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Permian Basin Petroleum Association to honor Dick Sivalls with Top Hand Award

PBPA to honor Dick Sivalls with Top Hand Award

The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) is set to honor Richard “Dick” Sivalls, a veteran in the industry and fomer Odessa councilmember, with the 2023 Top Hand Award.

A reception and dinner banquet is planned for Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Petroleum Club of Midland. The deadline to reserve a table is Jan. 5, while the deadline to buy an individual ticket ($250/person) is Jan. 12. For tickets, go here.

The Top Hand Award is the highest award bestowed by PBPA members and one of the highest honors given to an energy professional in the Permian Basin.

“Being a Top Hand means that you exemplify all of the best qualities of professional and community service,” officials stated.

Sivalls is president and CEO of Sivalls, Inc., where he’s worked since 1958. The company designs, manufactures and sells process equipment for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. He also holds the title of president of Tectrol, Inc. and Control Ventures, Inc. (formerly Control Equipment, Inc.). Before starting his career in the oil and gas industry in 1959, he served two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp, achieving the rank of sergeant.

Sivalls was born Nov. 13, 1934 in Oklahoma City and graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma. He’s a licensed professional engineer, a fellow member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and has penned over 40 technical articles and papers on oil and gas production and processing equipment design.

He also taught courses in engineering and gas processing and oil treating at Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, and Texas A&M University, and is a member of the Distinguished Graduates Society of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

Of course, his contributions in the Permian Basin are a main reason for earning the Top Hand Award.

“Throughout his illustrious career, Dick has been incredibly active in many oil and gas trade associations and is past chairman of the PBPA,” PBPA officials said.

Sivalls also held several elected offices including City Council of Odessa, Mayor Pro-Tem of Odessa, Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission, and is a long-standing Board Member of the Permian Basin International Oil Show.

Sivalls was married to the late Lura Jo, with whom he had two children, Stephanie Lynne (Sivalls) Latimer and Tracfy Louis Sivalls. He is a proud grandparent to three grandchildren.

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