Wine, crude and CTRM

I stopped by a wine tasting event earlier this week hosted by Aspect. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a wine drinker, in fact I’m nothing of a wine drinker (no offense to those of you who are, but I just don’t get it…and neither does my stomach); however, Aspect was considerate to those like me (even if there are apparently very few of us) and did supply a grain-based product as well. The event was well produced, with a nice selection of food and what I was told was pretty good wines. Turnout was good, with clients, prospects, partners and a few other industry types in attendance (including a very interesting presentation by Argus, discussing the formation of new crude indices to better reflect the changing Gulf Coast crude markets). Steve Hughes, Aspect’s president and CEO came into town from London and I spent quite a bit of time with him catching up on the company’s current activities. According to Steve, the company’s increasing focus on building-out their US sales team (headed by industry veteran Sheshieda Davis) is bearing fruit, with several recent wins, including a few that haven’t been previously announced – Hess, Unipec and Elliptical International. He notes … continue reading

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