Tech Champs at HTC South Petrochemicals-The Manufacturing Industry’s “Rock Star”
Join us for an informative panel discussing the exciting Opportunities and Challenges with the Renaissance of Houston’s Petrochemical Industry, displays of NASA technologies, HTC Client Company presentations and networking with Hand-Crafted Beer Tasting courtesy of Galactic Coast Brewing Company.
Directions & Map for getting to the Gilruth Center!
In contrast to the current economic uncertainty in the U.S. oil industry, the low price for crude oil and natural gas is creating an upside for the petrochemical industry. Among its many distinctions, Houston leads the world in petrochemical production. Consumer products made of plastics, industrial rubber and acrylics derived from petroleum feedstocks are set for unprecedented growth over the next few years.
Southern Business & Development Magazine believes that this "once-in-a-century" opportunity for the petrochemical industry is the biggest manufacturing wave to hit American shores in decades. A recent Deloitte study predicts that the challenges this industry faces with rapid growth will be driven by innovation and technology advancements.
Tanya Travis, General Manager, Texas Plants, The Lubrizol Corporation
Ms. Travis manages the operations of Lubrizol’s Deer Park and Bayport, Texas, manufacturing sites, which are part of the company’s lubricant additives segment. Her role includes articulating a vision and working with her team to develop an action plan that is supportive of Lubrizol’s business initiatives and at the same time ensures the needs of the more than 800 employees she oversees. Travis is focused on developing and leading a learning organization that values a continuous improvement philosophy. Finally, she is responsible for routine functions of capital/expense budgeting, managing employee safety and health, and ensuring the Deer Park and Bayport sites comply with the ever-changing regulatory spectrum.
James Griffin, Plant Manager Dianal America, Inc. and Board member, East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), a voluntary alliance of approximately 125 chemical manufacturers, refiners, and supporting distribution/terminal facility managers in the Bay Area, Baytown, Deer Park, Houston, La Porte, North Channel, and Pasadena. http://www.dianal.com/
Adrian Shelley, Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston, our region’s clean air and public health nonprofit group. Adrian is a native Houstonian and earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas, School of Law. Adrian previously served as the Environmental Director and Counsel for State Representative Jessica Farrar during the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature. He has worked in clean air law for a variety of nonprofit organizations. He first worked with Air Alliance Houston as a legal fellow in 2010. He enjoys playing music, reading, and photographing frogs in the mud. http://airalliancehouston.org/
Jim Gossett, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Safety Council (SCTC) of Texas City. We are a risk mitigation company that develops and implements safety training, personnel surety, and safety programs for the top Global 1000 companies in the Petrochemical industry. The SCTC team optimizes operational capabilities that support an innovation ecosystem in the creation of new products and services that serve our clients and expand our footprint into other verticals. http://www.sctexascity.org/
Gilruth Center at NASA
Space Center Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058
Traveling North on I45, take the NASA Rd. 1 exit and turn right at the light. Drive straight and access the NASA Rd 1 bypass. Continue in the left lane until you reach Space Center Blvd where you will be turning left. (You will see the Hilton and Clear Lake on the right). Do not turn into the first gate for JSC, but go straight to the second turn in, which will be the Gilruth Center. It has a low profile sign at the entrance and ball parks on each side of the driveway. It is best to park at the back of the lot as the doors you will need to enter are on that side. You will recognize it by the covered passenger drop off area. The banquet room will be directly on your left as you enter the building.