Commissioner Ryan Sitton Hosts Harvey Disaster Recovery Tour for Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon

October 11, 2017

HOUSTON — Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton hosted a tour for Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon of Tejas Tubular, an oilfield equipment company, which applied for SBA disaster relief assistance after suffering damage from Hurricane Harvey. The tour gave SBA Administrator McMahon a firsthand look at how her agency’s disaster relief programs help small businesses rebuild. Administrator McMahon is committed to ensuring businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey have all the resources they need to continue powering Houston’s economic engine — the energy industry. 

“It’s hard to fully understand just how imperative disaster relief assistance is for small businesses until you are up close and can see firsthand how the aid will impact the company and it’s employees’ everyday lives,” Sitton said.

“While the storm may have passed, recovery is far from over in Houston. It speaks volumes to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon that not only is her agency working overtime to provide resources, but she personally wants to meet the men and women of the 2.6 million small businesses who fuel our Texas economy.” 

Tejas Tubular, an Oil Country Tubular Goods supplier and manufacturer, sustained three-and-a-half-foot flooding and incurred thousands of dollars worth of damage in property, machinery and lost man-hours. Through the SBA’s disaster assistance program, owner, president and CEO Maximo A. Tejeda has applied for a low-interest, long-term loan for physical and economic damage.

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Ryan Sitton & Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton (right) & Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon (center) receive a tour of Tejas Tubular from plant manager Karthik Nagarajan (left).


Ryan Sitton was elected to the Railroad Commission in 2014 and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. Ryan is one of the world’s leading energy experts and founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. As Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is committed to fostering an environment where energy can be responsibly produced as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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