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Danish American Chamber of Commerce Southwest

Report from this year TOWER conference! 

"Danish technology and development methods are the foundation of the industry as it is today!" - A bold statement made at the TOWER conference today by speaker and moderator Danish Dr. Carsten Westergaard, NextraTEC. It was a very interesting first day at the conference!
We were taken back in history to the first Danish off shore windmills build around 1940, to the first Vestas turbine installed in 1979 generating 30KW - up till today to the latest Siemens/DONG turbine installed in 2013 generating 6MW! We saw the newest - and very innovative - foundations for offshore Wind made by Norwegian Seatower (presented by Danish Niels Brix, CCO) and much more.
Very interesting reports from the Wind energy markets in both Germany, Denmark, UK and the US - Did you know Germany is best in Europe with wind energy counting for 10% of the total energy? - and they are growing that number! And on a good day, Denmark is supplied 100% by wind energy!
Still it is not an easy game. Lots of politics and legislation to deal with.
More issues and opportunities to de discussed tomorrow at the last day of the TOWER conference!

Pictures below:
The conference were opened by Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ricarda Redeker
CCO Seatower, Niels Brix were speaker on “Udpate on the offshore wind development in Europe”
Dr. and President NextraTEC, Professor at practice Texas Tech University Carsten Westergaard were moderator and spoke on both “The role of Denmark in the Global Wind Market” and “Update on the U.S. Wind Energy Market”


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand September 09, 2014 Categories: Conference

The Nordic Singers from The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen 

Sunday June 15. the Nordic singers from The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen visited Houston and gave a great concert. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the 4 singers and the pianist performing for 2 hours at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village. They both covered the classic repertoire and a lot of well known Danish songs – Finishing up with Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (and yes they were head banging!) and ABBA “Thank you for the music”. What a great experience that was!!




Afterwards we enjoyed chef Søren Pedersen servings, a glass of wine and some good networking.



BIG thank you to the sponsors;

The Danish American Chamber of Commerce

The Danish Club of Houston

Vice Consul Anna Holliday of the Royal Danish Consulate.

And on behalf of the Christ the King Lutheran Church we thank you for the donations to the music program at the church.

Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand June 16, 2014 Categories: Cultural

Job opportunities for accompanying partner 

Yesterday, May 20th 2014 DACCSW hosted a complementary event for accompanying partner with the aim to discuss job opportunities for accompanying partners in the Houston area.

And we sure did so! What a great morning we had. +20 spouses both had time to network, share background and wished for the future and hear about the new DACCSW CV Database.

We had the opportunity to discuss different ways of working by letting Stina Frederiksen and Linda Martin telling us their stories on how they got back to work life without compromising with their family obligations - Great inspiration!


A great thank you to all who attended!

We will work on a follow up event in the fall! So stay tuned!


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand May 21, 2014 Categories: Breakfast Meeting

DACCSW had yet another successful annual meeting! 

DACCSW had yet another successful annual meeting this past Thursday 3rd April at 1 Park Place in Houston.

Funding Chair Anna Thomsen Holliday bid welcome followed by Treasury Christian Rasmussen, who went through the financial statement for 2013 – There were a copy of the financial statement for all participants and the financial statement for 2013 were approved by the members.

Later founding Vice Chair Thomas Damsgaard proceeding with the board election, where Tine Rau Schiott & Michael Brunoe-Sorensen was elected as new board members, as well as Steen Pedersen and Anna Holliday being re-elected for another term. We all said a warm farewell and thank you to Stina W. Frederiksen as Stina left the board after 3 exciting and productive years – You will be missed!


After the official program, the approx. 70 attendees were treated to “Danske snitter” made by Chef Soren Pedersen, Carlsberg & not to mention craft beers from Jester King Brewery in Austin.

Later Tine Rau Schiott presented DACC’s newest offer to its members: a CV database on our website, where individuals can post their CV’s for member companies to view and make initial contact – learn more here

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting DACC were fortunate enough to have Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, founder of

“The Evil Twin” brewery and owner of “Tørst” restaurant in Brooklyn as guest speaker – even though short it was very interesting to hear about his success as craft beer brewer - Great 6 page article in New York Times from Sunday 30th March about Jeppe & his brother


Thank you again everyone for your continued support and please stay tuned for future exciting events!


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand April 10, 2014 Categories: Annual Meeting

Recently retired U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Ms. Laurie Fulton spoke at the signature DACCSW Spring Luncheon 

On Thursday, February 20th recently retired U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Ms. Laurie Fulton spoke at the signature DACCSW Spring Luncheon, at the Hilton America’s Skyline Ballroom, downtown Houston.

Ambassador Fulton, a practicing litigation attorney in Washington, D.C. spoke to members of the Chamber and their guests about differences/similarities in business culture in the two countries based on her personal observations. Following her remarks Ambassador Fulton answered questions from the attendees. As an extraordinary personal touch the ambassador took time to greet each and every guest personally!! DACCSW hopes this will not be her last visit to Houston.

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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand February 20, 2014 Categories: Luncheons

European Economic Outlook Luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch January 2014 

30+ DACCSW members and members from the German chamber had the pleasure of listening to Professor John E. Hund from Rice University on his perspectives on the world economy.

We got a very informative perspective back in history – realizing there have always been financial crises … maybe we are always in some sort of financial crises? – In fact the only longer period with out crises was in post war period where we spend a lot of money building up larger parts of the world and the women entered the workforce!

Looking forward he saw to different financial-roads; one is to wait for … or create … a new “bobble” – Maybe bobbles has always been the catalyzer to create growth!? Or we could build less debt … or create more growth! Alternatively ensure high inflation, allow more reconstruction etc.

As he concluded there is no “one answer” but a lot of factors that can influence the way going forward …. so stay tuned to see what the future will bring!


Dr. John Hund has been a visiting professor at Rice University since July 2006. Previously, Dr. Hund was a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an award-winning teacher of advanced corporate finance and fixed income analytics. Dr. Hund was also selected to teach Money and Capital Markets in the Option II Executive MBA program at the McCombs School. Prior to his time at Texas, Dr. Hund was an Assistant Professor in the Finance Group at Tulane University from August, 2000 until August 2004. His research focuses on the estimation of default risk, primarily in emerging markets, as well as the influence of default on corporate decision making. At Tulane, he taught Fixed Income Analytics in the MBA program, Risk Management and Financial Innovation in the undergraduate program, and lectured on asset pricing at the Ph.D. level.


Seen in the crow was Anders Hyrup from SAL Heavy Lift, Jørgen Jørgensen and Steen Pedersen from Biel, Bent Plougmand Andersen from Welltec, Tine Rau Schiott, Anders Petersen and Morten Grouleff from Leman, Patricia Blackwell from Nextratec, Lars Hansen from MacArtney and many more!


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand January 30, 2014 Categories: Luncheons

Happy 2014! 

As a new tradition DACCSW hosted a “Nytårskur” to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Approximately 70+ people attended the event – In the crowd was seen Christina Clark president of Vikingeskolen, both Thomas Böhme from Falck Alford and his wife Jette Böhme from NOVACO, Lars Hansen and wife from Macartney, Rene Frederiksen from HESS, Bent Plougmand Andersen from Welltec, Michael Brunø-Sørensen from OW Bunker, Linda May Martin from Octopus Bags, Karl Steffensen and wife from Danish Club Houston and many more.

It was great to see that many of our members celebrating the new year with some great networking and great food by Søren (stay tuned on info on the opening of his new restaurant) - And a big thanks to Anna Holliday for opening up her lovely home for us, creating a wonderful atmosphere and sponsoring drinks!


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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand January 22, 2014 Categories: Social Event

“Lunch’n Learn” - “Immigration Options for Employment” 

Join us at the fifth event in the monthly “Lunch’n Learn” series will take place at Norway House.
The luncheon speaker for this event is Charles Foster, Co-Chairman of FosterQuan LLP and one of the most recognized immigration lawyers in the U.S. The title of his presentation will be: “Update on U. S. Immigration Options for Employment in the U. S. and on the Offshore Continental Shelf (OCS) including Legal Issues impacting Employment on the OCS by Companies doing Exploration in the Gulf.” 

There is no charge for attendance. Parking on our ground floor, combined with valet parking. Space is limited; hence early registrations are encouraged, and no later than by October 25 to [email protected] or tel. 713-620-4200

October 30, 2013 Categories: Luncheons
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