About Us


The Pittsburgh Petroleum Association is more than 55 years old. A small group of petroleum industry men met on Thursday, November 5, 1959, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in order to organize a club similar to those in other cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

A committee was appointed from the group present to get together and draw up the necessary basic plans for the operation of the association. Mr. Robert M. Thurston of the Ethyl Corporation and Mr. J.O. Craig of the Sun Oil Company acted as co-chairmen. Different ideas were expressed as to how the club should be organized. Everyone present realized the need for such an organization. They were completely behind the idea and promised to give it their support.

After several meetings, and the signing of enough members to make a viable organization, the association was chartered in 1960. The PPA was formed for the purposes of pleasure, social, recreation, relaxation, and the promotion of good fellowship. The club would be devoted to developing friendships and wider acquaintances among petroleum industry people.



Meetings are held from September through May. Most meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We enjoy lunch (and a great view of Pittsburgh) at the Lemont on Mount Washington with the speaker’s presentation immediately following. Our speakers discuss topics of interest to our members, such as governmental regulation, the supply outlook, and even succession planning, to name a few. For variety, we hear from the occasional sports or media personality. December is typically our evening holiday gathering. May is our annual wrap-up, another evening meeting.

If you are in the petroleum industry, the energy industry, or any industry for which energy is a concern, there is something for you at the Pittsburgh Petroleum Association. You can keep up with all things petroleum-related while networking with business leaders inside and outside our industry.