Calendar: Past events 2017

USRCC Business Networking and Harvey Relief Reception

USRCC Business Networking and Harvey Relief Reception

On September 21, 2017 the USRCC hosted the Business Networking and Fundraising Reception. The event drew more than 70 business executives from a variety of different industries and backgrounds. 
 
We were pleased and honored to welcome in Houston, Texas, our special guest, newly appointed Consul General of the Russian Federation Alexander Pisarev who discussed the importance of current trade and investment between Russia and the U.S.
 
We would like to thank our attendees, members and volunteers for joining us at this networking reception and contributing to the relief efforts of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Turner and County Judge Emmett.
 
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3rd Women's Leadership Speaker Series

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1st Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series from  Young Professional to Industry Leader

1st Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series from Young Professional to Industry Leader

On June 27, the USRCC Young Professionals Committee hosted the 1st Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series event that took place at TMK IPSCO facility, Houston, TX  and drew more than 50 young professionals from diverse companies and industries. 
 
The event included TMK IPSCO R&D facility tour which was provided by Ryan Broussard, USRCC Young Professionals Committee member, Senior Product Development Engineer, TMK IPSCO, and Dhiren Panda, General Manager of Technology, TMK IPSCO. During the tour attendees had an opportunity to learn about metallurgy, testing and development of steel pipe, testing of premium pipe connections for the oil and gas industry. 
The R&D tour was followed by the presentation made by the keynote speaker Piotr Galitzine, Chairman and CEO, TMK IPSCO. During the presentation Mr. Galitzine provided the audience with a company’s profile including services, business structure and shared his personal story about his professional journey and discussed how to improve skills, knowledge and attitude to reach personal goals and advance career.
 
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61st Sister Cities Annual Conference

61st Sister Cities Annual Conference

As a part of our efforts to support Houston-Tyumen business relations, and on behalf of the USRCC Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities Committee, the USRCC Executive Director, Tamara Doescher attended the U.S. – Russia Mayors Summit which was a part of the 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference that took place at Virginia Beach, VA on July 13- July 15 2017.

During the Summit attendees had a chance to learn about the history and critical importance of the U.S.-Russia Citizen Diplomacy, the current state of exchange programs, trade and economic relations, the role of Sister Cities, and development and future cooperation between the two countries.

Some of the presenters included: Hon. John Beyrle, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Hon. Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, VA, Ambassador John O’Keefe, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation/Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center, Mary Kane, President/CEO, Sister Cities International, James Wood, City Councilman, City of Virginia Beach, VA.

During the Conference Harry Gee, President of the Sister Cities of Houston and Ellen Goldberg, Immediate Past President of the Sister Cities of Houston had a chance to make a presentation to Sister Cities International and was selected to host the 2019 conference in Houston. Since that will be the 50th anniversary of Man’s landing on the moon, we all hope to work together with Sister Cities and NASA to make it a memorable event.

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The 8th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations  from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan  to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2017)

The 8th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2017)

On May 2, 2017, the USRCC held its 8th Annual Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the Offshore Technology Conference at Hotel ZAZA, Houston, TX. About 60 business delegates from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have attended the event.
Keynote addresses during the event were made by Andrew Icken, Chief Development Officer for the City of Houston, Hon. Alexander Stadnik, Russian Trade Representative in the USA, Minister-Counselor, and Richard Matzke, Board Member, OAO “LUKOIL”. 
 
Strong support that we received from our sponsors and partners resulted in over 300 global energy, oil and gas industry leaders and government officials from around the world attending the event. The reception offered the guests and delegations the opportunity to network and forge new business relationships.
 
The event was generously sponsored by LUKOIL, NEK, Baker Hughes, Chevron, ExxonMobil, MasterWord, Halliburton and TMK IPSCO.
We would like to thank all sponsors, partners, speakers, guests, volunteers and attendees for making this event a success.
 
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2nd Women’s Leadership Speaker Series

2nd Women’s Leadership Speaker Series

On April 19, the USRCC hosted its 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series luncheon. The event took place at St. Regis Hotel, Houston, TX and drew more than 80 business professionals from a variety of different industries and backgrounds. 
 
Panelists provided the audience with a unique perspective, real examples of challenges, success stories and opportunities. Guests had a unique opportunity to network and get an advice from influential women who have achieved success and are making an impact on U.S.-Russia and international trade and investment. 
 
The panel discussion was moderated by Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax, RSM US LLP. Panelist speakers included: Ludmila Golovine, President and CEO, MasterWord; Kelly Azevedo, Vice President, Commercial and New Development, Gulf of Mexico, Shell; and Melody Meyer, President, Melody Meyer Energy LLC (former President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company).
Testimonials: 
 
“USRCC’s Women Leadership series is a great success. It opens a discussion on representing women in leadership roles, breaking gender stereotypes, and promoting a culture that supports female employees. Excellent speakers: inspirational, engaging, dynamic, and sincere. Special thanks to Meril Markley for being a wonderful moderator, with a perfect blend of professionalism and charm. “
 
Janna Brokhin, Senior Manager, Neftegaz Holding America
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Was a wonderful event with very down to earth women who have had powerful careers. I am trying to proactively plan having a career and children and I think it was very helpful to hear how they manage to handle having a healthy family life and career with children. They were all wonderful panelists and the moderate was wonderful as well, kept everything flowing with interesting questions.”
Cheri Haarmeyer, Applications Engineer, Radix Engineering and Software
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“I would like to thank the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce for giving such an opportunity of attending the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series. I was thrilled to meet the Chamber’s members, charming panelists and the experienced moderator, especially hear their success stories. Hopefully, you could tell by the audience reaction that we were absolutely enthralled.
Each one of the panelists inspired me in a different and unique way, especially their depth of understanding the cultural difficulties from the woman’s standpoint while being executives in the foreign countries. Their ability to present their stories in such a fashionable way produced one of the most memorable events in the group’s history.
 
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and contribution!”
 
Anna Bogdanova, Marketing and Human Resource Professional
 
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Our special thanks to our sponsors for making this event so successful: TMK IPSCOand ExxonMobil.

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CEO Panel: Expansion of Russian Companies

CEO Panel: Expansion of Russian Companies

On April 11, the USRCC hosted the CEO Panel. This exclusive “by invitation only” event took place in New York City, NY and provided guests with a deeper understanding of the US-Russia business climate, opportunities and challenges from some of the most influential leaders in US-Russia trade and investment.  The panel discussion was moderated by Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax, RSM US LLP.
 
Panelist speakers included: Piotr Galitzine, Chairman and CEO, TMK IPSCO; Rick Shannon, President, Atlantic Ro-Ro; and  Paul Swigart, CEO, VTB Capital.
Thoughts from the Moderator, Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax,  RSM US LLP:
 
“The CEO Panel, featuring Piotr Galitzine of TMK IPSCO, Rick Shannon of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, and Paul Swigart of VTB Capital, offered a wide range of views on everything from the restoration of churches in Russia’s provinces to the impact of sanctions on companies doing business with Russia.  Rick Shannon’s perspectives arose from his early relationship with post-Soviet era shipping and the privatization of transatlantic shipping lines.  Seeing the need to streamline customs procedures and promote transparency, he promoted the adoption of Order 441 for the Port of St. Petersburg.  Piotr Galitzine offered insights into running the U.S. arm of TMK, the Russia-based multinational that is world’s largest manufacturer of steel pipe, and his company’s role in the expansion of oil and gas production in the U.S.  For Paul Swigart, his involvement in running the U.S. arm of VTB Capital, a Russian investment bank, began with studying the Russian language and participating in an environmental project for the Audubon Society in Siberia.”
 
Our special thanks to our sponsors for making this event so successful: TMK IPSCO,  Atlantic Ro-Ro  and RSM US LLP
 
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Business Networking Event, Chicago IL

Business Networking Event, Chicago IL

Business Networking Event, Chicago IL

The USRCC re-energized the Midwest program on February 7th with a Business Networking Event hosted in the lobby restaurant of Google’s new downtown Chicago headquarters. We would like to thank the attendees, volunteers, and our guest speaker Elena Mossina, Partner with the national consulting firm Sikich LLP who discussed the benefits of the USRCC as well as the importance of trade between the US and Russia. Participants from a balanced mix of industry professionals active in trade between the US and Russia, the professional Russian speaking community of greater Chicago, as well as several representatives from trade organizations attended the event. Attendees included individuals from Honeywell, Baker McKenzie, UPS, SAP, and Chicago based global IT companies. Additionally, a cross section of trade representatives from several countries including, Hungary, Bulgaria, Netherlands, South Africa, and the US Department of State were in attendance.

The event organized by Nate Carson, the Chicago-based Midwest Representative for the USRCC. Thank you for making our business networking event so successful, we look forward to hosting several more events in Chicago in 2017.  
 
 
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USRCC Business Networking Event

USRCC Business Networking Event

USRCC Business Networking Event

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted a business networking happy hour on January 18, 2017 that drew a crowd of more than 60 business professionals. New connections were made at a happy hour held at Arcodoro Restaurant.

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7th Annual Welcome Reception honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to Breakbulk Americas 2017

7th Annual Welcome Reception honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to Breakbulk Americas 2017

On October 18, 2017 the USRCC hosted the 7th Annual Welcome Reception honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to Breakbulk Americas 2017.
Strong support that we received from our sponsors and partners resulted in over 60 business executives and decision makers from major shipping and logistics companies from around the world attending the event. The reception offered shippers from different countries including USA, Russia and CIS countries an opportunity to meet and develop relationship with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.
 
Keynote addresses during the event were made by John Moseley, Senior Director, Port of Houston Authority and Nikolay Belikov, Operations Director, JSC ‘NEK’.
 
The event was generously sponsored by NEK and ASTM International.
We would like to thank all sponsors, partners, speakers, guests, volunteers and attendees for making this event a success.
 
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HR Panel and Networking event

HR Panel and Networking event

HR Panel and Networking event

On February 22, 2017 the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted a Young Professionals HR Panel and Networking event that drew up to 40 young professionals from diverse companies and industries. The event took place at Adams & Reese, LLP, Houston, Downtown.

HR Panel included: Bryan Stotler, Sr. HR Manager SPHR, SHRM-SCP TMK IPSCO, Anna Bogdanova, Human Resources and Talent Acquisition, Bonnie Beard, Human Resources and Organizational Development, LUKOIL International Upstream West Inc., Genaro Pena, Partner, Lincoln Leadership Advisors. The panel was moderated by Katerina Trofimova, Young Professionals Committee Chair, USRCC/Sr. Account Representative, Business Development KBRwyle.
 

Thoughts from the Moderator, Katerina Trofimova, Young Professionals Committee Chair, USRCC/Sr. Account Representative, Business Development KBRwyle:

“What a fun and interesting night! I am thankful to the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and staff for putting together such an informative session focusing on resume building, job search and interview preparation. I was honored to serve as a moderator and meet in person our experienced panelists. Bonnie Beared kicked off with tips on how to start job search and suggested several areas one should focus. Genaro Pena spoke about available technology and recommended different job search websites young professionals could use. Anna Bogdanova informed us about different types of resumes and advised what should never be included there. Finally, Bryan Stotler gave some tips on maximizing the value of LinkedIn but highlighted the importance of personal relationships. Everyone left equipped with valuable job search hacks. I believe even the panelists learned something new from each other.”

Testimonial by the Panelist, Genaro Peña, Partner, LINCOLN Leadership Advisors:

“I want to express my sincere thanks to the USRCC leadership for the excellent event last night, and I was honored to be included among such a distinguished group of panelists. I found the USRCC young professionals to be smart and engaging, and I enjoyed speaking with them before and after the event.”

Our special thanks to USRCC Young Professionals Committee members for making this a successful event.

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