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Mark: Hey, folks let’s learn something new about the oil and gas industry.

All right. We’re sitting here in TechStar with Craig.

How are you doing today, Craig?

Craig: I’m doing great. Thanks.

Mark: And so, you and I both have an event that we love to death that you are involved with which is the ISA Chili Cookoff, but the venue got moved because of the hurricane.

Craig: That’s correct. For years we’ve been hosting out, our venue has been in Houston Farm and Ranch Club and hurricane Harvey of course devastated it like it did so many other things. So, we were able to keep the date the same at November 9th, but we pulled off a minor miracle and found a new location and it’s called the Oil Ranch Hut in Hockley, Texas

Mark: Yeah. And so, if you’ve watched the blog for any length of time, you know that every year we’re at the Chili Cookoff. This is a big event around process control, but the money actually goes to a great cause, doesn’t it?

Craig: Yeah. So, our sponsors and our members are all involved in the oil and gas industry, but the purpose of this event is to raise funds for scholarships to students.

Mark: It’s a great event with all your peers in the oil and gas industry. If you’re in that process control world or you want to learn about the process control, what’s so cool about this is all the vendors are there, but they’re not trying to sell you anything.

What they’re doing is they’re trying to win a prize because everybody cooks chilies, so you get to eat get to drink beer and you can just talk to guys about process control and they’ll show you everything behind the hood including TechStar, y’all are going to be out there, aren’t y’all?

Craig: Yes. We’re going to be out there. We’ve been out there for I don’t – before I came to work at TechStar. But, there is no fee for attendees, it’s free of charge. All the beer and chili you can stand is free. The real benefit for people who attend is that there is going to be like forty nine different companies from the oil and gas industry that will have products to display and demo and just talk about to explain to you how – how the product works and how it benefits you.

On top of that, you get to network with all the – your co-workers that are also in the industry.

Mark: Audience, you have no excuse not to show up.

Craig, if they want to learn more, what’s the website?

Craig: It’s And there’s a scrolling banner across the front that gives all the details on the event, when it starts, where it’s at and how to get there.

Mark: Yeah. And so, folks we’ll put links to the show notes, so this way you don’t have to be writing down. But, I’m telling you go and if you go, hit me up on Twitter. Craig will be there, the whole Oil and Gas Global Network will be there. We are actually probably recording some podcasts and videos, so track us down. It’s a great time, it’s worth your time going. Go.

Craig, thank you so much for your time today.

Craig: Thank you, Mark. I appreciate it.

Mark: Yeah. So, folks I hope this helped. We will see you next time.