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Richard Coffman: Doing Business with Humor and Humility

Richard Coffman at workLike so many of the people involved in the valve industry, 40-year-veteran Richard Coffman can trace much of his success to being in the right place at the right time, and being confident enough to take advantage of an opportunity.

Coffman received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and began his career as a mechanical designer at GE in the Specialty Controls Department. There he worked in the value engineering department where he designed GE-printed circuit boards used to drive servovalves, which controlled the turbine speed on many GE turbine control systems.

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Notes on a Notable Career: Former VMA Chairman Tom Mignogna

1968-A-New-Era-Electronic-Actuator-San-Diego 300pxLike many of the valve industry icons we’ve interviewed, Tom Mignogna’s notable career in the valve industry started out not so much by design, perhaps, but by good fortune.

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Ken Chickering: Oil in his Veins?

1972 enhanced headline photoKen Chickering’s affinity for the oil industry came naturally. “My father, for whom I had a lot of respect, worked for Oilwell Supply. My great grandfather helped start that company in 1862. Three generations of the family worked for the company in Oil City, PA. I didn’t work there, but I started my oilfield roustabout work near Oil City and spent other summers as a roughneck and working for Halliburton.”

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A Twist of Fate Leads to a Long Career

Gil at Richards Industries“The valve industry is all about people. Hands on, manufacturing, selling, that’s what appeals to a lot of us. It’s a no-nonsense industry, with many high-quality people,” said an enthused Gil Richards, Chairman Emeritus of Richards Industries, in a recent interview with VALVE Magazine. “It’s a pleasure to work and associate with them.”

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Success is a Family Affair

Randy solo editedRandy Cowart took up the mantle of 8 predecessors when he became President, CEO and Chairman of the Wm. Powell Company.

In an age when companies change presidents more frequently than burger chains come out with new offerings, it is refreshing to speak with a man who is only the 9th president of a company that has endured for 167 years.

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