Andrew Ranson is the director of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development (CITD) at Oklahoma State University.
The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development was founded in 1990 and strives to bring the knowledge, network and resources of OSU to make Oklahoma more globally competitive, increasing trade and creating jobs to keep Oklahoma companies and students in the state to build their futures.
In addition, the CITD operates a fully accredited International Trade Center (ITC) that is part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network. It assists entrepreneurs and businesses navigating the international trade journey.
Mark A. Stansberry, Chairman of The GTD Group, is an award-winning author, columnist, film and music producer, radio talk show host and 2009 Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee. Stansberry has written five energy-related books. He has been active in the oil and gas industry for over 44 years, having served as CEO/President of Moore-Stansberry, Inc., and The Oklahoma Royalty Company. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Chairman 2016-2017 of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum/Oklahoma Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Lifetime Trustee of Oklahoma Christian University, and Board Emeritus of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. He has served on several public and private boards. He is currently on the advisory board of IngenuitE, Inc.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.