On March 4, the cities of Houston and Aberdeen held the 2nd Annual Aberdeen–Houston Gateway event hosted by Aberdeen-based company Granite PR. Two of the world’s leading energy cities came together to strengthen their relationship by sharing knowledge, networking, and opening up connections to increase mutual business and economic development.
The Aberdeen–Houston Gateway 2014 event started with a warm welcoming from Brett Jackson, founder and managing director of Granite PR. Both Houston and Aberdeen featured speakers from a broad spectrum of common industries and interests, highlighting the many and varied forms of cooperation between the two regions.
Houston’s lineup of speakers and panelists included Andrew Millar, the U.K. Consul General of Houston; Eduardo Aguirre, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra; Frank Landreneau, International Tax Director of PKF; Mr. Rod Christie, CEO and VP for the Subsea Systems business at GE Oil & Gas; City of Houston Council Member Oliver Pennington; and Dr. Alan Lumsden, Medical Director of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
Aberdeen’s panel of speakers included David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise; Eddie Leigh of Simmons and Co International Ltd; Prof. Rita Marcella of Aberdeen Business School; Prof. Andy Porter from the University of Aberdeen; and Gordon McIntosh of the Aberdeen City Council.
Council Member Olivier Pennington, representing the City of Houston, expressed a strong desire on the part of the City of Houston to strengthen and diversify ties with Aberdeen. He noted the existing connections between Houston and Aberdeen—Houston and the Grampian Region have had an active Sister City relationship for 35 years. Council Member Pennington reiterated the City of Houston’s desire to continue to develop relationships and connections with Aberdeen.
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.granitepr.co.uk/aberdeenhouston2014.php.