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HOUSTON – Don’t miss the Greater Houston Partnership’s World Trade Soirée – Houston’s premier event celebrating our region’s global business connections, cultural treasures and diversity!

This year’s theme will be Houston Scores! Connecting Global Champions. The event is chaired by Tad Brown, CEO of the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center, and Karen Love, Director, Practice Growth, Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, PC.

See what some of Houston’s favorite Rockets have to say:

“Houston’s star power doesn’t just come from its world-class professional sports teams and venues,” says Brown. “Houston’s global draw also comes from its leading business community and the region’s dominance as an international business center.”

The World Trade Soirée is a unique opportunity to network under a canopy of food and festive entertainment with some of the region’s most influential global business leaders, government representatives and economic development allies. Members of our valued Consular Corps will also take part in this world-class tribute to international affairs and the world marketplace.

Guests will enjoy a vast sampling of international cuisine, dancing, casino-style games and performances highlighting the cultures of our regional trade partners … and a surprise guest or two! A silent auction will round out the fun-filled evening.

“The World Trade Soirée is a great way for our Members and guests to expand their business connections and fortify existing relationships,” says Jeff Moseley, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. “These are dynamic opportunities that only a business organization as influential as the Partnership can offer,” he adds.

The Houston region is undisputedly a global leader in international business. The 10-county region’s geographic location, the Houston Airport System and the Port of Houston help make it a primary gateway to the global marketplace, as well as a world-class business center, including:

90 consulate offices
23 foreign banks, representing 13 nations
More than 640 foreign-owned firms
More than 450 Houston-area companies with offices in 129 foreign countries
More than 3,300 area firms, foreign government offices and non-profit organizations involved in international business

When it comes to global connections, Houston is the champion!

WHO: Greater Houston Partnership

WHAT: World Trade Soirée

WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2009
7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

WHERE: Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX

To set up an interview with event participants, please contact Christina Garza at or 713-844-3641.

For more information on the World Trade Soirée, please visit

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