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A Brief History

At the inception of the Golden Triangle Construction Users Council, Lee Townsend – Plant Manager of the Texaco Refinery and Don Boumans – Goodrich – Gulf Chemicals co-hosted a dinner for plant managers and contractors to discuss worker safety. Don, Lee and the Chevron Plant Manager, Bill Dunn, were the only managers that attended. Seventeen contractor representatives attended that meeting.

Other managers were finally persuaded to become involved. Roy Comeaux was elected President and things started to take shape and grow. Meetings were held in the mirror room of the Pompano Club to discuss issues relative to contract labor in the Golden Triangle. Average attendance was less than 20 people. An Executive Director was hired to take over the day to day activities of the Council on June 1, 1991. Mr. Don Boumans became the Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Construction User’s Council.

The name of the local user’s council was later changed to the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR), contractors were invited to join the Roundtable as subscriber members, and a strong system of committees was formed. Contractor and owner companies became involved with GTBR activities including regular monthly members meetings with an average attendance of approximately 150 people. Membership in the GTBR has grown to over 100 contractor or owner companies representing over 500 member representatives.

In addition to regular monthly meetings, the GTBR has a strong committee structure comprised of Communications, Environmental, Process Safety Management, Safety, Programs, and Turnaround committees populated with representatives from the GTBR host company members with the exception of the Safety Committee. The Safety Committee is comprised of two components; the “Facility Safety Committee” comprised of owner member company representatives, exclusively and, the “Joint Safety Committee” comprised of owner company members to the GTBR, and subscriber members from the contractor company members that provide either maintenance or construction services to the owner member companies.

As part of the organization’s slate of activities, the GTBR sponsors an annual Contractor Safety Award program. That program recognizes the safety performance of the subscriber members to the GTBR through a nominations process by the owner member companies they serve. Safety Awards are awarded in eleven (11) categories: Meritorious, Small-Medium- Large Construction, Small-Medium- Large Maintenance, Small-Medium- Large Specialty, and Engineering.

Our Mission


The Golden Triangle Business Roundtable will promote cost effective construction and maintenance in the Golden Triangle area through the cooperative efforts of owners and contractors for the benefit of its members and the community.


Establish and maintain an ongoing dialog with Owners, Contractors, Labor and training organizations

Collect and distribute data or information on:

  1. Status of construction activity in the area
  2. Availability of craft workers in the area via periodic “labor surveys

Encourage and support training of construction workers

Promote training and education to foster construction industry cost effectiveness, such as:

  1. Drug and alcohol abuse
  2. Workers compensation
  3. Project management
  4. Productivity management
  5. Process Safety Management
  6. Harassment awareness training
  7. Crafts persons skills assessments

Encourage crafts persons training via training organizations such as Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Southeast Texas.

Encourage executives of construction users to give personal attention to construction effectiveness.

Bring project and construction best practices knowledge to the Golden Triangle area via interface with the international “Construction Industries Institute” (CII), and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT).

Promote contractor safety in the Golden Triangle area via programs such as:

  1. Annual Contractor Safety Awards program
  2. Collection and distribution of safety statistics
  3. Development of uniform safety statistics request form for users, via Pre Qualification Forms
  4. Encourage specific safety training programs for high-risk activities such as: excavations, scaffolding, ladders, confined space entry, cranes, etc.

Updates on legislative issues and current events; national, state, and local

Environmental awareness and education on issues affecting local industry

Educational Seminars on construction industry best work practices

Homeland Security seminars

Monthly luncheon meetings with speakers on topics of wide-ranging subjects that are significant to the Southeast Texas Industrial and Business communities.

Latest News

2016 GTBR Contractor Safety Awards Finalist

December 7th, 2015|

Congratulations In this, the 26th Annual Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) Contractor Safety Award year, we sincerely congratulate all of the Finalist for their outstanding safety performances in our local industrial facilities in 2016.