Welcome, friends, to the 2021 WISTA USA AGM and Conference!

We had hoped that the pandemic would be far behind us by now so that we could gather in person to enjoy all that Houston–named The Most Diverse City in The United States in a recent survey–has to offer. With nearly 2.5 million residents, Houston is a city without a majority, where more than 140 different languages are spoken. 90 nations have consular representation in the city, and the Port of Houston is among the largest and busiest in the country. With so much variety, it is only fitting to name our Conference “DIVERSE ENERGY”.

However, COVID-19 had other ideas, and while some parts of the country are really opening up and life is beginning to seem a bit more normal, the Board of WISTA USA and your Texas Chapter friends agreed that our wisest course was to hold our Annual General Meeting and Conference virtually again this year. The Board of WISTA USA will hold an abbreviated virtual AGM on Friday, June 18th; after a short break, we’ll take over and host WISTA USA’s first-ever virtual annual Conference featuring wonderful speakers and topics focusing on how DIVERSE ENERGY will carry the maritime industry into the future. We hope you can join us!

Jackie Minnich & Crystol Lasley
Co-Presidents, WISTA USA Texas Chapter