New Year’s Reception 2017 

The full representation of the Dutch economic network in Texas, the Honorary Consuls, the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) and the Netherlands American Chamber of
Commerce - Texas Chapter (NACCTX), hosted their New Year’s Reception, on the 17th of January 2017, at The Houston Club. We are happy that both familiar and new faces joined us in celebrating the start of a new promising year.

Opening remarks were made by Nadia Sant, President of the NACCTX, who welcomed all the attendees and introduced the NACCTX to the crowd- and Saskia Pardaans, Chief Representative of the NBSO-Texas.

Nadia Sant

Saskia elaborated on the services of the NBSO and the goals for 2017. The special overall focus of the NBSO for 2017 is ‘Connecting the Dutch’. The goal of the NBSO is to help Dutch entrepreneurs to do business in Texas. This year the office is organizing two trade missions, the first one will be a trade mission on the logistics of plastic resins in late March and the second one will be a study tour from the Netherlands to Texas in the medical field in the late Summer.

Saskia Pardaans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To further connect the Dutch the NBSO developed a new concept called ‘the Trading post’ to bring together questions and answers of entrepreneurs. You can find this trading post on our website.

Moreover, as off February the NBSO will organize a quarterly meeting, hosted by a Dutch company, called ‘Connecting the Dutch’. During this quarterly meeting, an auction will take place in which everyone can ask questions in the field of entrepreneurship to the other participants and others can offer their services, knowledge and connections.

After a brief description of all the 2017 goals for the NBSO, Saskia introduced the two guest speakers of the evening, the two honorary consuls in Texas. The first speaker is Jos Wellink, honorary consul for the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas for more than 3 years already. Jos lives in Houston and deals mainly with consular affairs. Like the NBSO, Jos is also a point of contact for companies who are looking for business opportunities in Texas.

Jos Wellink

After Jos Wellink took the stage, he opened up about the challenges people are facing in renewing their Schengen visas. He stressed the importance of being on top off all your administrative duties when it comes to official paperwork like renewing your passport. Next to his consular role, he also made an outline of Houston’s economy. Times are challenging for a big number of companies, but the new year is full of interesting opportunities. The Texas economy remains strong and Texas popularity as a home state is on the rise.

Our second honorary consul is Mabrie Jackson. She has been the honorary consul in Dallas-Forth Worth since June 2016. Mabrie plays an important role in the exploitation of the Dallas-Forth Worth area for Dutch entrepreneurs.

Mabrie Jackson

As the key-note speaker of the night, Marie’s speech was in her role as Director Public Affairs of the H-E-B/ Central Market. The theme of her speech ‘How community involvement leads to business success’, was inspired by the time of New Year’s resolutions. First she described the history of H-E-B, how a lady named Florence Butt opened the first grocery story in Kerrville TX to supplement her family while her pharmacist husband suffered from tuberculosis.  H-E-B is now a $23b company with 380 stores in Texas and Northern Mexico, with over 93,000 employees. Mabrie stressed that one thing has never changed in this long history; the commitment to our communities and the people who live in them. Today, H-E-B has mandated in their own corporate governance to donate a minimum of 5% of pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations and schools.  H-E-B focuses primarily on:

Hunger Prevention—last year over 30m pounds of food was donated to food banks in Texas and Mexico. More than 250,000 people receive a free meal during the annual Feast of Sharing events during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Education—in addition to local community giving, H-E-B has given more than $8.5m to teachers, principals, school districts and school boards to recognize efforts that go above and beyond the call of service to educate our next generation of leaders. This Excellence in Education program is largest monetary recognition program in Texas—and maybe in the US.

Military—in the past several years H-E-B- has built and furnished 12 homes for soldiers who have come back home with life altering disabilities. 

Crowd on New Years event

In addition to her notes on community involvement, she commented on the North Texas economy and the endless business opportunities, also for Dutch companies. Some of the top highlights are:

·         1 person moves to North Texas every 4 minutes

·         If North Texas was a state, it would be 9th in GDP between NJ and NC; if it were a country, it would be 23rd in GDP between Taiwan and Nigeria

·         43% of Texas’ high tech jobs are in North Texas/3,000 high tech firms in the region

·         30,000 jobs are coming to the intersection of Dallas North Tollway and Hwy 121 (Plano/Frisco) over the next 4 years. There are over $7B in development projects in this 2 mile stretch of road

Our special guests for the night, Chantal and Tako from the Stroopclub in Austin donated freshly made stroopwafels for the guests.

Stroopwafels made by the Stroopclub

We are honored to have met you at our event. Also for those of you who were not able to attend our event, we wish a successful and prosperous New Year. We hope and want to be of service to you again in 2017!

The pictures of the event can be viewed by using this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nbso-texas/albums/72157675672535373

On behalf of the NACCTX,

NBSO-Texas

Saskia en Mariella

Posted by Mariella Priem January 24, 2017

New NBSO- office in Mexico 

 

Since January 1st 2017, the NBSO- network has a new member: the NBSO- Mexico. We welcome our new colleague Steven Büter. We asked Steven to introduce himself and the new office in Queretaro.

My name is Steven Büter, 29 years old, married to a Mexican woman an we have been living in Queretaro (Mexico) for four years now. I studied at the University of Twente and at the TEC  de Monterrey in Monterrey and Queretaro. 

The location of NBSO Mexico is in Queretaro, since January the first 2017. Right now, we are looking for a Deputy Representative to extend our operations. Our main goal is to support the Dutch SME in all its excepts to do business with Mexico. The NBSO Mexico is closely related to the economic section of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Mexico-City and the honorary consulates in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tampico and Veracruz. 

The location in Queretaro is carefully chosen as the place to set up this office. The most important reason for this location is the fact that Queretaro is one of the fastest growing states in Mexico. There is a unique mix of industries, including agriculture, automotive, aerospace and science. Queretaro is very popular amongst international companies because of the high standard of living and security. Queretaro offers possibilities to connect with other focus-cities like Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi and Monterrey.

 For both the NBSO-Texas and the NBSO- Mexico it is very important to intensify the collaboration between Mexico and Texas in the Energy, Offshore and Oil & Gas industry. Right now, important changes are taking place for the Industry sector in Mexico, resulting in a lot of opportunities for Dutch companies.

​If you want to reach out to Steven, you can find his contact information below:

Steven Buter

info@nbsomexico.com 

Skype: NBSOmexico

Tel: (+52) 1 442 3567 160

 

 

Posted by Mariella Priem January 13, 2017

Meet Vincent Storimans 

​Vincent Storimans

​First Secretary- Royal Netherlands Embassy Washington D.C.

Vincent Storimans (1979) is a Dutch diplomat who serves as First Secretary at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. since December 2015.

In this position he works on Trade Promotion, Energy and the Embassy’s Holland on the Hill Program.

Prior to his posting in the US Vincent served as Private Secretary to the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen (2013 –2015).

From 2011-2013 he worked at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Beijing as Second Secretary. In that role he was responsible for the (Renewable) Energy and Finance Portfolio.

From 2009-2011 he worked at the Non-proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

In this position his responsibilities included the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

(BTWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He represented the Netherlands as a member of delegation at international meetings and conferences, including EU Council Secretariat Working Groups on Disarmament in Brussels,

BTWC Expert Meetings and Meetings of States Parties in Geneva, Wilton Park conferences in Steyning (UK) and the UNGA First Committee Session in New York.

Before he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he held positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, working on trade relations with Turkey, and the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (2007-2009).

Vincent Storimans holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam (2006).

Posted by Mariella Priem January 13, 2017

Houston hosts World Petroleum Congress 2020 

We are pleased to share the news that Houston has won the bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. The last time the triennial World Petroleum Congress was held in the United States was 30 years ago in Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, the U.S. WPC Bid Committee chaired by Galen Cobb, Vice President of Industry Relations at Halliburton, and Visit Houston, worked tirelessly to make this happen. The Partnership has been supportive of this effort for many years. Houston’s bid for the WPC has been a frequent topic on the recent trade missions to Cuba and Mexico.

Houston is an ideal place to convene global thought leaders to discuss innovation, technology and global issues shaping the future of the energy industry. This is a major win that further demonstrates Houston’s position as the energy capital of the world.

Posted by Mariella Priem January 03, 2017