The value of old-fashioned relationships

The value of old-fashioned relationships

With passion and strong relationships, CEO Jim Brunjak built up his company from the living room of his house.

Jim Brunjak built up his company from the living room of his house; along the way, passion for his field and strong relationships were essential.

When the CEO of Power Solutions LLC and a veteran of the pipe industry, secured a $50,000 loan to create his own company in 2006, many who knew him were not surprised. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he was a long way from oil country and initially ran the business from his living room.

Yet for Brunjak, this was only part of a broader professional journey.

He grew up in a steel town in Colorado where many of both he and his wife’s families worked at the local mill. Upon graduating from college, he too sought employment at the mill. Notably, CF&I, the company that owned the facility, produced a variety of steel products, including oil country tubular goods (OCTG), a key component for drilling operations, and a product Brunjak’s career would keep bringing him back to.

“In 1999, my family accepted an opportunity to help run a pressure piping and line pipe company in Chattanooga, Tennessee,” Brunjak remembers. “It was still pipe I was selling, but it wasn’t OCTG downhole tubing and casing. Throughout my tenure with this new position, I kept my ties in Texas. Eventually, my friends and customers said they could really use someone with my passion for the oil and gas business. My wife, Rhonda, and I decided to start our own OCTG supply business and we chose to remain in Chattanooga to allow our daughters to continue their education without interruption. Needless to say, there were not many people drilling wells for oil and gas in the southeast. We basically started with one computer, no business, and the dedication of our middle daughter, Maggie, who was attending the University of Chattanooga-Tennessee.”

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