Calendar: Past events 2017

7th Invest in Russia Regions Conference: Tatarstan

7th Invest in Russia Regions Conference: Tatarstan

7th Invest in Russia Regions Conference: Tatarstan

On October 23, 2017 the USRCC hosted the “7th Invest in Russia Regions Business Conference: The Republic of Tatarstan” with with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Hon. Rustam Minnikhanov and the Tatarstan Business Delegation. The event took place in Houston, TX.
 
More than 160 representatives from the various U.S. businesses attended the Business Conference  showcasing the continued interest in U.S.-Russia trade and investment. The audience  included government officials and business professionals including executives from Drillmec, Shell, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Emerson, GE, Schlumberger, JSC NEK and many others. 
 
The Tatarstan business delegation was represented by 30 officials. Among others, the delegation included C-level executives from SEZ Alabuga, SEZ Innopolis, TAIF, KAZANORGSINTEZ, TathimPlast, KAMAZ, GKS Scientific and Production Enterprise, Grid Company, AK BARS Bank.  The USRCC organized several B2B meetings that took place before and after the Business Conference. U.S. companies were given an opportunity to make their presentations directly to the President Minnikhanov and the Tatartsan business delegates.
 
Heads of Departments from the University of Houston, Rice University and the Principal of Almetyevsk State Petroleum Institute have also attended this event. 
Hon. Rustam Minnikhanov received a warm welcome from David Robinson, City Council Member At- Large 2, City of Houston and Hon. Alexander Pisarev, Consul General of the Russian Federation,  and afterwards  provided guests with a direct update on  the current economy outlook and industrial potential of the Republic of Tatarstan.
During the Business Conference the presentations were made by  Albert Karimov, Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan,  Nikolay Shestakov, Vice President, Emerson Automation Solution,  Ron Pollett, President and CEO, GE Russia/CIS , Timur Shagivaleyev,  General Director,  SEZ Alabuga,  Phil Wenzell, Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Allied Mineral Products, Inc,  Dr. Steven Stanley, President, Univation Technologies LLC,  Tom Fowler, VP Project Integration, Salamander Solutions. Presenters shared their success stories, current activities and discussed business conditions and favorable investment climate at the Republic of Tatarstan that prompted them to choose this region among other regions of the Russian Federation to trade with and invest in.
The attendees came prepared with candid questions and had an opportunity to interact with the President Minnikhanov and the presenters during the Q&A session.
Presentations were followed by the Signing Ceremony where representatives of Kazanorgsintez and Univation Technologies signed a contract, and Almetyevsk State Petroleum Institute and Rice University signed a memorandum of understanding. 
The business forum was followed by the VIP Luncheon where the President Minnikhanov was greeted by t he Honorable Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge and  Piotr Galitzine, Chairman and CEO, TMK IPSCO.  During the luncheon  the Hon. Rustam Minnikhanov was  given the City of Houston proclamation announcing him an honorary citizen.
This event would not have been possible without the support and sponsorship of Emerson and TMK IPSCO.
We would like to thank our sponsors, partners, speakers, guests and volunteers for making this event a success.  To view event photos visit our  Facebook page
 
*Event presentations are available upon request

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1st Technology and Innovation Conference

1st Technology and Innovation Conference

1st Technology and Innovation Conference

On November 2, 2017, the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (“USRCC”) hosted its 1st Oil and Gas Technology Conference organized by the USRCC Technology and Innovation Committee (“T&I”). The event was “by invitation only” and took place at the Petroleum Club Of Houston. 
 
The Conference was attended by about 50 industry professionals including, among others,  heads of the technology departments from various U.S. and Russian universities, executives from oil and gas companies, venture capital firms, startup companies and incubators. Conference  focused on hydrocarbon detection, pyrolysis technology, refreshing and completion technology, corrosion protection, steel grade development and other oil and gas industry innovative technologies.
 
The event started with the keynote presentation by Tom Moroney, VP of Technology, Shell, who shared his ideas on the innovative solutions for complex technological challenges facing oil and gas industry.
Six sessions included presenters  from TMK,  Emerson, Salamander Solutions,  One Bridge Solutions,  Rice University, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Kazan Federal University, and others. Several startup companies were given an opportunity to present to the prospective business partners .
 
Luncheon speaker Dania Kodeih,  Senior Business Architect, Oil/Gas and Energy Strategy and Architecture, Microsoft,  discussed the future of the digital transformations in oil and gas industry and Microsoft efforts in that regard. 
 
During the conference speakers and attendees exchanged opinions and made new connections.
 
We would like to thank our speakers, moderators, attendees and volunteers for making this event a success. 
 
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3rd Women’s Leadership Speaker Series

3rd Women’s Leadership Speaker Series

3rd Women's Leadership Speaker Series

On November 28, 2017, the USRCC hosted the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series luncheon.  
The event took place at the Cornell Club of New York City and  drew about 50 business professionals from a variety of different industries and backgrounds. 
The panel discussion was moderated by Lenka Wiles, Senior Manager, RSM US LLP. Panelist speakers included: Lauren Pittelli, CEO, GEFCO Forwarding USA and Olga Miller, CEO, Renova Group USA.
 
During the discussion panelists provided the audience with a unique perspective, real examples of challenges and encouraged young female professionals to break barriers with insights on diversity and success.
 
Guests had a unique opportunity to ask questions, network and get a frank advice from influential women who have achieved success and are making an impact on U.S.-Russia and international trade and investment.  
 
Our special thanks to our sponsor RSM for making this event a success.
 
 
Testimonial by the moderator Lenka Wiles:
 
“On behalf of myself and RSM US LLP, it was a great pleasure and honor to moderate the USRCC’s Third Women’s Leadership Series Panel.  Our distinguished panelists, Olga Miller and Lauren Pittelli, were engaging as they candidly shared their many professional and personal experiences.  Olga and Lauren not only spoke about their executive roles and their upward career trajectories to get there, but also discussed international business, the impact being a woman has had in their endeavors, and their thirst for life, learning and achievement.  They concluded with words of wisdom, which incorporated the importance of mentorship and listening, and appreciation of other people, cultures and environments.  Thank you to the USRCC for this opportunity.”
 
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I very much enjoyed the meeting and found the experiences reported by the women panelists to be interesting and helpful.  I particularly would like to encourage anything that will help to improve US – Russia dialogue, which I think can benefit both of our nations and the world.”
 
Diane Sare, Founder and Co-Director,  Schiller Institute
 
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“This year’s selection of candidates were quite impressive and informative.
 
Lenka Wiles of RSM US LLP, Lauren Pittelli form Gefco Forwarding USA and Olga A. Miller from Renova were most eloquent from their stories and explanations of moving up the ladder of success to
their managerial philosophes in present day business and personal activities.  All in attendance listened on intently and I am sure picked up some tips to help them and myself with future endeavors.
 
Also it was great to mingle and meet up with the Chamber members that I am sure to network and keep in touch with going forward. I am looking forward to events in the future.”
Bill Baran, District Manager, JFK/EWR, GEFCO Forwarding USA
 
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Young Professionals: Career Progression and Networking Session

Young Professionals: Career Progression and Networking Session

Value of MBA or Another Graduate Program in Career Development

On December the 14th, the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce (“USRCC”) hosted its last event of 2017 –  Career Progression Panel and Networking Session. The event was organized by the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and took place at the University of Houston Downtown (“UHD”). The Panel provided attendees with a  unique opportunity   to get insights on the true value of an MBA and other graduate programs  from business professionals and UHD faculty members.
The keynote presentation was made by  Dr. Kevin Barksdale,  Associate Dean of Graduate Studies,  Marilyn Davies College of Business,  University of Houston-Downtown  who imparted his own wisdom on the value of an MBA and discussed the MBA program currently available at the UHD.
 
Panel speakers included Michale Frogge, Director, Deal Advisory, KPMG, Esteban Montero, System Engineer, Chevron and Pierre Jean Daniel, CEO, Antaeus Technology. The panel was moderated by Ilya Aranovich, Global Licensing Manager, GTC Technologies, USRCC Young Professionals Committee Chair. 
 
During the comprehensive discussion panelists provided the audience with their opinions about how much graduate programs are really worth in today’s business market and if they truly enhance careers and create job opportunities.
 
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Thoughts from the Moderator, Ilya L. Aranovich, Young Professionals Committee Chair, USRCC/Global Licensing Manager, GTC Technology:
 
“What a fun and inspirational night! I am thankful to the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and  staff for putting together such an informative session focusing on challenging yourself to learn new skills, stepping out of the comfort zone to make new acquaintances that will influence your career on and off the playing field; finding the inspiration to expect more of yourself. 
 
Dr. Barksdale, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at UHD, keynote speaker opened with the presentation on the UHD MBA program that has been rapidly growing in the last years with testimonials from 2 graduate students Artem Malinin and Svetlana Bondareva. The keynote was followed by the panel session which I was honored to serve as a moderator and meet in person our experienced  panelists. Pierre Jean Daniel, CEO of Antaeus Technologies kicked off with insights on how his deep technical knowledge gained through 2 Msc from University of Bretagne and ESIEE-Paris helped him develop and deliver innovative products and helped connecting with the real problems of his global clientele. Esteban Montero, Systems Engineer at Chevron spoke about challenging yourself to overcome the fears of progress and take more responsibility based on his own experience of leading several start-up companies. Having completed the MIT MSc program he shared his experience on doing pioneer work with his colleague Alexei Maslovfor the Chevron Artificial Intelligence program to improve business decision making. Michael Frogge, Director, Deal Advisory at KPMG gave insights to value of certification vs full MBA program and explained how his MBA from Rice University helped him be a successful angel investor in several Irish bars in the Houston area, in the free time from supporting key accounts in the Oil and Gas industry at KPMG.
 
Everyone left equipped  with valuable idea’s on how to approach career progression via an advanced degree. “
 
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Testimonial by Dr. Kevin Barksdale, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston-Downtown
 
” I really enjoyed the panel discussions and the seamless integration of UHD and the  USRCC  for serving the community and supporting professional career development and  progression. We also captured two Russian students’ success stories that I personally find very inspiring and motivating, a great event to culminate a very successful year for UHD and the USRCC 
 
Our special thank to the USRCC Young Professionals Committee for making this event a success.
 
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