OTC Houston – Connecting with the oil and gas community . . .

06May11

Just making our way back from OTC in Houston – the premiere North American event for offshore oil and gas.  What a whirlwind week of networking, trade show and workshops.   It all started with the greatest industry mixer ever – the NOIA poolside reception on Sunday night.   Think about this – politicians, oil and gas executives, and local suppliers all eating and drinking in 80 degree weather.  It was like Nautical Nellies with a few more folks and a much nicer climate.  For us, it was a great opportunity to stand around the pool and rub shoulders with people who I would normally never get to speak with – and to put some faces to names.   Notable poolside networkers included Ed Martin and Jim Keating from NALCOR, Marty Gaulin from Worley Parsons along with a few more of his team, and Natural Resources Minister Shaun Skinner – and, looking spectacular while promoting the province’s industry,  Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

Barry, Ed and I were able to connect with some of our customers and find out more about their plans for the next year – the more we know about them, the better we’re able to meet their needs.  That was the real benefit of the few days in Houston.  We also had the chance to gain a few new suppliers, and even get closer to doing a few deals.  Lots of interest in partnering with BrenKir for supply opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador – the diversity requirement in the Hebron project is starting to be noticed, which is a great thing for Newfoundland and Labrador business, and especially women owned businesses.

Looking forward to the next NOIA event at Yellow Belly Brewery on the 18th – hoping it’s the same sort of event, minus the pool.

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