On August 17, 2021, the USRCC held its 11th Annual Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the Offshore Technology Conference at Hotel ZaZa, Houston, Texas. 
This year the reception was attended by about 160 international business and political leaders, including leading experts and executives from oil and gas industry, banking, shipping, transportation and logistics companies, suppliers, investors, and Government officials.
The attendees included representatives from Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, Baker Hughes, ExxonMobil, Derrick Corporation, Radix Engineering & Software, Moody Rambin, Parker Drilling Company, Rusk Capital Management, Tucana Engineering, Andersen, DATA GUMBO, Halliburton, Weatherford, KPMG, Pan Asian Chemicals, Salamander Solutions, Turkish Airlines, Houston Airports, Ajamie, AWS, Eckel International, BPB ENERGY, AUTUS Corporation, Blade Energy Partners, Hitachi ABB Power Grid, GR2 Engineering Inc., Gas Innovations, BICO Drilling Tools, Agasoil, Sumitomo Drive Technologies, iValv Systems, Texan Stone, and many others. 
Honorable guests of 11th OTC Reception included Consul General of Angola in Houston, Commercial Attaché of the Republic of Turkey, Texas Governor Office officials, City of Houston officials, Vice Consul of Turkey in Houston, and others.
The delegation from Russia and CIS countries were represented by business leaders from QNP, Caspian Logistic and Procurement LLP, Atlas DDS LLC, BITAS LLC, and others.
Welcome remarks were made by Honorable Alexander Zakharov, Consul General, Consulate General of Russian Federation in Houston, who reinforced the importance of energy industry and Russia’s role in energy transition. Mr. Zakharov’s remarks were followed by the speech given by Thomas Schuessler, Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil Production Company who spoke about networking opportunities provided by the reception and thanked the USRCC for its organizational efforts. He stressed the importance of commercial ties for ExxonMobil with Russia and CIS countries. Sandy Esslemont, CEO of Parker Drilling Company, reflected on being a part of Parker Drilling legacy working in Kazakstan, Russia and CIS. Jeff Shellebarger, Chairman of 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee talked about the WPC‘s history and mission that has developed over the years and its continuing relationship with Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. He invited business leaders to join the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, which will take place in Houston in December of 2021.
In conclusion of the official portion of the reception the USRCC held a raffle sponsored by Turkish Airlines. Mr. Ken Bhappu, Regional Corporate Sales Manager, Turkish Airlines, commented on the fact that Turkish Airlines has the largest number of destinations in comparison with any other airline in the world and emphasized specific destinations that Turkish Airlines fly to in Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The lucky winner of the raffle was Tad Pilinski, President of AUTUS Corporation.
The USRCC has received a strong support from its sponsors, partners and volunteers. The event was sponsored by 23rd World Petroleum Congress, Baker Hughes, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Parker Drilling Company, and Turkish Airlines.
Please visit USRCC’s official FaceBook Page to view event pictures.
“We are all grateful to the USRCC for hosting the 11th annual Welcome Reception for this week’s OTC and NAPE events.  This year, in particular, it was important to our industry and our global communities that we demonstrate our industry’s resilience by attending the Reception.  We at Parker, are especially proud to have sponsored the event due to the important relationships we have developed with our colleagues in Russia. We have a world-class operation in Russia that delivers efficient energy solutions to our communities in Russia – by maintaining our commitments to the USRCC we continue to build resiliency into our networks despite any pandemic or market volatilities.   
We are staunch supporters of the USRCC as it continues to promote the productivity of our workforce by connecting dynamic business leaders who promote our industry goals.  I find our participation essential as we continue to connect with key influencers who can build pragmatic energy solutions for our customers and communities.  The USRCC team are excellent facilitators and have helped me personally connect with key leaders in promotion of building better synergies and strategies to fuel the worlds energy demands.  
Always grateful to the USRCC, and always looking forward to the next luncheon or event to stay connected and to be a part of something continuous!”  Amanda Jernigan, Global Account Director, Parker Drilling.

“I want to congratulate the USRCC for a great event on August 17, 2021. The reception to welcome delegates from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan was very well organized and best of all, in these troubled times, very well attended. This is our third time sponsoring an event with the Chamber, and I for one, have benefited greatly from our partnership, with the contacts I have made, and the introductions provided by the USRCC. I made it a point to let everyone know the wonderful partnership we enjoy and encouraged them to also join the Chamber. I look forward to our continued relationship.” Ken Bhappu, Regional Corporate Sales Manager, Turkish Airlines.

“Let me thank you for a great networking event you organized! I was impressed by number of guests and level of guests’ proficiency. Your organizational skills were significant, service was great, and all guests felt comfortable and welcomed from engineer to executive, from clerk to Counselor. Please keep me in a loop regarding your next event! I will be happy to be a part of it.” Anna Shchelokova, NAM and CSA Training Coordinator, Subsea Drilling Systems, Oilfield Equipment, Baker Hughes.

“This was my 10th time that I have participated in The Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, TX organized by USRCC. As usual, the Reception was organized very well, and the selection of speakers was impeccable. Information delivered by the presenters was very interesting and up to date. Definitely, it was worth attending.” Tad K. Pilinski, President, AUTUS Corporation.

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The 11th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2021)

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