Energy Industry Experts Gathered To Discuss Supplier Diversity, Procurement Best Practices And Sustaining Operations During Industry-Wide Downturn

HOUSTON, Sept. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Energy industry experts gathered Friday at the Energy Summit and Business Expo in Houston to discuss insights on the importance of maintaining a diverse supply chain, procurement best practices and opportunities for sustaining operations during the current industry-wide downturn.

The event was organized by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Shell Oil. “This event was put together to provide a unique perspective on the implications of a changing global energy landscape on Houston’s economy,” said Dr. Laura Murillo, President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We had a significant turnout which demonstrates the importance of Houston’s evolving energy sector to our members.”
“My hope is that through today’s conversation, you as Hispanic business owners find opportunity to position your business as a partner with the oil and gas industry in the midst of this economic downturn,” said Greg Guidry, Executive Vice President – Unconventionals, Shell Upstream Americas. “The potential to unlock future growth for diverse suppliers is there and I’m committed to help Shell do its part. We hope to be the first oil and gas major to join the Billion Dollar Roundtable. ”

“We are putting in place, sponsored by our CEO, a specific targeted direct approach to increase our spend with minority and women owned businesses by 40% over the next few years,” said Deborah C. Stewart, Director Supplier Diversity & Diversity Outreach, Shell.

About the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community. As such, the HHCC serves as the Leader of Houston’s New Majority. HHCC represents approximately 90,000 businesses in the Greater Houston Region, ranging in size from start-ups to multi-national corporations, making the Houston Hispanic Chamber the largest in the country.

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