CHRIS GILBERT

CHRIS GILBERT

Title: Environmental, Health and Safety Manager

Company name: Turner Industries

Birthday: February 13, 1982

Family information: Married to wife, Erica, a teacher at Bay City High School. We are in the family planning phase.

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident?: I initially started college on the track to become a teacher and coach. After working in the petrochemical industry, I decided to change my major and career focus to more of an industrial perspective. When I first enrolled at Brazosport College, I was working in the plant full-time during the day and taking night classes. I needed one more class to make me a full-time student and was looking for something that would fit into my degree program. That is when the counselor said that her husband did Environmental, Health and Safety and that I should take an occupational safety class due to the correlation of it with Construction and Industrial Management. With that first class I was hooked. I have had many other opportunities of varying capacities throughout the years in the petrochemical industry, but have stayed in this field due to the pure enjoyment of it.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to?: 100 Club of Brazoria County-Lifetime Member (Skyway Energy), American Society of Safety Engineers, Blinn College Ex-Students Association-Lifetime Member, Brazoria County Calvary, Brazoria County Cattlemen's Association-Lifetime Member (Skyway Energy), Brazoria County Ducks Unlimited, Brazoria County Fair Association-Lifetime Member (Skyway Energy), Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber, CCA Texas-Lifetime Member, Columbia Heritage Foundation-Lifetime Member, Columbia Historical Museum-Board Member, First Capitol West Columbia Lions Club-Board Member, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory — Lifetime Member (Skyway Energy), Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas, Knights of Columbus, National Eagle Scout Association-Lifetime Member National FFA-Lifetime Member, National Rifle Association, Sam Houston State University Alumni Association-Lifetime Member, Sons of the American Legion Mattson-Ringgold Post 503, Texas & Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, Texas State Gamewarden's Association, Texas State Rifle Association, West Columbia Blue Santa, West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, West Columbia Friends of the Library and West Columbia Volunteer Fire Department (former member).

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you?: On a personal level, I feel very honored to have been named the 2019 Man of the Year along with my wife, Erica, being named 2019 Woman of the Year by the West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. From a civic level, it is being part of the organizations that I belong to being able to year in and year out help the members of the communities we serve, despite the curveballs and roadblocks that we face such as funding and membership.

What career achievement are you most proud of?: Keeping the American worker safe. I take it very personally when someone is injured or exposed, or there is harm to the environment. I am happy to say I have been part of many good teams and had the pleasure of working with and around many good people. Teams and organizations I have had an opportunity to work with have won awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Houston Business Roundtable, Engineering News-Record and the Contractor Merit Award from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers as well as, multiple president's awards and numerous other corporate awards for EHS Site performance while working with Turner Industries. I also focus my personal time on managing our business holdings (Skyway Energy LLC, which I am the CEO) which focuses on real estate, oil and gas, agriculture and alternative energy investments.

What personal achievement are you most proud of?: Helping my brother Ryan live a normal and healthy life and to achieve many of the things in life he has, despite being born three months premature.

What are your career aspirations?: To one day return to school and get my Ph.D. and transition into an executive/presidential role within a company or organization and eventually become a college professor.

What leader has inspired you and how?: Outside of family members, I would say Dr. Nedom Muns at Sam Houston State University. He really turned a light on for me by expanding and challenging my critical thinking and viewpoints.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire?: It would be impossible for me to choose just three. I believe a good leader has and follows the traits of the Scout Law (Scouts BSA): Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life?: As baseball hall of famer Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over." It may look gloom and doom and like time is running out, but when you keep plugging and grinding and put your faith in God, things will work out for you in ways you didn't expect.

What are your hobbies?: Spending time with my friends and family. Genealogy researching. I found out I am a Native Texan of six generations. My family came to Texas in 1845.

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy?: Me and my wife, Erica, love to travel and do so quite often. Luckily, my wife loves sports because we have been to many ballparks, stadiums and arenas. We also love Texas barbecue such as Franklin's and Terry Black's in Austin.

Favorites book, movie, TV show, music genre, sports team?:

Book: I have read a lot of good books over the years, but the same one I keep picking up day after day and living by is the Holy Bible.

Movie: "The Fast and the Furious" series

TV Show: "Live PD"

Music genre/performer: George Strait and Texas country music.

Sports team: My mother is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin so we go to a lot of the Texas Longhorns football games.

Any other information you would like to include?: While in college, I was on the Dean's List and National Dean's List and nominated for Who's Who Among College Students and the Distinguished Student Award.

Do you have a postsecondary education? For all undergraduate degrees, include the institution, degree, year graduated and major.: M.A. in Industrial Technology at Sam Houston State University, B.A.A.S. in Industrial Management at Sam Houston State University, A.A.S. in Industrial and Commercial Construction Management at Brazosport College; and an A.A. in Health and Kinesiology from Blinn College.

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