Patrick Schwerdtfeger has spoken in Houston on numerous occasions and is available to contribute to other business events as a leading authority on technology, self-employment and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Norris Conference Centers Houston City Center on Town & Country Street, the George R. Brown Convention Center on Avenida De Las Americas, the Courtyard Houston Convention Center on Dallas Street or some other convention space in Houston, Texas, Patrick will deliver the excitement and buzz you’re looking for. As a motivational keynote speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, energized and excited to improve their businesses.
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Houston has many conference facilities, including:
- Norris Conference Centers – Houston/CityCentre on Town and Country Boulevard
- George R. Brown Convention Center on Avenida De Las Americas
- RAC Houston-Conference Center Inc on South Dairy Ashford Road
- Norris Conference Centers – Houston/Westchase on Richmond Avenue
- Northwest Forest Conference Center on Telge Road
- Other meeting spaces in Sugar Land, Pearland and Humble
General Information about Houston, Texas, for Meeting Planners
Houston is located in Harris County and is the largest city in Texas. It is also the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States with a broad economic foundation in energy, aeronautics, transportation and manufacturing. Much of its history is deeply intertwined with the petroleum business and many of Houston’s richest families were in the oil business themselves. The city also plays a central role in the NASA program including Mission Control for the space shuttle program. Houston is a global city that ranked second in the 2009 list of “cities with 5 or more Fortune 500 headquarters”. Fortune companies in Houston include Conoco Phillips, Sysco and Halliburton among many others. Houston is also included in the list of Best Cities of 2008 and in Forbes list of Best Cities to Buy a Home. As a business hub, Houston offers world class convention and conference facilities such as the George R. Brown Convention Center, the RAC Conference Center, and Demers Banquet Hall to name a few. In 2012, Houston hosts the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.
2014 Business Conventions in Houston, Texas
During 2014, Houston will play host to many business conventions. GLO CPAs are organizing a seminar on Fiscal Fitness in 2014: How Preparation Now Will Save Big Bucks Later in January at GLO CPAs on West Look South Freeway. A conference on EPC Contract and Risk Management will be organized by Marcus Evans in January and held at the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Hobby Airport. Also by the GLO CPAs, “Why Houston is Hot For Business” featuring Kevin Price will be held at The Junior League of Houston in January. In March, 6 Steps to Build a Better Business Seminar will be held on Westheimer Road.
2013 Business Conferences in Houston, Texas
The heart of Texas will present numerous conferences and conventions during 2013. Some of the larger events include the 4th Annual AAPG-SPE Deepwater Reservoirs Geosciences Technology Workshop by the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) which will take place at Norris Conference Center in January. Also, the 2013 Winter Conference by the American Correctional Association will be held in January at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Meanwhile, Texas Yoga will hold its biggest Texas Yoga Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in March. Furthermore, the 2013 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition of AAPG and Society for Sedimentary Geology will be held in May at David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Houston
Houston Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Texas aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Heritage Plaza Toastmasters Club meets at Heritage Plaza on Bagby Street (Friday at 11:30 AM), Lunch Bunch Club meets at City of Houston Bob Lanier Building on Walker Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Visualize Success Toastmasters Club meets at One Shell Plaza on Louisiana Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM) and Skyline District Club meets at One Shell Plaza on Louisiana Street (Tuesday at 11:30 AM).
Houston Food Choices for Convention Attendees
While attending a business conference in Houston, Texas, a few local restaurants are worth visiting, including Goode Co BBQ, Empire Café, Zydeco Louisiana Diner and Tila’s Restaurante & Bar. Goode Co BBQ (Phone: 713-522-2530) on Kirby Drive has picnic tables where groups can enjoy generous amounts of beef brisket and smoked duck. Aside from serving breakfasts all day, Empire Café (Phone: 713-528-5282) on Westheimer Road in Montrose also has lunch selections, evening cocktails, and desserts like lemon poppy cake and chocolate blackout. Zydeco Louisiana Diner (Phone: 713-759-2001) on Pease Street serves Louisiana food like jambalaya and oyster po’boys during the day and parties with live zydeco music at night. Tila’s Restaurante & Bar (Phone: 713-522-7654) on South Shepherd Drive in River Oaks combines Central Mexican recipes with local ingredients and comes up with unique specialties like brie and pear quesadillas.
Houston Attractions for Conference Delegates
After your business conference in Houston, take some time to visit the major tourist destinations, including Bayou Place, Galleria Mall, Johnson Space Centre and The Houston Zoo. The Bayou Place is an entertainment multiplex comprising of theaters and restaurants located. The Galleria Mall, located at 5085 Westheimer Road is a shopping mall on the upswing. The Johnson Space Centre is the official home of the NASA Astronaut Corps, located at 1601 NASA Parkway. And finally, the Houston Zoo located at 1513 North Macgregor Drive is the 7th most visited zoo in the region.