It’s not just Big Oil, it’s the whole world of people in oil and energy that convenes in Houston each year at the Offshore Technology Conference.  It’s business competition and it’s also cooperative….an exchange of  invention, ideas, deals, and even ideals and friendship (you could call that diplomacy).  

As emcee of a breakfast reception honoring the country of Colombia, I learned a lot about that bright spot, a country remaking its economy and democracy through oil & gas.  Colombia’s GDP, income levels, economic growth are poised at historic highs and with coast lines on both the Atlantic and Pacific, it’s offshore energy future is more than bright, it’s brilliant.  And its ties to Texas and Houston stronger by the day.