The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce had their October meeting on the 11th of October at the Westin Galleria hotel. Mr. Paul Frison, President & CEO of the Houston Technology Center, was the featured guest speaker. Dr. Rao introduced the speaker and quoted Mr. Pradeep Anand, COO of PointCross and a member of IACCGH, “Paul is a visionary, pragmatist, and altruist, all rolled into one”.
HTC is focused on assisting and growing emerging entrepreneurial businesses emanating from Houstons four key technology sectors: aerospace, energy, information technology (hardware, software and telecommunications), and life sciences. Through its educational programs and activities, HTC promotes the advancement of technology and science, as well. Mr. Paul Frison was elected President, CEO and Director of HTC in 1999. Dr. John Mendelsohn, President of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a member of HTCs Board stated, “Pauls extensive and successful experience with entrepreneurial ventures in Houston will be great value to HTC and the client companies we plan to serve.”
Mr. Frison urged everyone to get involved with HTC to make Houston a successful organization. As of now they have 6000 people on their database and community mentors, volunteers etc. are still needed. In 1997 advisors of HTC got together to capitalize on Houstons resources and pool it together. As there was a high concentration of IT companies Houston was named a “Gulf Tech City”. In 1999 HTC was formed with a lot of help from the Greater Houston Partnership and other leading companies, like Enron & Exxon, who loan them executives. Mr. Frison says “Houston is rich in leading edge technology and the Sleeping Giant has awakened”
The evenings talk was well received by all attendees and many questions were asked of the speaker. Mr. Jagdip Ahluwalia, Vice President of IACCGH, gave the vote of thanks. Please find below the power point presentation of Mr. Paul Frison.