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Three students chronicle their trip to D.C. to speak with legislators


Economic Alliance Houston Port Region travels to D.C. to advocate for Houston


History of the Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Lee College welcomes Dr. Angela Oriano

Vice President of Workforce and Corporate Partnerships

“With the incredible growth and expansions now taking place in the petrochemical, logistics and healthcare industries in Baytown and along the Texas Gulf Coast, the demand for skilled workers has reached new heights. Lee College and the Center for Workforce and Community Development have a rich history of providing high-quality education, customized training programs and other essential services that support businesses and help prepare new generations of workers for success in these high-growth, high-wage fields.”

“I am proud to join the Lee College family and look forward to partnering with industry and civic leaders across the region to address workforce development needs and challenges for the benefit of the communities and people we serve.” - Dr. Angela Oriano

Center for Workforce and Community Development Offering non-credit courses, training and certifications spanning a wide range of subjects. New classes are continually introduced.

Corporate Services The Center’s Department of Corporate Services provides workforce development assistance and customized training for corporate clients. The department helps clients achieve organizational growth and stability, create and retain jobs, implement new innovations, and increase competitiveness and profitability.

Small Business Development Center The SBDC provides businesses with one-on-one consulting and information assistance to foster economic growth in the community.


Lee College's Center for Workforce and Community Development offers course work with flexible schedules and start dates, lab instruction, courses that are totally online, as well as face-to-face and online hybrid options. OR, we can bring the training you want directly to you!




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In This Issue


PRESIDENT’S LETTER ................... 05 TASK FORCE UPDATES.................. 20 CALENDAR OF EVENTS ................ 22 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE IN MOTION ..................................... 24 MEMBERS IN MOTION ................. 28

2017 D.C. Advocacy Trip


MEMBER LISTING ......................... 35

10 Gulf Coast Industry Forum Overview


History of the Gulf Coast Industry Forum

About the Economic Alliance The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, a non-profit organization created in 1985, provides professional economic development services on behalf of 16 communities surrounding the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel - home to one of the world’s most influential energy corridor and trade ports. Since 2008, the Economic Alliance has supported over 40 successful projects that has facilitated business activities creating over 4,400 new jobs and over $6.4 billion of capital investment to the Houston Port Region.































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Largest Petrochemical complex in the US. 1.1M jobs in the state of TX re The most sought-after region in the entire Houston Ship Channel activity. #2 Total tonnage Port in the US. world for petrochemical, manufacturing, $265B of total economic activi #1 Container Port on the Gulf Coast attributed to Houston Ship We are proud to count among our members the following Cities, maritime and logistics operations. (95% of TX market share). Channel region. Communities, Chambers of Commerce, and other government entities:

Harris County Port of Houston City of Baytown City of Deer Park City of Galena Park City of Houston City of Jacinto City City of La Porte City of Morgan’s Point City of Pasadena


City of Pearland City of Seabrook City of Shoreacres City of South Houston Community of Channelview Community of East End Community of North Shore Community of Sheldon Community of South Belt-Ellington Baytown Chamber of Commerce


Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Houston East End Chamber of Commerce La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce South Houston Chamber of Commerce



It’s hard to believe that this will be the 8th year for the Economic Alliance to host a conference highlighting the nation’s largest petrochemical complex and second largest port. The Gulf Coast Industry Forum, which is now a two-day conference with over 800 attendees, grew out of humble beginnings (a half-day event) and a simple request from the East Harris County Manufacturers Association: to provide a conference that allows this port and industrial region to give a forecast of what to expect in coming years. Yes, the conference has grown each year, and even outgrown its’ original name, the Petrochemical & Maritime Outlook Conference, but the most fascinating thing has been to see the evolution of our industry and port over these past seven years. To hear plant managers speak about shrinking local production in 2010, to what has now become the Global Hub of the Chemicals Industry, has been quite a transformation. This year’s conference will include at least eight tables of high school and college students looking for encouragement and guidance in their career choices. There is also a breakfast with speakers, plant managers and elected officials to inspire them. On Wednesday night, Turner Industries is sponsoring, and San Jacinto Maritime College is hosting the first ever networking reception, and everyone is invited. There will be live music, simulators, a boat tour and one of the most amazing views on the ship channel, just across from the Port Houston Bayport Container Terminal. As always, the mission of this conference is to provide a top down look at what’s happening in the Gulf Coast petrochemical industry and how Port Houston is navigating the current economic times. It is led and supported by the stakeholders of the region. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Port Houston for once again leading the way for what has become a critical information and networking event. The Board and staff of the EA would also like to thank the over 100 volunteers who make the event run as smoothly as it does. It will be another great conference in 2017.

203 Ivy Avenue, Suite 200 Deer Park, TX 77536 281-476-9176 www.allianceportregion.com ECONOMIC ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chairman, Jim Griffin, Dianal America Immediate Past Chairman, Karen Gregory, CenterPoint Energy Treasurer, Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates Secretary, Roger Blackburn, The Infinity Group Vice Chair, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Vice Chair, Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Vice Chair, Barry Klein, Shell Deer Park Advisory, Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland


Randy Boeding, Setech Consulting Solutions Melissa Botkin, Galena Park ISD and City of Seabrook Teri Crawford, San Jacinto College Patti Jett, City of Baytown Susan Smedley, Lee College Connie Tilton, ExxonMobil


Chad Burke, President/CEO Chad Carson, Vice President of Economic Development Marisela Contreras, Marketing & Communication Coordinator Dana Ramirez, Event & Member Services Coordinator Bridget Yeary, Financial & Administrative Manager Denise Smesny, Dream it. Do It. Southeast Texas, Program Manager Kaitlyn Conner, Special Projects Coordinator


EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS marisela@allianceportregion.com

Very respectfully,

SPONSORSHIP SUBMISSIONS marisela@allianceportregion.com

Chad Burke President/CEO, Economic Alliance

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Several members and partners “The trip to of the D.C. really Economic emphasized Alliance Houston Port how much Region traveled work it is to to Washington come to a th D.C., March 28 consensus on – 31st to advocate any given topic for industry in or idea. This the Houston Ship is something Channel.

that I can Three students accompanied the delegation to learn and advocate to Federal Legislatures about issues that pertaining to our region. Several members and partners of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region traveled to Washington D.C., March 28th – 31st to advocate for industry in the Houston Ship Channel. Three students accompanied the delegation to learn and advocate to Federal Legislatures about issues that pertaining to our region. Melissa Oviedo is a sophomore at San Jacinto College – North Campus. Early Childhood Education major. Alexa Moores is a junior at the University of Houston. Political Science major. Landon Walters is a sophomore at San Jacinto College – Maritime Campus. Maritime Transportation major.



apply to my current classes as a Political Science major. -Alexa Moores

What did you learn from your time in D.C.? Melissa: “I learned how dredging for our Houston Port is necessary in order to move larger loads. Companies in the Port also support students in the region and want to expand the workforce. I also learned that students want to make a change as soon as possible but they can’t until they graduate. Which is why the year-round Pell grants are important.” Alexa: “I learned that you really can get involved in your community to make a difference and work together as a team to meet a mutual goal.” Landon: “During my time in D.C., I was able to learn from very prestigious people in my industry. It was nice to hear from them and their story of how they got to their current position. It was also nice to get insight on all of the work needed to be done to the Ship Channel; things that I’m not able to learn through my schooling.”

What did you enjoy most about the trip? Melissa: “I enjoyed the authenticity each of the staffers or representatives had when talking with students and the Economic Alliance. In these meetings, they legitimately desired to hear us as students. They were seeing us as the valued next generation regardless of our career.” Alexa: ““I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Representatives and touring all of D.C., especially the White House. However, my absolute favorite part was getting Ted Cruz’s autograph.” Landon: “Meeting with Congressmen was very surreal. They’re people that I would normally see on TV. But other than that, the Library of Congress was amazing. We went on our down-time to get library cards to get us into the main reading room.”

How do you plan to apply what you learned on the trip during and after your academic career? Melissa: “I will tell students and their parents that being aware of politics in our workforce truly makes the difference in creating an ideal influence for our industries. I’ll also tell them getting the details makes a difference in benefitting our economy. I also hope to create or take part of an organization that funds or influences the industries in taking students on these types of trips. I would love to continue to be the voice that contributes and makes a difference in our nation.” Alexa: “The trip to D.C. really emphasized how much work it is to come to a consensus on any given topic or idea. This is something that I can apply to my current classes as a Political Science major. After I graduate, though, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing. The experience I had in D.C. was really insightful and gave me some ideas as to the direction I want to go in with my life.” Landon: “It will be nice to have a bit of insight on all of the activity that is happening on and around the Houston Ship Channel.” The Economic Alliance was very fortunate to have three bright, young minds that were eager and willing to participate. One student, Alexa Moores, even continued her experience by becoming Economic Alliance’s 2017 Summer Intern. Thank you to San Jacinto Community College for sponsoring the students’ trip.



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he Economic Alliance Houston Port Region traveled to Washington D.C. March 28th – 31st to advocate for industry and institutions along the ship channel.

Thirty-one Economic Alliance members attended 35 meetings over the course of three days. The participants included leaders from the following partners, institutions and companies: City of Seabrook, City of Morgan’s Point, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, San Jacinto Community College, Shell, ExxonMobil, Kinder Morgan, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, Port Houston, CenterPoint

on Education and Workforce, American Chemistry

Energy, The Boeing Company, The Greater Houston Port

Council, National Association of Manufactures, Maritime

Bureau, The Houston Pilots, XTL, Inc., Turner Industries,

Administration, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical

Hunter Buildings, Texas Citizens Bank, Texas Workforce


Solutions, The Drake Companies, along with three students, one from the University of Houston and two from San

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region received

Jacinto Community College. Advocacy topics included:

positive feedback from the March Advocacy trip. The

hurricane surge protection, transportation, infrastructure,

meeting with the Vice Presidents Chief Economist,

ship channel maintenance funding, dredge permitting, and

Mark Calabria, increased the level of awareness for Gulf

regulatory permitting. The students advocated for year-

Coast storm surge protection and infrastructure to the

round Pell grants along with more educational funding and

Presidential staff. A follow-up letter to ACC and AFPM

their concerns for workforce development.

leadership regarding storm surge protection was submitted for consideration.

Appointments consisted of 27 Congressional meetings, including two Vice President staffers, the House Majority

The Economic Alliance will continue to pursue all these

Leader, Speaker of the House, and 3 Senators. Other

issues on behalf of the Houston Port region to ensure our

meetings included the US Army Corps of Engineers,

voice is heard and tangible outcomes are achieved.

Environmental Protection Agency, House Committee




Wednesday, September 20 & Thursday, September 21, 2017 Pasadena Convention Center | 7902 Fairmount Parkway | Pasadena, Texas



Ted Cruz

Janice Longoria

U.S. Senator for Texas

Port Houston Chairman

Heather Remley

Ryan Sitton

Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals BASF

Texas Railroad Commissioner




John Moseley Senior Director of Trade Development Port Houston

Nick Vafiadis

Bill Ralph

Global Business Director IHS

President R.K. Johns

Laura Ryan

Ed Emmitt

Randy Weber

Scott Campbell

Commissioner TXDot

Judge Harris County

US Congressman TX-14th District

Associate Director LynondellBasell





Mitch Krutilek

Earl Shipp

Marcus Pezent

Plant Manager Chevron Phillips

VP of US Gulf Coast Operations Dow Chemical

Plant Manager/Site Director BASF





Hector Rivero

Dr. Bryan Shaw

CEO First Trust Bank

President Texas Chemical Council

Chairman Texas Commission on Environmental Quality





Port Houston Update Janice Longoria, Chairman, Port Houston, will provide information on global trade, impact of the Panama Canal expansion, intermodal transportation/regional mobility, and an overall port update. Ms. Longoria has served as the Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, the leading economic engine for the greater Houston region, since she was unanimously appointed by the City of Houston and County of Harris on January 8, 2013. Ms. Longoria chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee, Community Relations Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension & Benefits Committee. She also created the Citizens Advisory Council to foster open 12 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | SECOND QUARTER 2017

communication between communities in and around the Port of Houston and the Port Commission. She is on the board of two public companies, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Superior Energy Services, Inc., both based in Houston.

Keynote Heather Remley, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals, BASF will share a North America Petrochemicals. Ms. Remley is an executive with 25+ years of experience in the industrial gas and chemical industry and joined BASF in August 2016 as Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals North America. Previously, Ms. Remley held leadership roles at Air Products with responsibility in Business

Management, Engineering and Operations. Her experience extends more than 20 years in leading people, and managing businesses in customer-facing roles. BASF Petrochemicals is a $5 billion business, manufacturing and marketing olefins, aromatics, oxo alcohols, acrylic acid and esters, plasticizers, and ethylene oxide. Petrochemicals are produced in Port Arthur, Pasadena and Freeport, TX; Geismar, LA; and Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. With global roles in product management and marketing, operations, and engineering, Remley’s career led her to work in several locations across the region and abroad, including Houston, Boston, Phoenix, Allentown and Shanghai, China. Remley holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from Boston College. She resides in the Houston area with her husband and three teenage daughters.

Global Shipping Panel The Port of Houston is the largest U.S. port in foreign tonnage, second in overall tonnage, largest export port in the U.S., and the largest container port in the Gulf of Mexico. This activity at the Port of Houston generates $617 billion per year in economic output, sustains nearly 3 million direct/indirect/induced U.S. jobs, and provides more than $35 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue. The global shipping companies making these significant impacts will discuss the products they are moving through the Texas Gulf Coast ports and what market forces are driving their strategies and commerce for the next 2-3 years. • John Moseley, Senior Director of Trade Development, Port Houston • Howard Finkel, Executive Vice President, COSCO • Nick Vafiadis, Global Business Director, HIS • Bill Ralph, President, R.K. Johns

US Energy Economy vs. The World As America approaches energy independence, the Gulf Coast has seen billions in capital investments and will be the epicenter of energy exporting. Jim Bowen, CEO, First Trust Bank will discuss how the Gulf Coast is preparing for our future place in the global energy trade.

Networking Reception Hosted by Turner Industries, the Networking Receptionv is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of attendees, sponsors and Economic Alliance members and partners.

OVERVIEW DAY 2 Keynote Ryan Sitton,Texas Railroad Commissioner will provide the current state of the oil and gas industry. Elected to the Texas Railroad Commission on Nov. 4, 2014, Commissioner Ryan Sitton won the general election with over 58 percent of the vote. Following college, Ryan began his career as an engineer in the energy industry. In 2006 Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. As Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is working to make the commission more efficient and effective, so Texas can lead America to energy independence. The Texas Railroad Commission is the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, and surface coal and uranium mining. Despite its name, it no longer regulates railroads.

Freight Transportation Panel The Houston Port region petrochemical industry has invested more than $50 billion in facility upgrades over the last 4 years, with much of the increased production capacity coming online in 2017. Combining the increased resin production along with Port of Houston trade via the Panama Canal our container volumes are expected to grow from 2 million TEU to 3 million TEU in 3-5 years. With this growth comes the need to address our transportation infrastructure to ensure the efficient movement of product and workers. The panel will discuss critical freight infrastructure strategies, priorities and investments to maintain the global competitiveness of the Houston Port Region.



• Laura Ryan, Commissioner, TXDOT

• Randy Weber, U.S. Congressman, TX-14th District

strategies and concerns/issues facing the petrochemical industry during unprecedented commitment to our region. This panel is the direct focus of the conference.

• Scott Campbell, Associate Director, LyondellBasell

• Mitch Krutilek, Plant Manager, Chevron Phillips

Petrochemical Panel

• Earl Shipp, VP of US Gulf Coast Operations, Dow Chemical

• Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge

The Texas Gulf Coast is a vital economic artery with the Houston Port region being the world’s most influential energy corridor and trade port. The panel will include executives from Houston Port region petrochemical operations that have contributed to the nearly $50B in facility upgrades and expansions over the last several years. The discussion will highlight major capital projects, investment

Networking at GCIF Turner Industries Networking Reception Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:30pm – 9:00pm San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center 3700 Old State Hwy 146 | La Porte, Texas 77571

Sponsored By:

BGE Networking Reception Thursday, September 21, 2017 3:45pm Pasadena Convention Center 7902 Fairmont Parkway | Pasadena, TX 77507 Sponsored By:


• Marcus Pezent, Plant Manager/Site Director, BASF

Texas Regulatory Overview Environmental regulations must promote the shared national goal of a healthy environment while preserving America’s ability to innovate and create

jobs. Key leadership from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) will focus their discussion on the State of Texas’ ability to maintain a competitive business environment for continued investments. • Hector Rivero, President, Texas Chemical Council • Dr. Bryan Shaw, Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Networking Reception hosted by Brown & Gay Engineers (BGE) is an opportunity to connect with an estimated 800 attendees, sponsors and Economic Alliance members and partners.


“The art of communication builds leadership and


The Gulf Coast Industry Forum (GCIF) celebrates it’s 8th anniversary this year, and continues to be a critical forecasting event for the petrochemical industry. The conference began when industry leaders of Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) recognized the need for an industry summit conference and asked the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region to be the primary organizing host. The Petrochemical and Maritime Outlook Conference (PMOC) was first introduced in 2010 and later became known as the Gulf Coast Industry Forum in 2016. In it’s first year, the half day PMOC had an attendance expectancy of 200 people. However, the Economic Alliance finished the conference with over 450 attendees and has consecutively grown in attendance each year. The 2016 Gulf Coast Industry Forum had over 800 people attend and is expected to grow again in 2017. The Economic Alliance continued to advance and improve the event after seeing how valuable to industry it was. Chad Burke, President/CEO or Economic Alliance said, “The Gulf

is a key to building a successful future in our industry.” -Roger Blackburn, Infinity Group & Chairman of the Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee

Coast Industry Forum continues to support the growing economy surrounding the port region.” The conference facilitates information transfer between companies to advance the local industries economy. Chairman of the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, Roger Blackburn, claims that the art of communication builds leadership and is key to building a successful future in our industry.

Sponsorship As the Gulf Coast Industry Forum progresses in size, our sponsors help support all of the hard work the Economic Alliance puts into the conference annually. Russell Carter of Turner Industries expressed to us why sponsorship is so important to him and Turner Industries, “Last year, we attended the conference as non-members. We quickly realized the economic development opportunities that the Economic Alliance brought to the table and soon became members. We saw the value in sponsoring GCIF and allowed us to present Turner Industries at the forefront of the conference.” ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | SECOND QUARTER 2017


Thank You to our current sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor Gulf Coast Authority Ham, Langston & Brezina, LLP Texas Lawn & Sprinkler Tolunay-Wong Engineers

Houston Area Safety Council Terracon Consultants, Inc. JV Driver Houston Community College As of print date: July 14, 2017


Secure your Sponsorship, Table, Exhibiting Space and Attendance! The Economic Alliance Gulf Coast Industry Forum offers a unique platform to connect with potential Business partners and peers, and gathers valuable insights into the petrochemical, logistics and maritime industries.

Sponsorship Levels

Student Sponsor Breakfast $1,000 Student Table $500

Exhibitor Booth


Exhibit $800

Member $200 Non-Member $225 Table $1,000

Discounted Hotel Information

Advertising Opportunities

Information: Dana Ramirez at dana@allianceportregion.com or call (281) 476-9176 ext. 4





Not only has the Gulf Coast Industry Forum become an asset for workers around the region, it has also been beneficial for students and workforce development representatives.

The Gulf Coast Industry Forum offers a student breakfast the first day of the conference, the breakfast provides opportunities for students to meet regional stakeholders to discuss possible future workforce opportunities and initiatives.

goal to be successful in industry. “The students get to hear firsthand the developments that are happening in the industry,” she says, ”The students are able to visualize where their careers and goals can lead. It makes a future industry real for them.”

Denise Smesny, Program Manager of Dream It Do It-Southeast Texas, believes that the breakfast is an important part of a student’s academic career, “most students never get the chance to meet plant managers, state and local officials, and community college officials. It also provides an opportunity for employers to meet their future workforce.”

Dr. Harris goes on to talk about sponsorship, “when companies sponsor the student breakfast, the students feel like industry believes in them and that industry believes and supports them.”

Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at San Jacinto College, believes that young people meeting leaders at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, solidifies their


Previously sponsorship for the student breakfast tables have sold out. Currently, there are still student tables available for sponsorship. For more information on student table sponsorship, contact Dana Ramirez at dana@ allianceportregion.com


The Gulf Coast Industry Forum, Economic Alliance’s largest event, would not be possible without the hard work of our many membership based volunteers.

Their commitment of time and resources help make the annual conference run smoothly. In 2016 the Gulf Coast Industry Forum had 125 registered volunteers whose tasks included event set-up/breakdown, registration, speaker escort, exhibitor liaisons and other countless tasks. Marisela Martinez, Senior Business Consultant at Workforce Solutions and Chairman of Volunteers, shows that volunteering is important to her company because they bring roughly a dozen volunteers every year. Martinez shed some insight as to why volunteering is so important, “We get to network with different employers from various industries like petrochemical and maritime, safety, banking, and industrial construction contractors. We provide customer service where it’s needed making the guests feel appreciated and welcomed. We really roll the red carpet out for them, so attendees come back next year.”

Dana Ramirez, Events and Membership Services for Economic Alliance describes volunteering at GCIF as “a valuable opportunity for our membership to network and connect with other volunteers as well as distinguished leaders participating in the conference. You will learn a lot because you gain valuable insight from behind the scenes that a regular attendee doesn’t see, as well as giving back to something they believe in.” Because this is event is so big, I couldn’t have accomplished our vision without our volunteers, and I want to give an infinite Thank you.” For more information on volunteering for the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, please contact Dana Ramirez at dana@ allianceportregion.com




FORCE updates Business Growth Task Force

The Business Growth Task Force committee is Chaired by Natalie Picha, Vice President with The Royal Group @ Merrill Lynch and meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9 am. As part of the Business Growth Committee a sub-committee was formed name the Ambassador Program. This committee was formed to keep our new, current, and potential members abreast on what the organization does and how we can better serve the needs of our membership. On May 4th, we held our first Member Orientation of the year and in attendance, we had companies from B2B CFO, Willis Tower, PKF Texas, Liquid Capital, McKim & Creed, CHI St. Lukes Patients Medical Center, TD Waterproofing, City of Deer Park, Corporate Memory Solution, and a host of others. The committee also hosted one of its Annual events, Industrial Procurement Forum on June 8th. There were 200 in attendance to hear Keynote speaker Russell Carter, Turner Industries speak on the Gateway to Industry. We also had a Procurement Panel with Thomas Brinsko, BIC Alliance as moderator, the panelist was Steve Akkermann, Hydrochem; Michael Cowser, Jacobs, Larry Jones, Turner Industries, Pedro Garcia, Port Houston and Albert Pena, Jacobs discussed opportunities on how to do business with their organization and any currents projects available.


Our next event, Business Education Luncheon will be held in late July/early August. Please check our website for current events www.allianceportregion.com/events.

Economic Development Task Force The Economic Development Taskforce meets to discuss several ongoing economic development attraction, retention & expansion projects to highlight potential capital investment and job creation in the Houston Port Region. The taskforce will continue to be a source of relevant information and from time to time speakers will be invited to share with the group their expertise on various economic development related topics. In an effort to make connections with those making and/or supporting major capital investments in the Houston Port region the group is being exposed to the Houston Port region’s world-class economic development assets. In the 2nd Qtr of 2017 the taskforce was on site at Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCA). The meeting was an opportunity to understand from an economic development perspective the value and benefits GCA offers industry as a tool in our state’ and local tool box to help attract industry to our region.

The taskforce meetings highlight the real-world applications of how our economic development assets are being utilized by local students, workers, companies.

Quincy Allen, P.E., District Engineer – Houston District, TXDoT, will speak to Economic Alliance Board & Members on 6/21/17

Additional economic development asset meetings will be scheduled throughout the year and will take place on the last Wednesday of every month from 3pm to 4pm. The taskforce is currently chaired by Kristi Claypool, Meador Staffing Services.

Meet with Congressman Randy Weber, House Transportation Committee, 3/29/17 to discuss Port Region Freight Projects

Letter detailing the Port Region Freight Initiative was sent to the HGAC Transportation Policy Council Board Members on 4/14/17

April 28th Transportation Committee Co-chairs and Port Region Stakeholders made a presentation of regional freight projects to the Transportation Policy Council

Attend and provide comment at the Texas Freight Mobility Plan Workshop June 16th

Public Policy Task Force At the state level this year, the Economic Alliance and 24 members participated in 31 meetings in with legislators Austin. White paper issues worked included property tax reform, Port Region Freight Transportation infrastructure funding, community college funding to support workforce development, hurricane surge protection and economic development incentives. The Economic Alliance also facilitated a meeting between local mayors, Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman, Texas Chemical Council and local industry to discuss the Port Corridors Bill.

Quality of Life Task Force The Quality of Life task force has been working diligently on the mini-murals. In May, Marisela Contreras along with both Quality of Life Chairman Kristin Edwards and Vice Chairman Tammy DelosSantos met with the City of Galena Park and Elia from UpArt Studios to discuss the opportunities and social benefit for their community. Right now, proposal packages are being created along with an application for SJTHD funds and processes to follow. The San Jacinto Texas Historic District Board will meet in June to review. We will continue keep you posted as this exciting opportunity develops. The Quality of Life task force meets every other month on the 4th Monday at 3pm. The committee with meet again on Monday, August 21st. Please feel free to join this taskforce if you would like to be part of our mission.

Transportation Task Force •

Alan Clark, HGAC Director of Transportation Planning presented to Economic Alliance Board & Members on 4/19/17

Workforce Development Task Force Under the leadership of Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College’s Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, Workforce Development, Community Relations and Diversity, this committee meets the third Thursday of each month at the Economic Alliance. The major goal of the Workforce Development Task Force for 2017 will be a focus on increasing membership and sustainability. Moving forward, the group will have regular presentations on the latest workforce statistics, information from “jumpsuit” volunteers, and the latest information from HR representatives from member organizations to keep the pulse on what owner/ operators and construction companies need to complete their ongoing projects.

Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Education Foundation Dream It. Do It. held 26 events in the second quarter. These events include classroom presentations, career fairs, PetrochemWorks presentations, community meetings, and an out-of-state conference. At the quarter’s end, DIDI made contact with 3,534 students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members in the Southeast Texas area as well as a presentation at the national Dream It. Do It. Collaborative Learning Conference held at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.




Economic Development Task Force

Business Growth Task Force

Quality of Life Task Force

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting


Wednesday, July 12th 9:00am – 10:00am Tuesday, July 18th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, July 20th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, July 25th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, July 26th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

AUGUST Business Growth Task Force Wednesday, August 2nd 9:00am – 10:00am

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, August 15th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Board & Membership Meeting Wednesday, August 16th (TBD) 3:30pm – 5:00pm Meeting 5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, August 22nd 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Wednesday, August 23rd 3:00pm – 4:00pm Monday, August 28th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Business Growth Task Force Wednesday, September 6th 9:00am – 10:00am

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 12th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, September 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Wednesday, September 20th 12:00pm – 4:00 pm Thursday, September 21st 8:00am - 3:00pm

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, September 26th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, September 27th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

OCTOBER Business Growth Task Force Wednesday, October 4th 9:00am – 10:00am

Industrial Procurement Forum-Breakfast* Thursday, October 12th, 7:00am – 10:00am @Pasadena Convention Center

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, October 17th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Board & Membership Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th @ Houston Pilots 3:30pm – 5:00pm Meeting; 5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception

Quality of Life Task Force Monday, October 23rd 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, October 24th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, October 25th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Newsletter Sponsorship Your Sponsorship will allow us to continue to broaden our reach and to maintain and improve the visual quality of the publication and written content. We have some exciting themes planned for 2017 and look forward to continuing to highlight the impressive accomplishments of our members and region. Quarterly publication sponsors will receive:

Sponsorship Opportunities

• A sponsor ad in the print and online versions of the publication commensurate with the level of sponsorship. • A link to the sponsor company website from the electronic version of the publication Based on the structured space we have within our publication, there will be a limited number of sponsorships available.

Website Sponsorship We are now offering quarterly Website Sponsorship opportunities, where your company logo will be placed in prominently in key sections of the website. With over 50,000 page views per month on average, a Website Sponsorship is an excellent way for members to increase their brand awareness and make the most of their membership in the Economic Alliance. Please contact our Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Marisela Contreras via email at marisela@allianceportregion.com, for sponsorship levels and benefits.

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APRIL 19TH – BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETING The Economic Alliance held a Board and Membership meeting at the Shell Training Center. Committee Chairs reported on activities including Economic Development, Transportation, Workforce Development, Business Growth, Public Policy, and preparation for 2017 Gulf Coast Industry Forum. Addressing infrastructure and freight mobility issues are the top priorities for 2017 due to the following dynamics facing the Port region: 1.

$50 billion in projects in the petrochemical industry over the last 4 years, the first production comes online in 2017


Combined with Port of Houston trade via the Panama Canal and increased resin production, container volumes will grow from 2 million to 3 million by 2019

3. Houston Ship Channel activity accounts for 16% of states GDP 4. The state needs to invest in this critical freight infrastructure to avoid congestion & maintain global competitiveness. In this meeting, we heard from Alan Clark, Director of Transportation Planning at the Houston Galveston Area Council.


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EA PRESIDENT EMCEES GROUND BREAKING Economic Alliance President/CEO Chad Burke Emceed the Juan Seguin Park groundbreaking, hosted by Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman on Thursday, April 27th. Dozens gathered on the beautiful sunny day to celebrate Texas history, including descendants of Juan Seguin and Nathaniel Lynch. Some of the amenities include: walking trails with shade canopies and benches, a large pavilion, playground, restrooms and historical features about Lynchburg Ferry and San Jacinto Town Site. The new Juan Seguin Park will be located at the south landing of the Lynchburg Ferry. Anticipated completion date is set for some time in the first quarter in 2018.



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Chad Burke attended the regional Workforce Solutions Employer

student in pursuit of a degree

Service Division Meeting and provided an update on the

in political science. She works

workforce development activities in the petrochemical and

part time as a teller for Chase

maritime sectors, as well as a current economic overview of

bank and part time here at

those industries.

the Economic Alliance. Alexa traveled with the Economic Alliance on their Washington D.C. Public Policy Advocacy Trip in March. Alexa is looking forward to learning about the Houston Port industry, as well as participating in regional advocacy. Help us welcome Alexa to the Houston Port Region!

MAY 23RD – MEETING WITH HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 2 COMMISSIONER & CHAMBER PRESIDENTS The Economic Alliance hosted a lunch with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman and the Chamber Presidents from the 11 member chambers of commerce. Meeting allowed Commissioner Morman to provide an update

APRIL 28TH – TRANSPORTATION POLICY COUNCIL MEETING & PRESENTATION The Economic Alliance Freight Transportation Committee presented to the TPC Board. Stakeholders stressed the need to improve road capacity around the Port to accommodate impending increase in truck traffic due to resin production coming online beginning in 2017. Speakers included: •

Chad Burke, Economic Alliance

Mayor Glenn Royal, Seabrook and Committee Co-Chair

Bob Bradshaw, EHCMA and Committee Co-Chair

Roger Guenther, Port Houston

Jeremy Phillips, Harris County Pct. 2

Jim Griffin, Economic Alliance Chairman


of road construction projects in the Precinct and for the Chamber Presidents to convey their issues and activities to the Commissioner.

MAY 25TH – ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA COMPANIES – PLANT MANAGERS BREAKFAST Chad Burke and Chad Carson attended and spoke at the ABC Plant Managers Breakfast. The monthly meeting allows Plant Managers to meet for updates and discuss common regulatory and business related issues. Chad and Chad provided an overview to the managers of ways to access economic development help from the Economic Alliance and their partners should they have new projects or expansions.

BGE’s Work at PHA BGE is helping Port Houston be America’s distribution hub for the next generation! Led by Houston Transportation Systems Director Gary Myers, BGE will design the rehabilitation of Wharf 3 at the Barbours Cut Terminal. The rehabilitation of the terminal, which opened in 1977, allows the Port to unload modern Post-Panamax container ships passing through the Panama Canal. In addition to the work on 1,000 feet of wharf, other construction will include paving, electrical systems, telecommunications, water supply, and a building to support wharf activities.

BIC Recruiting adds Puente as executive recruiter LEAGUE CITY, Texas — BIC Recruiting has added Sam Puente as its new executive recruiter. He will be responsible for locating top talent in the industry to help buyers and suppliers grow their businesses. Puente has five years of staffing and recruiting experience with an emphasis on accounting, finance and administrative roles within various industries. For more information, visit www.BICRecruiting.com or call (281) 538-9996.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Baytown wins 2017 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards from American Chemistry Council Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) is pleased to announce that its Cedar Bayou complex in Baytown, Texas is the recipient of two 2017 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Two manufacturing units located at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Baytown complex were selected for “Significant Improvement in Manufacturing.” This award is given to companies that improve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, 28 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | SECOND QUARTER 2017

creative projects, or novel procedures or actions. Overall, the two units saw a 13% reduction in energy consumption per pound of product, or 430,663 MMBtu of electricity. “We have an innovative group of people working at our Baytown complex who not only manage day-to-day operations but look for ways to improve our processes,” said Mitch Krutilek, plant manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical in Baytown. “We’re proud of our energy conservation efforts so far and will continue to look for ways to improve the complex’s overall sustainability.” The Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC’s many ongoing initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse, and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

Dow Announces Next Phase of Comprehensive Investments to Deliver Long-Term Competitive Advantage and Earnings Growth •

Additional projects extend U.S. growth investments to more than $12 billion over 10year period

Fuels domestic job creation and economic activity; multiplier effect leads to ~2,000 new, high-skilled U.S. jobs tied to state-of-the-art manufacturing

Projects underscore Company’s narrower and deeper focus in attractive, consumer-driven end-markets around the world

Integration advantage further bolstered by expanding Texas ethylene cracker to become the world’s largest

For more details visit: http://www.dow.com/en-us/news/pressreleases/dow-investments-competitive-advantage-earningsgrowth

ExxonMobil Baytown named Partner of the Year ExxonMobil Baytown was recently honored at the Baytown

Chamber of Commerce’s Partners In Education (PIE) luncheon for their partnership with Baytown Junior School. The PIE program pairs local businesses with Goose Creek CISD schools to provide support for important educational initiatives. The Partner of the Year award was given to ExxonMobil and Baytown Junior for outstanding programs in science and math, parent involvement and school culture. “We are honored that our partnership was presented with PIE Partner of the Year award,” stated Baytown Chemical Plant Manager Bob Catudal. “Working directly with school administration, our successful program is built around our volunteers in the classroom leading a variety of exciting programs. Through our joint efforts, we’re able to have a positive impact on students.”

H+M Industrial Wins Safety Achievement Awards H+M Industrial EPC was recently recognized by the Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC) for two Safety Achievement Awards. One for “Hours Worked”, awarded to those who worked one million or more employee-hours without a lost workday case involving days away from work or a fatality during the evaluation period. The other for “Years Worked”, awarded to those who worked one or more years without a lost workday case involving days away from work or a fatality during the evaluation period. H+M has worked over 1.5 million man-hours and 8 years without a lost workday case.

Hunter Site Services Best in Class Safety Excellence Award Hunter Site Services is proud to be the recipient of the Best in Class Safety Excellence Award from the Houston Business Roundtable at their recent 30th annual Safety Excellence Award Celebration. Hunter Site Services was nominated for the Hard Crafts Small category by 8 customers: Air Products, BASF, CB&I, DOW, Flint Hills, LyondellBasell, Marathon and Turner Industries for their continuous commitment to safety. The award is for contractors or subcontractors in the Texas Gulf Coast area who have achieved an outstanding record of on-the-job safety promotion at a site or as a business during 2016. For the past Thirty years the Houston Business Roundtable has been recognizing Greater Houston Area contractors for outstanding safety performance. This award process over the years has brought many of the chemical, refining and energy companies on the Gulf Coast together in a cooperative effort with the contractors that provide construction and maintenance services to improve on-site safety, reduce accidents, and most importantly, reduce injuries to personnel. Over 1400 industry representatives from both owners and contractor companies attended the safety awards banquet May 19, 2017, hosted by HBR and HASC. 83 nominated contractor companies were recognized for their exemplary safety performance and these companies have been proven to be the models of safety excellence in the industry. Thirteen companies in the award competition were chosen as this year’s Best in Class in each of ten separate categories.





At 100 Years Old, Port Houston Wins Top Honors for its New Brand Image

Leading McKim & Creed’s SUE services in Texas is Greg Jeffries, a 30-year industry veteran and a multi-state licensed contractor who specializes in underground utility location, 3D utility mapping, utility construction and surveying. He is often called upon for expert testimony in utility damage incidents. McKim & Creed offers conventional and advanced geomatics, as well as stormwater engineering services through offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and throughout the U.S.

New at Moody National Bank

From left to right: Roger Guenther-Executive Director, Fatima De Leon, Laci Theriot, Rina Lawrence, Janiece M. Longoria-Chairman, Stan Swigart, Bill Hensel

John Manlove Marketing & Communications, (JMMC) a Houston-based agency, is celebrating their most recent 2017 First Place Crystal Awards from the American Marketing Association (AMA). The rebranding for Port Houston took first place as well as the new logo identity for Port Houston. The awards won for Port Houston are two of the most competitive categories. The Crystal Awards honors not only great creative work but also recognizes the strategy behind the creative and weighs heavily on results of the campaign. Each spring, AMA Houston hands out Crystal Awards to the Texas’ top marketers in categories ranging from print and radio spots to website design, social media advertising and everything in between. The awards gala is the largest marketing event in Houston and is attended by more than 650 marketing professionals from almost every industry in Houston. AMA Houston is the largest AMA chapter in the country making it the most competitive market for awards.

Brent Cockerham has joined Moody National Bank as Executive Vice President/ Commercial Banking Team Leader for the Pasadena Banking Center. Cockerham has 12 years of banking experience and has worked in the Pasadena area since 2013. Formerly a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Clemson University and an MBA from Boston University. Cockerham serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a local volunteer firefigher.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce names Dixie Chemical, “2017 Industry of the Year.”

The Crystal Awards 2017 Crystal Award: Port Houston Rebranding 2017 Crystal Award: Port Houston Logo Identity

McKim & Creed, Inc. Expands Texas Services McKim & Creed, Inc. has expanded its geomatics services in Texas to include subsurface utility engineering (SUE). SUE uses nondestructive geophysical investigating techniques to verify the existence, condition and location of underground utilities. These services enable engineers and contractors to design and build facilities that minimally impact existing utilities and create a safer construction site.


Dixie Chemical was founded in 1946 and has operated for 50 years in Pasadena’s Bayport Industrial District. Dixie has approximately 200 total employees, with over 150 directly employed by Dixie and approximately 50 contract employees.



Dixie Chemical takes pride in being an active member in Pasadena. They hope to leave a sustainable impact in the community through financial and environmental stewardship as well as employee volunteer engagement.

San Jacinto College Students are National Champs in Process Technology Troubleshooting

As part of the 2017 Industry of the Year celebration, four PISD students received $500 scholarships to pursue a career in industry. The students’ majors include Maritime Transportation, I & E Technology, H/VAC, Engineering and Welding. The Pasadena Chamber prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s careers!

PinnacleART PinnacleART is the global leader in designing, implementing and maintaining comprehensive asset reliability and integrity programs for process facilities in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, pharmaceutical, wastewater and electric power industries—including national oil companies, super majors, and majors, as well as independents. Our team of talented experts, engineers and inspectors help clients mitigate risk of downtime, loss of containment, and ensure safety of personnel; optimize costs associated with inspection, maintenance and total asset spend; and ensure compliance with regulatory standards. PinnacleART’s expertise is multifaceted: mechanical integrity, reliability, inspection, technology, and project management. However, our truly unique skillset involves bringing all of these together to provide solutions that integrate people, processes, and technology.

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) Featured Twice in Accounting Today’s Annual Top 100 Firms Issue

The San Jacinto College team captured first place at the 2017 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting Competition. (pictured left to right) Jeff Parks, dean of business and technology; Ken Jackson, process technology professor; Landon Duncan, student; Kevin Adams, process technology program director; Joseph Zwiercan, department chair of petrochemical/energy; and Christopher Lopez and Hunter Hollis, students. Photo credit: Amanda Fenwick, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

The 2017 National Troubleshooting Competition took place on April 21-22 in Houston, Texas, where four process technology students from San Jacinto College captured first place. The team competed against 35 other national teams. The competition included different scenarios where the teams encountered problems during operations of process units. The teams had to troubleshoot and solve the problems in an efficient manner while also being timed and evaluated on their performance. Each team had to complete a local qualifying round of competitions and evaluations for consideration to compete on a national level. The North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) is a steward of the Troubleshooting Competition with plans to make it a hallmark event for the Alliance in future years.

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) has been named as a Firm to Watch and a Top Firm in the Southwest by Accounting Today in the annual Top 100 Firms issue. The Firms to Watch list features firms who are near the Top 100 cut off, ranked by revenue, and who have shown growth during 2016. The Southwest region includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. PKF Texas is proud to be consistently recognized on these prestigious lists for the past several years.





Shell Sponsors B&G Harbor Golf Invitational

Employees and played a series of classic rock and roll to get the crowd going while they waited for their fellow runners and walkers to make their way through the finish line. As Shell Deer Park continues to be the presenting sponsor of this event, we are proud to contribute and invest in our surrounding community by supporting grants for teachers in the school district. This event was able to bring in over $175,000 to the Deer Park Education Foundation this year.

Shell Deer Park Volunteers At Armand Bayou Nature Center The 2017 Boys & Girls Harbor Golf Tournament will be held at the Wildcat Golf Club Monday, June 19. Grab your clubs and get ready for the 2017 Boys & Girls Harbor Golf Tournament presented by Shell Deer Park. This year’s golf invitational will be held on Monday, June 19 at the Wildcat Golf Club. All funds collected on the day of this event will go directly to Boys & Girls Harbor to help children experiencing family hardship, neglect, abandonment or abuse.

Shell Sponsors Deer Park Fun Run Shell Deer Park sponsored the 8th Annual Strides for Schools Fun Run Saturday, April 29, 2017.

On Thursday, May 4 the Projects & Turnaround department at Shell Deer Park held its annual volunteer day at the Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC). Each year, a group of volunteers gets together for a day to help refurnish and bring the center’s Martyn Farm back to life. ABNC’s Stewardship Coordinator Mark Kramer shared a glowing review, commenting that the work done in during this year’s volunteering project at ABNC looked like three months’ worth of work. Some of the tasks the volunteers completed involved replacing hand-railing, painting and resurfacing pathways around the Hanson Farm House porch and railing. “Being a welcome neighbor is part and parcel to our license to operate, which is also integral to our Flagship Vision,” said David Rennie, Projects and TA Manager at Shell Deer Park. “A big thank you to everyone who helped support and made this a complete success.”

The 8th Annual Strides for Schools Fun Run took place Saturday, April 29 at the Clyde Abshier Stadium in Deer Park, the birthplace of Texas. Shell Deer Park is proud to sponsor this community event each year because of the great impact it has on the teachers and students in and around the City of Deer Park. This year, there were an estimated 2,100 participants who ran or walked the course. In addition to the main event, our very own 7 Mile Perimeter Band performed. The band is comprised of nine Shell 32 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | SECOND QUARTER 2017

Shell Deer Park is in its sixth year sponsoring the Martyn Farm at Armand Bayou Nature Center. To learn more about Armand Bayou Nature Center, visit http://www.abnc.org/.

Single Point Logistics Single Point Logistics is a trusted and established freight brokerage firm that provides customers with a superior third party logistics (3PL) platform servicing both flatbed and heavy-haul



markets. With an existing network of over 5,000 freight carriers comprised of both independent agents and owner/operators in the 48 contiguous states, we are fully prepared to meet all your transportation needs.

Oceaneering Signs New Lease with Welcome Group

In addition to our factoring and third party logistics platform, we offer services in fuel cards, insurance products, compliance solutions, fleet financing and a solution to the 2017 ELD Mandate.

Welcome Wilson, Jr., President & CEO of Welcome Group, LLC, would like to announce the signing of a new longterm lease with Oceaneering in Houston, Texas. The 69,569 Square Foot facility is established on 4.85 acres of land located at 10600 West Sam Houston Parkway in Houston, Texas.

Single Point Logistics has an Activity Code 2 Custodian of Bonded Merchandise Bond. A customs bond’s most common function is to allow an importer to take prompt possession of its imported goods without having to wait for all of the Customs & Border Protection regulations and formalities.

Founded in 1964, Oceaneering is a provider of global oilfield engineered products and services used for primarily the offshore oil and gas industry. “We are proud to add Oceaneering to our expanding Houston portfolio,” said Welcome Wilson, Jr., President & CEO of Welcome Group.

Turner Industries Update

Ryan Wasaff and Brad Berry at Welcome Realty Advisors, represented Welcome Group. Graham Horton and Gray Gilbert at CBRE represented Oceaneering. About Welcome Group: Welcome Group owns 87 industrial facilities in Texas comprising of nearly four million square feet, 90 percent of which is located in the Houston metropolitan area. Welcome Group owns and leases single tenant office, lab, industrial and manufacturing facilities in Texas, and also offers build-to-suit and design/build services for new properties.

Winkler Public Relations Promotes Ross Winkler

Turner Industries has acquired additional software assets to complement its industrial reliability and maintenance enablement software suite. The Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) software suite expands Turner’s MobilOps™ software, and enables clients to monitor, identify potential upsets, and take corrective action on equipment reliability; electronically process tool tracking, work permitting, JSAs, lock out/tag out, and change management; and maintain electronic procedures, audits, inspections, incident management, and OSHA 300 logs. This integrated approach to reliability and maintenance data management enables clients to monitor the health and lifecycle of critical equipment, prevent and control equipment failure, and simplify and accelerate critical safety and administrative processes. “Our clients understand they can’t trend their file cabinets,” said John Lindsay, General Manager of ISG. “Turner’s software suite changes the dynamic of reliability and maintenance reporting and enables data driven decision making that can result in substantial cost savings.”

Winkler Public Relations promoted Ross Winkler to Director of Government and Public Affairs. He will oversee efforts in building relationships and engaging stakeholders, key business functions of Winkler Public Relations. Ross joined the company as Manager, Marketing Strategy in 2014. He will continue marketing strategy support, in addition to his focus on building and sustaining relationships with government officials and key influential stakeholders in the region. “We look forward to Ross further growing these relationships and expanding our organization’s government and public affairs efforts,” said Kathy Winkler, owner and president of Winkler Public Relations. Ross graduated from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business with a Marketing focus. Previously, he worked as senior corporate account executive with the Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Club, “AA” affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | SECOND QUARTER 2017


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Delsol Renewables

Kaneka North America LLC

Air Products

Denbury Resources Inc.

Kenco Bucket Trucks

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Kinder Morgan

Southwest Shipyards, L.P.

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Dixie Chemical

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Amegy Bank

East Houston Regional Medical Center

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Empire Torque Tools


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Arkema Inc.

Energy Edge Consulting

Main Event Entertainment

Structure Tone Southwest

Armand Bayou Nature Center

England & Company

McDonough Engineering Corporation

T & T Construction, LP

Association of Bayport Companies

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Taylor Marine Construction


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TC Global Commercial Real Estate

Atlantic Coffee Solutions (BOY 20162017)

First Tennessee Bank

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Fishbone Safety Solutions

B.J. Superior, Inc.

Flint Hill Resources

Miles Service Corporation (BOY 2016-2017)

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Tech Trans International

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Monument Chemical

Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Great Western Valve

Moody National Bank

Texans Citizens Bank

Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

Mosher Seifert & Company, CPA

Texas Industrial Medical


Texas Lawn & Sprinkler

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National Property Holdings

Texas Southern University


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Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Texas-IBI Group

BBVA Compass Bank

Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority

Neptune Subs (BOY 2016-2017)

Texplan Solutions

Beacon Federal Credit Union

Gulf Winds International, Inc.

Nissan Chemical Houston Corp

The Drake Companies

Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP

Gulfex, LP

Noltex, LLC

The Mundy Companies

Bendel Tank & Heat Exchanger

Gulfwest Waste Solutions


The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch

Bestway Oilfield (BOY 2016-2017)

H+M Industrial EPC


Titan Companies


Haldor Topsoe,Inc.

Pfeiffer and Son,Ltd.

Tolunay-Wong Engineers,Inc.

BIC Alliance

Ham, Langston & Brezina, LLP

Phelps State Farm Insurance

Tower Tech Inc.

Brady Chapman Holland and Assoc.

HDR Engineering, Inc.


TPC Group

Bryant Enterprises

Hilton NASA Clear Lake

PKF of Texas, P.C.

Trustmark National Bank

Capital Bank

Houston Marriott South

Pollution Systems

Capital One Bank

Houston Pilots Association

Port Terminal Railroad Association

United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chamber County

Carbonics, Inc. (BOY 2016-2017)

Houston Yacht Club

Priority Power Management, LLC

Cenikor Foundation

HTS, Inc.

PV Rental, LLC

Certified Safety, Inc.

Hunter Buildings & Manufacturing

Q Staff Incorporated

Channel Biorefinery & Terminals, LLC

HydroChem LLC

Qualified Properties, Inc.

Check-6 International


Raba Kistner Consultants

Cherry Demolition

IDS Engineering Group

Regions Bank

Chevron Phillips

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Richardson Stevedoring & Logistics


Industrial Packaging System

Robert Half

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Infinity Construction Services, LP

RUS Industrial

Community Bank of Texas

Innovative Alternatives, Inc.

San Jacinto River and Rail


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J. Simmons Group

Corporate Memory Solutions

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Economic Alliance Houston Port Region - 2017 Q2 Newsletter: GCIF Edition  

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