J. Peter Blake awarded Fiatech’s James B. Porter, Jr. Award

April 18, 2016
Peter Blake
J. Peter Blake

Following 45 successful years at Hatch, recently-retired visionary leader and technology champ Peter Blake was honored with a top industry award. At Fiatech’s Celebration of Technology & Innovation (CETI) Awards Gala, on April 5 in Texas, U.S.A, Peter received the James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership.

The Porter Award recognizes an individual or organization that best embodies Jim Porter's vision, leadership, technical acumen, commitment to people, his tireless efforts to advance the capital projects industry, and to see that goals of Fiatech came to fruition. The award is selected by the Fiatech board of advisors and given to the recipient who exemplifies these characteristics.

Peter served as a director of Hatch’s Project Delivery Group.  He led numerous committees at Fiatech and chaired its board of advisors.  In his more than four decades with Hatch, Peter played a role in implementing CAD and then 3D modeling, as well as managing assignments in equipment design, project engineering, and project management. He has always demonstrated a true commitment to innovation, constantly exploring new work efficiencies.

The announcement was made by Jim Purvis, chair of the Fiatech board of advisors who made the comment: “Peter demonstrates, to all of us, the success that can be achieved through driving innovation and using technology to improve project success.   Peter’s long involvement with Fiatech has been a great benefit to our organization; his stature in the EPC community brought us credibility and his vision has focused our delivery of tangible benefits for the EPC community.  I have served with Peter as board member and now board chair for the past few years and Peter’s involvement has provided a useful connection to the past as well as a springboard to the future.”

Ray Topping, Fiatech’s director added that, “Peter has an ability to focus on the key issues and speak with clarity on the benefits and results to be achieved. With his ideas and energy he provides all of us with motivation and confidence that great things are not just something to be dreamed of, they are achievable and within our reach. Peter embodies the vision of Jim Porter and Fiatech, to advance technology and innovation in the capital projects industry producing improvements and breakthroughs in productivity and efficiency.”

At the gala, Peter shared that he recently had met James Porter, making this award even more meaningful to him.