AUSTIN, TX, April 30, 2009--On April 7, in Henderson, Nevada, FIATECH held its CETI Award Gala in conjunction with its 2009 Technology Conference and Showcase: Where the Best Get Better. During the ceremony, the James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership was given to K. Keith Roe, Chairman, President & CEO, Burns & Roe Group, Inc.
James B. Porter, Jr., Chief Engineer and Vice President,Engineering & Operations, DuPont (retired) presented Roe with the award saying "Keith's vision and his personal commitment to it becoming a reality were the key factors in FIATECH’s successful launch and its growth into a global leader in the development and deployment of the most business effective capital project technology.”
The James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership was created in 2008 to honor and celebrate Porter’s vision, leadership, technical acumen and commitment to advancing and bettering the engineering and construction industry as well as the mission and vision of FIATECH. This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who is selected by the FIATECH Board of Advisors and who exemplifies these traits and characteristics.
“General Colin Powell once observed that ‘leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.' Keith exemplifies just that – he has provided critical leadership that has enriched and nourished FIATECH, enabling our organization to accomplish more, and in less time, than was deemed realistic by most. Keith’s quiet persistence coupled with a strong strategic vision directed the course of FIATECH during its formative years and helped make it into a guiding force in the engineering and construction industry. The seeds of innovation and applied technology that Keith helped to sow and nurture through FIATECH are now bearing fruit to the benefit of the capital projects industry,” said Tom Hannigan, President, Zachry Industrial Services and Chairman of the FIATECH Board of Advisors.
Ric Jackson, Director at FIATECH adds, “Keith has guided us with a firm commitment to the original ideals that he and his colleagues had when they created FIATECH, and has been unwavering in supporting our organization. FIATECH’s success is a testament to the accuracy of his vision and his tenacity in achieving that vision for the industry.”