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Lecture focuses on global entrepreneurship

Lamar University’s ExxonMobil Entrepreneurship Lecture Series will encourage participants to “Think Global: Embracing International Markets in Entrepreneurship,” Thursday, March 21.

Roosevelt Petry, Jr., president, CEO and partner of GP Industrial Contractors, Inc., will present the free public lecture, 11:10 a.m. in Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Building on the Lamar campus. ExxonMobil sponsors the lecture series in the College of Business. Petry will also speak in sessions with business faculty and students in the college’s MBA program.

Petry has been awarded the U.S. House of Representatives Humanitarian Award, the Outstanding Texas & STEM Award, the Emerging Ten Award presented by the Houston Minority Business Council and is the recipient of numerous other humanitarian and business awards.

GP Industrial has been contracted for major refinery expansions at Valero, Motiva, Total, Bechtel and others. The company also has done major work for Houston’s Toyota Center Arena and Minute Maid Park.

Petry began his professional career as a draftsman for Bethlehem Steel performing piping, mechanical, electrical and structural drafting, and holds a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in industrial engineering. While a student at Lamar, he served as president of the student government association.

His professional career includes experience in the petrochemical industry and residential/commercial construction as a senior designer, project engineer, project manager and superintendent. His work with numerous companies includes electrical/instrumentation and mechanical/pipe designing.

Petry has shared his experience as instructor at Lamar University teaching AutoCAD, surveying and drafting.

Petry is a current or former member of the following: commissioner of the Port Arthur Housing Authority; Beaumont Independent School District Advisory Committee for Vocational Education; chairman of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation Ad Hoc Committee Welding Program, vice chairman of the Port Arthur Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals; Port Arthur Citizen Advisory Committee; American Society of Engineering Technicians; American Welding Society; National Society of Black Engineers.

For more information on the lecture contact the College of Business at(409) 880-8603.