On January 17, 2015 the Florida chapter hosted a fishing trip and BBQ in Cocoa Beach. Below are photos of the attendees enjoying the day.
Ten contractors attended a Meet and Greet in Tampa for the new Florida Chapter of the National Drilling Association. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers during the meeting while they discussed the start-up of the Florida Chapter.
Rob Caho of Diedrich Drill, Inc. gave an excellent presentation on the National Drilling Association and the benefits of being an NDA member. He stressed that drilling contractors in the state of Florida could further benefit from starting a Florida Chapter and promoting membership in Florida as a way to address state/regional matters and to further accredit the drilling industry in the diverse state. Input from the attendees agreed that a Florida Chapter of NDA would be of benefit to them, their firm, and the drilling industry in Florida.
Carlos Lemos of ATI Companies, LLC (a national NDA Board Director & long-time NDA member), also stressed the importance of being involved in a Florida Chapter of NDA to both protect and promote the drilling industry in Florida. Many topics concerning both the start-up of a Florida Chapter and also the challenges and concerns of the drilling industry in Florida were actively discussed during the meeting.
Prior to the start of the meeting, Rob Caho delegated the role of president for the start-up year to Rick Kelly of Jim Stidham & Associates. During the meeting, Carlos Lemos volunteered to be the Vice President.
To close out the evening meeting, Rob Caho hosted a game of his traditionally entertaining BINGO. Great fun was had by all and several prizes were won, with the Grand Prize of a new 34" television, donated Diedrich Drill, that was "co-won" by Carlos and Dave! Thank you to all who contributed prizes, and many thanks to all the drilling professionals who took the time to attend this Meet and Greet to start the Florida Chapter of the NDA. We look forward to this chapter being active, beneficial, and productive!!