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Russ: This is the BusinessMakers Show heard on the radio and seen online at theBusinessMakers.com. Continuing on at the Houston Technology Center Innovation Conference and Showcase in downtown Houston, and I guess now it's Dick Williams the chairman of the board of Houston Technology Center. Dick, welcome to The BusinessMakers Show.
Dick: Thank you, Russ. Appreciate being here.
Russ: You bet. Share your perspective on the 2013 Innovation Conference and Showcase.
Dick: Well as always each year gets better and better and it never ceases to amaze me, when you walk in and you take a look at what kind of ideas and what kind of projects and activities that the entrepreneurs have up their sleeves. It's just so exciting that year after year we can bring these together and let the outside world see what we do at HTC.
Russ: Right, right, and this actually encompasses beyond HTC too, right?
Dick: Yes, it does. It's a broad swath and this particular event I think is a perfect example of the diversity in Houston of not just of the people but of the various disciplines. We have energy, we have healthcare, we have IT, we have Johnson Space Center participating, and I think that's what's really special about Houston is we're not a one-trick pony.
Russ: Boy, that's for sure.
Dick: We have a lot of things to do.
Russ: That's for sure. Now I know when you took the seat as chairman you're with Shell Oil Company running their wind operations, been there for quite some time.
Russ: You're still kind of with Shell, but you're on a new mission. Is that right?
Dick: I am. Two weeks from today I fly to Amsterdam and I have been loaned by Shell for the next two years to an environmental NGO called Wetlands International.
Russ: Wow, and they know wetlands over there 'cause they're below sea level.
Dick: They know wetlands and Shell has had a five-year partnership with Wetlands and we're gonna have another four, and I'm gonna go work with them and do projects and help them with their business model and help them with project delivery and bring those learnings back to Shell. So that's sort of exciting.
Russ: Dick, sounds very exciting. We might wanna stay in touch with you during that period of time to get an update or two.
Dick: Please do. Call any time.
Russ: All right. Good deal. That wraps up my discussion with Dick Williams, the chairman of the Houston Technology Center, and this is the BusinessMakers Show heard on the radio and seen online at theBusinessMakers.com.