Jensen Award Presentation for Career Advancement
THE JENSEN AWARD is the most prestigious recognition and highest honor of the Florida energy pipeline industry. It was initiated in 2007 by the FEPA Board of Directors. Chris Jensen Sr. and his spouse Audrey Jensen were founding members of the Florida Energy Pipeline Association in 1989. Mr. Jensen served the Florida energy pipeline industry for over forty years, including executive director of the FEPA from its inception until his death in 2003.
The Jensen Award is conferred annually on an individual whose career includes prominent achievement and outstanding contributions to the Florida energy pipeline industry. Such contributions may include, but is not limited to, technical services, business accomplishment, education, research, or other outstanding leadership that has materially advanced the welfare of the Florida energy pipeline industry. Recipients may include engineers, research scientists, business leaders, educators, journalists, and virtually every other discipline associated with the industry.
The Award, consisting of a modest plaque, is not necessarily an annual event, but is conferred as deemed appropriate by the FEPA Awards Committee. It is presented during FEPA’s Annual Symposium.
Jensen Award Past Recipients
2008 – LB Brashier
2016 Jensen Award Recipient
The Florida Energy Pipeline Association posthumously honors Jim Estilette with the 2016 Jensen Award. Jim Estilette passed on November 27, 2015. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years Debra Pontiff Estilette, one son, Casey Moresi, and two grandchildren Kylen and Kennedi Moresi.
Jim was a Veteran of the Viet Nam Era.
He began his career with Cameron Iron Works in February of 1978 as a service technician and was promoted to Warehouse Manager; Field Sales Office Manager, and Outside Sales Representative. From January 1987 to January 1995 Jim was with Cooper Oil Tool (acquired by Cameron Iron Works in 1989) as a Technical Sales Representative, becoming Technical Marketing Representative in January 1995. He was promoted to Eastern Region Sales Manager and retired, in that position, from Cameron International June 30, 2014. He then went to work for Project Consulting Services as their Commercial Account Manager July 1, 2014 until his death.
Jim was loved and respected in the industry. Though a sales manager for most of his career, he would never hesitate to roll up his sleeves and help with a valve issue in the field. This hands-on approach, reinforced his professional commitment to training and safety. He assisted with the writing of Cameron’s O&M manual and provided schools both in the field and classroom over three decades. Jim taught a valve school at Devtech Sales, training center for 20 years.
Jim also had a flare for cooking, most notably his crawfish etouffee. He traveled to Florida many times with a cooler full of crawfish and prepared his famous Cajun dish for his Florida friends for many years. Many knew him as “Jim Etouffee”! Jim loved to come to Florida for fishing trips, though he wasn’t much of a fisherman, he was invited for his cooking skills!
Jim Estilette will be greatly missed by the entire gas industry, particularly the close knit Florida industry and associations where he was a long time active member and exhibitor.