Nana Booker, AACC Ex Officio Board Member
I’m honored to be a Life Member of the AACC, after having joined in 1999, immediately after being appointed Honorary Consul of Australia/Texas. The organization has developed into one of the leading business chambers in the Houston area, with its highly-respected programs, strong leadership, and excellent networking opportunities. In 2002, my husband and I opened Booker-Lowe Gallery, featuring Australian Aboriginal art, and the AACC has been a terrific avenue to reach people who are interested in contemporary art from Australia. With the opening of the Consulate General in Houston, I now serve as Australia’s Honorary Consul Emeritus, and will continue to be an active member of the Chamber, not only for the business and cultural links, but also for very special friendships with many of the members!
Tim Teuscher, AACC Board Member
I became involved with the AACC in 2011 as part of Ernst & Young’s sponsorship of the Chamber and my growing business prospects in Perth. The relationships proved rewarding both professionally and personally, as the camaraderie shared amongst our members has led to new business opportunities and even more friendships.
I have been fortunate to be on the Board of the Chamber and serve at various times as the Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Directorship Committee. The Chamber continues to deliver for me, as the ongoing slate of professional, civic, charity and personal events prove rewarding and beneficial.
I look forward to seeing you at the next Sundowner!
David Camerlengo, AACC Ex Officio Board Member
In the short timeframe that I have been based in Houston (since we opened the Queensland office in March 2014), the AACC has been extremely useful to as we help companies seeking to enter the market. The network within the chamber of extremely experienced and knowledgeable members (often high-level executives) are insightful and always willing to help others looking to conduct business in the greater Houston region or conversely seeking to learn more about the Australian market. Having been in the USA for over 13 years and worked with various other chambers, I can say that the AACC is unrivalled in its comradery and willingness of its members to help and support one another.
Many companies who become involved with the AACC often end up finding partners or even direct customers within the chamber that help with their business endeavor. On a personal note, the AACC has provided a great platform to progress my work and personal objectives and its dynamic structure encourages new ideas, pursuant to the mission of the chamber. It has also been a great medium to remain connected socially with Aussies and like-minded Americans. I encourage you to join the chamber and get involved including with the various business, charitable and social committees within the AACC.”
I look forward to the future AACC events.
My role is Business Development Manager – The Americas and I will be looking after Canada, USA, Mexico and Chile. Our products are used in Municipal Water Systems, Golf Course Irrigation, Commercial Irrigation systems and wherever PE pipe is used.
I joined the Chamber to network locally, and meet fellow Aussies who have relocated to the US and gain their perspectives of the transition.
I relocated here with my wife Susan, and 2 teenage sons, Ryan (16) & Andrew (14) in February 2015.
My attraction to Australia grew from my travels throughout the country during a sabbatical year in 1979-80, which included travels across the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and South America. It wasn’t long after I returned to Houston to practice international business law that I met Bob Whitty, the Australian Consul General, and John Reddaway, the Australian Trade Commissioner, to discuss formation of the AACC Houston, the successor to the Australian-American Business Association in Houston.
As a founder, former President, 15+year Director, and lifetime member of the AACC, the Chamber has been a business and social network to me, resulting in Australian clients and friends of long standing. Over the years, the Chamber has experienced many ups and downs, along with the Houston and global economy, as different Australian companies have set up offices in Houston and others have left, and with the closure and now reopening of the Consul General’s and Trade Commissioner’s office in Houston. There was a time when the Chamber had no corporate sponsors and no outside administrators, but relied exclusively on member contributions and the good graces of those serving on the Board and their employers’ willingness to provide a range of support services. In the early years, we had occasional public functions, e.g., at the Museum of Natural Science to welcome a National Geographic photographer’s presentation of his book on Australia, and at the Alley Theatre hosting an Australian wine-tasting. The Consul General hosted many receptions for Chamber members and other guests. Annual Australia Day Galas came later.
The AACC is clearly institutionalized and here to stay. I expect the reopening of the Consulate General and Trade Commission in Houston will rejuvenate the Chamber. Congratulates to the Chamber as it enters its 28th year this fall.