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Danish American Chamber of Commerce Southwest

Annual Meeting  

DACCSW annual meeting 2017 were held at the premises of NextOp at McKinney Street on April 12th, 2017.





Chair Steen Pedersen bid welcome followed by Treasury Christian Rasmussen, who went through the financial statement which were approved by the members.

Two board members are leaving the board. Vice Chair Anna-Louise Ploughman Andersen, who will be substituted by Anders Pedersen as Vice Chair and Secretary Michael Brunoe-Soerensen who will be substituted by Ken Mogensen who was elected by the members. 

The Board thanks Anna-Louise and Michael for their hard work, efforts, and great attitude throughout the years and as well the Board wish Ken welcome onboard. 

The DACC Board for the coming year are as follows:

Chair                Steen Pedersen

Vice-Chair         Anders Pedersen 

Secretary          Ken Mogensen

Treasurer          Christian Rasmussen

                                      Anna Thomsen Holliday

                                      Danielle Mirabel

                        Daniel Kvist                           

Committee Members are:

Hanne Gellert

Jane Rüsz Scaffidi Abbate

After the official program, the approx. 45 attendees were treated with traditional Texas BBQ and a cold Carlsberg was served. 



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


About the venue: 


The venue was kindly hosted by Lai Sorensen, a Danish veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan who currently is in Houston working on his thesis from NextOp about a how to receive and get veterans from military to the civil life. 

Lai told us his fascinating story about leaving Denmark to go to war and about coming back to a world that quite often do not understand the traumas and dilemmas our young men and women has been exposed to.

Lai has graduated as Kaospilot and is now finishing his thesis which brings him to NextOp in Houston to study why NextOp excel in getting veterans back to civil life. DACCSW and Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. both have given Lai a stipend of USD 1,000 each to help him succeed with this very important task.

About NextOp:

NextOp is a nonprofit organization connecting US veterans to Energy, Construction and Healthcare sector companies looking for skilled and semi-skilled workers. NextOp as an example assist with creating the right CV and application to fit the job. They coach and prepare the veterans to cope with a civil job. And when needed they provide a shoulder to lean against when things are tough. NextOp works closely with the City of Houston and even staff from the City of Houston are located at the premises. The concept of bringing various organizations together under one roof is unique in every way. So, unique in fact, that not only the rest of America but the entire world currently has their eyes targeted on NextOp in Houston.

We can all be proud and inspired by their hard work. Please visit their webpage NextOp


Posted by Jane Rüsz Scaffidi Abbate April 19, 2017 Categories: Annual Meeting Social Event

Lunch with Anders Fogh Rasmussen 

Arranged on corporation with our Honorary Consul Anna Thomsen Holliday, DACCSW’s members spend an exciting lunch with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Immediate past Secretary General of NATO on April 4th 2017

Mr. Fogh Rasmussen, a veteran in Politics and Foreign affairs, was in Houston to promote his new book “The Will To Lead” America’s Indispensable Role in The Global Fight for Freedom.

The repeated mantra in his book is that the World needs a strong and decisive American Leadership that plays an active role in global affairs. As Mr. Fogh Rasmussen cited:


                “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” by Edmund Burke


The audience enjoyed insight in Mr. Fogh Rasmussen’s long career as top politician as well as his 5 years as Secretary General of NATO. An insight that “normal mortal” people not gets

to see very often, which also was demonstrated in the huge willingness from the audience to ask questions. 


Posted by Jane Rüsz Scaffidi Abbate April 06, 2017 Categories: Cultural Luncheons

DACCSW annual meeting 2015 

DACCSW held the annual meeting this past Thursday 9rd April at One Park Place in Houston.

Chair Steen Pedersen bid welcome followed by Treasury Christian Rasmussen, who went through the financial statement for 2014 and the financial statement for 2013 were approved by the members.

Later founding Vice Chair Thomas Damsgaard proceeding with the board election, where Anders Pedersen, Soren Mollekjaer and Daniella Maribal was elected as new board members, as well as Christian Rasmussen was re-elected for another term. We all said a warm farewell and thank you to Thomas Damsgaard as Thomas left the board after 4 exciting and productive years – Luckily Thomas will ‘stick around’ as he will be heading DACCSW new Advisory Board.

The DACC Board for the coming year are as follows:

Chair                  Steen Pedersen

Vice-Chair          Anna-Louise Plougmand

Secretary           Michael Brunø-Søensen

Treasurer           Christian Rasmussen (re-elected)

                          Anna Thomsen Holliday

                          Søren Lindstrøm

                          Tine Rau Schiott

                          Danielle Mirabal

                          Ander Pedersen

                          Søren Møllekær

Committee Members are:

Sofie Frederiksen - will go on maternity leave 1st May – Congratulations!          

Hanne Gellert

Jane Rüsz Scaffidi Abbate

Lamia Zahouani –will go on maternity leave 1st July – Congratulations!


After the official program, the approx. 45 attendees were treated to “Danske snitter” made by Chef Soren Pedersen and a cold Carlsberg was served.

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



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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand April 14, 2015 Categories: Annual Meeting

DACCSW’s members spend an nice evening with Shannon Smith on March 4, 2015 

DACCSW together with Kris Bistro hosted a cozy reception in honor of current student at the LeNotre Culinary Institute and food blogger Shannon Smith. She will in April travel to Copenhagen on a 6 months culinary internship at Rene Redzepi’s two Michelin star restaurant Noma. Shannon had to the occasion prepared some tasty houre dourves as a sample of what she can do.

Later in the evening DACCSW had the great honor to present Shannon a scholarship for her trip.

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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand March 04, 2015 Categories: Social Event

Lunch with the Danish queen of crime: Sara Blaedel 

DACCSW’s members spend an exciting lunch with Sara Blaedel on February
20, 2015.

Sara Blaedel told us about her exciting journey from
debuting as a small crime fiction publisher in Denmark to actually
becoming a world famous writer herself. Her books are published in 23

Her promotion in the US took off already one year ago, even
long before the "The Forgotten Girls" was published. Sara Blaedel told
us in a very honest and passionate way about how she is experiencing
breaking into the US market.

Most of the attending DACCSW members went home with
signed books and photos with Sara Blaedel. Finally, we had to the
chance to congratulate Sara Blaedel with recently receiving the very
prestigious Danish literature price De Gyldne Laurbær 2014

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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand February 20, 2015 Categories: Luncheons

Great seeing you all at the “Nytårskuren” 

The Board of Directors of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce Southwest along with Danish Consul Anna Thomsen Holliday hosted a New Year’s Reception in the tradition of “official” Denmark on the evening of January 6th 2015 to give all of our members and their spouses along with board members Year. Upwards of a 100 people showed up at this festive event hosted by Consul Thomsen Holliday and her husband Hal Holliday. Danish Chef Soren Pedersen provided a magnificient spread of Danish open faced miniature sandwiches, (dyrlaegens natmad, roaastbeef, spegepoelse med kartofler just to mention a few of the delicacies) along with Danish frikadeller , cheeses and kransekage.

The event was basis for much networking and many of the major Danish firms were represented. During the welcome Steen Pedersen of Biehl and Co. was introduced as the new Chair of the Chamber as Consul Thomsen Holliday stepped down from the post at the end of the year.


In the crowd: Lars Johansen and wife Lone of Hempel, USA, Lars Heisselberg and wife Stine Hollesen of GAC, Lars P. Hansen and Mrs. Karen Froekjaer Hansen, MacCartney ,Thomas Boehme of Falck-Alford and Mrs. Jette NOWACO and many, many more


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand January 06, 2015 Categories: Social Event

4th Houston Shipping & Offshore Conference 

DACC was co-sponsoring above event, which took place Friday 10th Oct., at the Houstonian, arranged by the

Consulates / Embassies of: Norway, Brazil & South Korea

Conference had 214 registered attendees focusing on Funding, Safety, Labor Market/pool & New Technologies

& Designs in the business


A couple of notes:

- In 2008 90& of Offshore was bank financed – today only 50% is bank financed (balance is private equity among other)

- Currently the Offshore sector has $100 billion of unfunded new-buildings & and estimated $1.3 trillion of funding is need

over the next 10 years

- Petrobras is planning on investing $250 million over the next 5 years

Several interesting speakers incl., Christine Engle, CEO of Maersk Drilling USA, whom spoke about Maersk’s

success in their business culture

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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand October 13, 2014 Categories: Conference

We met the man behind BlueWater! 

On October 3, 2014 DACCSW welcomed illustrious founder of Blue Water Shipping. Mr. Kurt Skov, as our featured speaker for the fall signature lunch. The event was well attended with more than sixty of our member and guest present. Mærsk Drilling turned out in full force with a table of ten as did our board member Thomas Damsgaard, who had filled another table of ten with industry colleagues and friends. Needles to say all of the Blue Water boys attended in full force as did a lot of our other members within the shipping industry, seen in the crowd: John Moyell, Finn Rasmussen and Mads Engelstoft.

We enjoyed visiting our member, Chef Søren Pedersen's new venue on Dunlavy Street. Søren served up a delicious, three course "market cuisine" lunch, with the sweet bite having a distinct Danish bent :Citron fromage.

Kurt Skov gave us a fantastic insight into the enterprise that is now Blue Water a global company started from humble beginnings in Esbjerg, Denmark, where they are still headquartered today. He told us his very compelling story from a less than top-end student to successful entrepreneur with both humor and humility, THANK YOU Kurt!

Chef Søren Pedersen's new venue on Dunlavy Street


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand October 08, 2014 Categories: Luncheons

GREAT seeing so many spouses at the Accompanying Partner event yesterday! 

On September 25th 2014 DACCSW again experienced that there is a big interest in our Accompanying Partners events. Around 25 people got together to discuss "how to get back to thinking at your self as a Professional"

Instructor Grant Hill (Owner, NLP coaching and Training International) coached the group through a workshop session making the participants reflect on questions like “Am I living the dream of someone else?” and ”Do I do what I really want to do?”. People actively got involved in the discussion, and inspiration and new ideas emerged between the participants.

Thank you to all for attending! And thanks to Anna Holliday for opening up her beautiful home.

We are already planning the next session for Accompanying Partners. It will take place in January 2015 – we will keep you posted.


Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand September 26, 2014 Categories: Luncheons

“Great seeing y´all” – Yet another great "After summer social" 

The Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce hosted a "Welcome back from summer social mixer" on the 16. of September. It was great to see so many familiarly and new faces in Norway House! All enjoyed the nice food and beverage, the opportunity to network and catch up after a long summer. Again, we would like to say a BIG thank you to our sponsors SAS, IKEA and StenaBulk.

We were all welcomed to The Norway House by Consul General Dr. Jostein Mykletun. SAS gave a brief presentation with special focus on the new route; Houston–Stavanger and were met with great applause.

Chef Søren Pedersen created very delicious food – it was sponsored by SAS, StenaBulk and the 3 chambers. IKEA supplied very nice sweets for dessert and the Danes supplied Carlsberg!

More  than 70 Danes attended along with the Norwegian and Swedish contingent in all app 130 people.

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Posted by Anna-Louise Plougmand September 17, 2014 Categories: Social Event
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