Houston Technology Center Names New Chairman

HOUSTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Technology Center (HTC) announces the election of Paul Siegele as chairman of its board of directors. In his position, Siegele will lead the strategic direction of HTC and oversee efforts to ensure diversified participation in HTC programs. He officially took the position at HTC's annual board meeting on Wednesday, December 11. The board is comprised of more than 50 leaders in the Houston community who provide strategic insight and direction for HTC.

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Siegele is president of Chevron Energy Technology Company (ETC), located in Houston.  ETC is responsible for Chevron's global upstream and downstream technology research and development and technical services to Chevron operating companies worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the California Lutheran University and a Master of Science degree in geology from the California State University at Northridge.

Siegele began his career in 1980 as a petroleum geologist in Texaco's Los Angeles division.  He has held numerous technical and managerial positions, and a variety of exploration assignments in North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.  He has served as exploration manager for the Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company in New Orleans, and was named vice president, deepwater exploration/projects in June 2005.  Prior to his current position, Siegele was vice president of Strategic Planning. Siegele is a member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board in Houston. He has previously served on the boards of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee, Inroads Louisiana, and the Offshore Energy Center.

Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of HTC commented, "Paul Siegele is a smart, hardworking, gracious and committed senior executive from one of our nation's leading energy providers. The Houston Technology Center is fortunate to have his leadership in the year ahead."

Siegele succeeds Dick Williams, president of Shell Wind Energy, who served as chairman from 2012- 2013 and joins a long list of community leaders who have chaired the organization including Downey Bridgwater, president of Comerica Houston; Dr. Bernard Harris, astronaut, venture capitalist and philanthropist; Bob Dussler, CEO of Palmetto Partners; Rod Canion, founder of Compaq Computer; and Lloyd Bentsen III, currently Chairman of Houston Christian Foundation.

About Houston Technology Center:  Named by Forbes as one of "12 Business Incubators Changing the World" and  "Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World," the Houston Technology Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the greater Houston area. HTC serves as the nexus of new ideas, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship and works closely with entrepreneurs and startup companies to provide in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice, and connections to opportunities, allies, and capital. HTC's focus is to assist Houston-based entrepreneurs in energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and NASA/aerospace. For more information visit www.HoustonTech.org or connect with HTC on Facebook or Twitter @HouTechCenter.

Media Contact:
Antoine Arbuckle
Director, Marketing & Communications
Houston Technology Center
(832) 476-9235
aarbuckle@HoustonTech.org

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