Before doing this exercise, I had a lot of absolutes in my mind, such as, “I absolutely won’t do business with certain people” or “We should absolutely go after this portion of the market and do it my way.” I confess now that was all wrong. I eventually saw that people doing things differently were gaining ground and becoming successful. I realized the positions I took were the wrong positions.

When assessing or owning the “cause” or “blame” behind problems, it usually involves a particular incident or moment like, “The banker wouldn’t give me the loan I needed, and that’s why my business suffered” or “Those clients did not pay and that’s the reason I’m in debt.” The list grows with the amount of time spent in business because, like the stock market, business is a “W.” This means it has its ups and downs; it is not a straight line from the bottom to the top. That’s why not everyone is cut out to start, own or manage a business.

One’s emotions related to the person, place, thing or idea should also be expressed on the list. The emotions are usually related to one of the following: self-esteem, pride, money, emotional security, ambitions or personal relationships. Each cause or incident should be categorized by selecting one of these emotions.

The last thing to do is complete the exercise by filling out the column that explores the question, “What was my part in this?” It is here that one comes to realize it isn’t always about who is to blame or what the cause of the problem is. The fact that you played a role in the problem can be quite revealing as well. For example, you might say, “I extended too much credit to the customer who failed to pay,” “I knew I shouldn’t have altered the terms of the deal” or “I thought I needed their business in order to succeed.” There can be any number of scenarios, but it is important we each explore our — or our company’s — role in the cause or incident and make changes accordingly.

Step five is probably the hardest step for turning your business around and keeping it on track, but this step is the most important because it takes insight and sharing. It involves owning up to your mistakes while also letting another person know about them. It all comes down to trust. Trust yourself enough to know and admit your mistakes (we all make them), and then trust someone else with that knowledge. If you choose the right mentor, that information will be used not as a weapon against you, but as a learning tool for yourself and your mentor.

It’s easy to seek the comfort of vic-timhood. Many do it all of their lives. Nothing is ever their fault. They had no role in the outcome. It was the authorities, their parents, the environment, friends, the government, the times, etc. But the freedom that can be found by taking personal responsibility for the decisions we make and the actions we take cannot be overstated — especially when it comes to finding success in life and business.

 

Also published in BIC magazine.

 

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Tower Force Times – Vol 19 – A History Of Distillation


Distillation Column

Tower Force field service crews are Distillation Column experts

Distillation was first patented in 1813 by a Frenchman named Jean-Baptiste Cellier-Blumenthal. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used processes for the separation and purification of liquids. In distillation columns it is critical to get the components installed correctly or the process can be flawed. The Tower Force field service crews have years of experience and proprietary procedures to ensure that these internal parts work correctly when they are done with a project.

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Wheelhouse Golf Tournament

Tower Force to be sponsor for The Wheelhouse Golf Tournament

The Wheelhouse is having their annual golf tournament on Friday September 18th at The Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, TX. Tower Force is a huge supporter of The Wheelhouse which helps men recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. Come join us!

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July Birthdays

Happy July Birthday to our Employees!

Arturo Garza, Jorge Garza, Oscar Rios, Erick Guajardo, Saul Cruz, Lonnie Clayton, Santiago Galvan, Angel Balderas, Israel Mosqueda, Edgar Valdez, Adrian Torres, Guadalupe Rodriquez, Raul Gonzales Jr., Jose Olivares, Donato Garza, Luis Vega, Efrain Araguz, Sonia Trejo, Jany Guelmes, Isaias Guzman Jr., Tony Martinez, Heriberto Avellaneda, Bryant Guillen, Joel Salas, Cesar Hinojosa Jr., Juan Mata, Cristo Valdez Jr., Jose lopez, Christopher Gomez, Edgar Diaz, Gilberto Cantu, Daniel Moncivaiz, Alejandro Ponce, Marco Trejo, Ezequiel Sanchez, Vistor Mata, Sergio Rodriquez, Jamien Nunez, Christopher Aleman, Miguel Delarosa Jr., Adolfo Uresti Jr., Jose Carrizales

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How to ‘turnaround’ your business: Step 4

Step four: Knowing yourself

Tower Force Times – Vol 18 – Safety Is A Priority At Tower Force


Tower Force Safety Is A Priority

Tower Force has a 5+ year ZERO TRIR

Like many services in our business the Tower Force tower field services are a risk prone business that has to be mitigated by utilizing professionals for the work and site specific training before they arrive on the job. The expectation of the management at Tower Force is that each field professional brings with them the skills needed for the job including an attitude that safety is a priority. This formula has done well for Tower Force. After over 5 years in business Tower Force has an injury TRIR rate of ZERO and has been awarded the 2019 GPSA Midstream safety award for it’s effort in the midstream industry last year.


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How to “turnaround” your business Step 4

Our resident writer and marketing guy Whitney Strickland is writing a series of articles for BIC magazine about how to turnaround your turnaround business in 12 steps. The latest article is on Step 4 which deals with taking an inventory not only of the business but yourself. You can read the full article here

If you haven’t read steps 1-3, we suggest you start here


Happy June Birthday to our Employees!

Rodrigo Trevino, Rafael Ramirez, Jose Hernandez, Octavio Salinas Jr., Benaia Espinosa, Cesar Montemayor, Thelma Torres, Noe Reyna, Charmella Guidry, Rodney Regalado, Sergio Flores, Jose Estrada Morales, Juan Carpio, Pedro Samaniego, Manuel Mendez, Merardo Mendez, Juan Maldonado, Jose Uresti, Armando Gutierrez, Rolando Seanz, Elijah Jones, Omar Camarillo, Asael Lopez, Rolando Lopez III, Carlos DeLeon, Rodolfo Bocanegro, Jesus Martinez Hernandez, David Silva, Jose Uriegas, Benjamin Ramirez, Efren Garcia, Ruben Trejo, Apolonio Miranda, Mario Morales, Erick Sanchez, Raul Garza Jr., Jesus Gonzalez, Jason Delgado, Daniel Olvera, Christian Granados, Fortino Villegas, Arturo Garza Jr., Jesus Pompa

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Tower Force Times – Vol 17 – Desalters Are One Of Our Specialties


Desalters are one of our specialties! Desalter refinery process unit

The Tower Force field services teams are very familiar with the complex internals of a desalter. Our teams work with manufacturers such as Desalters LLC in order to supply customers with the best product and the best services during these types of installations. Tower Force performs thousands of hours of desalter work each year. Please give us a call if you need any desalter work quoted please call us at 281-506-7152.

Desalter = A refinery process unit that removes salt from crude oil.

 

 


Tower Force Main Office

Tower Force office now open!

 

 

Although the Tower Force field service crews have been working throughout the pandemic on various job sites many of our office employees have been working from home. We are happy to announce that on May 18th our office will be open with restrictions recommended by Harris County and the Center for Disease Controls

 

 


Happy May Birthday to our Employees! Happy May Birthday to our Employees!

 

Bonifacio Cibrian, Orlando Maldonado, Antonio Martinez Jr., Ismael Lucio, Alfredo Nandin, Karl Jones, Rolando Ramirez, Jose Mata, Steven Waters, Luis Rubio, Ruben Guevara, Anibal Serna, Roy Warren, Esther Aleman, Alfonso Contreras, Luis Sandoval, Dagoberto Trevino, Leoncio Escamilla-Vasquez, Jacob Leras, Sergio Cerda, Mario Cabriales, Jorge Gomez, Eduardo Navarro Jr., Alberto Rojas, Alejandro Rodriguez, Sergio Perez, Juan Castillo, Fidel Santana Jr., Rodolfo Reyes, Marco Cardona, Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr., John Zamora, Jesus Montelongo, Paul Zavala, Mariano Pizana, Erik Hurtado, Dali Reyes, Antonio Villegas, Adrian Morales, Alvaro Bocanegra Jr., Derel Carlisle, Joshua Roman, Jorge Delgado, Ramsey Ramirez, and Alejandro Flores!

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business: Step 3

Step three: Open-mindedness

 

Willingness is the third step in my series of 12 suggestions on how to “turnaround” your business. These steps can also serve as reminders for business owners and their employees who want to make their businesses run more smoothly and successfully.

In step two (April 2020, pg. 89), I advised on finding a mentor – someone trustworthy and successful in business who can listen intently and provide positive suggestions for change. 

Seeking counsel with someone who can present a second opinion helps us realize we cannot always solve every problem, and it means we have surrendered our egos and are able to look outside of ourselves. In the 12 steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, this calls for appealing to a higher power. In business, it involves looking to a mentor or a group of mentors – a hand-picked advisory council of other business owners or consultants – to help find solutions.

To explain the open-mindedness this requires, I advised giving up the “my way or the highway” mentality. One of the biggest mistakes I see is owners spending more time working “in” the business rather than “on” the business. This is especially true of underfunded startup companies.

Step three is about admitting change is needed and implementing the heretofore “talked about” changes. Steps one and two require a change in long-held beliefs, but step three marks the point where one agrees to enact the needed changes. It involves the willingness to overcome our own egos and the human tendency to have control and start having faith in people other than ourselves.

When you are really honest with yourself, you realize that none of us has total control over much of anything. We cannot control the weather, the marketplace, the world economy or the universe. We are not immune from everything life throws at us, like accidents, viruses, terrorist attacks, competitors or anything else you can conjure up. But it is helpful to talk to trustworthy mentors or advisers who can give fair and impartial advice.

In a life crisis, one must have the willingness to change. Everyone can tell you that you need to make changes, but you will not be successful if you are not willing to change. In the business world, willingness can be explained as the readiness, desire or inclination to change. In order to change, we must be prepared to change and institute the changes we have sought counsel to make. We always value our employees’ willingness to learn new skills and to grow and change as our company grows and changes. It’s no different for the owner or administrators. Changing the way we bring our products or services to market, realizing and accepting new technologies, and utilizing those technologies as well as our employees’ skills and talents to generate optimum value are all important steps in our personal as well as corporate growth.

The other part of step three is listening to your heart instead of your head. The most dangerous place in the world is usually inside one’s own head. Fear and our own (often unfounded) projection of events keep us from working in the “here and now.” If you just wait, things will usually work out satisfactorily. This is better than getting in the middle of the storm and possibly making matters worse due to your own anxiety.

But how does one listen to one’s heart instead of one’s head? Prayer is one way, and even the most cynical business owner has probably prayed at some point. I have found meditation is an excellent way to begin the day. Envisioning the day ahead and the tasks that need to be accomplished can set the tone for the day. Even when chaos intervenes, remaining in a place of gratitude and guarding against ego-based decisions will help you accomplish more and smooth those inevitable bumps in the road.

For more information, visit www.towerforce.com, or contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC magazine.

 

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Tower Force Times – Vol 16 – Pre-TA Activities save time and costs


Pre-TA Activities save time and costs


Pre-Turnaround Activities saves costs

Tower Force field service crews are well versed in what needs to be done before your project in order to make it the most efficient and cost effective. Our crews will arrive to your site to inventory all components and parts as well as ensure the trays, packing and other internals can fit as specified. It is very important that any spare parts you may be warehousing also be inspected on a regular basis. Please call if you need any inspection done 281-506-7152.

 

 


 

Tower Force working through COVID-19

The field service crews at Tower Force are working hard to keep our country going. Noe Reyna and crew just finished up in Wyoming with zero safety incidents on a two tower project involving opening, cleaning, inspecting and repair as needed. The team all got back home safely.

 

 

 


Happy April Birthday to our Employees!

Tower Force wishes a Happy February Birthday to these employees!

 

Alvino Garcia, Francisco Yangco, Carlos Santos, Luis Castillo, Francisco Rodriguez, Martin Lozano, Angel Salazar Sr., Juan Mares, Luis Gutierrez-Valdes, Jose Almaguer, Francisco Leos, Joel Bowers, Samuel Castillo Mesa, Bernardo Olvera, Armando Trevino, Selvin Gonzalez, Luis Espinoza Jr., Antonio Vasquez, Victor Guevara, Juam Bravo Gonzalez, Cayn Chavez, Samuel Cortez, Cesar Galvan, Timothy Deans, Josue Perez, Chris Hayter, Hector Gonzalez-Lerma, Fernando Galvan, Carlos Guerrero, Mario Gutierrez, Oscar Guzman, Erik Espinoza, Abraham Limon, Angelo Lopez, Alan Amaya, Roland Ozuna, Ricky Ortiz, Isidro Yanez, Francisco Sepulveda, Eduardo Cabrera, Juan Guajardo, Norberto Becerra Jr., Jose Nieto, Diego Torees Tafolla, Jerry Medrano, Pedro Negrete Jr.

 

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How to ‘Turnaround’ your business: Step 2

Step two: Open-mindedness

 

This is the second in a series of 12 steps suggesting how to turn your business around. These steps can also serve as reminders for business owners and their employees who want to make their businesses run more smoothly and successfully.

Albert Einstein is attributed as coining the phrase, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us have a tendency to do just that. You’ve probably had a divorced friend who, when they remarry, marries the same personality type as spouse No. 1.

Another example is when you buy the same style of clothes in the same colors for decades, even though the styles and your body shape have changed. It’s kind of like that old guy down the street who’s been a hippy since the 1960s. Habitual thinking inhibits our ability to be open-minded. That “it’s my way or the highway” attitude can get us into a lot of trouble. Being open-minded doesn’t mean tolerating bad behavior, becoming a wimp or even being politically correct. Open-mindedness means being more tolerant, fair-minded and receptive to new ideas. There are many stories of great ideas coming from people you may least expect, but more often, great ideas come from teams of people.

Many business owners believe if they work harder and spend more hours at work, the business will turn around and succeed. They also believe if they just add another product or service, the problem will be solved. They spend more time working “in” the business when they need to spend more time working “on” the business. Looking outside ourselves for solutions can reap rewards, and that is where listening comes into play as well.

A highly self-confident entrepreneur can find listening difficult, and I have found this to be tough for me, too. I now realize I can learn a great deal by, instead of constantly thinking about a problem, listening to others. Our Tower Force guys in the field have an insight and daily experience that those of us in the office do not have. They have brought problems to our attention and they have provided many solutions. We should also remember that the good and viable solutions offered by field workers, the sales team and the backroom service team are of no value unless management implements those solutions.

Open-mindedness makes way for innovation. Peter Drucker calls it “organized, systematic, rational work” when people see things differently and arrange their businesses accordingly. Open-mindedness can also mean delving more deeply into customer needs or empathizing with customers and anticipating their needs. What’s a business without customers?

I mentioned a quote from Albert Einstein earlier, and now I’ll close with a quote by the English scholar and poet, John Donne: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

To be open-minded is to let people in and be receptive without becoming a rubber stamp. To be open-minded, one must be humble and not conceited. Many say open-mindedness is a critical life skill, but I think it is critical to a business’ life as well.

For more information, visit www.towerforce.com, or contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC Magazine.

 

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business – Step 1

Step one: Honesty

 

While in my late twenties, I made a profound discovery. I had been to “Rock Bottom and Back™” as stated in the BIC Media Solutions book and DVD, and I progressed from “desperation to inspiration.” During my journey of recovery and discovery, I went through the famous 12-step program. It was at some point during that self-exploration and revelation period that I found one purpose of my life was to help others, but I was not proficient in helping people one-on-one. I was best at helping others by assisting their businesses to progress from startup to success. I was helping these business owners not only survive but thrive.

Climbing the ladder

 

A successful business has a long-reaching cumulative effect. It is called the domino effect, a metaphor to describe the chain reaction brought about by an organization’s success or failure. When a business succeeds, it not only brings financial success for the business owners and key personnel, but also provides opportunities for everyone throughout the organization. When people are employed and paid for their efforts, their families, friends and communities benefit, and the local economy is strengthened.

With that in mind, I would like to share what I have learned during my time in business and through my association with other business owners.

Be honest

I think an essential characteristic of successful people is honesty. I’m not talking about “cash register honesty.” I mean being honest with oneself.

Children will say they want to be a fireman, astronaut, movie star, musician or ballerina when they grow up. But they know little of what it takes to achieve success in any given field. Likewise, adults who dream of starting a business fail to be honest with themselves. It’s hard to start a bakery if you don’t know the first thing about making dough. You can hire a master baker, but you must also select a location, acquire financing, and know how to attract and retain your customers. You need contingency plans in case your baker becomes ill or leaves to work for a competitor. Most owners fail to plan or fully anticipate the amount of money, time, effort and skill it will take to succeed. They have not been honest with themselves.

Most businesses are cyclical in nature. There’s either more business than you can handle or not enough, or maybe now there are 10 competitors where there was once only one. Perhaps the bankers are knocking on the door and the employees are about to give up. What I usually see in a struggling business is one person’s dream swallowing it whole. That person is trying to control all of the outcomes and manage the business simply by using his or her own self-confidence or ego. The person is in denial about the future of the business and refuses to admit defeat.

Admit defeat

After becoming honest with oneself and realizing the bleakness of the situation, the white flag must be raised in order to have a happy ending. Surrender is tough, especially for an entrepreneur who is taught to think positively. This part of step one is sometimes never realized due to an ingrained sense of self-confidence. I believe this to be the underlying cause of our own inflated egos. Many of us will follow the path right down to bankruptcy instead of admitting defeat. Although it may seem humiliating, it is necessary to admit our own powerlessness and take advantage of outside help.

Find a mentor

Find someone trustworthy or who has been successful in business to be your mentor. The unmanageability of the current situation must be shared. One must realize that a person who got into a bad situation probably cannot get out of it without some kind of outside help.

By being honest and realizing the true situation, one can begin the 12-step process. Setting your ego aside and accepting the humiliation of defeat are the hardest parts before asking for help from a mentor or outside source. All of these actions are counter-intuitive to the definition of an entrepreneur: self-reliant, decisive and confident. Throwing these notions away, if we can, will lead us to the success we really want.

For more information, contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC magazine.

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