2023 PBIOS HONOREE
Charles Richard “Dick” Sivalls, PE, F.NSPE
Dick Sivalls was born on November 13, 1934 in Oklahoma City, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received a B.S. Degree (with Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering, and held several honorary positions and memberships in his time there, including Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Chi. He was also the business manager of the Engineering Magazine, receiving the Sooner Shamrock Award twice. Dick is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a Fellow Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (F.NSPE)
Dick was married to the late Lura Jo, with whom he had two children, Stephanie Lynne (Sivalls) Latimer and Tracy Louis Sivalls. Additionally, Dick is a proud grandparent of three wonderful grandchildren.
After serving two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp where he achieved the rank of Sergeant, Dick started his professional career in the oil and gas industry. He has worked for Sivalls, Inc. since 1959 and is currently President and Chief Executive Officer. Sivalls, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells process equipment for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Dick still holds the title of President of Tectrol, Inc. and Control Ventures, Inc. (formerly Control Equipment, Inc.).
Dick is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Odessa, TX, where he has held several board positions, including that of Chairman of the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee, the Ushering Committee, and the First United Methodist Church of Odessa Foundation, Inc.
Dick has a long list of public service of note to his name, ranging from board and elected positions with: the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the Odessa Industrial Development Corporation, the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board, the Odessa Development Corporation, the Odessa Rotary Club, the Salvation Army of Odessa Advisory Board, United Way of Odessa, the Ector County Economic Development Corporation, the ECISD Career Oversight Advisory Board, the Odessa College Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Texas Permian Basin President’s Advisory Board, and more. He is also a Founding Member, Advisory Board Member, and Finance Committee Member of the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dick has been incredibly active in many oil and gas Trade Associations and is currently a long-standing Board Member of the Permian Basin International Oil Show. He has also held several elected offices including City Council of Odessa, Mayor Pro-Tem of Odessa, Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission and Past Chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association.
Dick was President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, holding several elected and appointed positions from 1977 through 2008. These included Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Engineering Foundation, Chairman and Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and numerous Advisory Committee positions at the University of Oklahoma, Odessa College, and the University of Texas Permian Basin. In addition, he has written and published over 40 technical articles and papers on oil and gas production and processing equipment design, and taught engineering short courses in gas processing and oil treating at Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, and Texas A&M University. Dick also has the honor of being a member of the Distinguished Graduates Society of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma
The Permian Basin International Oil Show is proud to have Dick Sivalls as our honoree to recognize his lifetime of achievements in the oil and gas industry and in our communities. His commitment to engineering, public service, and his passion for educating others is an inspiration to all of us. He continues to leave an indelible mark on the industry and the communities of West Texas and beyond.