I came to Houston in the Spring of 1996. Selling corporate travel to Australia, it made perfect sense to join the chamber. There was no better place to connect with Australians and Americans, doing business together. Not only was I new to Houston, but I was new to the oil and gas industry. Through the chamber, I have been invited to attend numerous energy-related events. I’ve also been introduced to a number of energy and mining ministers, and several US & Australian Ambassadors. I’ve made connections with senior level executives from US and Australian companies, all of whom have been helpful in guiding me to a tremendous amount of opportunities.
Within my first couple years of membership, I accepted the opportunity to join the Board of Directors. I’ve been active on various committees, have served as Board Secretary, and was the Board President from 2009 to 2014. As the current Past President, I continue to look for beneficial opportunities to grow and support what the chamber is doing in Houston.
In 2015, Air New Zealand entered the Houston market offering a simple one-stop service to 8 Australian cities. This created a major opportunity for me as Air New Zealand hired me to grow and develop the corporate market to support this new flight service. One of the first places I sought to market this flight through was the AACC. Through our gold membership, I’ve found the chamber to be very supportive by continuously giving Air New Zealand a platform to let people know about what is now deemed as the best way to travel to Australia from Houston. Recently we launched a webpage whereby AACC members can now receive discounted flights to Australia or New Zealand. Wow, that alone should encourage you to sign up for AACC membership!
This organization continues to be passionate about everything Australia in Houston and the surrounding areas. Whether you just want to meet and talk to Australians, learn about Australian culture, or simply like myself; do business with Australians and Americans the AACC is the place to be. I’ve benefited from so many aspects of this organization and at the same time made lifetime connections with many Australians as well as Texans. Remember, I’m not native to either as I spent the first 30 years of my life in California!