Dave Pilatti, Regional Manager for the McJunkin Red Man Corporation (MRC) was chosen to receive a prestigious award given by the Kenai chapter of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. The "Alliance President's Award" was presented to Pilatti during a statewide banquet held in Anchorage recently, with over four hundred in attendance. "It was a great honor," Pilatti said at a meeting of the Kenai chapter of the Alliance held subsequent to the event. "I strongly support the Alliance and what they do for our industry and the State of Alaska. I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of my company, in front of such a large gathering and honored that Bob Favretto nominated me for the award," he said.
As President of the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance, Favretto commented that the contribution that Dave Pilatti had made to better the local chapter as well as the statewide organization through activities such as membership drives, and golf tournaments made him an obvious recipient. "No matter when or what we ask Dave to do, whether it's monetary or as a volunteer, he always steps up and is happy to help. It's a privilege to have him as an Alliance member and I was happy to present him with the president's award," said Favretto.
MRC is a worldwide pipe valve and fitting supply company serving the oil and gas industry with Alaskan offices located near K-Beach Road in Soldotna. According to Pilatti, MRC offers more than 100,000 products to satisfy the needs of their customers and have had operations in Alaska for six years, with 14 employees in the state." I'm an optimistic guy and believe that Alaska still has a lot of future with the oil and gas industry for our children and their children.
That's why I feel the Support Industry Alliance is so important to everything that is going on in our community. They are out there working to see jobs and access to resources are available for development, so it's important for us to support their efforts as they are out there for all of us," said Pilatti.
Favretto says that first and foremost, Alaskan's should not loose touch with all the talk about getting our natural gas to market, that it is oil production that he feels needs to remain our number one priority. "Gas is extremely important, but oil is our main revenue and job producer, so we are constantly talking with our leaders about how to develop more oil resources in Alaska responsibly. That's what the Alliance is all about: responsible resource development, and that's the message we take to the state legislature and federal government every chance we get," said Favretto.
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