Roosevelt Petry, Jr. received his Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Texas Southern University, and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Christian Bible Institute & Seminary. He founded GP Industrial Contractors, Inc. a company specializing in piping, steel fabrication, warehousing, project management, maintenance, engineering, and field services, which are just a few of the services GP offers.
Mr. Petry attributes all of his success to God and his wife, and doesn’t think twice about giving back to the community. With a focus on youth education, he shared his knowledge as an instructor at Lamar University, teaching AutoCAD, Surveying and Drafting. He and his wife recently made a donation to create an endowment scholarship to Lamar State College, for nursing and engineering students in Port Arthur, Texas.
After Hurricane Rita, GP Industrial Contractors was there to help the small gulf coast community of Sabine Pass pick up the pieces by assisting in rebuilding it with the television show Extreme Makeover.
Mr. Petry serves the community as Vice President of the Construction Board of Construction and Appeals; Member of the Board of Directors for the South East Texas Economic Development District; Member of Lamar University College of Engineering IEDAC/ITPAC; Chairman on the Board of the United Supreme Council Finance Committee; Member of the Port Arthur Citizen Advisory Committee; Member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons of Texas and Its Jurisdiction; Member of the Ever Ready Lodge #506; Member of the Shriners Doric Temple # 76; and Member of the Port Arthur Rotary Club. He served on the Military Academy Selection Board for our Congressional District; Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Arthur Housing Authority; Chairman of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation; Member of the National Society of Black Engineers; Board of Directors for Junior Achievement; Board of Directors for the United Way; and Vice President of the Clean Community Commission.
Over the years, his hard work and community involvement resulted in several honors and awards. In February 2015, Mr. Petry received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Lamar University, in February 2013, Texas Legislative Black Caucus Community Service Award. In December 2012, he received the S.T.E.M. award. In October 2012, he received the President’s Award from Lamar State College-Port Arthur. In December 2007, Congressman Ted Poe recognized him for his community involvement. The most prestigious award he received was from the State of Texas House of Representatives in June 2011, 2002 Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Industrial Business of the Year Award; 2004 Houston Minority Business Council’s Emerging Ten Award; 2004 Make Ready, Inc. 4th Annual Humanitarian Award; 2006 Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation’s Business of the Year Award; Score’s 2007 Businessman of the Year Award; 2007 KSAP 107.1. The Breeze Humanitarian Award; and he was featured in the National Society of Black Engineers in 2000.