Our Houston Venue
The top choice among hotels near Memorial City Mall, Hotel ZaZa Memorial City offers a magical world of oversized, stylish accommodations, thought-provoking art, and over 11,000 square feet of extraordinary meeting and event space. Blending the best of business travel with the luxury and sensuality of a destination resort, this unique boutique hotel in Houston boasts a collection of 159 guest rooms, including Concept Suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites.
Schedule & Agenda
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Enjoy a light lunch and peer networking as event registration opens.
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Hear from Veson’s President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Riley, who will open our event.
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
John Veson, Chief Executive Officer of Veson, will share an exciting vision for the future of maritime commerce and summarize some of our strategic goals.
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Strides in Sustainability
Hear how Veson is enabling clients to apply a sustainability lens to their freight decisions. The Veson IMOS Platform is evolving to help clients further understand and quantify the cost of carbon in relation to the seaborne aspect of the supply chain. We are excited to share recent product improvements and forward looking plans to help our clients make sustainable freight decisions.
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
A View into Veson’s Data Strategy Through an Oceanbolt Lens
Access to relevant data at the right time and in the right point of your decision making process is critical to driving an optimal outcome. Veson Nautical strives to enable easy access to data that is accurate and actionable. In this session, we share our vision for mastering key data sets within the commodity and maritime space.
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Veson Services: Educate, Empower, Evolve Your Team
In this session, we take a look at how clients are using Veson University as an education tool to onboard and upskill their teams, enabling them to establish best practices and get the most out of VIP. We’ll also discuss what Veson Professional Services is doing to empower clients with Strategic Project Engagements, and look at when is the right time to evolve with a Business Process Optimization.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Product Spotlight: What’s New in the Veson IMOS Platform
The Veson IMOS Platform evolves day in and day out. Come hear about recently released and upcoming features that can enhance your workflows and business processes.
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM
John Veson will close out our agenda and open the cocktail portion of our event.
Cocktails & Networking
Our Houston Speakers
Meet the leaders that will be presenting at ONCOURSE Connect Houston.
Chief Executive Officer
John is a co-founder of Veson Nautical. His passion for solving complex problems, continuous innovation, and working closely with clients is a core value for the entire organization. John has been associated with Veson since 1992 and was instrumental in creating the architecture for the company’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS).
Chief Operating Officer
As Veson’s President and COO, Sean is responsible for driving and managing company operations including Sales, Marketing, Professional Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Veson’s regional offices.
Senior Product Manager
Sam rejoined Veson in 2021 as a Senior Product Manager, building on her previous Veson experience in both Product and Professional Services. Sam’s breadth of industry knowledge and passion for maritime shipping make her a leader within Veson and a key advocate for clients and users.
Director of Product Management
Niclas joined Veson Nautical in 2021 as part of the Oceanbolt acquisition and oversees product development for Oceanbolt. Prior to joining Veson, Niclas co-founded Oceanbolt where he was responsible for the go-to-market efforts. Niclas has a background in investment banking and private equity investing.
Director of Professional Services
Kirk Rzasa joined Veson as a Project Manager Consultant in 2014. He has helped spearhead growth in the Americas’ Professional Services team and currently serves as Director of Professional Services, Americas. Kirk focuses his efforts on the execution side of Veson Nautical’s business, where his team handles the delivery of Veson solutions and ensures clients maximize business value on Veson’s platform and service offerings. In his day to day role, Kirk also places a heavy emphasis on team leadership and growth within the services team.
Chief Product Officer
Eric’s vision and leadership are integral to shaping the ever-evolving Veson IMOS Platform (VIP). As the maritime shipping ecosystem continues to be transformed by a wave of digitalization, Eric works collaboratively with our team to ensure that Veson remains at the forefront by continually delivering new and innovative capabilities that drive real value for our clients.
Bobby Morse has been a Product Manager at Veson Nautical since February 2020. Before Veson, he worked for SS&C Eze, where he spent 9 years as the Senior Product Manager of an order management trading system for hedge funds and asset managers. Bobby is well acquainted with mission critical software platforms in complex and regulated industries and is a CFA charterholder.
Vice President, Global Services
Jesse has led Veson Nautical’s Global Services organization since 2011 and is a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team. He has been with the company since 2007 working with the world’s largest commercial maritime and commodity organizations implementing the standard platform that propels maritime commerce. Jesse is responsible for managing Veson Nautical’s Global Services organization including the Professional Services, Technical Solutions, and Education Services groups with oversight for all customer deployment, enablement/empowerment, and evolution. As the most experienced services organization in the commercial maritime world, Veson Global Services is committed to delivering value at every stage of our clients’ digital journeys — from initial solution design, to go-live, training, continuing education, and ongoing success.
Among the world’s largest international ports on the Gulf Coast, the Port of Houston is stationed in the United States’ top region for exports and the epicenter of its petrochemical manufacturing activity. In addition to its undeniable importance in global trade, Houston is home to one of Veson Nautical’s regional offices.
Port of Houston General Information
Latitude / Longitude: 42.373° / -71.0435°
Annual Cargo: 285 million tonnes