OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
2014 Scottish Breakfast

For the past 31 years immediately prior to the Offshore Technology Conference, the Houston Grampian Association has hosted a business breakfast. For the sixth consecutive year, the networking event was held in association with the British American Business Council. Proceeds from the event benefit BAFTx - The British-American Foundation of Texas, founded by BABC to facilitate the scholarship program envisioned by the BABC Board and membership. HGA also uses the proceeds of the breakfast to support key activities including our signature student nurse exchange program between Houston Baptist and Robert Gordon Universities.

The day before this year's OTC breakfast, we sold out all available seating and then oversold it. Counting on some cancellations, we moved ahead but had enough attendees that we had to ask the hotel to add a table to accommodate the crowd. Our HBU student nurses, Melanie Honeycutt and Isha Patel joined us for the breakfast as they prepare to depart for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on the 17th of May to begin their exchange visit.They are shown to the right with Aberdeen's Lord Provost George Adam and our Chairman Mary Metz. Shown to the left at the top table are the Lord Provost, our president John Lee, and our speaker, Ben Hur.

The improvement in both the quality and quantity of our OTC kick-off breakfast are once again evidence of how we benefit from our Corporate Underwriters, Foster Quan, Royal Bank of Scotland, Turner & Townsend and the Wood Group, and our Corporate Sponsors Scottish Development International, Wood Mackenzie and Ross Davidson. Their support of this worthwhile event leverages our ability to ensure a first class result and our ability to have an excellent venue with a delicious Scottish breakfast, and we are most appreciative of their support.

Our president, John Lee began the meeting with introductions of the people at the top table and they included Lord Provost of Aberdeen-Hon. George Adam, our keynote speaker-Ben Hur, British Consul General-Hon. Andrew Millar and Houston City Council Member-Hon. Mike Laster. Following the introductions we continued by enjoying the breakfast prepared for us by the Hilton Hotel. Remarks were then made by Hon. Adam, Millar and Laster prior to our keynote speaker.

Following breakfast and remarks from our top table guests, we heard from our keynote speaker, Ben Hur, who talked to us about energy investing, and specifically about what makes energy stocks rise and fall. Korean born, he is a combat Veteran of the Iraq War. He began his career as a United States Marine for six years with an occupational specialty as an Infantry Officer serving during the Global War on Terrorism. His assignments included being Rifle Platoon Commander Battalion Landing Team 1/5, Weapons Platoon Commander Battalion Landing Team 1/5, Company Executive Officer Battalion Landing Team Reinforced 2/1 and Head of Reserve Officer Programs Marine Corps Recruiting Command. A native of Olympia, Washington he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science. He subsequently received his Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Presently, Mr. Hur is Managing Director Business Development for Phillips 66. He joined the company in January 2014, and prior to assuming his current role, was a senior research analyst at SAC Capital Advisors in New York focusing on global energy for two years. Prior to SAC, he was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in equity research covering Integrated Oil and Refiners for four years as well as serving as an investment banking Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Global Natural Resource group in London and New York.

Regarding investing activities, Mr. Hur said that successful companies all have a consistent process, proven over time to provide value to stakeholders. He said that hedge funds also have such a process which they maintain. He said there are four principles that we should use to judge stocks being considered for investment. First is earnings and cash flow, noting that if earnings go up, you will earn on them and if they go down you will lose. Studying their financial statements will tell the story and provide guidance. Second, look for a catalyst which will spark the investment and enable the company's value to be elevated. Third, and extremely important is the company's management team. They develop the story of how the company will perform based on what they invest and where they invest. A good management team can be trusted to make good numbers. He also noted that a new management team can sometimes expand the game plan and increase the company's value to investors. Fourth, he advised to look for a transformational event or events to enable the company to do things they couldn't do before.

Another technique to aid your investment is the type of process you use in your investment choices, i.e. buy? or sell?, or using a process like selling short if you think the company's stock will decrease in the future. He said that hedge funds sometimes like to combine two similar companies, a technique called pair trading, to capture the combined strengths and minimize the combined weaknesses. Finally, after asking everyone in the room to put some of their cash on their breakfast table, he said you can maximize earnings by giving to non-profit organizations and then said to give the money we'd put on the table to BABC and HGA. That was a worthwhile and common sense conclusion to his presentation and, by the way, all of the money was picked up to be given to our two organizations. His point was the importance of community involvement and, needless to say, that concluding point resonated with us.

Following a short question and answer session, the meeting was adjourned, and below are photos of the group networking before the breakfast and the photo to the right shows top table as president John Lee addresses the group, and to the right of him are Hon. Andrew Millar and Hon. Mike Laster.

 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2013

A very large crowd turned out to participate in this year's breakfast, and to hear our outstanding speaker, Ed Rawle, to network and to meet our student nurses from Houston Baptist University, soon to depart for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. One of their hosts on their exchange visit will be Aberdeen's Lord Provost, Hon. George Adam, who is shown with them in the photo to the right. Our students are Noelle Deaton and Laura Limb and they are most excited about their upcoming departure and visit to Aberdeen. Shown to the left are our keynote speaker, Ed Rawle with Ross Davidson and our president, John Lee.

As the quality of this signature HGA event seems to get even better each year, we continue to benefit from the organizations who underwrite sponsorships of the breakfast. They include our Corporate Underwriters, Foster Quan and The Wood Group, and our Corporate Sponsors, Maxwell Drummond, Phillips 66, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Development International, and Wood Mackenzie. We most appreciate their support and participation in enabling our success in hosting this event.

After calling the meeting to order, our president, John Lee introduced our guests at the top table, including Hon. Andrew Millar, Her Majesty's Consul General in Houston, Hon. George Adam, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Hon. Mike Laster, Houston City Councilman, and our speaker, Ed Rawle. Each of the guests shared remarks with us prior to the keynote address.

Our keynote speaker this year was Ed Rawle, Chief Economist at Wood Mackenzie. He shared his view on trends across the globe in a presentation called “Around the world in 80 minutes” ; a tongue in cheek reference for a presentation that lasted 30 minutes. Based in Houston, Ed’s team is responsible for developing and maintaining Wood Mack's global macroeconomic outlook. Previously, he was Head of Econometrics at CRU Group in London, developing price forecasting econometric models for base metals and steel. Before moving into commodities, Ed held Senior Economist positions at HM Treasury and the UK Debt Management Office. He also served as an Economist at the Home Office in London, and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt where he focused on Latin America. Ed graduated with an MSc in Economics from Southampton University and a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He is also an alumnus of the London School of Economics.

He offered a global snapshot of the world from an economist's perspective and a view of the key drivers of performance. While he indicated that global growth will remain weak in 2013, he pleased us by saying that Texas has been the fastest growing developed economy in the western world and is driving GDP growth in the US largely on the back of oil and gas and healthcare. Ed said that the U.S. GDP has recovered but our industry output levels had not. He believes the U.S will recover, noting that consumption has recovered to pre-crash levels but investment had not. He added that U.S. employment remains well below the 2008 peak.

In discussing other countries, he said that China's energy demand will dominate world growth between now and 2030. Its GDP growth will gradually slow between now and 2030, whereas in recent years it has been growing. Regarding Europe, Ed noted debt dynamics are now the key to understanding the austerity debate - there is a rising public debt/GDP ratio. Debt concerns will continue to be a drag on European economic growth, and there appears to be a permanent reduction of industrial capacity. In Japan debt is also the issue. The working age population is shrinking quickly. The debt/GDP ratio is over 200%.

With those very appropriate points for us to digest, the meeting was adjourned, and below are photos taken before, during and after the breakfast. The first photos are of the top table at the time John Lee was calling the meeting to order, and below that are two photos of our networking time. The final photo is taken during the breakfast of the crowd of attendees present.


  

 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2012

Shown below are officials seated at the top table for the breakfast, and they include from left to right, master of ceremonies Ross Davidson, HGA Chairman Mary Metz, our speaker Matt Fox, British Consul General Hon. Andrew Millar, City of Houston Protocol Manager Leslie Santamaria and from the City of Aberdeen Hon. Gordon McIntosh.

Each year the event seems to get better, and the 2012 breakfast was among the best in our history. We were most fortunate to be underwritten by a group of generous organizations and they included our Corporate Underwriters, Foster Quan and The Wood Group, and our Corporate Sponsors Pinsent Masons/Boyar & Miller, Maxwell Drummond, ConocoPhillips, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK Trade & Investment, Wood Mackenzie and Turner & Townsend. We most appreciate their enabling our success in hosting this event.

Registration for the breakfast was handled admirably by board member Carol Decker, our Chairman Mary Metz and President of BAFTx Susan Howard. They are shown at the registration table in the photo to the left. We were also fortunate to have in attendance our student nurses from Houston Baptist University, Katherine Sacueza and Rachelle Gerke, and they are shown in the photo to the right with our Treasurer John Fowler.

Our gathering began and ended with extensive networking and lots of catching up with old friends, and the centerpiece was a great Scottish breakfast after which we heard from our British Consul General, Hon. Andrew Millar and remarks from Hon. Gordon McIntosh representing the City of Aberdeeen and Leslie Santamaria, the Protocol Manager for the City of Houston.

We were privileged to have as our keynote speaker, Matt Fox, EVP Designate for ConocoPhillips, who spoke to us about the revolution in the oil industry involving production from unconventional reservoirs and the challenge to the industry's conventional wisdom. A man of great insight and humor, he began his presentation with quotes from Robert Burns and Yogi Berra regarding the changing future and unconventional wisdom. He quoted Burns' poem, "To a Louse" and from Yogi, said, "The future ain't what it used to be." Matt noted that ten years ago, conventional wisdom had it that the U.S. was running out of gas and that this was not just a problem in the U.S. Wisdom had it that pipelines from Antarctica and Canada won't be needed and that LNG exports will prevail. This turned out to be wrong regarding gas and so the question, "What is the future for oil?" was also a focus.

Historically for 150 years the migration of hydrocarbons out of source rocks into traps or reservoirs, provided the place to drill for the liquid gold. But now, the wisdom has changed and tells us not to go to those traps, but straight to the source. That's the revolution in the industry now and these source rocks are all over the U.S. Some rocks produce oil and some produce gas, often just because of the temperature. Two technologies, fracturing and horizontal drilling have led us to the new revolutionary process called "fracking" or "hydraulic fracking" to access and produce oil and natural gas. Although the technology is not really new, it has produced safety concerns about endangering water supplies. Matt said that this will not be a problem because of the extreme difference in the depths at which water aquifers reside, and the depth of the source rocks for fracking.

After falling from being the number 1 producer of oil in the world, the U.S. is now back on its way back up because of the new, revolutionary technology. It appears that we may be producing in the range of 3 million barrels by 2025 if success continues to evolve with the technology. The opportunity exists around the world for the same technology, but the development has been much faster in the U.S. because of private property ownership, and the revolution has been led by small companies rather than by the large ones like ConocoPhillips. Government ownership of property, as it is in much of the world, results in much more sluggish progress because of all of the problems inherent with this. Following the presentation, Matt took quite a few questions about the technology and about possible threats to our present offshore technology.

Scenes below from the breakfast include the table of Becci Himes', Executive Director of BABC who made many displays for the breakfast and co-hosted the event. Also below you can see the British Consul General Hon. Andrew Millar as he made remarks before the breakfast and then our student nurses from HBU at the registration table. In the next two photos, board member Kevin Howard is seen networking, with his great smile and a photo of board member Tom and Lisa Gosset visiting with our Treasurer, John Fowler and our student nurses. Finally, in the last photo, taken before the breakfast, a good crowd networks and awaits entry into the meeting room. The event was enjoyed by all and we felt it was a great kickoff for this year's Offshore Technology Conference.


 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2011

The 2011 breakfast was one of the largest in our history with the generous support of our Corporate Underwriters, Foster Quan, Turner & Townsend and The Wood Group, and our Corporate Sponsors Boyar & Miller, Maxwell Drummond, McGrigors, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK Trade & Investment and Wood Mackenzie. We are deeply grateful to them for enabling our success in hosting this event. After enthusiastic networking and a lovely breakfast, remarks from Hon Gray Hancock representing Consul-General Paul Lynch, Hon Gerry Brough representing the City of Aberdeen and City Councilman Peter Brown representing the City of Houston, the highlight of the morning was provided by Bob Ruddiman. Those who were seated at the top table are shown from left to right: HGA President Ross Davidson, Gray Hancock, our Chairman Mary Metz, Gerry Brough, Peter Brown and our speaker, Bob Ruddiman. To the right is BABC Houston's Executive Director, Becci Himes during the networking time. She and Moira Holden provided all of the photos for the event.

Prior to the breakfast, attendees gathered for networking, fellowship and for renewing acquaintances and, of course, for lots of good coffee. Shown below are some of the coffee-drinking, fellowshipping, networkers.

Beginning his remarks with quotes from Bob Dylan and Billy Joel, our keynote speaker made it clear that change is a way of life in the oil industry. He noted that Dylan had said, "The times they are a changin'" and Joel added, "We didn't start the fire", and this set the tone for a most excellent sharing of thoughts by Bob Ruddiman, Partner Head of Energy with McGrigors Law Firm in Aberdeen.

Throughout his presentation, he observed the parallels between Aberdeen and Houston and the many ways we've taught each other and learned from each other. Houston's ability to change and grow with the times helped to inspire Aberdeen to grab the lead in Europe's oil industry when Dundee balked at the chance. Strength in medical research has been abundant in both places with Houston being a pioneer in many aspects of medical technology and Aberdeen inventing the MRI scanner.

"Our assumptions are generally wrong" was a strong observation, with examples of projections for oil in the North Sea having initially been seen as wrapping up in 2000, but projections have now been made for production in 2050. He noted the massive coal industry in the UK into the 80s and then it was mothballed, only to be re-emerging now as carbon capture technology which is rapidly developing. The development of onshore wind has been rampant in Texas and is now being adopted in the UK and the parallels go on and on.

"Recent history will teach us plenty", and tragedies and disasters in the UK and the US, as well as around the world are transforming our approach to the future and how we find and use our resources.
Offshore legislation has changed in both places and we are collaborating on oil spill technology and response. Problems in the middle East are still playing out, and change is inevitable. Global energy costs will continue rising and we have to be smarter about our sources of energy, change our thinking and learn from each other. Empires are falling and lessons are being learned the hard way as the world order is changing. The inherent danger in world communications and trying to understand what is happening is that "we haven't been there" and so don't understand. We perceive only what we're told unless we have first-hand experience.

Our Scottish breakfast was fit for a king and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone, and we continued visiting and networking during the breakfast. You can see from the photos below that the crowd was enthusiastic and energetic. It was a treat to have our student nurses from Houston Baptist University on hand to experience this event, and they were excited about their upcoming visit to Aberdeen to begin with their departure on May 14, returning to Houston on May 29. They are shown here to the left with the chairman of our student nurse exchange, Carol Decker. From left to right are Traci Milan Estacio, Brianna Estelle Tyler and Carol.


As the breakfast officially concluded, we resumed our networking and sharing of ideas and contacts with each other, at a time when such sharing is so critical to our mutual learning experience. We took to heart the lessons offered to us by Bob Ruddiman regarding the ongoing changes we face in the industry and in the world and renewed old friendships as well with those we only get to see once a year. The OTC breakfast successfully brought together the right people and the right message and once again, was a most proper way to launch the activities of the coming week in the Offshore Technology Conference.

Shown below are attendees networking in the ballroom where we enjoyed breakfast, and then moving back out into the foyer to continue our visits.

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After accounting for receipts and expenses, it was our pleasure to share the profits with BAFTx to further enable their very worthwhile activities supporting scholarships for young people. In the photo below, HGA Chairman Mary Metz and President Ross Davidson are shown presenting a check for those proceeds. From left to right are Trevor Parkes, President of BABC, Mary Metz, Susan Howard, President of BAFTx and Ross Davidson.

 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2010


Each year, just prior to the Offshore Technology Conference, members of our sister city organization, Grampian/Houston, from Aberdeen, Scotland, are our guests at a Saturday kickoff OTC breakfast prior to the opening day of the conference. For the fourth consecutive year, this event, hosted by the Houston Grampian Association, was again a collaborative effort with the British American Business Council, and a portion of the proceeds from the event benefit BAFTx - The British-American Foundation of Texas, which was founded by BABC in June of 2006 to facilitate the scholarship program envisioned by the BABC Board and membership.

A most accomplished and generous program, the officers of BAFTx have now linked with the sponsorship of the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships, (POWIS). In May of last year Susan Howard, president of BAFTx was invited to lunch with His Royal Highness Prince Charles, in his capacity as the Prince of Wales. With him, she celebrated the BAFTx sponsorship of the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships. Our Chairman, Mary Metz, was invited to present one of the scholarship awards at the BAFTX Awards dinner, and she is shown to the left presenting the HGA Early Starter Award to Tram Hayen Hoang-Nguyen. Tram is a 13 year old student at Cornerstone Academy and involved in soccer and student council, and her application essay for this award was on Churchill.

Houston/Grampian will also use proceeds of the breakfast to support other key activities such as the student nurse exchange program and the celebration of Her Majesty's birthday in June, At Hotel ZaZa, with an afternoon tea and entertainment by Elizabeth Sjoberg.

We are grateful to our corporate sponsors of this year's breakfast - The Royal Bank of Scotland and the Wood Group, and also to our table ponsors - BABC, Boyar & Miller, Conoco Phillips, McGrigors LLP, Scottish Development International,Turner & Townsend, Inc., UK Trade & Investment and Wood Mackenzie. Their grateful and enthusiastic support helped to make this breakfast one of the most successful in our history.

Although held this year during a national tragedy in the offshore oil industry, just nine days after the explosion of a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico which cost lives and began an unprecedented threat to the wildlife and economy of the Gulf coast, the breakfast event included perhaps the most energetic crowd of attendees in its history. Beginnning with networking an hour or so before the official beginning of the breakfast, attendees enjoyed reuniting with old friends and meeting many new ones, and having a chance to discuss mutual business and cultural interests. Our hosts from HGA and BABC arrived early to setup and to prepare the meeting space for our guests. On the left, are HGA board members Carol Decker, Moira Holden and Rebecca Roberts setting up the reception table, and on the right are Becci Himes, Executive Director of BABC and Trevor Parks, their president.

The breakfast this year gave us a chance to combine the participants of this event with those of another of our signature activities, our Student Nurse Exchange program. Our guests for the breakfast included our two student nurses from Houston Baptist University, scheduled to leave two weeks after the breakfast for the exchange visit to Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. For the last 13 years, our Chairman, Mary Metz, has managed this program for Houston/Grampian and she will be assisted this year by new HGA board member, Carol Decker, of Scottish Development International. They are shown in the photo to the right with our two student nurses, and they are from left to right, Carol Decker, Christin Handy, Evelyn DeLeon and Mary Metz. During the breakfast, they were fortunate to meet the Lord and Lady Provost of Aberdeen who will be among their hosts during their visit to Aberdeen. Shown to the left is the Lord Provost with Mary Metz and HGA vice president Quin McWhirter.

When our president, Ross Davidson, opened the meeting, he took a time to share thoughts about the people experiencing the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico and acknowledged the loss of life and the upcoming damage to the livelihood of people in both the oil industry and in the fishing industry and others that would be affected by the accident. He offered an assurance of empathy for those affected and that the thoughts and prayers of all of us were focused on those who's lives are being touched. Following his thoughful comments, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and then, prior to our keynote speaker, remarks were made by Deputy Consul General Andy Pryce, on behalf of Consul Paul Lynch, welcoming everyone to Houston and to the breakfast. Next, Peter Stephen, Lord Provost of Aberdeen extended greetings on behalf of the City of Aberdeen and our sister organization, Grampian/Houston, and then greetings were offered by the Honorable Mike Sullivan, member of the Houston City Council on behalf of the Mayor of Houston. Those seated at the top table are shown below, from left to right, Lady Provost Sandra Stephen, Andy Pryce, Ross Davidson (twice), our speaker David Cochrane, Provost Peter Stephen and Mike Sullivan.

We were honored to have as our keynote speaker, Mr. David T. Cochrane, Vice President, Commercial & Technical, ExxonMobil Upstream, who addressed global energy needs, trends and metrics in the 21st century. Mr. Cochrane joined Esso UK in 1978 and spent the first 17 years of his career in various Marketing, Operations and Supply related positions in the Downstream, before moving to the Upstream side of the business in 1995. Between 1995 and 2006 he held a number of Coordination and Management positions in ExxonMobil’s gas business, including 4 years in Qatar as Commercial Manager developing the Qatargas II and Ras Laffan 3 LNG projects. In 2006 David joined ExxonMobil Development Company, initially as Strategic Planning Manager and latterly as Manager of the Planning & Commercial Department. He was promoted to his position of VP, Commercial & Technical on May 1, 2009. A native of Scotland, David earned a BA (Hons) in Business from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

In his remarks, Mr. Cochrane addressed five key issues facing the oil energy, the first being safety. This was most appropriate, given the tragic events underway in the Gulf of Mexico at the time of his presentation. He observed that this untimely sequence of events happened just as progress was beginning to be made in the offshore drilling and other areas of energy concerns. He said that the ExxonMobil approach to safety is the goal that "Nobody gets hurt" and on a personal note, said that he believed it most important to have a personal credo of, "I will not get hurt today", thereby enabling each employee to help others to also not get hurt.

He went on to address environmental issues and said, "If we (ExxonMobil) don't do well, we won't be invited back." and regarding the impact on the environment, said we must "protect tomorrow, today". Following his comments about the environment, he discussed supply and demand, and noted that we live in a very connected world and that the world's population will be 8 billion people by the year 2030. The implications on the demand for energy leap out, considering this increase in numbers and reiterated that fossil fuels will have to continue playing a a major role in meeting future energy demands. He said that there is a significant amount of oil in the earth that we haven't yet found, and said that the role of government is critical and must encourage open international trade and free markets.

Mr. Cochrane next addressed technology, observing the importance of developing lithium ion battery technology, advanced synthetic lubricants and improved cogeneration techonology to be sure that we waste as little heat in our processes as possible. Other technological needs are continuing the development of directional drilling and also algae biofuels. Finally, he addressed climate change and acknowledged that strategies to deal with rising greenhouse gas emissions are critical. In line with this, he observed the importance of natural gas as a fuel with lower GHG emissions, and discussed the importance of developing controlled freeze zones and better carbon capture and storage. As a final note, he mentioned the criticism that has been levied at the oil companies for large earnings, and pointed out that in comparing their earnings to other major industries, the oil companies are only about midway up the chain in earnings and that it is important for this to be kept in perspective.

Following the excellent presentation, many thanks and congratulations were offered to Mr. Cochrane and then the networking resumed, and continued for a long time after the "official" end of the breakfast. This coming-together of people with so many common interests proved valuable to all in attendance, and set the pace for a successful week of Offshore Technology Conference. Below are photos taken before the breakfast began, as our guests were arriving, registering and networking. In the first photo, BAFTx president Susan Howard and Mary Metz reunite, and next the Lady Provost of Aberdeen, Sandra Stephen, is shown with our student nurses from Houston Baptist University. The next photo is of our treasurer, John Fowler, registering and collecting an admission fee, and in the last photo, Jo Geisler and Marti McWhirter are comparing notes on who knows what.

            

And here are many of our attendees enjoying breakfast at our member tables and sponsor tables.

  
  
  

 

2009

Grampian-Houston visitors from Aberdeen, Scotland are our guests each year at a Saturday kickoff OTC breakfast prior to the opening day of the Offshore Technology Conference. For the third consecutive year, this event,
hosted by the Houston Grampian Association, was a collaborative effort with the British American Business Council, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit BAFTx - The British-American Foundation of Texas, which was founded by BABC in June of 2006 to facilitate the scholarship program envisioned by the BABC Board and membership. Special thanks this year go to our corporate sponsors of the breakfast - ConocoPhillips, FosterQuan LLP and the Wood Group, as well as to our table ponsors - Boyar and Miller, Maxwell Drummond, McGrigors LLP, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Development International, Turner & Townsent, Inc. and Wood Mackenzie. Simon Frame and Aurise Bain, our President, are shown here with the signage poster recognizing our sponsers.

The robust turnout of Houston and Scottish attendees was most gratifying, and there was abundant time for networking prior to and after the breakfast event. Attendees were met by board members of HGA upon arrival and once nametags were slapped on, many hands were shaken and lots of friendships renewed, as well as business opportunities discussed by those present. Photos below taken during the networking time include on the left, Rebecca Roberts, Derek Mathieson, Louise Sprot and Ross Davidson. The second photo is of Mary Metz, John Lee and Moira Holden and in the bottom photo is Quin McWhirter, Marti McWhirter and John Fowler.

 

For 2009, our speaker was Derek Mathieson, President and Chief Technology and Marketing officer of Baker Hughes. He spoke to us about the impact of the financial markets on the world's energy supply and some expectations for the future. Mr. Mathieson joined Baker Hughes from WellDynamics, a provider of intelligent completion technology to the upstream oil industry, where he had most recently served as chief executive officer. Prior to this he led the company.s reliability assurance and research and development functions before being appointed vice president of technology, business development and marketing and, in 2007, chief executive officer. Previously, he was employed by Shell UK Exploration & Production in their advanced completion technology group. Earlier in his career, he also worked for Wood Group in the UK. Mr. Mathieson holds a Ph.D in Micro-Mechanical Systems from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His presentation was enthusiastically received and there were numerous questions from our group following his remarks.



The breakfast was opened by a warm welcome from our president, Aurise Bain who also offered a blessing for the food and the activities. Shown here is the head table at the event and our dignigaries there are, left to right - President Aurise Bain, Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen, Ross Davidson who organized the event, at the podium is Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan, our speaker Derek Mathieson, British Consul General Paul Lynch and the Lady Provost, Sandra Stephen. Present for the occasion were the Lord and Lady Provost of Aberdeen, Peter and Sandra Stephen, as well as hosting for the City of Houston, Councilman Mike Sullivan representing Houston's Mayor. We were pleased to also have with us, former Lord and Lady Provost, John and Helen Reynolds who have been active with our sister organization, Grampian Houston in Aberdeen and have been frequent visitors to Houston. Also present was our British Council General, Paul Lynch. Sadly, we learned at the end of the meeting of the death of former British Council General, Iain Murray who was present at last year's event.

This year we were fortunate to have with us our student nurses from Houston Baptist University School of Nursing. It was a great opporunity to meet them for the first time a week before their scheduled departure for their exchange visit to Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Their trip has now been postponed until August due to concerns about the Swine Flu. They are shown here - Darien Ruiz and Ana Pau Mendez, with Lady Provost Sandra Stephen and our Chairman, Mary Metz. Also shown below, right, is Ross Davidson, the chairman of our breakfast with Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen and Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan.

  

The celebration of our successful event was concluded after all of the accounting and bookkeeping was done, and the check was presented to BAFTx from the proceeds we received. Shown to the right is the presentation of the check by our Chairman, Mary Metz. From left to right, are BABC past President and BAFTx board member Tim Horner, BABC Vice President Trevor Parks, Mary Metz, BAFTx President Susan Howard and BAFTx Executive Director Carole Serjeant. In May of this year Susan Howard was in London, having been invited to lunch with His Royal Highness Prince Charles, in his capacity as the Prince of Wales. With him, she celebrated the BAFTx sponsorship of the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships, (POWIS).

In addition to being the Prince of Wales, the Prince is also Chancellor of The University of Wales Global Academy, which has targeted the best graduate talent across the world. POWIS will provide 100 prestigious, 3-year Phd. scholarships, from among 10 subjects, culminating in a Phd. there. Ten of the 100 scholarships will be from the Texas Collaborative of Universities, 1 or 2 of which will be sponsored by BAFTx. The aim of the Global Academy is to place doctoral researchers within the participating businesses in Wales to help to develop their innovation capacity. They undertake research and development supported by international and national academic supervisors, and provide prestigious networking opportunities around the scheme wholly supported and attended by The Prince. He is most passionate about this project and will be monitoring closely the progression of this scheme.

Upon Susan's explaining the workings of BABC/BAFTX and the partnership, the Prince, shown left responded, with a cheeky glint in his eyes, “Oh good, we need the money”! The POWIS/BAFTx branding will be soon echoed around the world by the Global Academy. BAFTx is the first link and legacy support outside of Europe.

 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2008

For 2008 our speaker was Chris W. Conway, President, Supply and Trading Americas, of ConocoPhillips. He spoke to us about the Energy Market Outlook worldwide. Mr. Conway began his career in 1980 as an engineer in the Continental Pipeline subsidiary company. In 1986, he joined the crude oil supply and trading organization, and returned to the transportation function in 1989 as an operations manager in Denver. He transferred to London in 1991 as manager, strategy and business development for refining and marketing in Europe. In 1995, he moved to Houston as manager, specialty products, became manager, supply and trading, North America in 1998, and general manager, Americas crude in September 2002. In 2003, he became president, gas and power, and was appointed to his current position in September 2007. He is a former Chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association and is currently on the Board of the Sam Houston Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Shown above is the beautifully-decorated head table which was prepared for us by HGA Board members, Moira Holden, Marianne Duffin and Rebecca Roberts, featuring flags from Britain, Scotland, the United States and Texas. For the second year, the hosting of the OTC breakfast was shared by the British American Business Council and the response of the very large group of attendees was most enthusiastic. The net profits of this partner event are shared with the BABC's educational foundation, the British American Foundation of Texas and it is again a privilege for the Houston Grampian Association to have the opportunity to work with BABC in this collaborative effort. Becci Himes, Executive Director of BABC is shown here with the BABC banner prior to the breakfast.

For this year's breakfast, our Corporate Sponsors were ExxonMobil Development, Quan, Burdette & Perez, P.C. and UK Trade & Investment, and our table sponsors were ConocoPhillips, Maxwell Drummond, McGrigors LLP, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Development International, Turner & Townsend, Inc., the Wood Group and Wood Mackenzie. It was our pleasure this year to have the new Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Peter Stephen and his lovely wife, Lady Provost Sandra Stephen as our guests for the first time. Our Chairman, Mary Metz and our President, Aurise Bain did yeoman duty in hosting the event, and the committee chaired by Ross Davidson made sure that everyone's needs were well met. Mary and Aurise are pictured at left with HGA Board member, Moira Holden. Former British Consul General, Iain Murray joined us this year and is shown in the photo above with the executive director of Houston Sister Cities International, Alma Maldonado and in the middle, HGA Treasurer and past president John Fowler,

This annual event is always attended by members of our sister city as well as other Houston sister cities, visitors from Aberdeen, Scotland and business professionals in our community. It is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. Each year, the OTC breakfast affords a perfect opportunity for networking, reminiscing and getting to see friends we've not seen in a year or more, and this year was continued that tradition. The large crowd was intensely enthusiastic before, during and after the time the breakfast was to begin, it was difficult to summon everyone into the ballroom to begin the breakfast meeting. The breakfast and all enjoyed the time to visit as well as the remarks of the speaker and our guests. Pictured left are HGA Board members Rebecca Roberts and Marianne Duffin and on the right are from left to right, Rebecca Roberts with last year's OTC Breakfast Chairman Simon Frame and HGA Board member Moira Holden.

Following the introduction of the Head Table by our president Aurise Bain, we enjoyed the hearty breakfast, after which our OTC Breakfast Chairman, Ross Davidson introduced British Consul General Paul Lynch, who shared remarks with us. Next, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Peter Stephen addressed us with greetings from Aberdeen and remarks about our sister city relationship. He then presented a gift to Houston's Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Garcia, who provided a welcome to Houston on behalf of the Mayor and talked about the importance of the shared business and social cultures of Houston and Aberdeen. He then presented a gift of welcome to the Lord Provost. They are shown to the left at the exchange of the gift from the Lord Provost to the Mayor Pro Tem. Ross then introduced our speaker and he gave a very thorough presentation about the state of the energy situation around the world and its outlook for the future. He provided just the right balance of detail and general information to succeed in communicating effectively with everyone in the audience and his sharing of information was most appreciated.

Following the adjournment of the meeting, networking continued and many attendees took advantage of the opportunity to share both business and social information. The golfers headed to the golf course and everyone left with a true sense of enjoyment. Below are the speakers and they are from left to right, Aurise Bain, Paul Lynch, Peter Stephen, Adrian Garcia, Chris Conway and Ross Davidson.

      

    

 

2006

 

OTC FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
2007

This was the first year to jointly host the OTC Breakfast with our friends from BABC. Prior to our speaker's remarks, We were privileged to hear remarks from Lady Provost Helen Reynolds and from Judith Slater, British Consul General. Shown below at the podium during their remarks are from left to right, business committee chairman Simon Frame, our speaker Brian Smith, our president Bob Gilbert, Lady Provost Helen Reynolds and British Consul General Judith Slater.

    

The 2007 OTC breakfast provided a perfect opportunity for networking, reminiscing and getting to see friends we'd not seen in a year or more.
The large crowd was buzzing so intensely at the time the breakfast was to begin, it was difficult to summon everyone into the ballroom to begin the breakfast meeting. The joint effort of HGA and BABC resulted in a sizeable and enthusiastic group and all enjoyed the time to visit as well as the remarks of the speaker and our guests. Shown to the left are a thorn between two roses, from left to right are Lady Provost Helen Reynolds, our president Bob Gilbert and Marti McWhirter.

Simon Frame, business committee chairman and his OTC planning committee did an excellent job in organizing the event and in recognizing those companies who generously sponsored tables for us. We were most fortunate to have the sponsorships of UK Trade & Investment, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Wood Mackenzie, Bracewell & Giuiliani, LLC., Swift, Scottish Development International, Panalpia, McGrigors, Maxwell-Drummond International and Norman Broadbent. In the photo below are from left to right Simon Frame, Brian Smith, Bob Gilbert and Quin McWhirter.

 

2006

Our speaker for 2006 was Christopher T. Seaver, President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Hydril. Prior to joining Hydril, he was a corporate and securities attorney and was a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, with postings in Kinshasa, Republic of Congo and Bogota, Colombia. He has also seved on the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association, the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and the American Petroleum Institute.

Shown below in a composite photo arrangement are guests seated at the head table, from left to right, Tom Gossett, Philip De Waal, Lady Provost Helen Reynolds and James Prappas, followed by a photo of Alma Maldonado from the City of Houston's Protocol Office, and then continuing on the head table, British Consul General Judith Slater, Chris Seaver and Lord Provost John Reynolds.

It was our pleasure again to have with us, Lord Provost John Reynolds and Lady Provost Helen Reynolds from Aberdeen. Also present were British Consul General Judith Slater and her husband, Philip De Waal.

In addition to our speaker, We were privileged to hear remarks from Lord Provost John Reynolds and Judith Slater, British Consul General. Shown below at the podium during their remarks are from left to right, our president, James Prappas, Lord Provost John Reynolds, British Consul General Judith Slater and our speaker, Christopher Seaver.

   

We enjoyed the enlightening remarks by our speaker, Christopher Seaver, who discussed information and Hydril's predictions about the state of the oil industry and the effects of 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and other world events was affecting the production, supply and market of oil. The perspective of the ownership of oil supply and production by private companies and governments, and their motivations for what to do with oil, was most sobering.

Mary Metz, shown on the left with Alma Maldonado from the City of Houston, did a great job in the planning and preparations for the breakfast, along with Ed Hirs who arranged for our speaker. Tom Gossett worked diligently in the planning of the activities and coordinated with Tommianne Davis, who did a lion share of the work to actually make it happen and to be our liaison with the hotel to be sure that all of the arrangements were made.

Although a severe thunderstorm hit Houston just prior to the breakfast, a good crowd of attendees was present to enjoy the breakfast, the speaker and to network. It is always a treat to have the opportunity to do some "catching up" with our friends from Aberdeen. In the photo on the right are Bob Gilbert, a member of the HGA Board and a founding member, along with our speaker Chris Seaver and Marti McWhirter.

2005

For the 2005 breakfast, our charismatic speaker was Professor Michael Economides, of the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, and author of the book, "The Color of Oil".

In his distinguished career, he was previously the Samuel R. Noble Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A & M University, he served as the Chief Scientist of the Global Petroleum Research Institute and has been author or co-author of ten professional textbooks and almost 200 journal papers and articles. He has appeared regularly as a guest and expert commentator on national and international television programs and has had professional activities in over 70 countries. He was indeed, well received by the attendees at this year's breakfast.

Some of the dignitaries attending this year's meeting are shown below, including from left to right, Carl Davis from the City of Houston, HGA President James Prappas, British Consul-General Judith Slater, Mrs. John Reynolds, wife of the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Scotland, and our speaker, Professor Economides.


Dignitaries seated at the head table were piped in by two pipers from St. Thomas Episcopal High School, four time international piping champions in the competition held each year in Glasgow, Scotland. They are shown on the right. This year our President, James Prappas, is shown on the left in his opening remarks at the breakfast. We were honored to have as our guests, the Lord Provost and Mrs. John Reynolds of Aberdeen, Scotland. Carl Davis, Director of Community Affairs from Houston City Councilman Michael Berry's office, representing Houston Mayor Bill White offered greetings and a welcome from the City of Houston. He also presented a gift to the Lord Provost to commemorate the City's hospitality.

Lord Provost Reynolds addressed the breakfast assembly, as did our British Consul-General, Judith Slater, who is serving in her first year in this position. Pictured below from left to right, are Lord Provost, John Reynolds, British Consul-General, Judith Slater and our speaker, Professor Economides.

   

 

The 2004 OTC Breakfast

Grampian-Houston visitors from Aberdeen, Scotland are our guests each year at a Saturday kickoff OTC breakfast prior to the opening day of the Offshore Technology Conference. This year was a most special occasion as we marked the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Aberdeen and Houston as Sister Cities. Our distinguished speaker was Mr. George Littell, Principal of Groppe, Long & Littell. Mr. Littell, a renowned expert on the oil industry, discussed the history of the oil industry and probable forecasts regarding its future.

This annual event is always attended by members of our sister city as well as other Houston sister cities, visitors from Aberdeen, Scotland and business professionals in our community. It is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. This year's audience included a prestigious group of founding members of our organization, and several of them are shown below at the breakfast.

Upon their arrival in Houston, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, John Reynolds and Mrs. Reynolds, were hosted by the HGA Board of Directors at a dinner in the home of Barbara and Gil FitzGerrell, for fellowship and a Texas welcome. The group is shown in the photo below.

 

 

This year marked the first year at OTC as our new President, for John Fowler, who is shown on the left in his opening remarks at the breakfast.
We were also honored to have as our guests, the Lord Provost and Mrs. John Reynolds of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Houston City Councilman M.J. Khan, representing Houston Mayor Bill White who was unable to attend due to the death of his brother.

Councilman Khan read a proclamation from the City of Houston, commending us for 25 years as a sister city and declaring it, "Houston Grampian Day" in Houston. He also presented a gift to the Lord Provost, which is shown in the photo on the right.

Lord Provost Reynolds made remarks to the breakfast assembly, as did our British Consul-General, Iain Murray, who will be leaving the post this year. He has been a steadfast supporter of Houston Grampian and participated in and hosted many activities involving our organization and the Grampian Houston Association, from Aberdeen. Speaking on behalf of Grampian Houston, was Bill Gordon, who thanked us for our hospitality and promised a good time to our HGA members who will visit Aberdeen in September. Pictured below from left to right, are Lord Provost, John Reynolds, British Consul-General, Iain Murray and Bill Gordon.

   

 

The 2003 OTC Breakfast

 

 

For 2003, the honored speaker was Mr. Neil Duffin, Vice President of CIS/Middle East Projects for ExxonMobil Development Company, who is shown on the right. Mr. Duffin gave an excellent presentation about ExxonMobil's development projects in the area formerly know as the Soviet Union and in the Middle East.

Shown in the photo below are from left to right, Mike Trotter, Neil Duffin and Dwight Beach - HGA President.

 

 

The 2002 OTC Breakfast

Shown below are photos of speakers from the 2002 breakfast, including Mr. David Blackwood, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico, Deep Water Projects for British Petroleum, and Bill Gordon, giving a welcome on behalf of Lord Provost Margaret E. Smith, Aberdeen, Scotland.

David Blackwood
David Blackwood

Bill Gordon
Welcome by Bill Gordon on behalf of
Lord Provost Margaret E. Smith, Aberdeen

 

The 2001 OTC Breakfast

Shown below are photos of speakers and guests from the 2001 breakfast. These include speakers Derek Blackwood, President, Wood Group Engineering and Production Facilities - Americas and Dennis Frakes, Vice President of Business Development, Mustang Engineering our honored guest, Lord Provost Margaret Smith, City of Aberdeen, Scotland as she presented a beautiful framed picture to our HGA President, Dwight Beach.

Cowboy Dennis
Dennis Frakes

Cowboy Derek
Derek Blackwood

LPSmith-Beach
Lord Provost Margaret Smith - Dwight Beach

 

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