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New Partnership Members in May

Published Jun 13, 2022 by David Ruiz

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The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 31 new member companies in the month of May. The Partnership works to connect companies with resources, information and networking opportunities to help increase business while also providing a platform to influence the direction of the region. 

New members who joined in May include:

Avison Young: Provide a customized, unique and consolidated approach for corporate real estate portfolio services. Website

Axiom Space Inc: Axiom making the possibilities of Low Earth Orbit accessible to visionary governments, researchers, manufacturers, and individuals, because 'we' believe microgravity is the most promising environment for innovation and problem-solving since the Internet. Website

Black Eagle Transportation: Black Eagle Transportation, Inc. offers a diverse range of services including Transportation, Warehousing & Distribution, and Multimodal services. Website

Blue Oak Capital: Privately held private equity group providing sophisticated alternative investment opportunities to high net-worth investors. Website

Blue People: Software development, everything related to the cloud. Website

BWC Terminals LLC: For over 60 years, BWC Terminals has focused on satisfying customers through bulk liquid storage solutions and value-added services tailored to meet their needs. Website

Criterion Energy Partners: A next generation energy company developing distributed energy projects to provide clean, reliable, always on energy using heat from the earth. Website

Education Based Housing: Education Based Housing, Inc. educates families within the communities we serve by offering English language classes, High School Equivalency Exam prep classes, computer software training, parenting classes, personal and group counseling, and health and nutrition classes. Website

Enerdyne Energy Holdings LLC: Enerdyne Energy Holdings is a lower- middle market oilfield acquisition group focused on directional drilling, contract drilling, wellsite construction, production maintenance and sub related sectors. Website

FAR Public Relations: PR services; media relations, social media management, community engagement, media training. Website

Fully Promoted Houston Memorial: Fully Promoted Houston (Northwest) offers extensive branding and marketing services for businesses and organizations. Website

Houston Museum District Association: The Houston Museum District Association is a nonprofit organization representing 19 member museums and cultural arts institutions, each with its unique focus, within a nine-square-mile footprint designated as a cultural district by the State of Texas. Website

Invectys, Inc.: Invectys Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative immunotherapy approaches to treat cancers. Website

Jet Dental: Jet Dental is a mobile, on-site dental provider for corporations nationwide. Website

Kibernum: Kibernum is one of the largest providers of IT development and consulting services in LATAM. Website

L'Renee & Associates: L'Renee & Associates is a full-service project management and consultancy firm dedicated to improving their clients' performance and profitability. They support high-performing organizations by consulting, training and recruiting the best project managers. Website

Leader's Edge Consulting:  Houston-based consultancy specializing in technology implementations, business process improvements, acquisition integrations and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Website

Live Nation: Live entertainment (music, theatrical, motor sports, exhibitions) and sports representation. Website

Minaret Foundation: Minaret Foundation create programming between masajid, synagogues, and churches. Think group dialogues, panel discussions, athletic events, BBQs, and more. Website

NAPE Expo, LP: NAPE Expo is the energy industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing properties. NAPE Expo has become the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, providing unmatched venues for energy professionals to meet, network, connect and do business. Website

NGP: NGP has a family of private equity investment funds with over $20 billion of cumulative equity commitments organized to make direct equity investments in the energy industry. NGP invests where there is a clear match between a management team's growth strategy and NGP's unique sponsorship capabilities. Website

NovoHydrogen: NovoHydrogen is a renewable hydrogen project developer with a focus on decarbonizing the industrial, power and transportation sectors. Website

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP: International Law Firm. Website

Robot Creative: Robot Creative is an award-winning creative marketing firm that specializes in providing branding, web design, social media and marketing-related services for companies seeking accelerated growth and increased visibility. Website

Sparks Spaces: Sparks Spaces are on a mission to build Sparks Spaces, Internet of Things enabled outlets, throughout every city and town in the US. Electric vehicle drivers can use their own 240 volt cable at all Sparks Spaces outlets. Website

Tanglewood Legacy Advisors LLC: A wealth advisory firm that serves as your Family CFO, providing strategic direction, implementation, and peace of mind for all your financial decisions. Website

The Eleven Group: Digital marketing agency. Website

Thrive: HR consulting. Website

Translation & Interpretation Network: Translation & Interpretation Network LLC. Website

W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.: Employee benefits consultants and insurance brokerage services. Website

Click here to see the Partnership's Membership Directory.

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