Every four years, the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team helps host an Oklahoma Consular Summit, bringing in consular officials from across the region to display the best of international Oklahoma.

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State and local officials, business leaders and partners of the Oklahoma Governor’s Intentional Team kicked off the 2016 Oklahoma Consular Summit with an October 5 evening reception at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City before meeting early the next morning at the Skirvin Hotel for a breakfast briefing on Oklahoma’s international trade and education ties.

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A visiting consular delegation from the Korea led by Ambassador Joohyeon Baik, Ph.D. visited the Sooner State on November 3, stopping by the University of Central Oklahoma and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee. Many thanks to Dr. Dennis Dunham at UCO’s Global Affairs Department for assisting in the delegation’s visits!

A delegation from China’s Gansu Province visited Oklahoma to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Governor George Nigh’s 1985 Sister State agreement, signing an accord at the Oklahoma State Capitol with Secretary of State Chris Benge, head of protocol Chris Morriss and gifting Governor Nigh for his contribution to the relationship. The trip was highlighted by an evening reception to the famed Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City, with a special guest performance by Kyle Dillingha, all organized with support organized by the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and its members.

Just two short months after her posting as the new British Consul General to Houston, Karen Bell visited the Oklahoma State Capitol on October 6, 2015 for a meeting with state leaders and officials, including members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. The visit, which included a meeting with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and luncheon with members of the state house, senate and supreme court and other cabinet members took place in the senate lounge. OKGIT member and honorary British Consul for Oklahoma, Roger Randle, organized the event for the incoming Houston consul, which was attended by other OKGIT members including State Superintendent of Schools Joy Hoffmeister, Secretary of State Chris Benge as well as former U.S. Ambassador Edwin Corr.

Dr. Jim Collard, John Curzon, Jennifer Springer and Ray Brown, Pipeline Equipment, Inc.

Dr. Jim Collard, John Curzon, Jennifer Springer and Ray Brown, Pipeline Equipment, Inc.

Among the estimated 94,000 attendees to this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas were several representatives from the Lone Star State’s northern neighbor, including members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team.

Dr. Jim Collard of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Economic Development Department, John Curzon of CCK Strategies and Jennifer Springer of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce were on hand as group representatives for an evening reception co-sponsored by the ODOC and OKGIT.

“Simply put, it was a great opportunity to showcase Oklahoma for companies from across the country and across the world,” said CPN’s Dr. Collard.

The annual offshore technology conference is an international affair with energy professionals from across the globe converging on Houston to meet and showcase new technologies, practices and ideas. While the conference is focused on energy industry issues, the diversity of industries represented by the 94,000 attendees offers opporunities to discuss issues as wide ranging as international trade, technological updates and financing for future projects.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference or future events like it, visit their website here. If you’d like to learn more about the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team’s participation in the 2015 event, please contact Dr. Jim Collard, John Curzon or Jennifer Springer for more information.


While the focus of presenters at the 32nd annual Oklahoma World Trade Conference was raising Oklahoma companies’ online profile and protecting their digital assets once there, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin was on hand to present awards to six companies for their more traditional exporting work.

The 2015 Oklahoma Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting went to Broken Arrow, Okla.-based Control Devices Inc. The firm is a leading manufacturer of pipeline pig tracking and communication equipment for domestic and global customers. Its 48 employees each have specialties in a diverse set of skills, from electronics, mechanical design, software and firmware programming, machining and more.

The Oklahoma District Export Council’s Export Champion Awards went to:

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Achievement Certificate went to:


Members of the OKGIT gathered for the end of 2014 celebration at La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen on Dec. 16, 2014.

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On June 19, 2014, the Consular Corps of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team held a meet and greet at La Brasa Peruvian Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event allowed individuals from across the state’s business, government, academic and diplomatic sectors to meet and discuss international issues and their impact on the Sooner State.