Commissioner Ryan Sitton Talks Energy, Economy, Entrepreneurship with Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

October 13, 2017

MONTGOMERY  — Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today spoke with small business owners at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce “Celebrating Business Leaders with a Purpose: Shaping Montgomery’s Tomorrow” luncheon. 

“As the founder of a small business, and now a state elected official with a role in the Texas economy, I’ve experienced the challenges that entrepreneurs face and understand how important their work is to our state,” Sitton said.

“Small businesses account for 99 percent of all Texas employers, and a huge portion of those companies are in the energy industry. After weathering the downturn in 2014, Texas is on the path to recovery and it is critically important that small business owners stay strong, focused and motivated.” 

In honor of National Energy Awareness Month, Sitton spoke yesterday with the Kiwanis Club of Houston about energy opportunities in Texas. On Wednesday he hosted a tour for Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon of a family-owned oilfield equipment services company where they discussed Hurricane Harvey relief and the resiliency of small businesses.

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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