THE NETWORKING EVENT FOR THE INDUSTRY
United in our mission to reach zero damages, we all, as top representatives of our respective companies and industry segments, have the opportunity and the obligation to affect real change. Joining together as a worldwide movement for informed, innovative solutions, participants of The Roundtable have emphasized the one-of-kind opportunities for networking and relationship building between current and potential customers, key decision makers and peers dedicated to damage prevention.
The Planet Underground Roundtable – 2017 Testimonials
Duane Rodgers – CEO of PelicanCorp, Eric Swartley – Senior Manager Pipeline and Public Safety of UGI, and Tom Stutzman – SSG Work Manager for ComEd give their unique perspective on what they felt were the most distinguishing aspects of an industry event like The Roundtable.
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Voices from The 2017 Roundtable…
“The Roundtable was an opportunity to discuss critical issues with key stakeholders across the industry. Reinforced over the two days is that no silver bullet exists, no one single thing fixes the problem. To get damage prevention to the level of success required will take a collaborative effort on a number of fronts.”
-Eric Swartley, UGI
“To talk about this in comparison to CGA and shows like that, you’re in a different role there, here this is more of a networking function. You can listen to people talk on a panel, and then say, I want to talk to that person. Unlike CGA, where one person might talk for an hour, here it’s much more rapid-fire, and you can instantly connect with that person you think is mentally stimulating and knows what they’re talking about.”
-Duane Rodgers, PelicanCorp
“I think the Roundtable is a great opportunity to candidly talk to people about what’s going on. We get to have conversations about what is important to us, and it’s not filtered. We’re not out there trying to sell things, we’re not out there trying to get business from people, we’re out there talking about the problems that we run into every day.”
-Cory Mass, Vermeer
“Everyone has such different backgrounds and experiences…just being able to talk about those, really helps bring awareness to each other’s struggles. If we can see that other person’s point of view, we can really come together as an industry to make positive changes.”
-Tracy Lipinski, MP Nexlevel
“There are plenty of other industry events out there, but I noticed that here you have people that actually sit down and take quality time to talk through the issues, and then try to come together to solve problems, I really like that.”
-Jamal Masumi, Docusite
“At the very least, you’re talking about disruption of services for people, while at the very worst, we’re talking about serious injuries and fatalities. So anytime we can get a group together and be partners in something that a lot of us are passionate about, it’s a great thing.”
-Ron LaBarca, US Radar
“My take on it is that every leader in this industry that is really focused on utility detection, damage prevention, helping to map out underground infrastructure–should be at an event like this. Because I think that’s when it becomes most valuable, the networking, being to ask questions, meeting people that you didn’t realize were in the industry–how an excavator thinks about damage prevention. I think those things are very useful to help us develop better products, build a better industry and actually do a better job of preventing damage.”
-Gary Schafer, Radiodetection
“I think it’s a great opportunity to see what challenges people have on the day-to-day level. It allows some freedom to get into discussions that you might not have at a traditional trade show, where they’re just trying to push their products.”
-Mike Klonsinski, Berntsen International