Donald T. Boumans Foundation raises money to provide scholarships for students to enter industrial workforce

Around 500 people attended the 6th Annual Donald T. Boumans Foundation (DTB) Crawfish Boil Fundraiser on Thursday, April 26, at Associated Builders and Contractors in Nederland.

According to DTB’s website, Don Boumans was the plant manager from 1969 to 1989 of Goodrich-Gulf, B. F. Goodrich, and Ameripol Synpol — the Port Neches “rubber company.”

After Boumans retired, Joe Domino, former president of Entergy Texas, approached him about becoming the first executive director of what was then called the Golden Triangle Users Council. Boumans’ first official act was to change the name to the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR), the DTB website states.

He spent the next twenty-two years growing the organization, a collaboration of area industry and construction contractors, who build and service area industry, into the GTBR, a monthly Southeast Texas lunch tradition.

Boumans passed away in 2011 and in order to keep his legacy alive, GTBR and Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that supports local industry by providing safety training and compliance services to contractors working inside petrochemical, refining, or energy facilities, with help from one of Boumans’ friends, used seed money to form the Donald T. Boumans Foundation.

Bouman’s primary love was education of young people into careers in industry, particularly the construction crafts, which are so important to Southeast Texas, DTB’s website states. 

“The money we raise is for scholarships at the Lamar campuses (Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College – Orange and Lamar State College Port Arthur),” said Mike Roebuck, president of Echo Construction and Donald T. Boumans Foundation Chair. “We try to help as many kids as we can every year in his name. Most of the supporters are part of the industry.”

DTB Board Member and Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable Dennis Isaacs said the foundation helps provide financial support for students to acquire a skill set for much-needed jobs in the growing industrial sector of Southeast Texas.

“That’s the value of supporting organizations like this,” Isaacs said.

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