While there are new players in the Cook Inlet Oil & Gas industry these days, many of them have a lot of Inlet experience and have been working in the Inlet for a long time. Pete Dickinson has been in the industry since 1997 and today is president of All American Oilfield Associates a company providing unparalleled support for Alaska’s oil and gas industry and one of the new players in the Cook Inlet.
Last week Dickinson met with Ryan Tunseth, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula at the Economic Development District in Kenai to present them with a check for $25,000 and to become the latest Corner Stone partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs. “We are happy to be able to be there for our kids and support the programs that support them,” said Dickinson, “The Boys & Girls Clubs has a lot of activities for our kids here locally with their before school programs and after school programs as well as weekend sports activities so we’re proud to be able to support their work and All American appreciates all the hard work that goes into those programs and benefits it yields for our local community,” he said.
Dickinson says he is happy to be part of the new activity in the Inlet and hopeful, “Business is good there are a lot of new players here and we are happy to be here to support them.” He also feels that the resurgence is good news for young people looking for careers in the industry, “There is a big need for qualified workers right here locally and right now to support the increased level of activity so that workers won’t have to be imported. Our young people can get training for the skills they need here locally and have a bright economic future. It’s been great to me, it supports my family and it has a great future,” said Dickinson.
“We are thankful to Pete and All American for this contribution and welcome him to the family of Corner Stone sponsors for the Boys & Girls Clubs that includes XTO Energy, ConocoPhillips, Central Peninsula Hospital, BP, City of Soldotna and the United Way. It’s through those groups that the core of the services that we provide is made possible and we are excited about it.
Donations in this amount have a tremendous impact for our kids and knowing we have these kind of commitments from industry let’s us focus on the services we provide and making scholarships for those services available for kids in need.
The term corner stone says it all because if you don’t have that corner stone as your foundation for which to build the services nothing gets built or stands for very long and that’s what All American has become a part of to us,” said Boys & Girls Club president Ryan Tunseth, who presented Dickinson with an autographed photo of appreciation from Club members.
For information about summer programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula go to www.positiveplaceforkids.com or visit the staff at the Kenai Club house.