Media Release: Houston breakfast to focus on Aberdeen connection

ABERDEEN-based companies interested in expanding into Houston will have an opportunity to learn more about energy sectors in the area at a special business breakfast taking place during next month’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Hosted by Greenspoint Business District in Houston, speakers at the event will also include Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of the RGU Business School, and representatives from Petrasco and DISA Global Solutions, which already have a joint presence in both Houston and Aberdeen. Guests at the breakfast to be held at the Hilton Post Oak on May 7 will include Aberdeen’s Lord Provost, George Adam.

U.S./UK – Hands Across the Water is being organised in association with Granite PR. Topics for discussion at the event will include oil and gas workforce gaps on both continents and how Aberdeen and Houston can learn from each other to benefit the industry worldwide. They will particularly look at the role which women can play in addressing the skills shortage.

Greenspoint Business District is already home to many Scottish companies in the energy sector and is well aware of the business needs of UK firms considering international expansion as part of their overall growth strategy.

Regina Lindsay, chief development officer and VP marketing and public affairs, is a regular business traveler to Aberdeen, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to debate common issues.

We are excited about hosting this event to address workforce gaps in the energy sectors, specifically the lack of women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields,” she said.

“We look forward to discussions addressing the complexity of creating pathways for women to be successful in these industries and new ideas on how to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women.”

Graham Elliott, president of Petrasco Services Houston, said: “As a premier logistics provider to the oil and gas industry location is of prime importance to our success. Greenspoint has been our home for over 20 years. Not only the proximity to Bush Intercontinental Airport but straddling US59 and I-45 allows quick access to the Port of Houston. Our location gives us the ability to reach all Houston’s export gateways in 30 minutes.”

Colin Woods, VP sales operations of DISA Global Solutions, which recently bought Aberdeen-based RS Occupational Health, said: “In order to expand DISA’s solutions globally, we decided to follow the oil.  We work with a heavy concentration of oil and gas clients in the U.S. who are experiencing similar compliance challenges overseas.  The Aberdeen market servicing the North Sea has strong overlap with the Gulf of Mexico both in oil companies as well as safety initiatives. With the acquisition of RS Occupational Health, we believe this is the perfect partnership to successfully bridge the two regions.”

Entrance to the breakfast is free but seating is limited and advance registration is essential. Register online at by 1st May.

A tour of the Greenspoint District has also been organised for Thursday May 8. For further information or to book a place, please contact

About the Greenspoint District

The Greenspoint District is a business improvement district providing services in public safety, infrastructure and recreational development, transportation planning and beautification, public relations and economic development.  The district serves a 12-square-mile area, including more than 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties.  Seventy thousand people work in the area, and there are some 106,000 residents. 

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