Susan and Zeke Bickham, Catherine Jones-Penco, and Joe Miniot will leave from Rhodes stadium to join TransCanada’s team. Justin Russell, will also leave from Rhodes Stadium and is on Spectra’s team, but will be riding with CECO. Dietrich Kurzenhauser, Project Manager, CECO Pipeline Services leaves from Cypress, Texas and is riding with Oceaneering’s team. They all will ride to Lagrange for the night, and will leave Sunday morning to ride to the finish line in Austin.
Please support the National MS Society and everyone affected by MS by donating to the BP MS 150 through one or more CECO rider’s personal page listed below. Your support along with the BP MS 150 and other efforts will help bring research advances closer to the goal of a world free of MS!
Best of luck to all MS150 riders for sunshine, and a good ride! You can donate to the cause here: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/SPageServer/;jsessionid=E969F0752A5DEB3FF4917CD5EF76365D.app354a?pagename=BIKE_HOM_donate&fr_id=27003
Susan Bickham says her favorite MS150 memory was when a new Marin Portofina road bike with special components was rolled into her office at Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) on Friday, January 30, 2009. The bicycle enables Susan, who has MS, to fulfill her goal of riding in the BP MS150, a 2-day ride from Houston to Austin each year to raise money for research into Multiple Sclerosis and support for those afflicted by the crippling disease.
Six CECO associates contributed to the cause: Joe Miniot, Justin Russell, Gene Thompson, Jim Hutton, Bruce Hotze and Bill Zeis had watched Susan train on a bike designed more for dirt than road. So they purchased the road bike for her.
“I was never more touched than when the guys rolled that awesome bike in to my office and presented it to me. It was an overwhelming gesture and a wonderful surprise but completely in character with this close knit group who are more like brothers than co-workers. This was a gift from the heart that touched me deeply. Their ongoing support has been a blessing. Without these guys I could never make the trek from Houston to Austin each year.”
Susan and her son, Zeke will be riding in this year’s MS150. We wish all of the CECO and TransCanada Team members good weather and a safe ride Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016.
For more information or to donate, please visit Susan’s personal MS150 page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=5882178&pg=personal&fr_id=27003&et=qp9T18i2i5yjFdJDIu0wZg&s_tafId=475632
I asked Justin Russell whether he had a favorite MS150 Memory and he replied “I am in my eighth year of participating in the MS150, and I’m not sure I have a favorite memory from the past rides, but I do have a favorite moment. I am always thrilled to cross the finish line. The environment is awesome! There are several thousand cheering people, music, banners, balloons, food…cold water! But most importantly, my family. My kiddos are still small and get excited to see me, especially when I’m riding my bike. Despite the numerous riders that cross before me, they somehow think I “win the bike ride” every year.
My cousin who has MS is also there to greet riders as they cross. She drives in from Odessa just to participate in the finish line experience. We snap photos in front of the capital, and just generally enjoy the atmosphere. After a hot shower, our family always celebrates the event with a big dinner, and ice cream. Eating healthy is the last thing I think about during dinner that night, so I over indulge.
Until you ride the MS150, it is difficult to understand the feelings of joy, relief, and accomplishment you go through as you cross the finish line. It is a unique experience.”
CECO will host an in-house Applied Principals of Engines and Compressors (APEC) course June 6-10, 2016 at CECO’s Houston location. Lunch and a tour of CECO Manufacturing are included in the course fee.
Dates: June 6-10, 2016
Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM – 12 PM
Location: Compressor Engineering Services (CECO) 5440 Alder Drive, Houston, TX 77081 MAP
Early Bird Registration by May 13, 2016 : $1400
Registration after May 13, 2016: $1500
This is an engine fundamentals class that provides a solid foundation to any employee involved in the operation of prime movers. Although the principles described in this class are simple and easy to understand, the class is both stimulating and challenging. Upon completion, each person will have a basic understanding of the equipment configuration and operation and will be capable of simple troubleshooting, safety tips, and problem recognition for their gas compression equipment.
Randy Anderson is a one of the industry’s foremost experts in the field of reciprocating engines and compressors. He brings over 30 years experience to the classroom.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-663-1805.